Room For Your Preschooler

Arranging a children’s room is just as important as furnishing any other room in the house. Every child of any age should have at least some space at home, that belongs to just him. For a long time, his room is his whole world and so it’s important to take into consideration his personality and needs so that once he’s an adult he can look back at his great childhood room. It doesn’t matter whether you’re live in an apartment or a house, a small room can be just as well equipped. What should we pay attention to most importantly?

 

The bed, as the main part of the room

A quality bed predetermines a healthy development of your child. The size of the bed should be chosen based on the size of the room, but bunk beds are definitely not recommended. The child on the upper bed is breathing the stale air from the bottom and that doesn’t contribute to quality sleep. If you want to save some space, sliding beds on wheels are good for saving space, because one bed can slide under the other during the day. If you only have one child, try to get him a bed as big as possible; a good night sleep is priceless so don’t deny him that for the sake of a different piece of furniture.

 

Storage spaces

Pay close attention to cabinets and shelves. People often make a mistake of putting tall cabinets into a children’s room. Unless your child is extraordinary tall, he will not be able to reach up that high. A lower chest of drawers and open shelves will do. You will encourage your child’s activity by putting making storage spaces accessible to him – he will be more likely to clean up after himself if he can put stuff where they belong. Don’t forget though that with age, children’s demands change. Just to be sure, get high-adjustable pieces of furniture that can be changed into different variations. This way, it can stay with your child for many years.

 

Working area

Every working area should have a desk. But where to put it? If your child is left handed, put the desk in such a position so it will get light from the right, and if he’s right-handed make sure the light comes in from the left side. Also keep in mind a good posture. The height of the desk plays an important role regarding your child’s posture along with the chairs backrest angle and hardness. A proper chair should have an option to adjust the height of the seat, the backrest and should have armrests. Don’t let your child damage his back and also make sure he has good lighting, which includes a quality lamp. Right beside the desk is a great place where he can always keep his schoolbag, so that he won’t have to frantically look all over for it every morning.

 

What about the floor?

Carpets are slowly going out of style, but you don’t have to completely forget about them. Floors can ideally be partly covered with carpet and partly uncovered. A carpet that covers the entire room concentrates a lot of dust and mites, which doesn’t create a suitable environment, especially for people suffering from allergies. But it’s ok to cover a smaller area with a carpet, because your child can play on it instead of a cold bare floor. When picking out a carpet, stay away from very distinctive designs that make a room appear smaller, if your room already is small.

For a pleasant temperature and easy maintenance, natural linoleums are great with their antibacterial properties.

 

Colors

Children are very perceptive when it comes to colors. Whether you’re thinking about wallpaper or wall color, always respect your child’s wishes. Discuss with your child which color would suit him the best, but try to talk him out of aggressive tones or red or other strong colors. Even if it doesn’t seem so at first, such colors could make a child restless and irritable.

Some good neutral colors that are always safe are for example yellow, green or blue. Also darker shades of orange are trendy now. If your child still craves for red, you can at least put some red items in the room – like a chair, posters, pillow, etc. This solution is practical also because these accessories are easily replaceable if your child gets sick of red.

Nursery Cleaning: Toxic Free Is The Place To Be

Mothers and fathers take pride in bringing their little one home to a cozy, beautiful and safe nursery.  With baby’s first experiences outside the womb, we understand that babies are very delicate and extra sensitive to their new surroundings.  So we try our best to take every precaution to guard our precious little one from harmful agents.  Being outside, there is not much one can control.  You can’t control how the air smells, or the car that drives down the road, or the individual close by who is sick.  Sure, you make every attempt to keep your baby away from hazards, but you take the risk every time baby is outdoors.  What you can control is keeping your baby’s nursery safe, sanitary and totally free from harmful toxins.

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Cleaning

Keeping your nursery clean is essential to providing a safe environment for your baby.  Make sure you regularly clean the carpets using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.  This filter will help get rid of the majority of dangerous pathogens, allergies, dust particles, pet dander and more.  According to a 2002 U.S. Geological Survey, 80% of cleaning solutions leave behind a residue which may include antibiotics, synthetic hormones, insecticides, etc.  That is a poor exchange for germ-free surfaces!  These chemical substances can be very harmful if ingested or inhaled and can affect the development of your baby’s immune system.  Go to the store and get yourself some non-toxic cleaning products.  They are just as effective and smell considerably better.  You can also try home remedy cleaning solutions which are significantly cheaper and free of toxic residue.

Crib Bedding

Your crib bedding is the last thing your little one sees before bedtime and the first thing your newborn sees when he/she wakes up.  You newborn will spend about 2/3rds of the time sleeping in the crib, so selecting safe baby crib sets and taking appropriate care of it ought to be one of your top priorities.  Mattresses made up of wool or latex can cause allergic reactions, so try buying an organic mattress or allow a regular baby mattress to air out for at least one month prior to bringing baby home.  Purchasing organic baby bedding and clothing are also an ideal alternative.  Organic baby bedding is free from chemical finishing agents that are utilized to preserve the fabric.  Choose baby bedding which is 100% certified organic cotton so it is soft, comfy and breathable.  Make sure to wash all items using fragrance-free detergent and no fabric softener.

Painting

Painting your nursery walls is a wonderful way to create a nice ambiance for your nursery.  Make sure not to paint while your pregnant and also use paint that has no or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  This goes the same for sealers and finishers for furniture.  Buying unfinished furniture is even better, but realistically, buying new furniture is not always feasible.  Again, give your nursery several months to air out before bringing baby home.  An air purifier with HEPA filter is also useful in getting rid of allergens, dust particles, asthma inducers, chemicals, biological contaminants and so on. 

Take proactive measures to ensure your baby’s nursery is safe and free from toxins.  I would suggest preparing and sanitizing your nursery several months before baby is due to guarantee all possible contaminants are eliminated.  You may not be able to control outside variables from imposing harmful agents, but you can certainly control turning your nursery into a safe sanctuary for your baby.  Taking eco-friendly precautions is not only safer for your precious little one, but mother nature will thank you for it.