When babies are first born, their immune systems are still developing. Because of this, it is beneficial to reduce and eliminate allergens in baby’s nursery. Selecting the right bedding and crib mattress and keeping baby’s nursery clean and fresh can help to eliminate bed bugs, dust mites, pollen and more. These 7 tips will help you to keep baby safety in mind by limiting the number of allergens and asthma instigators in the home and in baby’s bedroom.
WASH BABY’S BEDDING OFTEN:
Washing your little one’s sheets and pads at least once a week (more if needed) can help to remove dust mites and other allergens that can cling to bedding. Look for hypoallergenic dryer sheets; as scented sheets have the potential to irritate baby’s sensitive skin. Be sure to buy at least 2-4 fitted crib sheets and 2-3 crib mattress pads for back-up when baby’s bedding is in the wash.
USE A CRIB MATTRESS ENCASEMENT:
Provide a waterproof cover for your infant or toddler’s mattress that also protects them from bed bugs, dust mites, and other household allergens. A crib mattress encasement helps guard against asthma instigators by fully zippering around the mattress. Look for laboratory tested and approved crib and toddler mattress encasements to ensure 100% bed bug protection.
HELP KEEP BABY’S AIR CLEANER:
Air purifiers and humidifiers help keep the air in baby’s nursery clean and fresh. A purifier helps remove airborne dust, pet dander, and pollen from the air. A humidifier prevents dryness to help baby sleep better at night. If the room is too moist, a dehumidifier can eliminate moisture and help prevent mold. Only use purifiers and humidifiers for a limited time period. Also, avoid aiming them at baby’s crib or dresser to prevent damage to wood furniture. Keeping windows and doors closed can help prevent allergens from coming into the home and baby’s bedroom.
LOOK FOR GREENGUARD GOLD CERTIFIED CRIB MATTRESSES:
When shopping for baby’s crib mattress, look for ones that are GREENGUARD® GOLD Certified for indoor air quality and low chemical emissions to help create a healthier indoor environment for your little one. The GOLD standard is a more stringent test, ensuring a safer product for infants and toddlers.
REGULARLY DUST AND VACUUM:
To keep dust mites and other allergens at bay, vacuum and dust baby’s nursery often. Vacuuming and dusting 1-2 times a week can help to eliminate allergens in the nursery and keep it fresh and clean.
USE HYPOALLERGENIC BEDDING:
In addition to crib mattress encasements, crib mattress pads are great safety products for baby’s room. Made with hypoallergenic materials, pads can help eliminate allergy triggers. Look for mattress pads with waterproof barriers, natural cotton materials, hypoallergenic cushioning or tightly woven covers. (A tightly woven cover gives extra protection against asthma instigators in baby’s nursery.)
WASH STUFFED TOYS REGULARLY:
Stuffed toys can sometimes be a breeding ground for mites, mold and other germs. Washing your little one’s stuffed toys weekly can help keep them clean and free of germs and other allergens. Be sure to also keep stuffed toys out of baby’s bed- not only does this help create a safe sleep environment for them, but it also prevents allergens from transferring from the toy to baby’s crib.