Baby safe wall paints? Yes, you learn something new every day. When we searched for safe, healthy ideas for decorating baby nurseries and kids’ rooms we discovered valuable information about how to choose safe wall paints. What’s a safe wall paint? One with minimal VOC’s, the chemical fumes that may increase the likelihood of your child developing asthma, allergies and other health issues. Reduced VOCs is, of course, “greener” and better for the environment too.
Today there are many wall paints in your local paint shop that are healthier alternatives to basic commercial paints. There are Low VOC paints and Zero VOC paints. The price will be greater, but the health benefits may be too. Here’s a sampling:
Low VOC Paints
Benjamin Moore Waterborne Paint
Benjamin Moore Aura Paints
Zero VOC paints
Benjamin Moore Natura Paints
Sherwin-Williams Zero VOC
Selecting a safe wall paint is better for your child’s health, better for your family’s well-being, and better for the environment.
In addition to what goes on the walls, another important consideration in nursery and bedroom safety is choosing window treatments. All natural materials are the current hot trend (see this HGTV trend report), but be sure to read carefully to ensure the purity and safety of your selection. The Daily Green and Green Home have comprehensive checklists of what to consider when choosing window treatments.
We love the simplicity of natural, organic window treatments for a child’s room, like this fabulous baby nursery via decor pad… Notice the bamboo shades mixed with natural linen draperies…a great option for keeping the room healthy. Sustainable materials, like bamboo are a perfect choice for covering windows. Natural woven shades are more readily available than ever, from custom choices at The Shade Store, Smith + Noble to big-box stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s (see thefind.com for pages of ideas).
Natural honeycomb shades are a great option for windows too…
This room features the Young America Abigail Collection with a Built to Grow Gala Crib. All our cribs and beds are Greenguard certified.
As we’ve looked for more ways to keep your family safe and environmentally-friendly, we’ve come across a few good reads on the subject, like these two by Dr. Alan Greene, M.D. available via Amazon…
…and several helpful blogs that focus on the subject, like Happy Green Baby and the Go Green blog.
Let us know what choices you are making to keep your baby and whole family safe and healthy.
What’s more tempting to a toddler than opening and closing drawers? The satisfying slamming and bamming puts a big smile on an innocent face, until his or her hands or fingers are caught and pinched. Ouch!
We found a simple, toddler-proof solution to protect those curious little fingers. It’s a Soft Close drawer system with a fancy name: the Quadro self-closing slide from Hettich. It’s purpose? It prevents drawers of casegoods (aka: dressers, armoires, storage drawers, bookcases) from a slamming close. The drawer hardware puts the brakes on, slows the drawer and closes itself. Even the mightiest toddler will be hard-pressed to get a good slam. Better yet, our drawers are QUIET.
Grace Crib shown with an Abigail dresser and hutch.
What’s so great about the Young America Drawer System? Our cases feature a 4-piece solid wood drawer box made of sustainably harvested North American hardwood with English dovetails in all 4 corners; our drawer system reflects a standard of American craftsmanship that is hard to find today, especially when paired with Soft Close Hettich Quadro self-closing drawer glide hardware; an under-mount, ball bearing design that facilitates the smoothest, most even open/close possible. This unique combination of superior materials, construction and advanced engineering means safe, high-quality furniture parents can trust, for many years.
One More Drawer Safety Feature to be Excited about. The Soft Close Quadro self-closing drawer slide includes a dynamic load capacity of up to 55 pounds and a maximum safety extension, which limits how far drawers can be pulled out to reduce the possibility of tip-over accidents. We also include an anti-tip kit with each casegood (dressers, armoires, storage drawers, bookcases) to further protect against your adventurous toddler’s attempt to climb the furniture. Rest assured we always have your child’s safety in mind.
Drawers, drawers, everywhere drawers: Fanfare Crib shown with a Boardwalk dresser and bookcase
Here’s a little drawer glide demo:
"Going Green" is about health and safety for your baby. By choosing "Green" you are reducing your baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins. You’re also making a choice for a healthier home and a healthier environment and that’s important for your whole family.
Making “Green” choices for your baby’s nursery is of vital importance (think low-voc paint; natural bedding, wall and window treatments; lasting furniture.)
Selecting your baby’s crib and nursery furniture is a good place to begin “Going Green”; choosing high-quality, safe furniture that will last and transition with your child throughout his or her growing stages is a smart investment and a savvy “Green” choice.
A Young America Built To Grow Laurels Crib (shown above) is a good example of a product that is not only Greenguard-certified, but also can be converted to a toddler bed, then full-sized bed when the time comes. Young America stationary cribs (see the Grace Crib below) can be converted to toddler beds too.
We even added a nature-inspired look to this toddler’s nook with a hand-painted tree mural near a Grace crib (above) converted to a toddler bed. Create your own tree mural with our DIY project.
We also found valuable information on the Daily Green website regarding ways to create a safe, healthy baby nursery, from non-toxic paint choices to natural fiber area rugs, like these from flor.com…
…to chemical-free bedding and beyond. Plus, we discovered Naturepedic is a good source for natural crib and kids’ mattresses, an important purchase to consider when planning your baby’s bedroom.
We also love the concept of treating your baby to the safety of beautiful, all-natural cotton linens, like these sweet baby blankets from etsy.com…
…and then there’s the lure of organic cotton baby clothing like these finds at kate quinn organics…
And once baby is clothed and resting in a safe, healthy place, you may want them playing with toys that are toxin-free as well. There are countless sources of “Green” baby and kids’ toys out there, including environmentally-friendly ones made from recycled materials like greentoys.com or all-natural and organic toys from a website like oompa.com. Visit local stores in your area too.
…or look at gogreentravelgreen.com for their “top ten” list of “green” toys, most of which can be purchased on Amazon.
The JPMA , the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, is a valuable resource for baby safety information and tips too.
We are always on the look-out for ways to “Go Green” for your baby’s safety. We hope these suggestions give you some new insights on how to create a happy, healthy home for your wee one.
Happy baby safety month. Happy September!
There’s a good reason to order Young America Harbor Town and Mix now. They had their days in the sun, but now the sun is setting on Mix and Harbor Town.
If you’ve been considering a purchase from either of these collections, including the Built to Grow Encore Crib and Kudos Crib and you must place your orders with your Young America retailer or online before October 4, 2013. After that date, it’s good night Mix and Harbor Town.
Young America cribs are GREENGUARD certified to protect babies from exposure to potentially harsh chemicals. Cribs that are not GREENGUARD certified or crib mattresses not certified “Organic” may “off-gas” and be unhealthy for a baby.
The term “Off-gassing" refers to the evaporation of synthetic compounds used in manufacturing products, from cars to computers and toys to tennis balls and cribs and other home furnishings. Two identifiable types of off-gases are the “new car” and “new carpet” smells, but they can be odorless too.
What are the Health Risks of off-gassing?
Exposure to or inhalation of these airborne gases may cause asthma, coughing, rash, hives, watery eyes and compromised immunity. To avoid the health risks of off-gassing, we recommend pairing a Young America crib with an organic crib mattress to ensure a pollutant-free nursery and indoor environment. You will also want to be mindful of other elements in a baby’s living space, including carpets, wall paint and even toys.
What is an Organic Crib Mattress?
Mattresses made with organic, non-toxic materials, without conventional chemicals (ie: formaldehyde, polyvinyl chloride or PVC) and meet strict standards. The mattresses are, of course, not 100% organic as 1) they are not an agricultural products and 2) you probably do not want a biodegradable mattress, but they are made with the highest percentage of non-toxic materials available and meet strict standards for health and safety.
Why Choose an Organic Crib Mattress?
Parents and physicians recommend an organic crib mattress as an important way to avoid unnecessary exposure to the off-gassing of toxic chemicals.
What are the Certification Standards for an Organic Mattress?
Organic mattresses, like other certified products made with organic fiber and textiles, are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The largest U.S. GOTS approved certifier is Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO).
In particular, the GOTS standard requires that all fiber and fabrics, with limited exceptions, must be made from certified materials that meet the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) standard and are processed in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
All other components (such as innersprings, fire protection, etc.) must meet stringent Federal standards for health and safety.
Are Mattresses labeled “Eco” or “Green” good too? Not really.
"Eco" and "Green" are not regulated terms and can be misleading. For example, plant-derived or soybean foam used in many eco mattresses are vastly petroleum/chemical-based and not really made of soybeans. Likewise, bamboo fabric found in eco models is typically made using environmentally-toxic chemicals with no trace of bamboo plant in the finished product. Many of these eco materials may sound enticing, but are not truly natural or green and are certainly not focused on eliminating harmful chemicals.
Where to Buy an Organic Crib Mattress?
We recommend two companies as organic crib mattress sources - made in USA - as healthy companions to our GREENGUARD certified Young America cribs:
Naturpedic and Colgate mattresses are broadly distributed or may be ordered directly via their websites. FMI contact a Young America Signature Shop or retailer in your area: Young America Store Locator
With its Made in America quality and safety, its design innovation, and incomparable styling and finish detail, Young America helps you create environments that are inspiring, safe, nurturing and healthy for your child. It is in these spaces your child will wonder, create, grow and ultimately become whatever he or she is meant to be. View all Young America Cribs
What goes around comes around in kid’s styles, often with a fresh new twist. We’ve been on the look-out for simple ideas and trends for this back-to-school season… watching our own kids + their friends gives us clues for kids, from toddler to teen.
Here are a couple of our style observations on accessories…
The All-American bandana is back! For girls, the fashion bandana is mixed with a fun bun, like these…
image via weheartit
For boys, we found this sweet spin on bandana charm via etsy…
These hip bandana trends work especially well when paired with denim, always an American classic.
Another style to watch in kid’s fashion is knit beanies, for both both boys and girls alike. Here are a few images of inspiration…
image via etsy
images via pinterest
We love this look with the pop of red and the classic high-top converse…and the always-right-for-Fall plaid print …
image via fashiondivadesign
Enjoy getting your kids ready to head back to school in style! Let us know the kid fashions you’ve spied recently.
We’re excited to have an Abigail Double Dresser in French White included in Teen Vogue magazine’s brand new web series "My Room Makeover". Teen Vogue interior design gurus give a bedroom the total chic treatment. Over the course of four episodes, you’ll meet the lucky girl, watch the makeover in-progress, see the satisfying reveal, and get tons of DIY tips to transform your own space. The first room belongs to Victoria Shaffer, daughter of Paul Shaffer from The Late Show with David Letterman.
Click on the links below to watch them:
Episode 3 - The Big Reveal!
Abigail Double Dresser shown in French White, just one of 19 paint and wood tone finish choices. Available in Vintage Weathered or Standard finish techniques. View the entire Young America Abigail Collection online.
Back to School is about a fresh start. Brand new tools. A time to get organized. We are probably not the only ones who enjoy shopping for crisp, colorful binders and composition books… sharpening stacks of #2’s …preparing children for the new year and organizing their living spaces for the school year. Where to begin?
Here’s one way to organize a girl’s bedroom: build a study and storage space that fits your space and style. Shown above: Young America Dana Writing Desk combined with two Dana Door Bookcases, a Dana Storage Hutch and a Bailey Banker Chair.
A Newberry Bookcase Bed (below) paired with two Dana Low Bookcases creates an attractive, practical space for the (many) things that may otherwise end up on the floor, under the bed or who-knows-where…
Mixed and matched, Dana furniture styles are space-saving, versatile and blend easily with Young America collections and styles you may already have in your home. Perfect for a child’s bedroom in your choice of paint finishes and wood tones.
Young America Dana study and storage ideas to help organize a modern boy’s room too.
Cubbies, bins, drawers and doors provide space to stow and display everything.
shown above: Dana Writing Desk and Dana Large Console (top with monitor/tv) with two Dana Door Bookcases, Dana Storage Hutches and Bailey Banker Chairs. A Newberry Bookcase Bed (below) is flanked with Dana Low Bookcases for a cozy library effect.
Here are some other fun ideas we’ve found while looking around online…
image via Ikea
How about stacks of colorful organization? Just a little paint & imagination goes a long way. Having ample storage is key, whether in boxes, bins, baskets or jars.
image via bellamumma
Task lighting is another essential. We found a current source for some colorful desk lamps at apartmenttherapy…
…and another fun idea for creating order in your study space, using a peg board to display artwork or assignments…
image via momodesign
For other good organization and decorating ideas for your kids’ rooms and study spaces: click here.
What comes to mind when you think of your childhood? Carnivals, bubblegum, hopscotch and playgrounds?
For most of us, childhood memories include CANDY; favorite sweet treats like cotton candy, lemon drops and lollipops.
We all loved playing the game of Candyland… creating gingerbread houses with gum drops & peppermints…trips to the corner store for a candy fix… rivers of chocolate in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Children love the idea and fantasy of being surrounded by candy and its sweet goodness. What could be better?
(above image via Vogue UK)
So tapping into this sweet formula of child + candy = happy… we created fun, delicious elements with candy for a recent photo shoot. Jars filled with bubblegum balls, candy necklaces, pixie sticks, rock candy and other vibrant confections bring color, pattern and texture to the room. Layers of colorful fun create a design theme every child will love. We swirled candy button strips into a large jar and taped jumbo-sized dots to the wall. Imagine the fun and temptation of a whole wall covered in candy dots!
Use your imagination to bring a little bit of old-fashioned candy store charm into your son’s or daughter’s room.
Here’s our take on creating candy décor…
This room features our Young America Abigail Collection. Playful bedding & pops of color complement the layers of candy on the dresser.
We saw this image recently via Hus & Hem and fell in love with the giant confetti dots on the walls. What a great way to add color & fun to a young one’s bedroom…
See our pinterest boards for even more ideas for decorating with candy & color… and bringing fun to your child’s world. Be creative! & Be sure to share your sweet results with us.