Painting is generally considered to be a low-risk activity, but ideally, it would be always be safer to have someone else do the painting for you. Some paints may be more harmful than others, such as oil based paints which have more harmful fumes than latex paint. There are also low VOC paints on the market that may be safer. If you really want to participate in painting the baby’s room, there are a few precautions you can take to help lessen your exposure to the potentially harmful chemicals such as:
- Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area with open windows.
- Wear protective clothing (gloves and long sleeves) to cover your skin.
- Do not eat or drink while painting.
- Consider wearing a respirator mask that filters vapors from paints and paint thinners (available at hardware stores).
- Consider having someone else to do the painting for you.
- Limit the time you spend on the project–take breaks and move into the fresh air frequently.