Choosing organic baby furniture is one way to keep some of the chemicals used to produce conventional furniture and mattresses away from your new little one.
Choosing Organic for Baby
Many people spend a lot of time thinking about where their food comes from and choosing organic and/or locally grown produce. This is a good idea because it lightens the planet's pesticide load and your carbon footprint.
For a lot of consumers, however, food choice is where the organic decision begins and ends. They don't think a lot about choosing organic clothing or organic furniture. That's a shame because one person can make a lot of environmental impact if he or she chooses to buy as many different kinds of organic products as possible.
More people are picking organic baby furniture because they want to start their children out with as few chemicals as possible. Babies are much more sensitive to the chemicals that are all around us than adults are. Their immune systems are weaker and they're a lot more likely to get sick if they are exposed to a chemical they have trouble with. They also breathe more rapidly so they are ingesting more of the chemicals than adults do.
Finding Organic Baby Furniture
Unfortunately, organic baby furniture has not made it into all the stores the way organic produce is now available at almost every grocery store. Your best bet is probably going to be doing online shopping to find the most eco-friendly furniture for your little one.
Here are some resources to start you on your search:
- Nature's Crib offers a solid maple crib that can be converted into a youth bed with a conversion kit that's sold separately.
While these products do tend to be more expensive than conventionally made products, they are also very well made and can become heirlooms that you pass down to your children's children.
Don't worry about the expense of shipping these heavy items; most online shops that sell organic furniture offer free shipping as well. Shop around for the best deals.
Using Organic Furniture
In addition to having organic furniture in baby's room, you will also want to have an organic mattress made of cotton, wool, rubber or some combination. These mattresses are completely safe for baby even without all the flame retardants and other chemicals that are used on conventional mattresses.
Once you've gone organic in the furniture and bedding you choose, you might want to consider going a step further and picking paints that have fewer volatile organic compounds than conventional paints. In this case, organic being in the name is not a good thing. These chemicals account for much of the smell of paint and are known to cause headaches and other health problems. (That's why you're only supposed to paint in a well-ventilated area!)
Every decision you make when you are having a child is one that impacts both your baby and the environment. If you make a conscious effort to choose organic and lower-impact products whenever possible, you will be doing a good thing for your child and making it more likely that your baby will get to grow up on a healthy planet.