How To Create An Organic Kids’ Bedroom
As it’s Organic September we’re looking at ways to live a more organic life, and make the most of all the benefits organic products have to offer for your family. Did you know that there are organic alternatives to many of the products in your children’s bedrooms? Choosing organic bedroom furniture, bedding and accessories creates a healthier environment to sleep in, and also has huge benefits for the planet as organic farming is much kinder to our planet and works in harmony with nature.
We’re celebrating everything organic this September, so we’ve put together the ultimate guide to creating an organic bedroom for your kids, with some suggestions for swaps you might not have thought of. Next time you need to update or upgrade something in your little one's space, consider these organic alternatives...
Sheets and quilts made of organic cotton
Your child will spend around half of their young life snuggled up in bed, wrapped in their sheets. Skin is the largest organ in the body, and is exposed to whatever it touches, so it’s worth considering what textiles are used in your child’s bedding. Here at Kabode we only use organic cotton for our children’s bedding, so that it is safe and free of toxic pesticides and harmful chemicals. Our cotton bedding is soft, breathable and made from GOTS certified organic cotton so that you can feel confident that your child is snoozing in the best sheets for them, night after night.
Bath, book, bed...
When it’s time to start the bedtime routine, treat your little person’s skin to organic toiletries. Green People’s Organic Babies bath time collection is well known and tried and tested by parents. The super gentle soaps and creams will cleanse and moisturise delicate baby skin and mucky kids without any nasties. They are kind to sensitive skin, including those suffering with eczema. Bath time should be a fun time to play and bond, whilst also winding down ready for sleep, so it makes sense to use natural products that work in harmony with nature and the body.
Baby massage to soothe and relax
Baby massage can be a fantastic way to calm a fractious baby during the ‘witching hour’ in the evening, and there are specific movements you can try which are said to ease colic and relieve trapped wind. The feeling of your touch on their skin, as they look into your eyes and hear your quiet voice, is a hypnotic combination of sensory feedback to a baby. To make it feel even better use a massage oil so that you don’t risk tugging on their skin. Neal’s Yard Remedies make an Organic Baby Massage Oil that is infused with chamomile, rose and lavender essential oils and certified by the Soil Association.
What happens if you put wool and coconuts together?
You can make a great organic mattress! You may not have considered what mattresses are made of before, looking only for the most comfortable, but they are a huge contributor to water pollution, non-biodegradable landfill and use of fossil fuels. Many mattresses are made of polyurethane foam, which is comfy and squishy, but is made of crude oil - a fossil fuel that cannot be replaced. Polyurethane can also emit harmful VOC gasses, and is usually treated with fire retardant chemicals that make it fire safe, but have terrible consequences on the environment such as water pollution.
There are increasing numbers of companies going back to basics and making high quality, luxurious mattresses out of organic materials including coir - the springy fibres from a coconut shell, and organic wool. These mattresses make for a fabulously comfy night’s sleep, without the environmental impact. You can read more about this in our interview with Naturalmat.
A calming scent…
Essential oils smell amazing, and aren’t just for grown ups! Plugging in an electric diffuser somewhere out of reach is a great way to add some calming scents into the bedroom to help kids to relax and drop off to sleep. Add a few drops of You&Oil’s Sweet Dreams organic essential oil blend into the diffuser water and the vapour will scent the room with mandarin, bergamot, roman chamomile and vetiver, which can help children to fall asleep faster and sleep more restfully. Take care if your child is asthmatic or has any other respiratory ailments, and double check that any essential oil you diffuse is suitable for their health and age.
An organic sleeptime buddy
Everyone needs someone to cuddle up to at night! There are some absolutely gorgeous cuddly toys and comforters made of organic cotton available now, which is great as these little friends often end up getting chewed and sucked on. This Cuddle Bunny from Wee Gallery caught our eye as its super cute styling is not only stylish, but the monochrome design is eyecatching and would provide sensory stimulation for a baby’s developing eyesight.
Reducing the amount of toxic chemicals in your child’s sleep space sounds good, right? Hopefully these suggestions might inspire you to look for organic alternatives next time you need to add something to their room. And don’t forget that all the cotton we use in Kabode bedding is organic, so that it’s super kind to kids skin as well as being the best choice for the environment. We are passionate about finding easy ways to adopt organic into our everyday lives with our families, in order to protect the planet for our kids to grow up into. Our kids have big dreams, and we want to see them come true - we’d love you to join the Kabode crew and switch to organic too this September!