What is the best baby safe paint for cribs and baby furniture?
Read on our guide to learn how to find the best baby safe paint for cribs, furniture and the nursery to ensure a safe and chemical-free environment for your baby.
Which paint is considered safe for your baby?
Natural or water-based paints that are “Zero-VOC” and non-toxic are safe for your babies and can be used to paint baby cribs.
Unfortunately most commercially available paints contain “Volatile Organic Compounds” or “VOCs”.
VOCs are organic compound chemicals in the form of gas that are 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 problem ranging from skin irritations and headaches to nausea and organ damage. As such, you should steer clear from products that contains volatile organic compounds not just for your baby, but for you as well.
The 5 best baby safe paints for cribs in 2020
- Renaissance Furniture Paint
- Rust-Oleum Interior Paint
- Amy Howard Home – One Step Paint
- Chalk Mountain Furniture Paint
- Fusion Mineral Paint
The best baby safe paints listed below have been selected by Baby Cribs Central because of their exceptional ingredient quality, non-toxic, zero-VOC composition, good coverage, quick adhesion and easy application.
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 troubles 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).
I paint lots of furniture and have tried many kinds of chalk paint. This is by far my favorite so far.. I love the consistency and coverage. No bad smells and easy to distress. Will be ordering more colors!Actual buyer review
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 canva 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.
First time using rustoleum chalk paint & must say I’ve very pleased how my project looks after a few coats. Inexpensively transformed a few pieces of furniture. I also used the rustoleum matte clear coat when finished.Actual buyer review
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-VOCs 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.
I loved this product. It’s scary at first as the first coat goes on very streaky, but the second coat is amazing. Flawless finish and easy for novice DIY’ers!Actual buyer review
The Chalk Mountain furniture paint comes in a huge variety of over 50 colors so you won’t have troubles finding the perfect color for your baby crib.
It’s a great all around paint, non toxic, zero VOC and has a very low odor. it’s completely safe to use indoors as it dries in just 30 minutes.
Was fast delivery, wonderfully deep rich red color (#24) Smooth and velevty and covered well.. Love this paint and have used it repeatedly..Actual buyer review
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.
Such great paint! Easy to use! My husband didn’t believe the 500ml jar would cover two dressers but it did it with almost half left over. I got the soap stone color and would describe as almost whale gray. Would definitely purchase more! Love how it dries fast and has basically zero odor.Actual buyer review
The top 5 baby safe paints of 2020 summed up
No matter which paint you choose from the top 5 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 do more coatings or spill some in the process, especially if you’re a beginner in DIY and painting have more paint is better than cutting it close.