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Jessica Alba On Decorating Your Child’s Nursery: ‘Avoid Toxic Materials And Always Go Organic’

Need to start thinking about getting your nursery ready for your little one’s arrival? Jessica Alba has got some great tips for organising your baby’s room, from painting and decorating to filling it with child-friendly products.

Speaking to parenting blog Cricket’s Circle recently, the Hollywood star and mum-of-two shared her insights into interior decoration for children’s rooms.

Scroll through the gallery below for Jessica’s top tips.

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba, a Hollywood actress and mum-of-two, has given her tips on decorating the nursery for your baby.
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Nesting

In the later stages of pregnancy, many mums-to-be feel an overwhelming urge to make their homes ready for their baby. This is called ‘nesting’, and Jessica says it is the perfect time to get cracking on the nursery.

‘If you’re preparing a nursery to be a haven for you and your little one, take a couple months before your due date to make it fume-free from top to bottom and to let the dust settle – literally,’ she said.

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Flooring it

When babies get bigger and start crawling, you’re going to want the floor of your nursery to be nice and clean. Jessica opted for modular carpet squares made from recycled materials and natural fibre rugs.

She said, ‘If you have hardwood floors, try refinishing them in PVC-free options like tung oil or polywhey. Or try cork flooring – it’s a renewable resource and it clicks together easily.’

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Painting the scene

Putting the finishing touches to your nursery often involves buying loads of paint samples and trying them all out on the wall to see which looks best.

But Jessica believes some types of paint are better than others when used in children’s rooms.

‘Avoid that “new paint smell” (which is harmful) with a paint that is VOC-free (volatile organic compound – look it up). Let a not-pregnant friend paint and run a HEPA air purifier for at least a week following (I actually still run one in Haven’s room),’ the actress advised.

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Nature knows best

Picking a cot bed should not be a difficult decision, but Jessica believes some are better than others.

‘When I asked Honest co-founder Christopher Gavigan what is the most toxic item in the home, I couldn’t believe his response was mattresses and cushions,’ she told the blog.

‘Look for materials like polyester, wool, down and cotton and avoid flammable polyurethane foam that is usually treated with toxic flame retardants,’ she added.

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Go au naturel

Picking a cot bed should not be a difficult decision, but Jessica believes some are better than others.

'When I asked Honest co-founder Christopher Gavigan what is the most toxic item in the home, I couldn’t believe his response was mattresses and cushions,’ she told the blog.

‘Look for materials like polyester, wool, down and cotton and avoid flammable polyurethane foam that is usually treated with toxic flame retardants,’ she added.

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