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Creating an Organic, Healthy, & Stylish Nursery

Meredith Legenos

Today there are more and more companies going green and switching to organic and natural products in the baby industry. We no longer have to sacrifice our own personal style for the organic option. Here are a few of our most functional and stylish products to help you get started in creating a calm and organic space for your baby.

Organic Mattress: When choosing what products are in your price range, it is essential to not pinch pennies when considering mattress choices. Your baby will be spending the majority of his or her time laying directly on this surface. Non-organic mattresses can be sprayed with flame retardants that are hazardous to your baby’s health. We offer a variety of options to suit both your budget and health needs. Many even have a dual firmness option - the infant side is firmer and the toddler side is softer. Learn more in our article: How to Choose a Mattress.

Sustainable Furniture: Take an inventory of your current furniture and the space for your baby. Decide whether you'll need a new crib, dresser, changing table, and glider, or just one or two new items. Once you have figured out which new pieces to bring into your home, the fun begins. We have a range of options to suit your budget, many are made of solid wood the USA and have endless color options for customizing your look.

Wall Paper or Paint: Wallpapering one side of the wall or even the ceiling can have an amazing affect on a space. It can be a great focal point of the room. When choosing a wallpaper company it is crucial to find out what the wall paper is made from and what adhesives are used to apply. Dwell Studio offers amazing wall paper options. Their wallpaper has no off-gassing. It is also breathable so you do not have to worry about molding. Luckily the company is sophisticated with style and color too. All the prints can easily transition from baby to toddler and even to adult rooms. For paint, make sure the paints you use are VOC-free. We love Quiet Home Paints. Painting well before the baby arrives is always a good idea.

Rugs & Play Mats: There are great options for 100% cotton or wool rugs. Your baby will most likely be playing and doing tummy time on the rug in the nursery so it is important to ensure that no scotch guarding or other chemicals are used. Babies put their mouths on everything so it is essential to provide a chemical-free option for your little ones to play on.

Bedding: With so much time spent in the crib (up to 16 hours!) you want to make sure it's a healthy place for your little one to rest. We recommend sticking to 100% organic, natural fabrics.

Glider or Rocker: Having a comfortable place to feed and rock your baby will help save your back at 3am. It is important to know what is on the inside of your chair. Stay away from foam filled or glued components. Many gliders have flame retardants in them as well. It can be a challenge to find the perfect organic glider; Sprout partnered with Monte Design on two beautiful and exclusive options. See our Glider and our Rocker.

The most important thing to remember is to make an investment in sustainable and stylish products. They'll satisfy both your budget and your inner-fashionista in the long run...and your child will thank you for choosing healthy and safe products too.

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