If you will be welcoming a new member of the family soon, then you may be in the midst of designing a nursery. Carpeting is a great nursery flooring choice for two reasons: first, carpet will feel soft under the feet of adults during those middle-of-the-night baby feedings and diaper changes. And second, the baby will also enjoy the softness of the carpet when they play on the floor and practice crawling on their hands and knees.
However, you should choose your nursery carpeting wisely and care for it well to help keep your baby healthy, keep the neighbors happy, and even aid in the baby's development.
Read on to learn four tips for choosing and caring for your baby's nursery room carpeting.
1. Choose Low-VOC Carpeting
While you may not realize that the type of flooring you choose for your baby's nursery can affect your baby's health, it can. Many household products, including carpets, release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds contribute to indoor air pollution that can cause health issues like respiratory problems in people of all ages, including babies.
Thankfully, there are low-VOC carpets you can choose to help keep indoor air pollution low in your nursery. Look for carpets with the Green Label Plus seal. This seal signals that the carpet has been tested for VOC emissions by an independent laboratory and was proven to emit very few VOCs during testing.
No matter what type of carpeting you install, ventilate your baby's nursery for 72 hours after installation to reduce VOC buildup in the room.
2. Pick Carpeting That Absorbs Sound
Of course, your baby will cry from time to time when they are sleeping in their nursery to alert their caretakers that it is time for a feeding or a diaper change. While you want to hear your baby cry in your home or on your baby monitor, you don't want the sound of your baby crying to be so loud that it awakens the neighbors.
Carpet is the ideal nursery flooring choice due to how it absorbs sound waves instead of reflecting them away like harder floors can. However, some carpets absorb sound waves even more effectively than others. Cut pile carpeting absorbs sound waves better than loop pile carpeting. Also, consider having sound-absorbing carpet padding installed under the carpet to reduce nursery noise pollution even further.
3. Select Carpeting in a High-Contrast Pattern
While there is nothing wrong with placing solid-colored carpeting in your baby's nursery, installing carpeting with a high-contrast pattern on it can be very beneficial for baby. Babies' eyes are naturally drawn to high-contrast patterns, and for good reason. Looking at high-contrast patterns aids in your baby's vision development, and all visual stimulation helps your child's brain development.
4. Have Your Nursery Carpet Cleaned Regularly
Keeping your baby's nursery carpet clean is important. You may lie your baby on the carpet when helping them practice their motor skill development exercises, and they will likely practice crawling on it before crawling in the rest of the home.
Carpets collect allergens like dust, adults walk on the carpet with dirty feet, and your baby is bound to spit up on the carpeting from time to time. Yet few people realize just how dirty a clean-looking carpet can be. The average carpet contains as many as 200,000 bacteria per square inch.
In addition to vacuuming your baby's carpet at least twice a week, have your nursery carpet deep-cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company at least once a year. Deeply embedded dirt and allergens, stubborn stains, and bacteria will be removed when your carpet is deep cleaned.
Keep these four nursery room carpeting tips in mind when choosing and caring for your baby's nursery room carpeting. Contact the staff at John Wecker Carpet Cleaning to schedule a baby nursery carpet cleaning today.