Baby Safe Wall Paint and Window Decorating Solutions
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:
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…
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…
Let us know what choices you are making to keep your baby and whole family safe and healthy.
Why Do Parents Love our Dresser Drawers? Safety
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.
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.
Here’s a little drawer glide demo:
There’s a Good Reason to order Harbor Town and Mix Now
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.
Protect your Baby’s Health with an Organic Crib Mattress
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
Child Safety is in The Details
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
Style Tips: Back-to-School
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.
Teen Vogue My Room Makeover: Abigail Dresser
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.
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 means Back to Organization
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.