Green dreams: Eco-nurseries for little ones

Michelle Bexelius, co-founder of

Having a baby can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There is so much to learn about bringing a newborn into the world, not to mention such questions as what crib to buy, what mattress, what bottles, clothes, toys, etc. We all want to make their environment safe, welcoming and healthy.

Today I went to a home where a woman was preparing for her son's arrival and had some questions about setting up his nursery. She had lots of questions and was concerned with creating a healthy yet stylish environment for her little guy. Babies spend 60% of their lives sleeping their first year, so it's important to make sure their space is set up so they have a chance to grow up without toxins. Here are a few practical yet important things I told her about that can ensure the safety of baby's space. It's a place to start.

  • To start, there are several mattresses on the market that are non-toxic, don't contain harmful fire retardants, are breathable, and resist dust mites, mold and mildew, so her baby can have a truly healthy night's rest.
  • Once you have the right mattress, you need a crib that is made from solid wood with a non-toxic finish. Furniture finishes are often laden with toxic glues and stains, not to mention lead in some of the older models. Babies often teeth on the railings of the cribs when they are older, and the glues off-gas while they are sleeping.
  • The next important thing: Make sure that almost everything that touches his skin is free from dyes and chemicals. This includes sleepwear and clothing, sheets and blankets. There are many types of sleepwear that contain fire retardants. Fire retardants are known carcinogens that are harmful to your baby's health.
  • To truly make your baby's space as healthy as it can be, I suggest getting an air filter. Believe it or not, the air we breathe in our homes is often far more polluted than it is outside in a congested city. Bacteria, mold, dust mites and pollen are prevalent in most homes and a good quality air filter can remove them, so your immune system can function properly.

Looking to set up an environmentally healthy nursery. Whether you choose dark green or light green, you can protect the environment and your baby's health with practical solutions that accommodate your needs and your style. To find out more about eco-nurseries go to or email us at

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