If you’re looking for ideas on how to create a natural nursery for your new child, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve teamed up with Naturalmat Baby to share some important advice on how to create a healthy bedroom using natural materials. And right now, Naturalmat Baby is offering readers 20% off all Naturalmat baby-branded products both online and in-store using discount code MYBABA20

Creating a natural nursery or bedroom for your child

Creating a nursery or bedroom for your child is a fun and exciting project. Typically, the first things that spring to mind are ideas on colour scheme, decor and use of storage space. But before you make any decisions on which kit you’ll buy, it’s worth considering whether the items you have your eye on will create a healthy and safe environment for your child.

Inspiration for your natural nursery

Devon-based brand Naturalmat Baby is a great go-to when it comes to creating a truly natural nursery. Founded in 1999 on a mission to create sustainable mattresses made with natural fibres, Naturalmat Baby has since expanded its range. Now, their online and in-store shops are home to a collection of high-end nursery products made from only natural and organic materials. From lovingly made cribs, cradles and cotbeds, to bedding and nursery furniture, the brand’s long-lasting products are always chemical-free and beautifully crafted, with comfort and safety at the forefront of design.

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Finding the right bed for your baby or child

However you choose to furnish your child’s bedroom, there’s no better place to start than the very place your child will (hopefully!) spend a lot of their time – their bed. It’s important to invest in a non-toxic bedframe. Many children’s beds are made from plywood or MDF, and although they might be a cheaper option, they can release toxins (usually formaldehyde) for years to come. 

Naturalmat Baby has a range of dreamy cotbeds and children’s beds all constructed from FSC-certified solid wood to give you the ultimate centrepiece from which to build your room around. 

Buying a natural fibre mattress

Once you’ve chosen your child’s bed, you’ll need to think about buying a suitable, high-quality mattress that will support your growing child. Traditional mattresses can release dangerous chemicals called VOCs that can be harmful to your child’s lungs. An organic mattress is a great way to ensure your child has a toxin-free and comfortable sleep. 

Naturalmat Baby is Britain’s original natural fibre baby mattress maker, and they’re experts at creating the best natural sleeping environment for little ones. Having won multiple awards from Mother & Baby and Made for Mums, they are a brand loved and trusted by parents.

100% natural and handmade

Naturalmat Baby’s mattresses are 100% natural and handmade by craftspeople in Devon. Every stitch, every fibre, every tufting button and every cover is painstakingly created, teased and checked for long-lasting comfort.

Choose from a range of natural fibre mattresses, made without fire retardant chemicals, synthetic foams and any other nasties.

Their award-winning children’s mattress is the Quilted Coco Mat, ideal for newborns, offering the firm support recommended for babies. And with made-to-measure options available, they’ve got you covered, whether you’re looking for a cotbed, single, long single or double child mattress.

Natural-fibre bedding, duvets and pillows

Natural-fibre bedding is kinder to your child’s skin, especially for babies or children with allergies such as eczema. This is because natural fibres are grown without harmful pesticides, allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemicals.

Choose from a range of goose-down and feather duvets and pillows for the cosiest night’s sleep. Or why not try one of their wool duvets or pillows? Made from locally sourced organic lambswool which offers natural insulation and breathability, lambswool is hypo-allergenic and anti-dust mite. Lambswool is also brilliant at regulating your child’s temperature, so it’s a great choice for any new baby.

Use non-toxic paints in your children’s bedroom

The colour you choose to paint your nursery can be a decision you spend a lot of time deliberating on, but have you ever thought about how safe the paint is that you’re using? House paint can be full of toxins, which can have a harmful effect on your child’s health. 

For a healthy night’s sleep and a clean environment, use non-toxic paint in your child’s bedroom, and make sure you choose a brand free from chemicals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Naturalmat Baby recommends Edward Bulmer’s range of plant-based, natural nursery paint. Safe paint for little people, Edward Bulmer’s non-toxic nursery paint has an odourless finish, so your child can go to sleep the same day as painting.

Choose friendly flooring

Kids spend a lot of time on the floor, and as appealing as a soft new carpet sounds, it can shed microplastics as well as house a lot of germs and bacteria which aren’t always visible to the human eye. 

Hard surfaces are much easier to keep clean and less likely to cling to nasty contaminants. However, if you can’t bear to scrap the idea of a carpet in your nursery, opt for a natural fibre, untreated carpet or a large, statement rug that matches your colour scheme. 

Dressing baby for bed: organic cotton clothing

Dressing baby for bed is another important task. Naturalmat Baby has a small range of Organic Cotton Clothing made from the finest GOTS-certified 100% unbleached organic cotton. Organic cotton clothing is both chemical-free and kinder on your little one’s skin than synthetic materials, with natural breathability.

For muslins, swaddles and other conscious cotton clothes, we recommend Mini la Mode, Frugi and Pure Earth Collection.

A natural sleep space for your holiday

A great night’s sleep doesn’t have to stop there. The portable Travel Mat from Naturalmat Baby is designed to take a healthy, natural sleep space on the road, wherever the adventure. A lightweight quilted travel cot mattress, the Travel Mat provides a comfortable natural overlay to your child’s travel cot for the best night’s sleep away from home.

Filled with deep tufted organic lambswool for softness and insulation, the Travel Mat has a pure cotton cover for breathability in all climates. The cotton mattress cover has an OEKO-TEX® certified hypoallergenic treatment to protect against bed bugs, dust mites, mosquitos and moths, and of course, it’s completely chemical-free, non-toxic and naturally fire retardant.

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