Nancy J Price and Betsy Bailey When it comes to your baby's nursery, you might think there's too much to...
Nancy J Price and Betsy Bailey

When it comes to your baby's nursery, you might think there's too much to do and too little time! We have good news for you: Getting started on your nursery project is as easy as A, B, C...
Baby Nursery A to Z
Your baby's nursery, A to Z
So you have the safety issues nailed down...but is your room healthful for your baby?

"When choosing to decorate your baby's room, remember that less is more. The more clutter you bring in, the more dust collectors you have; and the more dust you have, the more dust mites and [allergenic] dust mite feces in this room you have," says Amilya Antonetti. She started her own company when her son developed sensitivities to regular household cleaners; she has since become an advocate for healthy environments for kids. She adds, "The best gift for a nursery is a good air filter. This standalone unit will help clean the air, and you can smell and feel the difference." Antonetti notes investing in healthy air is wise -- after all, it's one of life's essentials.

There's more to consider, too. If you get new furniture or flooring, be careful to read the precautions: Some materials give off formaldehyde and other chemicals that aren't good for growing babies. [Particleboard, hardwood plywood and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) are particularly formaldehyde-heavy.]

Likewise, be careful when using paint and any other chemicals, including pesticides and cleansers. And if your home was built before 1978, lead-based paint may have been used. Click here or call 1-800-424-LEAD for guidelines on avoiding lead exposure in your home, such as when you're remodeling or renovating.

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Ready to get started? Be sure to check out our interactive, customizable nursery checklist. It's an easy way to help you get baby's room all ready! We also have many more nursery articles here -- take a peek to learn about everything from creating a unisex bedroom to decorating on a budget.

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