Prepare the future baby room

Prepare the future baby room

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Nothing is more exciting than preparing your baby's future room. But before embarking on major projects, wallpaper, furniture and other decorative accessories, follow these tips to make a room as ecological as possible. Interview by Bérangère Larivaud

What ecological mistakes are most often made in a child's bedroom?

The first mistake is to completely renovate the room in anticipation of the baby's arrival. This is when the most toxic products are brought into the room. We buy a varnished chipboard bed, we put a synthetic carpet, we stick wallpaper or we repaint the walls, we buy plastic toys ... We then introduce solvents, formaldehydes and benzene, whose toxic fumes will last years. Worse still: the future mother is taking part in the work. You should know that what it ingests passes directly into the baby's blood.

What are the risks for the child?

There are immediate risks and longer-term risks. If the baby is impacted by certain toxic products in large doses while it is still in the womb, there is a risk of malformations and immune, hormonal and reproductive problems. Anglo-Saxon studies also reveal long-term cancer risks. We know the risks of each product taken separately in a "dose", but poorly the risks at low doses but repeated. Finally, we do not know those of what are called "cocktails", that is to say the interactions between several toxic products. Imagine a photo pasted in a plastic frame on a freshly painted wall. The consequences could be explosive.

What are the simple gestures that should not be waived?

To begin with, a pregnant woman should in no case participate in renovating the room of her future baby, or even enter this room during the work. Then, when baby arrives, it is necessary to ventilate the room at least a quarter of an hour a day, even if it is cold. Because the outside air is always better than the indoor air. In addition, the renewal of the air makes it possible to lower the dose of daily toxic fumes. If you repaint the room, absolutely use a water-based paint. Finally, use so-called "ecological" household cleaners or "grandmother's products" such as white vinegar (diluted two-thirds) and Marseille soap.