Almost always before the newborn comes home we repaint, sanitize and buy new furniture for the nursery.
We advise you not to do this at the last minute. If you are planning to buy new furniture, do so at least 2-3 months before the baby is born. The new furniture has a large amount of varnishes and adhesives, which often emit a strong odor for months. The same applies to some plasters, floor paints, wall insulation, wallpaper, and so on. The emission of these odors into the air may contribute to the development of an allergic reaction. Modern synthetic products used in construction and furniture are not harmless, and if chemicals accumulate in the air, they could lead to respiratory or allergic problems. Often, when you enter a new apartment or a newly furnished room, you feel a strong odor that we say “smells new.” This scent is not necessarily unpleasant, but it is irritating to the more sensitive people, and if it can cause sneezing and watery eyes, how much more this applies to the little baby.
If you do not have the opportunity to repair earlier, but you have to do it at the last minute, make sure you take one of the following precautions:
– Keep an open door or window permanently, at least until the baby comes home.
– Buy or borrow an air purifier to remove odors.
– When it is convenient and possible, keep the baby in another room until the room stop smell. Unfortunately, this sometimes lasts more than a month or two.
– Ventilate the room regularly.