Eco-Friendly Nursery Ideas

Creating an eco-friendly baby nursery is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for your baby’s health and well-being. From furniture to décor, there are plenty of sustainable options available to help you design a safe and healthy place for your new arrival.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to achieving an eco-friendly baby nursery!

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Non-Toxic Paint

When painting the nursery walls, choose non-toxic, low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) or zero-VOC paint.

VOCs are compounds that release harmful chemicals into the air which can affect indoor air quality and your baby’s health. This is an option available for many paint brands, and should be easy to find.


Look for flooring options that are sustainable and non-toxic.

Some options including bamboo flooring, cork flooring, or reclaimed wood flooring. These materials are renewable, durable, and free from harmful chemicals commonly found in conventional flooring materials.

Rugs and carpeting are notorious for having chemicals. Look for options that have no VOCs or harmful components.

Natural and Energy-Efficient Lighting

Maximize natural light in the nursery, which is healthiest for your baby. Sheer curtains or blinds make it easy to adjust the lighting, and you can add blackout curtains for when you need to create a comfortable sleep environment.

For additional lighting, go with energy-efficient LED bulbs. You can choose tones such as warm colors that compliment the feel of your nursery.


Consider upcycling or repurposing existing furniture, or purchasing used furniture from online marketplaces.

For used furniture, especially for pieces such as cribs, be sure that it is up to current safety standards.

Seek out sustainable materials such as FSC-certified wood or bamboo.

If you are handy, you can refinish or paint old furniture with non-toxic paint.

Organic Bedding

Choose natural materials such as cotton nursery bedding.

Organic crib bedding  should be free from harmful chemicals, pesticides, and synthetic dyes, making it safer and healthier for your baby’s delicate skin.

Look for a natural crib mattress that is chemical-free, as mattresses often contain numerous chemicals.

Zero-Waste Diapering

Cloth diapers are a great alternative to disposable diapers.  If you need to use disposables, look for brands that are free of chemicals.

Pair cloth diapers with organic diaper rash creams for a healthier diapering routine.

Natural Nursery Decor

Decorate your nursery with natural and sustainable pieces, from decor to toys.

Choose natural materials, such as wool or wood toys, fabric wall hangings, and so on.

Chemical-Free Cleaning Products & Laundry Detergent

Use non-toxic cleaning products for cleaning your nursery and home, so you don’t introduce any chemicals into your living spaces.

Choose safe, natural laundry detergents that are free of fragrances and chemicals.


By incorporating these eco-friendly ideas, you can make a healthy space for your new baby that is also sustainable.

19 thoughts on “Eco-Friendly Nursery Ideas”

  1. I love all these wonderful ideas. A good friend of mine is having a baby soon. I’ll have to show this to her.

  2. These eco-friendly nursery ideas is a breath of fresh air, providing creative and sustainable solutions for new parents. It’s inspiring to see the focus on environmentally conscious choices that not only benefit the baby but also the planet.

  3. love these ideas.. i tried using cloth diapers for a while when my own were little but somehow it did not work out then.. now looks like there are many more options for the same

  4. Start ’em young! Beautiful interior – going eco-friendly is best also for baby’s health and yours. There’s just too many toxins around us, and this is really a good choice!

  5. The tips on non-toxic paint and flooring options are so helpful, and I love the idea of using natural and energy-efficient lighting. Can’t wait to implement these ideas in our nursery!”

  6. Brilliant ideas. The nursery must think about things like this for the comfort and health of the babies there. I will share these Eco-Friendly ideas with my niece who just gave birth. Thank you.

  7. Thanks for the awesome tips on creating an eco-friendly nursery. I love the idea of using non-toxic paint and sustainable flooring to ensure a healthy environment for our little ones. Can’t wait to implement these ideas in our nursery!

  8. Melissa Cushing

    I love tyhe look and simplicity of this nursery. So calming looking which is good for sure and I love the use of all organics 😉 I love the tips and am pinning this one!

  9. I really love all the posts you share about how to make common things more eco-friendly. I have a niece who’s having a baby, and I’m going to show this to her.

  10. These eco-friendly nursery ideas offer creative and sustainable solutions for new parents, focusing on environmentally conscious choices benefiting the baby and the planet.

  11. I love that there are so many options for an eco-friendly nursery. It’s essential for babies to get the best start possible in a non-toxic environment. This article is so helpful!

  12. I just found out a few weeks ago that my daughter is expecting. I’ll send this to her in case she wants to do an eco friendly nursery for her baby.

  13. Those are such lovely ideas for a nursery. I am going to be awkward and admit we didn’t do a nursery for our son or daughter…LOL!

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