Keeping Sleep Time Toxin-Free – Part II

Original photo courtesy of La Lumiere Photography (lalumierephoto.com)

Original photo courtesy of La Lumiere Photography (lalumierephoto.com)

In my previous post, I discussed how our family started to detoxify our son’s room after becoming more aware of his immune system issues.  We wanted to make his sleep time toxin-free. We were able to take a close look at his pajamas, mattress and linens and make the necessary changes to ensure he wasn’t breathing in a ton of chemicals at night.

There are several other things we did to ensure our child’s bedroom was as green as possible (please note, this post contains affiliate links). As our son was ready to move out of his crib, we wanted to find a bed that would not off-gas as he slept. We started reading and learned the best choice was a bed made of solid wood with a non-VOC finish.  Anything made of plywood or particle board should be avoided. I was happy to find several options online. Here is a cute and simple toddler bed made by Little Colorado that you can either purchase with their formaldehyde-free stain, or you can paint it yourself with an eco-friendly paint and your own non-VOC sealer.

Little Colorado Toddler Bed

Little Colorado Toddler Bed

There are a ton of options online for big kid and adult beds as well. I especially like one online store called The Clean Bedroom. They offer a ton of options for all wood beds with non-toxic finishes. However, if you are not looking to find a new bed and want to keep the one you already have, there is a brand of finish called AFM Safe Seal that you can use as a top coat or “sealer” on your existing bed frame. It keeps any toxins in the bed from off-gassing. We used it on my son’s toddler bed (which did have some plywood in it) along with non-VOC paint (post to come). In general, we love the AFM Safecoat brand for it’s large selection of eco-friendly products for the home.

Next up are bedroom rugs. All natural fiber rugs are the best and there are some really cute options these days. The one we chose for my son is this one from Land of Nod, made out of denim. My daughter has an all-wool rug from Overstock. Avoid rugs made with polypropolene or backed with anything other than cotton when possible. I try to focus on wool and cotton rugs. An organic underpad is also important. We purchased ours from Land of Nod. If you want to keep your current rug, another great option is to, once again, use the AFM SafeCoat brand, which has a sealer called AFM Safechoice Lockout that you can apply to the rug to prevent any future toxins in the synthetic materials from being released into the air. If it’s just the backing of the carpet you need to seal, use AFM Safechoice Carpet Seal. I know it sounds like I’m affiliated this company but I’m not. I just love their products!

When we moved into our current house, I also made sure we used a toxin-free paint for the children’s rooms, and for the whole house in general. I find that the non-VOC paints do take an extra coat or two to get adequate coverage, but they literally have no smell and dry nicely. We used Benjamin Moore Natura No-VOC paint, which you can usually get at your local hardware store. Another brand I’ve hard is good is Behr Premium Zero VOC Interior Paint, which you can find at Home Depot.

Another way to keep your bedroom toxin-free is to air out your room as often as possible. Fresh air is the most effective way to clear out toxins in the air. Did you know that sealed up houses are actually less healthy for you than houses that have constant airflow? We try and open up the windows in our bedrooms everyday, weather permitting, for at least a little while. Salt lamps also help to clear the air and they double as a really pretty and peaceful nightlight.

Finally, we love to use aromatherapy at night to help heal and restore our children’s bodies while they sleep. Essential oils are amazing for aiding in a peaceful slumber, and can actually help abate ailments. We just put a few drops in a diffuser at night and the whole room smells great. Who doesn’t love a nice smelling house?

Ultramist Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Diffuser

Ultramist Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Diffuser

These are just a few ways we were able to make a healthier and calmer environment for our children while we started the processing of healing our son’s immune system. It works great for them and it’s been working great for us in our bedroom too. Start off slowly and make small changes as you go along. Before you know it, your bedrooms will feel like little sanctuaries, perfect for settling in and recharging.

Things to remember:
1. Buy all-cotton pajamas that do not state “flame retardant” on the label”. Buy organic if you can.
2. Use all cotton or wool sheets, comforters, and sleep sacks.
2. Go for an organic mattress, pillow and mattress cover.
3. If possible, find a crib or bed that is made out of real wood with a non-toxic finish.
4. Use natural fiber rugs.
5. Use non-VOC paint
6. Keep the air clean by opening windows and using salt lamps.
7. Aromatherapy is a great way to add some peace and healing to the room.

Please note: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. To keep true to the spirit of this blog, I only recommend products or services I personally use and/or truly believe will add value to my readers.

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