The Ecological Baby Room: The Healthy Nest for the Offspring
All parents see it as their most important task to make sure that their offspring feel at home in their own four walls around the clock. Already during pregnancy, especially at the first child, but also later, when the child grows up, a lot of questions arise:
- What does the child need in his first months?
- Which things are harmful to the child?
- What motivates the child's creativity and development?
Last but not least, there are numerous questions about the nursery. Especially with the baby room design, young parents are often overwhelmed. There is a lot of planning, consideration and questioning. The upcoming changes bring exciting times to the home. But the great offer makes it difficult for parents to make the right choice when setting up the nursery. That's why we've written this article with comprehensive information and tips.
How to make this beautiful example of & bdquo; baby room & ldquo; shows, parents need to prepare for something. Numerous studies have shown that a healthy environment lays the foundation for a healthy development of the child. The offspring is particularly sensitive to environmental pollution and pollutants. The task of the parents is to protect their children from these burdens and to enable them to grow healthily so that they do not have to struggle with the consequences later on. In addition to the health aspect, the ecological nursery also focuses on environmental and resource conservation.
Interior Design: Tips for Painting, Flooring and Furniture
90 percent of their time is spent indoors. Here children play, crawl over the floor, lie around and also like to take some toys in their mouths. Accordingly, the offspring is automatically more exposed to any pollutants than adults. At their young age, they discover and explore their environment and are not afraid to literally put it in their mouths. But pollutants also endanger children more, as they have a higher basal metabolic rate due to their growth. Children can absorb up to 10 times more harmful substances than adults in the same environment. For this reason, the indoor climate and thus the home hygiene plays a major role. Only parents can ensure that their child grows up in a safe and healthy environment. The three main points in the area of healthy indoor climate consist of the paint, the floor coverings and the furniture.
Painting time: healthy paintings for the baby room
Blue or pink? Whichever color parents choose, it is important that the colors in the nursery are not only beautiful, but also allow the passage of water vapor. The wall must be able to breathe, only then no pollutants are released into the room air. Even a small pollutant content is quickly negatively due to the large amount of wall paint. The following colors are suitable for the baby room:
- Natural resin dispersion: A dispersion consisting of natural resins, waxes, oils, water, citrus peel oils, balsam turpentine oil and pigments. It charges itself electrostatically only to a small extent and has a good vapor permeability.
- Lime painting: An inexpensive color of water and slaked lime. Lime absorbs odors, reduces the risk of mold formation and has a disinfecting effect.
- Silicate paint: Consists of chalk, potassium silicate glass, color pigments and a small proportion of synthetic resins.
- Casein Color: Its ingredients include casein, chalk, water, borax and milk. Casein colors are good covering, breathable and well covering.
- Glue paint: This paint consists of binding glue, water and chalk. Due to their permeability to water vapor, it is well suited for living rooms, but not wet rooms.
Standing, sitting, walking: floors are heavily used
Babies can not stay on the floor during the first few weeks. A few months later, however, babies already sit independently and begin to crawl around everywhere. For this reason, the choice of flooring is of great importance. It influences the comfort of the nursery and thus the health of the little resident.
When choosing materials, parents must pay attention to the absence of harmful substances and in particular avoid pollutants that are unfortunately to be found in many products. When buying the typical floor coverings, look for the following:
- Linoleum : This material does not charge electrostatically and is warm to the feet. Pure linoleum is produced from renewable raw materials such as cork, wood, linseed oil, rock flour and jute fibers and therefore contains no hazardous ingredients.
- Cork : This floor covering is warm to the feet, hard-wearing and elastic. Cork is made from crushed natural cork and a binder. PVC-coated cork tiles are not recommended, but natural and waxed versions are already recommended.
- Carpeting : This floor covering is also soft and warm to the touch. The wear layer is made of natural fibers such as sisal, coconut, wool and jute or synthetic variants such as polyamide, polyolefins and polyester. Carpets made of jute and natural latex are recommended.
- Wood Floors : Wood not only gives the floor a natural atmosphere, it also does not pollute with a natural surface treatment. Their durability and comparatively low maintenance costs make wood floors an economical floor covering.
- Plastic floors : They are easy to install, are cheap and durable. Unfortunately, they are not breathable and will not load up without an anti-static upgrade. In addition, they are not made from renewable raw materials but from petroleum products.
Eco-friendly furniture: healthy indoor air for the baby
Similar to the floor covering, the material also plays a major role in the furniture. Of course, materials are especially recommended. Unfortunately, when buying furniture for the baby room, many parents only pay attention to their appearance and practical use. Of course, rounded corners protect against injury, a certain stability and stable workmanship are also desired. Nevertheless, pollutants that escape from the children's furniture affect the indoor air. Therefore, when buying, pay attention to the following:
- Avoid PVC and Particle Board : Coated particle board is in great danger of causing environmental toxin, often referred to in the media, to be "formaldehyde". evaporates. In Germany only chipboard grade E1 can be sold - with these products, the concentration of the substance is minimal.
- Solid wood furniture : The healthy and ecological alternative to the aforementioned products are wood furniture of regional forests or products whose wood is equipped with the FSC seal of approval. This seal guarantees ecological forest management.
- Second Hand : Second-hand furniture has the advantage that it is cheap and all harmful substances have evaporated. From a health point of view, they are therefore highly recommended. In addition, the purchase of second-hand furniture reduces waste and saves resources.
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