How to Design a Green Nursery
If you're nearly through nesting in anticipation of your wonderful arrival, here are a few more ideas to eco-boost your plan and grow a green baby nursery for Earth Day. April 22nd is Earth Day and a nice reminder to honor Mother Earth, our second and sensitive mom. With a few easy upgrades and upcycles, you can turn your nursery into the clean, green and earth-friendly nest to keep baby happy and healthy.
Bedding, linens, mattress and crib
Starting from the ground up, which in this case is baby's soft and sensitive skin, choose crib sheets made of organic, natural, and breathable fibers.
Try sustainably grown bamboo, organic cotton, and if opting for conventional cotton, choose a light colored pattern that takes less dye to create.
Opt out of the baby crib bumper trend and keep the crib bare. To keep baby sleeping soundly, swaddle baby in the same type of natural material you chose for the crib linens.
Try one of Satsuma Designs' best selling swaddling blankets like our bamboo jersey swaddling blanket and the uber soft and cozy bamboo flannel swaddling blanket that's over-sized for a perfect swaddle every time.
Splurge on an organic mattress with all natural materials and no off-gassing.
Consider how much time baby (you hope!) will be spending in the crib in dreamland and the couple of hundred extra dollars makes sense. If possible, query friends for a barter or sale of their old mattress. If you know the source to be reliable, it's okay to upcycle here.
Nursing and Feeding
Start by creating a cozy haven where you and baby can enjoy quality nursing and feeding time.
Move your favorite plush occasional chair into the nursery and throw a blanket and pillow on that matches your theme. If you opt for a new rocker or glider, try snagging one second hand and be sure to sit and test before hauling home.
For Mommies who nurse choose supportive supplies that keep you comfy. Nursing bras and overnight nursing camisoles that provide lots of support and whose clips work well.
Find organic washable nursing pads to reuse instead of toss for an eco-friendly solution. Try Satsuma Designs' organic washable nursing pads that come three pairs to a set and are wrapped in an organza bag, which makes a great organic baby shower gift too.
Find a balm for chapped nipples that's easy to open. Search for a flip top here as you won't want to be searching the nighttime floor for that blasted cap! When choosing bottles go organic and eco-friendly.
Choose glass baby bottles when appropriate and BPA-free baby bottles other times. Find a nipple that works best for baby and test a few brands if necessary.
Ask friends for recommendations and consult with your pediatrician and local baby store owner for advice.
Furniture and Decor
Re-purpose old dressers and desks for diaper changing tables.
Turn an old coffee or side table into a storage ottoman and decoupage or paint an old bookshelf in nursery colors to create storage and display space.
Be sure to secure all large furniture to the wall so you won't have to worry about baby proofing these items in a short 10-12 months!
Create black out shades on your own by sewing black felt or other darkly opaque fabric to the back of your nursery curtains.
Ask for help if you need a hand with the sewing or use a sewing adhesive to bind the fabrics.
Find cute drapery tie backs from the thrift store or try drilling three old blocks together and affixing to the wall to act as a tie back.
Search your old toys for other creative ideas. Get crafting and create a rotating art exhibit to show off baby's cutest togs.
You'll use this every month when you replace with something that baby has grown out of.
Be sure to create a frame that's long enough to accommodate a nightie or long onesie that you choose to showcase.