The Importance of Nursery Safe Paint
One of the biggest concerns parents have is making sure their home is safe for the arrival of their new baby. Many new parents don’t realize that when you’re painting, you’re inviting whatever the paint is made of into your family’s air and lungs. Whether you’re getting ready to turn that spare bedroom Bell Isle Blue, Middleton Pink, Citron, or Corktown Celedon, you’ll want to make sure you have nursery safe paint.
What are VOCs?
VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. This is a category of chemicals that evaporate at room temperature, escaping into the air. They are usually derivatives of petroleum. VOCs can be found in many products, from mattresses and carpets to gasoline and glue. Short-term exposure to fumes from VOCs can cause uncomfortable side-effects to some individuals, including headaches, dizziness, or nausea. Long-term exposure to VOCs can be more detrimental, causing breathing problems and other health concerns.
It may seem like VOCs are impossible to avoid, but there are many ways to reduce contact with them. VOC fumes in paint are released into the air during the drying process. If you’re painting a bedroom, you can help get rid of the fumes by keeping the room well-ventilated and giving it time to air out before sleeping in it.
Low and Zero-VOC Paints
Fortunately, many companies are starting to make separate low and zero-VOC lines of products that are both better for the environment and safer for consumers. Low VOC paints are generally capped at 50 grams of VOCs per liter, versus 280 to 350 grams found in regular paint products, and zero-VOC paints have less than 5 grams of VOCs per liter.
Motor City Paint has long been dedicated to making paints that are sustainable and safe for all, which is why we’ve designed our paints to be water-based and low-VOC. We also have a line of zero-VOC paints which you can find at our stores.
Best Practices When Painting a Nursery
Many parents may decide to hire a professional to paint the nursery or gather friends and family to help out. It is recommended for pregnant women to limit their exposure to VOC emissions whenever possible. While zero-VOC paints that are water-based and odor-free are considered safe for pregnant women to paint with, it is still suggested to wear a respirator, keep the room well-ventilated, and cover the skin to avoid contact with the paint. Avoid eating or drinking in the room you are painting to prevent accidentally consuming paint, and leave the room immediately if you start to feel nauseous or dizzy in the room.
Getting your painting done ahead of time allows you to air out and ventilate your baby’s new room so that it will be perfectly safe for when your baby moves in. Expecting couples may start preparing their baby’s nursery from as early as finding out the gender to three months prior to the due date. No matter what kind of paint you choose, if you’ve decided to paint the walls or any furniture for the nursery, we recommend getting as early of a start as possible!