The excitement of nesting is such a wonderful part of pregnancy and the homely nurturing we want to give our tiny newborn when we arrive home. I remember the feeling well eager to get started on re-decorating.

Clare a new mum and a keen design enthusiast, I had Pinterest boards for every room in our home, dreaming of the perfect style and look. But when transforming our spare room into a nursery, I realised there’s so much more to consider beyond style.

As a first-time mum, I dived into researching baby-safe environments. Although being a ‘green parent’ was something I was aware of, but the actual considerations went far deeper than this. It was the full holistic approach I wanted to consider for my child and our family environment.

What choices could I make to keep our nursery stylish yet healthy? What do I need to consider when planning my baby nursery?

I started with paints and materials.

Did you know many household paints contain chemicals called ‘volatile organic compounds’ (VOCs)? With samples and paint charts in hand I started to look further into the materials, what did they contain? Many household products, especially paint, contain VOC’s. These chemical solvents include toluene which could be linked to neurological and development problems.

Those new paint or new car smells are the chemicals gassing-off. This is exactly what we want to avoid.

Luckily, there’s good news. Many brands offer very low or no-VOC paints. It’s also worth checking for other chemicals like ammonia, acetone or biocides. Look for small manufactures that specialise in natural paint and that list all ingredients on the tin. I particularly like chalk paint finishes such as Farrow and Ball and Little Greene.

Next up on my list to look into was flooring.

Carpets and PVC backing are also something to be aware of when it comes to toxins.

If you’re looking at flooring options, think about wood with natural backing and fixed with nails instead of glue.

If carpet is absolutely needed, Go for 100% untreated wool. It is naturally fire-resistant, remains soft for years, allergenic and even purifies by absorbing airborne contaminants such as formaldehyde and binds them. It’s not just comfy and allergy-friendly; it also helps purify the air!

I know it sounds overwhelming, but knowledge is power. Making informed choices for your nursery can create a safe, stylish haven for your little one.