Avoid soft plastic toys. Look over carpets and furniture and store the video game in a room other than the child’s sleeping in.
1. Avoid soft plastic
Remove as much plastic as you can from the nursery. Avoid especially soft plastic toys such as soft plastic dolls. The plasticized plastic can release different kinds of phthalates that are endocrine disruptors.
2. Smell the toys
When buying new, avoid toys that smell like perfume or plastic. Do not buy toys that the store cannot guarantee are free of PVC. Also ask for Swan-labeled toys. It does not curb them in the stores, but you join and increase demand.
3. Nobba used plastic
Recently, the requirements for which chemicals may be present in toys have been tightened. Therefore, it may actually be smart to buy a new toy instead of a used one. Also, preferably choose toys from China and other countries outside the EU, where chemical laws are often lax. Hard plastic, of the type found in Lego, seems to be less dangerous as the chemicals do not release as easily as in soft plastic. If possible, store other plastic toys in a room other than the child sleeping in.
4. Invest in wooden toys
Wooden toys are usually a good choice. It is unusual for the color of wooden toys to contain harmful substances, especially if the toy is manufactured in the EU. However, older wooden toys and furniture with flaking paint should be careful as the paint may contain lead.
5. Avoid thick plastic print
Wash all new children’s clothing and avoid garments with thick, plastic prints that can release phthalates. Buy used garments that have been washed several times and choose to be ecolabelled or organic if possible. Good Environmental Choice, the Swan and GOTS are three brands to look out for.
6. Keep track of the furniture
Be a little vigilant with carpets, sofas and armchairs for the kids room. Ask in the store for furniture without flame retardants and PFAS. Avoid artificial leather, which is often made of PVC and contains phthalates. Avoid carpets with plastic undersides. Wool is a smart natural product with built-in flame protection. Ask for eco-labeled furniture.
7. Check the mattress
Change the foam mattress to a mattress made of natural material. Or check that it is not treated with flame retardants, which is common. Mattresses without flame protection can be obtained, including Ikea and Jysk. Ask in your shop!
8. Move the electronics
Televisions, video games and computers are often flame retardant and contain other dangerous substances. Studies show that the dust closest to electronics gadgets often contains substances you do not want the child to get into. Preferably store the electronics in another room.
9. Decorate nicely
Textiles, mattresses and building materials give off the most chemicals when they are brand new. Try mixing up new ones with old ones and repainting well before the child moves in. Avoid plastic paint and wallpaper.
10. Weather and dust dry
Weather for short moments with cross strokes. Vacuum and wipe the floor once a week. Tip: A micro mop attracts dirt and bacteria and can be used dry or moist.