A newborn can spend the majority of the day in their nursery, so wouldn’t you want it to be the healthiest environment possible? Choosing natural flooring, organic bedding and no VOC paints is a great start. But did you know adding plants to your baby’s nursery can enhance their quality of life? Not only are plants a perfect accent to any room, they can help create a healthier environment for your baby too.
Potentially toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. In 1984, the World Health Organization Committee reported that up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings may be the subject of excessive complaints related to air quality. So by redecorating your baby’s room, you could actually be creating a health hazard to your little bundle. Adding plants in a baby’s nursery can act as a natural air filtration system. According to NASA research, every 24 hours, plants can remove up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), toxins present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke, grocery bags, solvents, paints and inks.
Not only are plants a great air purifier, they really make a perfect partnership with us. As humans we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Through photosynthesis, plants on the other hand, take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Having plants in a child’s nursery increases indoor oxygen levels.
During the winter months, plants are a natural humidifier. They release approximately 97 percent of the water they take in. According to a study done in the Agricultural University of Norway, interior plants decrease the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. So this can help a baby who is in respiratory distress.
5 safe plants for baby that top NASA’s air purifying list:
1. Spider Plant
2. Snake Plant
3. Corn Plant
So how many plants do you need?
Roughly one large plant every 100 square feet or two smaller plants (4- to 5-inch pots). For the best success in growing interior plants, remember each plant requires the perfect condition. If you don’t have a green thumb, learn more in Tips for Healthy Houseplants
So remember, when you embellish your home with plants you are not just adding greenery to your home, you are creating a healthier environment for your family. So skip the silk and go for the real!
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