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After becoming a mom, Melissa Moog resolved to help new and expectant parents ease into their lives with children. Most importantly, Melissa wanted to create a company where she could help parents find the best green baby products to protect two very precious things: our little ones and the planet.

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How to Go Green in Your Baby's Nursery

Melissa Moog

Tip 1 - Floor Options
Consider carpetless if possible, cork or marmoleum are great options for nurseries, and it is always better to be able to grab the rug and clean it outside the children's room. Did you know that wall to wall carpet doubles its weight after a year of being installed. Your baby is still going to be developing his immune system but please do not stress over it unnecessarily. It is a big effort to change the floor but if you can, I strongly recommend this. Tile carpet is a good alternative just make sure does not contain PVC, I recommend tile carpet FLOR Or wool carpet how ever try throw rugs instead of wall to wall carpeting.

Tip 2 - Paint
The strange smell from non environmentally friendly paint is AMMONIA, I do not even want to tell you about the side effects and bioacumulative effects in our body, the gallon of low VOC paint might cost $5-8 more but believe me it's cheaper than a kid with asthma.

Tip 3 - Furniture
If buying new furniture try to ask for finishes that do not give off gas, if nobody can tell you about this, or they think you're strange to ask, at least order the furniture and leave it outside the baby's room for a month. Please buy quality and hand down what you do not use, better furniture can be used for more people, my children's cradle is still around and they are 12 now. Used furniture is the best, especially for sofas in case you cannot find a sofa manufacturer that can produce a sofa with out polyester and those ugly carcinogens and fire retardants.

Tip 4 - Linens and Mattress
There are so many places that offer organic products now that it should be easier to find safer products. The popular conventional mattresses are made out of latex and they have to have fire retardants by law which are toxic.

theCradle.com Tip - Pick a natural mattress made without petrochemicals, such as those made of wool, organic cotton or 100% natural latex. If you decide to go with a conventional mattress (the natural ones can be a bit more expensive), try to use an organic mattress pad protector as a barrier between baby and the bed. Also, air it out a couple of months before placing it in the crib (for off-gassing).

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