By Kathryn Weber
Getting ready for a new baby requires a lot of thought and planning about everything from what diapers the baby will wear down to the decoration and arrangement of baby’s room. Today’s parents want to create a haven for their little one that will help their baby feel comforted and nurtured, as well as stimulated enough so that they thrive. Increasingly, parents are going beyond the traditional coordinated “theme” rooms and incorporating feng shui to ensure baby not only has an attractive, but also harmonious, environment.
Feng shui, the Chinese system for arrangement and placement, so often used in businesses and homes is now making its way into the nursery, and for good reason, too. Feng Shui proposes that by arranging and aligning the room correctly, energy will flow better in the room and that all who reside in the room will flourish and prosper better than if the energy is the room was not harmonious. Understandably, no one needs to thrive and flourish more than a baby.
To maximize the energy in baby’s room, there are several important factors to consider, such as room location, safety, colors, and furniture arrangement. These make up the foundation of good feng shui in the nursery. Plus, using feng shui will help to make babies less fussy, make them feel more comfortable in their surroundings, and will promote their health and well-being.
By following some of the most basic considerations, feng shui can help parents create a room that makes them and their baby happy. Here are 7 tips for creating good feng shui in your baby’s room:
1. Select a good location for the baby’s bedroom.
A new baby should have a bedroom that is not over a garage or has an empty space below. The bedroom also shouldn’t be located where there is excessive noise that might keep the baby from sleeping, such as close to a living room where the TV is on or close to a noisy street or neighbor.
2. Bed placement is important.
Put the baby’s bed on a solid wall across from the door with the head of the crib against the wall, rather than lengthwise, just as you would a regular bed.
Too often parents put the long side of the crib against the wall instead of the head. Avoid doing this because the baby will be in a defensive position. After all, you wouldn’t want to sleep with your bed against a wall, so don’t place your baby that way.
Avoid placing the crib in a corner at the far end of the room. This creates an anxious baby.
The bed should not be against a window or be directly in line with the door. Make sure the baby does not sleep or has a bed placed against a slanted wall or ceiling. These press on the baby. If there is no other place, create a canopy overhead to mimic a ceiling. Avoid placing the baby against a wall that is shared with a bathroom, toilet, storage, or utility-type room.
3. Opt for soothing colors.
Children benefit from bright colors in play areas, but if these are used in a baby’s room, infants can be over stimulated to the point that they do not rest well. Because deep sleep in babies is necessary for healthy growth, be sure to select restful, muted colors.
Whites are excellent for children, but avoid black and white color scheme because there is too much contrast. Select color palettes that are close to one another and harmonious in feng shui terms, such as green and blue, white and beige, or pink and yellow.
4. Create soft movement in the room.
A room that is too still becomes stagnant and this is not beneficial for the growth of the child. To create good, but soft energy and movement, hang mobiles close to a window to move gently in the breeze and keep soft music playing in the room. You can also place a small fan on a dresser turned on low to keep air moving in the room. Avoid placing the baby under a ceiling fan as these disrupt their body energy.
5. Watch for pointed objects.
Make sure there are no hard corners from dressers or changing tables pointed at the baby’s head or body. Move these to another part of the room where they are not pointed in the direction of the bed.
6. Select design motifs with care.
Nature designs are excellent and promote growth. Animal designs should also be chosen carefully. Ferocious or aggressive animals, even when they are made for a baby’s room, should not be chosen. Some of these are found in jungle motif designs and include lions, tigers, bears, and reptiles.
You should also make sure that designs do not have harsh points, such as arrows, crosses, diamonds, or triangles. Motifs with fish are fine as long as the watery theme is not overly dominant. Otherwise, respiratory, lung, nasal, or kidney problems could develop.
7. Keep lighting balanced.
During the day, the light in the baby’s room should neither be too bright or too dark. Install blinds that can be lowered or raised as needed to keep the room at a pleasant level of lighting (being sure to keep cords out of baby’s reach). If the room is too bright, the baby won’t rest deeply. If too dim, the room would be too “yin” and the baby could fail to thrive or have respiratory problems.
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