I rarely get the opportunity to answer Organic Mom questions for family members, but my daughter's cousin is soon-to-be born so I have had the pleasure lately. It's tough to try to list what is most important to least important if you know that someone is only going to heed a few suggestions at best. But I have been trying.
I tend to hit the buy-an-organic-crib-mattress-that-isn't-wrapped-in-vinyl message pretty hard whenever someone asks what to do when setting up a nursery. And I mention that cribs should be hardwood, not particleboard, so it won't have high levels of toxic formaldehyde. When I was setting up my daughter's sleeping space, we absolutely bought a good mattress (from daxstores.com) and borrowed a crib from my Complete Organic Pregnancy co-author/friend Deirdre. The crib had belonged to her niece and I don't think it was entirely hardwood but it had been around for a considerable period of time, and so I felt it was amply offgassed. We were very committedRead More »from Organic Mom: Toxic Formaldehyde Found in Baby Cribs