There is a current trend in baby nurseries: wooden floors. Traditionally, it may have been thought that carpeted nurseries are best with the thinking being that carpeted rooms are cozier and warmer. Also, carpet is a natural shock absorber for when baby starts to clumsily toddle about and have slips and falls.
But the fact is that carpet is also great for trapping allergens which are not necessarily great for a newborn’s lungs.
Wall-to-wall carpeting is difficult to clean and can quickly become a haven for dust mites, mold and mildew–less than ideal for those suffering from allergies or asthma. What’s more, new carpets, especially those made of synthetic fibers like nylon or polyester, often contain VOCs and other toxic chemicals that could make your little one sick.
More families are going for wooden floors, in particular hardwood floors. They have a classic and clean look and are ageless. Furthermore, many wood floors are durable and can stand the test of time. To handle the time when baby starts crawling about, a rug, which can be removed and cleaned regularly, will come in handy.
An eco-friendly option is bamboo floors. That material is less expensive to hardwood floors. Per about.com, Bamboo is the ideal renewable resource, taking only 5-7 years to reach maturity. The site notes that bamboo is naturally pest resistant, requires no dangerous pesticides and ensures a completely organic product. Because bamboo fibers can be spun into the softest of cloth, as a flooring material, it is harder, more scratch resistant and less prone to warping than hardwood . Score one for bamboo!
Cork is one of the most eco-friendly materials. It is naturally anti-allergenic and anti-microbial. It is warmer and softer than wood flooring, cork provides a comfortable, safe play surface for your little one, cushioning their falls and eventually their footsteps—a feature you’ll appreciate more and more as your little one grows.
Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. The bark, which is harvested without harming the tree, takes only 3 to 4 years to grow back, making the practice highly sustainable. Organic cork does not emit harmful VOCs and is even energy-efficient, providing excellent home insulation.