Designing a non-toxic nursery

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice for parents on the best way to create a non-toxic nursery in your home for your new baby
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Designing a non-toxic nursery

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When you're pregnant, one of the first things that we all do is think about how we're going to decorate that nursery. People want to put new paint on the wall and new carpet and get new furniture and make this sparkling, beautiful space for their new baby. But there was a recent study that was done where they did all of those things and they closed the doors and they let it sit for four days, and then when they opened the doors, they found that there were 300 chemicals in the air inside that nursery, and there were only two outside the window. So it really shows you, first of all, the importance of if you are going to go new, really looking for non-toxics. So no VOC Paint, non-toxic carpet, wood that's not treated with formaldehyde. Those things are supper important. And if, like me, you are looking for ways to save money, when I was pregnant with my first child, my son, we had no money so we basically got hand-me-downs from everyone. My sister-in-law gave us a crib, a friend gave me a big bag of old cloths. All these things when into play and I thought I was really just saving money, but the truth is I was creating a totally non-toxic environment for my son. Because I couldn’t afford to do anything else, but also because these products were recycled and were no longer off-gassing into the air that he was breathing. So great things to think about, if you're going to go new – go non-toxic. And if you can't afford it or even if you just want to – recycle and create a beautiful nursery that way.


Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice for parents on the best way to create a non-toxic nursery in your home for your new baby

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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff blogs as MommyGreenest.com, founded EcoStiletto.com, is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine—before she had kids. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “Today” and “CNN Headline News,” among others, to talk about leading a judgment-free, more sustainable lifestyle. A non-profit consultant and pre/postnatal yoga teacher, Rachel lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, who range in age from kindergartener to teen.

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