Is Latex Acrylic Paint Safe for a Baby Cradle?


I am making a baby cradle for my first born (coming in June) and I am using Poplar for its strength. My wife wants it painted white and I was wondering if standard beny moore acrylic is ok to use? My concerns are for the baby and if he starts chewing on the wood etc?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
TFD
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You can certainly get some good advice here, but your best advice is going to come from the manufacturers as regards infant safety issues.
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Well said, Mike.
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Robatoy wrote:

I agree completely with Mike, Robatoy. No one will be able to give you a better answer than the manufacturer. To add additional protection to the finish, if you use a latex finish, you might consider a few coats of water based polyurethane as well. Very easy to apply and quick drying, it adds an added layer of durability to the finish. Of course, it would have to be baby safe as well. I had great success with it on a rocking horse that I built for my granddaughter. She was past the 'teething' stage by that time but it added a beautiful finish to the acrylic latex paint that I used. Congratulations to you and your wife.
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Thanks to all of you for your valuable input. I will go to Benjamin Moore's website and see if I can send in my question directly. Will the water based polyurethane make the cradle really shiny like a high gloss or can I buy it in different finishes? The paint I want to use is a semi-gloss, I would like to stay with that finish.
Thanks for your thanks to me and my wife.
Regards, TFD.
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You can get the get water based polyurethanne in the same finishes as regular oil based polyurethane. I use a lot of Benjamin Moore product but don't recall if I used Ben Moore or Sherwin Williams coatings on the rocking horse. I bought the polyurethane in pint cans to avoid having a lot of leftover material. Consequently, I threw the small quantitiy of polyurethane that I had remaining out. No doubt either source will have the water based version available. BTW, unlike oil based polyurethane, the water based product is somewhat milky looking in the can but dries absolutely clear.
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When my kids were born, I use a special "Kid's Room Paint" for their edibles. It was advertised for that purpose.
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Any finish sold today is going to be lead free. Any finish sold today will be considered non-toxic when cured. Maybe some are better to eat than others though, so check with the manufacturer if you want more detailed information.
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LineVoltageHalogen wrote:

Yes! But why would you want to use Latex. You want a hard, smooth paint that you can wipe down with water and disinfectant. That means and oil paint, probably an enamel. Your best bet for easy of use and application is probably Krylon spray paint.
You will get arguments but basically any current paint is baby safe as soon as it is cured.
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George E. Cawthon wrote:

get a latex enamil paint, bear makes one there made for kitchens and bathrooms easy clean up
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I use quite a bit of water-based finishes - both Clear Poly and Colored 'Paint'. I've had good results and learned a few things.
A caveat on H20 based acrylics . . . allow at least 14 DAYS for a 'hard cure'. Especially if you are using Gloss Enamel.
Also, in the case of anything a baby may get his hands {or other body parts}on . . . give it at least one 'cover coat' of Clear Gloss Poly. Two coats would be better. Although this stuff isn't 'UV Protective', it's almost as impervious as Epoxy. Apply after the 'paint' has cured - the poly only needs about 24-hours to 'dry'.
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