Now I am do NOT claim to be a professional Green Proofing company BUT I do know of some things that I have learned from friends, the internet and classes that you can do before baby comes home.
First and foremost most things off gas! (yes even Organic things can contain chemicals) Your best plan of action is to try to get the nursery ready 10 weeks before baby comes home.(hard I know!)
If you painted the room make sure that the windows are open so they don't trap the chemicals inside. ( Even the No VOC paint can have toxins due to the color that is added to the paint!)
If you have put down a new carpet it too will off gas. If possible let the carpet sit out for a couple of days in the sun. But if the carpet has already been put in and your running short on time turn on the heat and open up the windows to speed up the off gassing.
Take everything out of their boxes. I am talking monitors, baby bed, mattress, and car seat! If it has any plastic it will need to off gas. Put it outside if the weather is nice. If not a empty garage or a spare room with the window open for the fumes to go out!
OPEN those windows up!!! Do this as early as possible to help with the off gassing of all NEW things brought for the baby.( side note: Buying second had furniture (not mattress) means that a lot of the off gassing has already happened and also helps the environment!)
Why you ask? Because most babies spend around 90% of their time indoors and most of the things we buy new for the baby have chemicals in some form or another that can create toxic off gassing and expose your family to dangerous levels of chemicals while they sleep. Opening the windows(weather permitting) and using fans to move and circulate the air helps get a better air quality in babies(and other family members) room and helps till everything has off gassed.
If you have already brought baby home and you are panicking Please don't! Try opening the windows for 20 mins. a day with the fans on for the air in the room to become fresh again!(I recommend doing this anyway as it brings fresh air into a stale room!) You could also try using a little vinegar and water to do a quick wipe down of the nursery right before opening the windows. The smell dissipates after awhile and will not harm anything but germs
My final words on this subject are if you can smell a plastic smell it is off gassing!
I have been a Professional Nanny since 1987 and Debra Gail has been a Professional Nanny since 1986. This is our blog of fun things we find or do with our charges.