- Wax – When it comes to manufacturing candles, there are typically several different types of wax that can be used. Depending on the type of wax that is used, the amount of soot produced by the candle can vary. Higher levels of soot have been shown to release carcinogenic soot into the air. The two most common types of these candles are paraffin and tallow. For a cleaner burning candle, it is recommended that you choose one that is made using soy, beeswax, or palm wax. These types of candles burn cleaner and cause no harmful soot to be released into the air inside your home.
- Wick – The primary function of a candle wick is to provide fuel to the flame. When you light a wick, it works by drawing the wax up to the flame causing it to burn. The majority of wicks that are used in candles manufactured today are made from 100% cotton or a cotton-paper blend. When purchasing a candle, it is important that you choose one that features a lead-free wick. This is somewhat easier to find since lead wicks were banned in the United States in 2003.
- Fragrance – The majority of candle buyers choose to purchase a candle based on the scent. This makes the scent one of the most important factors in the manufacturing and purchasing process. Today’s candles features scents obtained from essential oils and synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances do come with their own set of warnings, some believe that they may pose a danger, but the majority of them have been shown to burn safely. If you have any concerns, you may want to choose candles that feature scents derived from essential oils.
- Coloring – Recent studies have shown that next to the scent of a candle the color is the second highest deciding factor when it comes to purchasing a candle. Candles are colored using two primary techniques, the first is the use of pigments which are applied to the outside of the candle; the second is a dye which is combined with the wax. Each of these are safe to burn, however a pigment colored candle will not clog a wick as dye sometimes can.
Conventional central heating may not be the best option for a newborn baby’s bedroom. That is because the ideal temperature for a newborn is 18oC.
If you have conventional central heating it is unlikely you will be able to achieve this temperature in the nursery, unless you have separate heating controls in each room.
Also, radiators and other heaters can be potentially dangerous as your child gets older, starts to walk and is naturally inquisitive.
An alternative option is electric underfloor heating.
Installing this in the nursery would give you complete control of the temperature, with the temperature variation caused by central heating.
Underfloor heating is also invisible, freeing up the space taken by the radiator for storage.
The colour scheme
Painting the room pink for a girl and blue for a boy is quite a cliché and, as scans to find out the sex are not 100% accurate, this could result in a hasty repainting project.
Instead, you should consider a neutral colour scheme. A light yellow is relaxing and cheerful and can suit either gender.
Your baby may sleep in a moses basket for the first few weeks, but they will quickly out-grow this.
It makes sense to invest in a cot bed. The mattress can be lowered as the baby gets older, and better at climbing. You can also remove the cot sides, converting the cot into baby’s first bed. Indeed a cot bed should last your child until they are around 4 years old.
Look out for a cot bed that comes with additional features such as a changing table or teething balls.
Whether your child sleeps easily or not is basically down to the child. Some children will like a night light, and some will like almost total darkness.
Either way, you should get black out blinds or curtains for the nursery. These will cut down on external light and noise, which means your child is more likely to sleep through the night.
Having a child will change your life in many ways. These tips have hopefully made that change a little bit easier.