When expecting a baby, many future parents are “nesting,” which includes preparing for the baby’s arrival by decorating a room. This should be done well ahead of time so that all the furniture is aired out and the “newness smell,” paint fumes (which can linger for six months) and glues are gone by the time the baby comes. Many parents also wash all baby clothes and textiles to make sure excess dyes, lint and smells are gone to create the healthiest possible environment.
Parents who live in cities or near busy roads also think about an air purifier for the baby room, because studies show that children in cities develop allergies and have less lung capacity than those from the countryside, partly due to pollution. And air pollution increases during winter due to the use of spiked snow tires, which create tiny particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
Then there are pets – and pet dander
Pet dander is not harmful to anyone, unless they already have an allergy or a tendency to develop one. Usually it’s the saliva that causes reactions, so how much a dog grooms is a factor. On the other hand, it is thought that exposing the baby to a certain amount of pet dander can help the immune system develop and prevent baby and toddler allergies.
Even babies in the womb are affected by air quality, and that air can affect a baby’s lungs and respiratory system. There’s also evidence bad air can harm brain development and cause behavioural and cognitive problems. Mothers-to-be may consider avoiding peaks in pollution when travelling to cities, and always stay in hotels with air purifiers and non-smoking rooms.
Check list for baby-friendly indoor air quality:
- Cigarette smoke - don't allow smoking indoors
- Chemical cleaning detergents
- Heavily scented personal hygiene products, such as perfume and hair sprays
- Candles, especially scented ones
- Open fires (without good ventilation)
- Opening windows if you live in a polluted area
- Non-natural textiles
- Washing the baby’s clothes before use with a mild detergent
- Airing out all new furniture well in time for the baby’s arrival
- Not painting or putting in carpets for six months before the baby’s born
- Keeping track of the air quality in the baby’s room
- Letting an air purifier run 24/7
- Having only BPA free toys made of natural rubber
- Using organic, natural fabrics and textiles
An air purifier for your newborn baby’s room can be helpful to remove harmful particles and improve air quality. Blueair air purifiers meet U.S. and European HEPA standards for air purification and are safe for babies Our HEPASilent™ technology delivers especially high performance and efficiency by combining electrostatic and mechanical filtration technologies.
This combination, pioneered by Blueair, delivers high Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) with whisper-silent operation and high energy efficiency. In fact, a Blueair air purifier works so quietly that a baby can not only sleep next to it, you might even have to check to make sure it is switched on. And on its lowest setting, a Blueair air purifier uses less electricity than a small lightbulb, while still achieving a 99.7% filtration efficiency of airborne particles down to 0.1 micron in size.
In a home where has particle pollutants, such as exhausts, dust, and bacteria, are the biggest issue, a Blueair Particle filter is recommended. In a home or office that has heavy gaseous pollutants, such as VOCs and smoke, a carbon filter is recommended.
Other ways to contribute to cleaner air for your child
We can all be more been aware of the impact our choices have. A little thought can go a long way when it comes to environmental issues, without having to go back to the stone age. Using a bicycle or the subway reduces pollution. Other ways to reduce energy use and pollution include recycling, avoiding buying things you don’t need, choosing organically grown food, using energy-efficient lighting and electrical equipment and living in an apartment, which uses less energy than a house. Non-chemical cleaning devices and environmentally safe detergents also reduce indoor production of air pollution.