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Baby Nursery Feng Shui: Create A Space Full of Health, Harmony & Happiness

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Imagine creating a space within your home for your baby to grow and develop while being healthy and at peace.

I’ve consulted on many nurseries for existing and expecting parents. Here are 9 tips to consider when creating a nursery for the new baby.

1. Crib Position: The crib should be placed in the command position of the room. To be in the command position, the location should have a view of the door but not be in direct line with the door or on the same wall as the door. There are a total of three command positions for a room, view this recent article about the command position of a bed.

2. Flow of Chi: Make sure the door into the nursery can open a full 90 degrees. This may mean no coats or clothes hanging on the back of the door. Also, make sure that you can easily move around in the space and open dresser drawers and closet doors with no obstructions.

3. Color: Consider light colors to soothe and multiple colors to inspire the baby’s development. Light blues, pinks, greens and yellows are recommended. Keep in mind that a bedroom and nursery are yin energy and should be created for relaxing and rejuvenating.

4. Décor: Pay close attention to what you hang above or around areas where the baby spends a lot of time. Don’t place shelving above the crib or changing table as this can create a downward pressure, reducing the baby’s development. There’s also the potential for heavy objects or shelves to fall.

5. Lighting & Ventilation: Make sure you have enough light during each part of the day and night. Nurseries often don’t have enough light, especially in the middle of the night when parents want to check on the baby. I personally recommend Himalayan Salt Rock lamps for the perfect night light. It produces soft shades of pink, peach and orange, warmly lighting a room while infusing the space with negative ions to remove pollutants and adding chi or life energy.

6. Development: To help a baby develop motor skills, consider purchasing a baby-safe mirror at the two-to-three-month stage.

7. Access: Be sure all items you use frequently – diapers, wipes, blankets, first aid essentials, etc. — are accessible. You don’t want to hunt for the thermometer in the middle of the night. Keep a stock of diapers and wipes close at hand, with extras in a convenient place. Don’t place these baby essentials in awkward spots, where other items fall on you when you reach for them, or where you’ll have to stretch to the back of a drawer or closet for them. This just increases frustration when the most important task is to be present for your baby.

8. Electrical Overload: Dozens of tech gadgets available today help you monitor your baby around the clock. Even so, keep electro-magnetic fields around your baby’s crib to a minimum. This includes heart monitors, baby monitors, video cameras and multiple plugs within an outlet; decide which devices you really need and choose products that serve multiple purposes. Also, pay attention to what is on the other side of the wall as this can have an impact on the baby’s development and sleep.

9. Parent’s Room: Creating a nursery for the baby is an exciting time. When the baby arrives, the nursery can easily carry over into the parent’s room, especially when a baby co-sleeps. Make an effort to keep your own bedroom for relaxation, sleep and rejuvenation without permitting the nursery to take over the room. You’ll be glad!

This article has been written by fellow Feng Shui expert Ken Lauher.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.marieburgosdesign.com or email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com

Are you about to decorate your nursery? Do you think that you are likely to use some of my Feng Shui advice for your nursery project? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Feng Shui Tips for your Nursery design

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Feng Shui Tips for the Nursery

 

Babies can benefit just as much from Feng Shui as adults -- if not more! If you're adding a new member to your household, it's best to create an environment that is warm, nurturing and welcoming. Transitions are always a bit of a challenge. By integrating the following Feng Shui cures into the baby's room, you'll make this transition a joyous one for the whole family.

Soothing Sounds Every baby develops while listening to the sound of his or her mother's heartbeat. Be sure to introduce a soothing, steady sound into your child's sleeping environment to provide continuity. Try a ticking clock, an oscillating fan or a recording of ocean waves.

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Soft Surfaces The more yielding and receptive the textures in the nursery, the more welcome the child will feel. A plush carpet, cushioned rocking chair, and well-padded changing table will slow down the energy in the room, shielding baby from jarring noises and sudden movements.

Pleasing Scents Babies have a very strong sense of smell. One of the best ways to make a child's bassinet or crib a comforting space is to add a dish towel that the primary caretaker has slept with for about a week. The scent of the fabric will make it easier for the child to relax and enjoy a peaceful slumber.

Keep Visuals Simple Try not to bombard a small child with lots of visuals. Hanging a mobile over the bed may be too stimulating -- it's better to position such a toy over the changing table. Paint the room a mellow earth tone to give the nursery an air of stability. Honey, pumpkin, cocoa or dusty rose are all good choices, because they are warm and nurturing.

Adapt to Your Child's Needs Pay attention to your child's personality when making adjustments to your nursery. A baby that is easily stimulated can draw comfort from a square picture displayed over their crib. A child that always wants to be held may benefit from a circular shape. If your infant has a hard time sleeping, try displaying a wavy pattern over their crib. A baby who cries a lot can find comfort from the color green. Finally, a baby who always wants to be carried around can benefit from a nightlight that is within clear view of their crib.

Choose the Optimal Crib Placement Pay attention to your child's personality when making adjustments to your nursery. A baby that is easily stimulated can draw comfort from a square picture displayed over their crib. A child that always wants to be held may benefit from a circular shape. If your infant has a hard time sleeping, try displaying a wavy pattern over their crib. A baby who cries a lot can find comfort from the color green. Finally, a baby who always wants to be carried around can benefit from a nightlight that is within clear view of their crib.

Pick the Right Bedding A fussy baby will benefit from sheets and blankets that are solid, yin colors (blue, purple or brown), while an infant who sleeps well may be entranced by sheets that feature a small, repetitive pattern.

Choose the Appropriate Color As your child gets older, you can adjust their surroundings to fit their emotional needs. Keep in mind that red encourages self-expression, brown fosters security, white inspires alertness, and blue builds self-esteem. Green encourages exploration, yellow lends clarity, orange promotes cooperation, purple fosters creativity, pink eases connection, and black inspires organization. It's best to use black, white and red as accent colors.

Hang Mirrors at Appropriate Heights As your child grows, he or she will need a mirror that reflects their entire face, plus two inches above the top of their head. Be sure to hang a mirror in this room at a height where he or she can see their image comfortably.

Create a Nurturing Seating Arrangement Place a special chair where the child can be held or cuddled in the nursery. The ideal spot for this chair is the far right corner, which governs loving relationships. Another good place for this chair is the near left corner, which rules foundations.

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