Think about it: your baby spends a LOT of time in his or her nursery. Sixteen hours a day, on average, just in the crib—and that doesn’t even include the time spent every day feeding, dressing, playing, and getting diapers changed!
That’s why it’s so important to take care of the nursery air you and your baby breathe. The air inside the average American home is loaded with more than 500 chemicals, many of which are known toxins.
One of the most prolific sources of these airborne chemicals is the products we use in our homes on a daily basis, from our cooking appliances and cleaning products to our—yep, you guessed it!—nursery furniture and bedroom accessories. Often, these products are manufactured with chemicals that off-gas, or get released into the air at room temperature. And because our homes tend to be sealed up and tightly insulated, there’s nowhere for the chemical-laden air to go. So it just sits there. And we end up breathing it.