Thursday, August 2, 2007

Thursdays Nursery Idea

What goes in a nursery? Furniture. What furniture is most important? Well, considering babies spend 60% of their lives sleeping their first year I'd say cribs. So for the environmentally conscious, products that are pure and given the Green light-

Cribs: While all cribs currently being manufactured have to meet the Consumer Products Safety Commission guidelines, those guide lines don't include regulations on the materials going into the construction. For example, composite woods may have traces of formaldehyde, glues may off-gas, paints and polyurethanes may contain fungicides and other additives that you really don't want a baby chewing on (Ref).

IKEA- has lots of solid wood cribs that are sealed with clear lacquer. They also don't use trees from intact natural forests.

Pacific Rim Woodworking- made from solid maple from a company that is "committed to providing a product that is made with minimal environmental impact but constructed to withstand generations of use". They even recycle the saw dust produced when making their future. The cribs are left unfinished or finished with natural oils.

Crib mattress: From the Green Guide:
" Most conventional mattresses are made from polyurethane foam, nylon, polyester and vinyl—all derived from petroleum—and are treated with anti-microbial and fire-, wetness- and stain-retarding chemicals, including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs). These chemicals, which Europe has already banned two varieties of, accumulate in breast milk and in fat, and have been shown to inhibit brain development in animals. As alternatives, there are crib mattresses made with organic cotton, wool padding and natural rubber and without chemical treatments that can irritate skin or off gas into the air."

NaturePedic No-Compromise Baby Crib Mattress- made from organic cotton that is to say it is unbleached, undyed, and grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. It has a nontoxic fire barrier made from baking soda and silica. It also has a waterproof food grade polyethylene surface that is easy to clean.

The Natural Sleep Store- Has a variety of natural cribs mattress made with organic cotton and natural rubber or latex covers.

Crib Bedding: The item that has the most physical direct contact with your baby.
Our Green House- has organic flannel, cotton and wool products including baby blankets, sheets, crib bumpers, mattress pads and quilts

The Natural Sleep Store- has organic cotton and wool products including sheets and bumpers

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