Choosing the Right Materials for a Newborn-Friendly Renovation

Preparing to welcome a newborn into your home is always exciting. But for many families, to safely accommodate them, it also signifies the need for home renovations to be completed prior to their arrival.

renovating nursery

Whether you are expecting your first child or your fifth, it is important to make sure all your children grow up in a nurturing and safe environment that allows them to grow and develop without risk to their health.

But what is the best way to create that?

In this post, we’ll highlight some of the best materials to use for a newborn-friendly renovation.

Complete Renovation before the baby comes along

It is important to complete the renovations before the baby comes along. These types of work can create a lot of noise, stress and possible safety hazards which could potentially cause your child harm and distress.

However, before you renovate, it is a good idea to declutter first. This is an excellent way of removing some of these potential hazards from your home and getting rid of items that you no longer need or will use for a long while.

The goal of decluttering should be to create a lot more floor space. Doing this will come in very handy, when it comes to accommodating baby furniture like bassinets, highchairs, nursing chairs and changing tables. They’ll also need as much room as they can to safely explore, when they start to crawl.

When decluttering your possessions, instead of sending them straight to landfill, consider using a company that specialises in eco-friendly rubbish removal in Sydney. That way, you’ll be doing your bit to help the environment.

Most Popular Renovations

When preparing for your newborn, some of the most popular home renovations you can do include the following:

  • Preparing their nursery or bedroom
  • Removing carpet and laying down polished or laminate floorboards that are easier to clean
  • Remodelling the bathroom
  • Roofing
  • Wall Insulation
  • Window Upgrades
  • In Floor Heating
  • Doorway redesigns
  • Painting
  • Mould Remediation

By performing these renovations and baby proofing your home in these ways, you’ll be providing your newborn with a safe, functional and more comfortable home in which to grow up in.

cork floors in a nursery

Materials to use for newborn-friendly renovations

When it comes to home renovations designed with your newborn in mind, some building products can trigger allergies. For this reason, it is a good idea to incorporate, where possible, the following materials.

Linoleum or Bamboo Flooring

Synthetic carpets can be a hotbed for allergies, which is why many parents choose to replace them with flooring prior to their baby being born.

Good materials to use for this are linoleum or bamboo flooring, both of which are natural.

Sheeps Wool

Sheep’s wool is an excellent product to use in your renovation. Not only is it a sustainable and eco-friendly material, but it is also completely natural too.

While wool is better known for being used in sweaters and blankets, it also makes for excellent insulation in walls, ceilings or attics.

Asthma and allergy free paint

The thought that the paint on the walls of your baby’s bedroom could trigger allergies or asthma within them, is enough to send a shiver down your spine.

Thankfully, there are now a range of paints available from leading stores that offer protection against this. Talk to an expert at your local store to find the best one for your needs.

Allergy-Free Furniture

Furniture made with fabric materials can easily trap allergens, which in turn could be detrimental to your health

For this reason, it is a good idea to incorporate allergy-free, natural materials like leather, stone, wood or stainless steel into your renovation.

They could be included as fixtures and fittings, as well as individual furniture pieces - which you might want to safeguard with hypoallergenic coverings to reduce the build-up or residue and dust.


As long as it has not been processed chemically, bamboo is an excellent material to be used within your newborn-friendly renovation.

Not only is it eco-friendly, but it is also antibacterial,100% biodegradable and enjoys high strength.

Bamboo can be used to make furniture, screens, blinds, flooring and decking. It also gives your home a rather cool, tropical vibe, especially when paired with some greenery.


Cork derives from the cork oak tree, which is an eco-friendly and highly renewable resource.

While it is an excellent material to use for ceiling panels, flooring and acoustic walls, as it has no toxic additives, it is also perfect for a children’s play space.

A wall of cork, for instance, is perfect for pinning up your child’s drawings, learning references or other visually stimulating pieces of artwork.

Recycled Plastic

Recycled plastic is another robust and durable material to use for your renovation. It is actually a very good material to use for retaining sound and heat, so is perfect to use as wall insulation.

Plastic bags can take up to 20 years to compose in landfill, while bottles can take up to 450 years. Therefore, if you can use them in your renovations, you’ll be helping to preserve the environment.


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