Looking to freshen up your indoor air? Or tackle a tough odor? Before you reach for a conventional deodorizer or plug-in air freshener, consider this: most contain toxic ingredients that actually end up polluting your indoor air. Ah, the irony… Some of the most offensive ingredients, according to an article in Scientific American, are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene and formaldehyde which “can cause headaches and nausea and aggravate asthma, and have been linked to neurological damage and cancer. Perhaps even more worrisome, though, are fragrance stabilizers known as phthalates that are linked to hormonal and reproductive issues, birth defects, and developmental disorders.” Not willing to risk your family’s health for fresher smelling air? We didn’t think so. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 9 natural odor eliminators. Enjoy!
What do you think of when you see the terms “low-VOC,” “no-VOC,” or "zero VOC" on the side of a can of paint? If you’re like most people, you probably think the paint is safer and doesn’t release as many fumes into your indoor air. Maybe you think it’s worth the premium price because it protects the health of your family. Unfortunately, for the most part, you’d be wrong.
Your baby could spend upwards of 16 hours every day in the nursery, so of course you want the air to be as pure as can be. But, studies by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other researchers have found that potentially toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are common in indoor air and that levels are typically two to five times higher than outdoors. That’s some serious indoor air pollution!
What could be cuter than a baby in a costume? A baby in a non-toxic, handmade costume, of course! Playing dress-up with baby is just too much fun. Many costumes, however, are crafted from harsh fabrics that won't be kind to your baby's sensitive skin. Have no fear: Our list of 31 non-toxic handmade halloween costumes for babies is here! From doctors to dragons, from soft crochet to organic cotton, you're sure to find a costume that's perfect for your little one among this jackpot of handmade costumes. And make sure to tell us your favorite in the comments below to enter our giveaway -- One lucky winner will receive $200 in zero-VOC* Lullaby Paints!
It's ridiculously fun to design a nursery - but when you've got a small space to work with, creativity is a must. The truth is, you don't need a lot of square footage to make an adorable nursery happen. In fact, with the right colors, patterns, and furniture placement, even the tiniest of spaces can feel light and uncluttered instead of cramped or stuffy. We browsed through Houzz.com to find the tiniest nurseries with the most creative design elements that make each space feel much larger. From unique storage ideas to every sort of stripe, you're sure to find inspiration for designing your tiny nursery below. Check out these 10 itty bitty nurseries that prove no space is too small for a fresh and gorgeous nursery!
Liam, Emma, Noah, Olivia, Ethan, Ava, Lucas, Sophia – Choosing a name for a newborn is not an easy task. (If you're still hunting, that list includes the most popular baby names of 2016.) Many parents-to-be search through endless lists of baby name ideas, hoping to find that "just-right" name for their little miracle. Once you've finally landed on the perfect name, why not include it in the nursery to personalize the space and welcome your wee one to the world? From sophisticated stenciling, to dramatic backlighting, to playful bunting -- we've rounded up the most creative and unique ways to decorate with baby's name!
It's not just pale and pastel yellows adorning nursery walls anymore! This gorgeous golden yellow nursery inspiration board, created by Esther from Buy Modern Baby, proves that golden yellow can work wonders for a cozy, modern nursery. Muted gold, nature-inspired accents, and a trendy color palette combine to create a nursery that exudes sunshine and happiness. The board features Golden Glow by Lullaby Paints -- A perfect paint name for a nursery that totally glows!
Mobiles are meant to entertain the baby, but some of them are absolutely gorgeous from any angle. Choosing a dazzling mobile is one of the best possible ways to make a statement in the nursery. What if we told you that you don't have to break the bank to have a gorgeous mobile in your nursery? If there's anything we learned from browsing Etsy for gorgeous handmade mobiles, it's that a stunning statement mobile is possible with any budget - as you'll see below (birds, balloons, stars, oh my!). Check out our picks for 15 dazzling handmade mobiles for every budget -- and make sure to leave your favorite in the comments below to be entered into this month's giveaway!
A toddler bed is the first step up from a crib into a big boy's or girl's bedroom world. Toddler beds that look great right out of the box may be out of the price range for something that will only be used for a few years. As Evelyn from Rage Against The Minivan puts it, finding a toddler bed is no small feat: “Most toddler beds look like converted cribs in cheap white wood. I found a few modern toddler beds I really liked, but I wasn’t about to spend nearly $1000 on a bed she would only use for a few years. So [designer cribs], while great-looking, were not an option.”
It's no big surprise that most of us would assume popular household cleaners are completely safe and harmless. It seems like it would be illegal if they weren't – right? The sad reality though, is that many cleaners contain chemicals that are dangerously toxic - especially for babies. Some of the most popular household cleaning supplies include a litany of risky chemicals, but we don't even know what they could be because they aren't required to list them on the label. But have no fear - our guide to DIY non-toxic cleaners for the nursery is here! Read on to learn about some common hidden toxins in store-bought cleaners and to see our favorite DIY non-toxic alternatives.