Baby Nursery Flooring
Information About Your Baby Nursery Flooring Options and The Effect of Nursery Flooring on Baby's Health
Surprisingly, choosing the best nursery flooring is probably one of the more difficult decisions you will need to make during the baby nursery design process.
It used to be simple - The nursery floor had to be soft and cozy, however...
Due to an increased awareness of such health hazards as allergens and toxic VOC emissions, things have become somewhat more complicated.
What to put on the nursery floor is one of the hot topics of the day among soon to be parents. Before we get to the many options available, however, you have a decision to make. Stick with what you have or make a change?
Baby Nursery Flooring:
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Making The Most
Of The Flooring You Have
If your budget will not allow you to change the nursery flooring (and possibly the rest of the home's flooring to match), or if you are renting, here are a few tips for old wooden or carpeted floors:
If you have carpeted floors:
If your baby turns out to be susceptible to allergies, you may have no choice but to remove the nursery carpet later on.
For more information about keeping your nursery carpet clean and safe, click here.
If you have wooden floors:
Make sure you give the floor a good clean to remove any dust. Fill in any slits, gouges or gaps where yucky stuff can gather. Then cover the wood with a large, washable nursery rug with non-slip backing - baby needs a soft place to land.
If the wood needs refinishing:
Factors To Consider When Choosing
New Baby Nursery Flooring
The nursery flooring you choose must be:
Buying New Baby Nursery Flooring - Your Options
Your main baby nursery flooring options fall into three categories. Soft, soft-ish and hard.
In the soft category your options are nursery carpet and ummm... carpet. Despite the fact that nursery carpet off-gasses dangerous toxins and harbors dust-mites, it is still one of the most popular floor coverings for a baby nursery.
It has the advantage of being soft, warm and noise absorbent. Three very important qualities of a cozy nursery floor.
Find out more about nursery carpet here.
In the soft-ish category you have cork and natural linoleum. Experts refer to these as cushioned, resilient flooring types. (Not soft-ish - that's my word!) They are easy to keep dust-free and are virtually toxin-free. Therefore, they represent a good alternative to the traditional nursery carpet.
A Note About Vinyl
Vinyl has many advantages, including being easy to clean, easy to install and inexpensive.
However, once installed, vinyl may off-gas potentially harmful compounds (including lead, cadmium and phthalate plasticizers) for years.
During my research, the only absolutely unanimous opinion on baby nursery flooring that I could find, was that vinyl is a really bad idea.
Baby Nursery Flooring And Your Baby's HealthDue to the low or non-existent emission of VOC's and other toxins, and the non-accumulation of dust and lack of dust mites, the consensus among the experts is that a nursery floor made of one of the following materials is best for your baby...
The earlier you have your new baby nursery flooring installed, the better.
The removal of old flooring, whether wooden or carpet, kicks up all sorts of dust and toxins into the air. These need time to disperse before baby comes along.
I can hear at least half of you lamenting the demise of the soft and cozy carpeted nursery...
Don't despair. There is a healthy carpeting option. Although not at the top of the experts' safe list, natural fiber carpeting is considered to be safe for your baby nursery if you keep it clean. So you will be able to roll around all over the floor with your precious bundle after all!
Read more about healthy organic baby nursery flooring options here.
Baby's SafetyYour nursery floor can pose a safety risk to your baby for two main reasons.
1. All babies fall over - often and usually flat on their noses.
Minimize the risk of injury by making sure that the nursery floor is not slippery and that baby has a soft place to land.
Carpet and cork and natural linoleum achieve both of these objectives. If you have chosen one of the hard baby nursery flooring options, make use of large, easy to clean nursery rugs. To ensure baby's safety all rugs should have a non-slip backing, preferably made of natural rubber.
2. All babies put everything in their mouths.
Minimize the risk of baby picking up yucky germs from the nursery floor by cleaning or vacuuming it regularly.
It can be difficult to thoroughly clean a messy spill from a carpeted floor. To avoid this problem, make use of large, easy to clean nursery rugs here too. If baby messes on the rug, chuck it in the washing machine. Voila - problem solved.
Click here for a complete nursery safety checklist...
Your BudgetObviously, your least expensive baby nursery flooring option is to stick with what you have. Dress up your old flooring with a new washable area rug, and your budget remains intact.
Whichever option you decide upon, make sure that the flooring you choose is durable.
Flooring of any kind is a long-term investment - the longer it lasts, the more value for your money.
If you would like a wooden nursery floor, laminate flooring is the least expensive and is easy to install DIY, saving you more money.
Baby Nursery Flooring Accessories
Last but not least, let's not forget about area rugs for the baby nursery. They afford a simple, relatively inexpensive way to transform your baby nursery from one look to another, much the same as a nursery bedding set.
There are literally hundreds to choose from. Different styles, shapes, colors, textures and prices.
Take a look at some of our favorite baby room rugs...
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