A lot of parenting is learning as you go, but you really don’t want to risk your child’s health while you learn. Sadly, there are a huge number of rumors going around about what is and isn’t safe for children. One of these is about the safety of painting a crib or any other piece of furniture that will be around a baby. Thankfully there is a pretty simple answer about painting this kind of furniture that will keep you and your child safe in the future.
It is safe to paint a crib, but you need to take some precautions when you are doing so. These involve making sure that the paint is safe for children, waiting double the original curing time, making sure that it won’t flake off of the original paint, prepping the surface correctly, and making sure that no scent lingers. If you follow all of these steps, you should be able to paint a crib with no problem.
The first thing you should do is to make sure that the material the crib is made out of will actually hold paint. In some cases, you may be able to sand down the material, but in others, this would cause a hazard. Look up the material online and make sure that it is safe for children. If the paint is going to bubble, flake, or peel when applied to the material, it is better not to paint it at all.
Next, you need to be aware of the paint you are using. Is it actually safe for use in children’s areas? There are a few brands of paint that are specifically formulated for use around babies. These are going to be a bit more expensive than other brands, but they ensure the safety of your child. Never cheap out on the paint, and never use a sealant or other additive that hasn’t been approved for children as well.
Third, you mustconfirm that all of the painted parts are allowed to dry at least two times the amount of time they are normally meant to dry. This means it may take up to a week for the crib to be done. They should dry in a well-ventilated area to make sure there is no lingering smell as well. This ensures that the paint is completely dry and that it won’t loosen if a baby licks it or otherwise puts it in their mouth.
Finally, you will need to make sure that you don’t paint over any of the important safety components of the crib. Latches, screws, etc should never be painted. It is important that the crib is kept in perfect working order with nothing allowed to interfere.
If you aren’t willing to take all of these steps to ensure that your crib is safely painted, you may want to look into letting a professional do it for you. Talk with them about your concerns and your personal needs to make sure that your child is kept as safe as possible.