6 Tips for Creating a Stunning Eco-Friendly Nursery

Here's how to design a space that's environmentally and baby friendly.
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ByKylie McConville
September 17, 2020
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Baby won’t just be sleeping in the nursery: Your little one will be playing, learning, growing and discovering there too, so you can expect he’ll put his hands (and mouth!) on just about everything in sight. Add these items to your list to create an eco-friendly and baby-safe space.


Repurposed furniture

That old bookcase that’s just collecting dust in your basement just needs a fresh coat of paint before it’s nursery ready. Finding a new home for furniture you already have cuts back on extra costs and tells a sweeter story. You can use it as a bookshelf (pictured) or a drawer-free dresser. Baskets can be used to store toys or extra diapers. Try a chemical-free paint that’s safe for baby to gum on.


Made-to-last must-haves

Using recycled wood and cardboard in place of the real thing (like this Merlin 3-Drawer Dresser does!) helps lower the impact these pieces make on the environment. Plus, you’ll end up spending less than you would on the real thing — and what’s not to love about that? You won’t even need to get rid of this stylish dresser; it’s made to grow with baby!



Handmade crib

There are tons of smaller brands that sell unique, ecological cribs made with eclectic touches and craftsmanship (like this Caravan Crib from Kalon — and since a crib is one of the first nursery purchases you’ll make, we love the idea of having that one-of-a-kind artistry in the nursery. It’ll set the mood for the space and keep baby cozy.



Biodegradable gear

This rocker from Monte is a microfiber chair that’s made from soy and plant-based foam. We love that it’s not only eco-friendly but also super comfy for the hours of baby-rocking you’ll do.


Organic accessories

Here’s something you’ll love: You can go organic _and _local — all in one breath! Retailers in your neighborhood might sell sustainable goods, or you can shop for these made-to-order finds online, through shops like Etsy. It’ll feel good to know that something was made just for your baby — and you’ll feel good about supporting smaller, local shops.



Breathable wallpaper

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We love wallpaper in nurseries — especially when it’s done right. This cheery dot print looks great in a baby boy or girl’s room. When you’re considering fabrics, look for vinyl-, PVC-, POC- and VOC-free and breathable (like this Dwell Studio print!). It’ll keep mold and mildew out.

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