The 5 Best Baby Safe Paints for Cribs in 2021

August 31, 2021

What is the best baby safe paint for cribs and the nursery?

Read on our guide to discover the top baby safe paint for cribs, furniture, and the nursery to ensure a safe, and chemical-free environment for your baby or child.

Which paint is considered safe for your baby?

Natural or water-based paints that are “Zero-VOC” and non-toxic are safe for your baby and can be used to paint baby cribs, baby furniture or the nursery.

Unfortunately, most commercially available paints contain “Volatile Organic Compounds” or “VOCs” from which you must steer clear.

VOCs are organic compound chemicals in the form of gas that is emitted in the air through the use of certain products.

VOCs are very common and can be found (among others) in:

  • Paint, varnishes, paint thinners
  • Glue, adhesives
  • Flooring, carpet products
  • Cleaners, pesticides
  • Cosmetics, deodorants
  • Fuel, oil, gasoline, diesel

VOCs can cause a plethora of health problems ranging from skin irritations and headaches to nausea and organ damage. As such, you should steer clear from products that contain volatile organic compounds not just for your baby, but for you as well.

The 5 best baby safe paints for cribs in 2021

  1. Retique It Renaissance Furniture Paint
  2. Rust-Oleum Interior Paint
  3. Amy Howard Home – One Step Paint
  4. Chalk Mountain Furniture Paint
  5. Fusion Mineral Paint

The best baby and child-safe paints listed below have been hand-picked by us because of their exceptional ingredient quality, non-toxic, zero-VOC composition, good coverage, quick adhesion, and easy application.

1) Retique it by Renaissance Furniture Paint




Renaissanse’s furniture paint is our top selection when it comes to baby-safe paints.

It’s completely non-toxic, contains zero VOCs and it’s hypoallergenic. It’s available in tens of different colors so you won’t have trouble finding the right shade for your baby crib or nursery.

Furthermore, it doesn’t require any sanding or priming to apply it and it provides superior and even coverage even with 1 coat (although we recommend you do 2 coats at least).



2) Rust-Oleum Interior Paint






Rust-Oleum’s line of non-toxic paints is one of the top choices if you want a baby safe paint for the nursery or simply to paint cabinets and wooden furniture around the house.

It’s excellent and provides even coverage and good adhesion on a variety of surfaces and materials including wood, metal, ceramic and canvas, giving off a matte, velvety, smooth finish.

A single can has enough paint to cover up to 150 sq ft. Rust-Oleum baby safe paint has low odor and its latex formula means that you can easily remove it with soap and water before it dries. One thing we really liked is that it dries quite quickly in just 30 minutes.

3) Amy Howard One Step Paint




Amy Howard One Step Paint is a great paint for surfaces like wood, glass, fabric, resin, melamine, concrete, iron, stone and more.

It’s made from zero-VOC ingredients and because it’s water based has no odor making it an excellent choice for the nursery.

It dries in 20 minutes and a single can can cover an area up to 140 sq ft. The only downside is that it comes in a limited selection of colors. But if you want a chalk finish, then this should be your go-to paint.

4) Chalk Mountain Furniture Paint




The Chalk Mountain furniture paint comes in a huge variety of over 50 colors so you won’t have trouble finding the perfect color for your baby crib.

It’s a great all around paint, nontoxic, zero VOC, and has a very low odor. it’s completely safe to use indoors as it dries in just 30 minutes.

5) Fusion Mineral Paint





Fusion Mineral Paint is an excellent all around paint for baby cribs and baby furniture. Available in numerous colors there’s no shortage of options!

The only downside is that this is not a “zero-VOCs” paint, it is classed as “low-VOCs” but it’s non-toxic, contains no lead and is odorless. Additionally, it contains no ammonia or formaldehyde making it a safe option for the baby’s nursery.

A can of 500 ml is enough to comfortably cover 75 sq ft.


The top 5 baby safe paints of 2021 summed up

No matter which paint you choose from the baby safe paints that we reviewed here you can’t go wrong. Just make sure to check that the brand offers the color and shade of your choice and that you buy more paint than what you think you’ll need.

You may need to apply more coatings or you may spill some in the process, especially if you’re a beginner in DIY and thus have more paint is better than cutting it close.

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With over 15 years experience in baby cribs, nursery furniture and baby essentials we strive to bring you impartial and unbiased reviews of the best baby products.

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  1. Careful parents. Retique it actually has required 4+ coats when I painted my crib

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