I really should've put more thought into Zoe's nursery before she was born but we were still in the beginning stages of ridding our home from toxins and that, sadly, didn't include furniture and clothing. I was also so overwhelmed with having a child, I'm just glad I got a nursery together at all!
In the past year, I've done a lot to turn Zoe's room into a semi crunchy nursery. I've slowly purchased and replaced several of her items to limit the amount of toxins in Zoe's room, focusing on things that she's in contact with regularly.
So if you're like me and already have a nursery set up and don't want to start completely from scratch, or maybe you're ahead of the game and are pregnant and looking for ways to green up that little space, here are some things you really should consider buying organically or eco friendly: (heads up, this post contains affiliate links)
1. Bedding: If you can, splurge on an organic mattress, but we already had ours so we opted instead to just ensure the fabric she comes in contact with 12+ hours a day is toxin free. We replaced our Target sheets, which are filled with nasty chemicals - yikes! - with Burt's Bees 100% Organic Crib Sheets as well as this amazing muslin one from Aden + Anais.
2. Clothing: 90% of Zoe's clothing is hand me downs for a dear friend, which is always great since it not only saves money but it's also way better for the environment. Plus, second hand clothes are typically washed enough so that those nasty toxic flame retardants are already washed off the clothing. If you're worried about your clothes no longer being resistant to flames, don't be. Do some research and you'll see it's better to not be in contact with those toxins. When we do have to buy new clothing, like a second set of PJs, for example, we make sure that those, too, are made from 100% organic cotton. Like this Burt's Bees ones we just bought this past week.
3. Baby Wipes: Again, even the sensitive brand of most commercial wipes are filled with nasties and once Zoe started getting a red bum regularly after using them, we decided to switch to Cloth Wipes. Marley's Monsters has a cute little starter set that is perfect for at home as well as on the go. If you're not into cloth, that's cool, go the semi crunchy baby wipe route and get Water Wipes. No nasty chemicals in there!
4. Toys: Chances are you can't control every toy your child plays with, so pick your battles with this one. Some stuff is just cooler in plastic form and good luck trying to tell your kid not to play with something just because you're afraid of crap in it. While we can't 100% control it all, we do try to buy wooden toys whenever possible. Yes, they're expensive, but you can totally get some second hand. Plus, they last forever. I have wooden toys from 15 years ago that still look brand new. The 15 year old Fisher Price ring stack? Meh, not so much. It's worth the investment if you ask me. We love the brands Alex Jr., Melissa + Doug and there's even some amazing, non toxic plastic toys that we adore, our favorites being Green Toys.
5. Personal Care products: by now, you hopefully know to avoid Johnson + Johnson like the plague (please research, it's terrifying), but also be weary of anything with the word -ganics or green on it. Just because it says it, doesn't mean it's organic and non toxic. So what do we use? Coconut Oil, Young Living Products, Essential Oils and if you're into commercial products, we also use Weleda.
There's obviously a lot more you can do to ensure your baby is surrounded by as little toxins as possible, but I also believe you can't avoid it all unless you start from scratch, and that can get expensive. So hopefully those 5 areas and tips have helped you create a semi crunchy nursery.