These tips for a natural nursery are designed to cover the basics like green paints, how to help prevent crib death, and organic bedding for older children. Edward Bulmer Nursery Collection comes in 12 soothing colours, free from VOCs and can be used with LifeTime Wood Treatment to stain wood (a powder you mix with water).
Tips to Help Prevent Crib Death
Beautiful Wooden Sitting Animals (not ‘play toys’)
Lullaby Trust has heaps of info and a phone helpline. It does not recommend Finnish Baby Beds (but has tips if you use one) and says to avoid placing twins together in small cots (to reduce risk of over-heating) and has tips for premature babies, who may slump while asleep. NHS also has good tips (and for general baby safety). Lullaby Trust has a free baby check app.
- Most experts say that babies should not use pillows for 18 months (more than the 12 often recommended). When used, avoid choking hazards like buckwheat, hemp or feathers.
- Use a quality new waterproof mattress, with no rips or tears, and avoid sheepskin (a risk in some incidences). Lullaby Trust say to avoid soft bedding, including in ‘harder’ travel cots.
- Babies should sleep on their back (with lots of supervised ‘tummy time’ in the day to prevent flat head syndrome). Tuck in blankets across the chest and under the arms, with feet facing the bottom of the cot. This helps babies avoid getting tangled in bedding.
- Do not leave loose toys in cots, these could choke or be used to climb out of cots. NHS and Lullaby Trust say to avoid cot bumpers (legally sold) as babies could be tangled in ties.
- Remove extra blankets/hats when entering warmer temperatures (including cars, use shades to prevent over-heating and don’t let them sleep for long inside). Use a room temperature thermometer and do not cover prams/pushchairs with blankets.
- Panda Kids Bamboo Mattress prevents overheating and features a light waterproof layer to shield against moisture, bacteria and fungi. Sold with a washable bamboo mattress protector.
- When old enough, Kids Memory Foam Pillow (age 4 plus) and Toddler Memory Foam Pillow (they say 12 months plus but some experts say 18 months plus) feature a contour curve design in the centre, to help reduce risk of flat head syndrome.
Organic Bedlinen for Older Children
Wash in unscented Bio-D biodegradable laundry liquid. As organic bedding and nightwear have no fire retardants, Green Moms Collective says to avoid floating sleeves/trousers. Use tested smoke alarms, use oil heaters over fan heaters, don’t charge laptops or phones on bed, see candle safety tips (avoid scented candles near pets) and buy escape ladders (also for pet). Lullaby Trust say no duvets for younger children: see their list of safe/unsafe bedding.
- Frugi organic cotton bedding is in fun colourful designs, for duvet covers and pillowcases, often in reversible patterns. Sold in an organic cotton drawstring bag.
- Panda Bamboo Bedding is naturally anti-bacterial and thermal-regulating (in pure white, urban grey or vintage pink). As loose or fitted sheets, for older children the duvet cover stays secure.
- Kalusha Bedding offers beautiful vintage-style linen bedding for beautiful linen soft bedding and pillow cases, in a natural fabric that regulates temperature. Includes neutral tones, soft pink or stonewashed, no need to iron.
Cute Natural Nursery Finds
This organic bunny rattle toy is made from 100% organic cotton, with corn fibre filling. Supervise at all times and only use age-appropriate rattles. This little forest friend is the perfect gift for little ones, as they start to explore the world. In rattle or larger doll version.
This wooden rocking horse with safety hoop (blue or white) is designed to withstand hours of rocking fun. The classic beginning to a memorable childhood, the removable loop keeps children stable, when first learning to ride. Suitable for 12 months plus, compliant with European safety standards (EN71 Toy Safety Regulations).