When it comes to the best flooring for your nursery, there are many different factors to take into consideration. After all, this floor has very different requirements to the other rooms in your house – mainly the fact that soon enough a little person will be crawling all over it!
So which is better for your baby? Well there are advantages and disadvantages to both flooring and carpets, so let’s take a look at both:
Carpets are often a popular choice due to their forgiving nature – when your baby starts taking their first tentative steps and doesn’t quite have their balance yet, falling on a cushioned surface is obviously more appealing than hardwood. This type of flooring is also much less slippery, helping both you and baby from having unnecessary accidents. This makes carpets a great choice for the nursery.
That being said, carpets are known for being breeding grounds for unsavory visitors like dust mites, holding mold and mildew, and being difficult to clean. This is certainly a concern if your little one has allergies or suffers from asthma.
If you choose to carpet the nursery, opt for natural materials or similar low –VOC synthetic carpeting and ensure to clean it regularly. You should also get it fitted well in advance of baby’s arrival, so it has a chance to air out and you can vacuum any excess fibers.
There’s a huge number of different types of non-carpet available:
- Wooden flooring is durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean.
- Bamboo is more eco-friendly than wood and is a lot more affordable.
- Cork is another option that’s a little warmer and softer than traditional wood, and is naturally antimicrobial.
- Laminates are easy on the pocket, but you should check what it’s treated as some contain chemicals that can irritate both you and your little one.
All of these types of flooring are of course harder than carpet, so you should invest in an area rug to place over to protect your baby (and the floor!) This also helps to create different areas in the nursery (for example one rug for the crib, one rug to play on). Area rugs come in pretty much any shape, size, style, and color, and can be replaced when needed and as your baby grows.