Decorating the nursery room can bring excitement and thrill to parents and you can find a lot of home remodelling ideas to do when renovating and beautifying your baby’s room. But before you start your baby room makeover project, it is vital to consider making the room of your baby toxic-free. You will be surprised that many products for a room renovation contain toxic chemicals and fumes called volatile organic compounds or VOCs. VOCs contain harmful chemicals that are hazardous to health. They can even be carcinogenic and may cause pulmonary problems, such as lung irritation.
Your baby is more susceptible to illnesses and the last thing you want to do is to expose your child to a toxic environment. Building an eco-friendly room for your baby is possible, however, and here are some tips to help you protect your child against toxic products and environment.
Understanding the dangers of toxins to your baby
VOCs are present in fresh paint, refurbished furniture and even the new ones, cleaning supplies and carpeting. The toxic fumes they emit can pose a danger to your child’s health. Babies inhale more pollutants in every pound of body weight and exposing them to toxic products can be adverse to their health owing to their premature immune system. Even a child inside the mother’s womb may become adversely affected when a pregnant woman inhales toxic fumes because the chemical can easily pass through the placenta. You can mitigate the harmful effects of toxins to your baby by building a chemical-free baby room.
Know the best time to apply paint in the room
The ideal time to paint the room is before the baby arrives, just months prior to childbirth. Pregnant mothers should avoid exposure to paint because of the dangers of passing the toxin to the baby in her womb. As much as possible, pregnant women should not participate in painting the room or come anywhere where she will be exposed to toxins. If the painting is done, make sure to keep the child away from a freshly painted room.
Keep the room well-ventilated
After painting or upon the arrival of the furnishings like carpet or new cabinets, keep the room well ventilated to allow the fumes to flow outdoor by opening the doors and windows. This will also help invite fresh air inside the room. Airing the room may usually take a few days or weeks to ensure that no toxic fumes are left. It is also best to use a fan to air out the chemicals instead of using the air conditioner. Wait until no odor is left before allowing your child to use the room.
Choosing the right paint
Whenever the paint dries, it releases the VOCs in the air as it evaporates. Water-based latex paint is safer to your child’s health as it contains less VOCs as compared to oil-based paints. To be safe, read the label of the paint to see if it is VOC-free. If you are unsure, you can ask for help from the manufacturer or the paint center. However, make sure to keep the room well-ventilated even when you are using paint with a low VOC content.