Let these guidelines govern your decisions from the nursery on.
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When it comes to making eco-conscious changes and decisions in your home, you likely start in your kitchen or laundry room, swapping out energy-draining appliances for efficient models before moving on to better textiles and cleaning formulas. But there are other places and pieces that could use a sustainable touch, too—like your child's room and the essentials she or he turns to daily. Ahead, how to make better choices for both the earth and your little ones.

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Check Finishes

Your youngster spends a fair amount of time in his or her nursery during the first few years of life, so ensuring the safety of the space is paramount. A pro tip? Remember that earth-friendly is also typically baby-friendly. Here's a perfect example: Make sure cribs and wooden items are coated with a water-based stain or no-VOC paint, says Hallmark Home & Family DIY expert and dad of three Ken Wingard. Doing so will keep curious hands and mouths out of harms way—and make the room greener, to boot.

Buy Convertibles

Needless to say, babies turn into toddlers, then energetic kids, then teenagers in a blink of an eye. Invest in items that grow up, too. Wingard likes Oxo's Sprout High Chair ($250, oxo.com), which, thanks to its adaptable transfiguration, will take your little one from six months to five years. And the Martha Stewart Everyday Four-Foot Home Office transitions from Legos to laptops ($1,105, shop.californiaclosets.com) with ease.

Rest Easy

While the average adult spends one-third of his or her lifetime in bed, babies and toddlers require even more sleep, even though they might fight it. What they rest on, then, truly matters, so give their mattresses the same consideration you would your own—and keep the planet in mind while you're at it. Naturalmat's Crib Mattresses (from $424, naturalmatusa.com) are cozy and made of only natural fibers. Talk about a win-win.


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