3 Simple Ways to Green Your Home for Baby

If you’re preparing to be a parent for the first or even third time, you probably have a million things on your “to-do” list. Becoming a parent makes you more aware of the possible toxins in your home. Nesting is the perfect time to create a safe, less toxic environment for your new baby. Let’s talk about 3 Simple Ways to Green Your Home for Baby

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1. Ditch Toxic Cleaning Products

If you have a cabinet full of cleaning products, chances are the ingredients aren’t the safest for a new baby. The good news is that you can make your own cleaning products with a few basic ingredients. Throw out all the toxic cleaners and buy a few empty spray bottles to make your own solutions. Read our previous post for a variety of DIY Organic Green Cleaning Solutions.

Mix these simple solutions to have a sparkling clean, green home in no time.

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  • Soft Scrub Alternative – Works great for glass cook tops, sinks and wood cutting boards. 
    • 2 Tbsp baking soda, 5-10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (or the juice of half a lemon) and 1/4 cup water
  • Wood Cleaner – Works great for wood coffee tables, dining room tables and furniture. See Wood Cleaner Recipe for full instructions. 
    • 1 Cup Water
    • 1/4 Cup Isopropyl Alcohol (70%)
    • 1/2 tsp. Jojoba Oil
    • 1/2 tsp. Natural Dish Soap (I used Ology)
    • 75 drops of citrus essential oil (any citrus will work, I used Orange and Lemon)
    • 12 oz. Spray Bottle
  • Glass Cleaning – Believe it or not, you don’t need a lot of cleaning supplies to get glass sparkling clean. Simply invest in a high quality microfiber cleaning cloth designed for glass. Zabada Clean makes a variety of kitchen and bathroom cleaning cloths. They make your glass crystal clean. 

2. Choose Non-Toxic Bedding and Clothing

Your new baby will spend plenty of time wrapped up in clothes and blankets for the first few months. It’s important to keep your little one cozy and safe. Be sure you choose organic cotton bedding for the crib and bassinet. You can learn What You Need to Know About Organic Kid Clothing in the article from our guest contributor Ali Lawrence. 

Sleeping Newborn Baby on White Bed Sheet

It’s also important to pay attention to the dyes used in infant clothing. Be sure to look for products that have been tested and certified organic or deemed safe by OKEO-TEX. Anything that touches your baby’s skin should be as natural and non-toxic as possible.

There are plenty of companies that care about safety and make an effort to produce high-quality products that are natural and safe for delicate little people. The best news is that you can still find adorable, functional products from companies like Groovi Gee. Don’t forget to do your research to find the safest organic bedding and non-toxic clothing for your baby.

3. Choose Non-Toxic Paint for the Nursery  

Most parents are anxious to get the nursery ready, and choosing Eco-friendly, non-toxic paint is just as important for the parents as it is for the baby. Learn more about Eco-friendly paints and stains to help you determine which one is right for you. Fresh, clean air is vital for an environmentally friendly home, especially for fresh new lungs. 

Final Thoughts

Welcoming a new bundle of joy into your home is exciting. Take some extra time to green your home for baby by choosing non-toxic, natural alternatives. Don’t forget to look for safe diaper and wipe alternatives as well. Your baby will be exposed to those all day, every day for the first couple years. There are so many simple ways to make your home more Eco-friendly and create a cozy, pleasant environment for you and your new little one. Congrats and keep on greening on! πŸ˜‰ 

 

 

 

Nicole

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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  1. So helpful, thanks Nicole! Will have to use some of these tips even with our toddler.

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    • I’m so happy you found this post helpful Jen. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi Nicole! Great article with truly useful guidance and resources! We’ve just started an online shop focused solely on organic and natural baby products, so very refreshing to see this article!

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    • Thanks so much Annie! I appreciate your kind feedback. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help with your new venture. Feel free to email me: Nicole@organicsunshine.net

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  3. Hi, Nicole! Good advice and It’s really useful for me. Thanks for this detailed guide.

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