Keep baby s lungs, health in mind when decorating nursery

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Keep baby's lungs, health in mind when decorating nursery

Paint, fabric, mattress all play roles

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 12, 2006

Bernadette Upton gives mothers-to-be a wakeup call with one sentence.

"Typically," she says, "we bring baby home to the sickest room in the house."

The nursery is "sick" because we think more about how the room will look than what it will do to our babies' health. Unknowingly, we buy what we think is cute rather than what's safe. Everything in the baby's room - from the mattress to the paint on the walls - can emit harmful volatile organic chemicals, or VOCs, that can cause breathing problems.

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