If you are setting up a new sleep space for your child or you’re expecting and setting up prior to their arrival here are some basic tips to creating a green sleep space that is low-tox.
Why is this important?
Your baby will be spending upwards of 16 hours a day as a newborn sleeping in that very space, then around 12 hours as a young person, so it’s worthwhile investing in a ‘green’ sleep environment. Some children are much more sensitive than others to smells and pollutants in their environment and suffer from allergies or disrupted sleep as a result. Whether you have a sensitive baby or not, there are also the potential long term effects of ongoing exposure to harmful chemicals that makes having a green low-tox sleep space imperative for the whole family, not just our little peeps.
What kind of pollutants am I talking about?
VOCs = Volatile Organic Compounds… think chemicals that are emitted by paints, paint strippers, cleaning products, pesticides, air fresheners and building materials. Then think that the majority of our flooring, underlays, paints, wallpaper, glues, rugs, furniture and mattresses (yes, mattresses) contains VOCs that emit these gasses initially, that’s the ‘new’ smell you can actually smell, but that also continue to release VOCs over time.
Tips for going green
Finally, as a general sleep tip, keep the sleep space uncluttered, neutral, natural and think about evoking a calm and not overly stimulating zone to keep it conducive to sleep.
By Carla Morgan. Carla is a Holistic Sleep Consultant, for more information or help with sleep support please see her website Birth & Baby Hub