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Formaldehyde in my child’s changing table?

NEW MOTHER Rotem Bar (left) and Dr. Hanni Olivestone pose with the newborn at Kaplan Medical Center
Photo by: Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center
My husband and I are expecting our first baby in a few months. We have been visiting baby furniture shops and found a suitable bed and diapering table. While all the cribs are made of solid wood, the diapering tables are almost always made of MDF – medium- density fiberboard – which we heard emits formaldehyde fumes for several months after the material is manufactured. Is it safe to buy baby furniture made from MDF and put it in the same room?

R. and A.R., Even Yehuda

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