Choosing non-toxic furniture and bedding.
Not only does bedding keep your children warm; it protects them from air contaminants, such as bacteria, dust and mould. For babies, especially, a latex foam mattress is better than a fibrous type and organic covers will keep dust mites to a minimum. You might want to consider hypo-organic bedding.
Wash your bedding in hot water to get rid of most dust mites and choose chemical- and perfume-free detergents to avoid throat irritations.
When it comes to furniture, you’ll want to ask questions about the materials used in construction and formaldehyde emissions. If possible, purchase naturally finished pieces and stay away from composite materials. If that’s not possible due to budget, air the furniture outside for about a week to reduce the VOCs that will be emitted indoors.