Friday, March 24, 2006

What about the paint?

I am currently obsessed with putting together a space for Amelia. Her "room" will be in the walk-in closet in our bedroom. I just moved my closet stuff into Jeff's, in the other room. I'm excited because I have a fabric I picked out to kind of be the palette for the colors, and now I feel like I can't rest until I get it done! So I have been researching and trying to buy paint today. I have come across many opinions on painting while pregnant and what paints are appropriate for children. On the one end, I could buy a paint with no VOCs that is odorless, used in hospital rooms and such. They only sell it by the gallon, and it is $40 per gallon! Someone said to just look for low-odor latex paint, and one source I called recommended something he'll be using for his baby's room. Also only sold by the gallon, for $32 each. Then I called a Home Depot and they said ALL Behr paints qualify, and are sold by the quart and are of course much cheaper. The guy at Uptown Paint said they can't even sell me anything dangerous, most paints are low-odor latex. I am just more susceptible to being irritated by the smell since I'm pregnant, but that it's not actually dangerous at all. What should I do? Is this really a big deal? I know most people in my generation were exposed to lots of stuff while their moms remodeled houses with lead paint during pregnancy, and it seems like we're just fine! Should I just be practical, or purist? Tell me what you think (but try to hurry!)

5 comments:

ShackelMom said...

Well, most pregnant women also paint a place for the up coming baby and it all turns out well! I say, get the windows open and some fans going and get the cheaper paint on the walls of that closet! :-) Every 10 minutes just step outside a breath that nice fresh air.

Bethany said...

I totally agree with your mom. I sometimes think we overthink things and if we weren't so affluent compared to the rest of the world it would be a non-issue. I can only say that because I am guilty! And constantly reminding myself of the fact. I am sure any odor left from the not-quite-perfect option will be gone before baby Amelia arrives.

Ariana said...

Well, you did hurry, Ladies! I decided to go get the regular paint and just have Jeff do the actual painting instead of me. Sometimes the more perspectives you get on something, the bigger the issue seems-- there are so many things to be alarmed about, but only so much you can do... Thanks for the input!

Aunt Robin said...

Well, I would have said the same basic thing. I always painted a room or two when I was pregnant... I had to! We had to get ready for the baby! But I didn't use lead paint. By then it was outlawed. I'd like to see your little room when you get it done!

Heidi said...

Sounds like you got things worked out. I'll bet it looks great.