Your baby can happy and healthy if the nursery has even the least little bit of itty bitty baby Feng Shui. Along with cuddles, hugs and dry diapers, creating a supportive nursery environment offers any baby the best possible start in life.
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Feng Shui is the ancient art and science of arranging an environment to influence one’s life in positive ways. It uses colors that uplift, fabrics that encourage growth, and sounds that soothe and calm. Since healthy babies are naturally little bundles of energy, the Feng Shui nursery aims to enrich and enhance that state as well. Here’s how:
Natural Light and Space
According to Feng Shui, the brighter the natural light in this room, the better. This philosophy also maintains that big furniture is for big people — the less furniture in this space the better. That’s because creating a place that feels spacious is believed to instill and imbue a greater sense of awareness — and self confidence too.
Placing the Crib
Speaking of confidence, Feng Shui also holds that the crib or bassinet should never be pushed flush against one wall, unless that wall is directly in back of baby’s head. If the crib is pushed flush against a wall on one side, and the energy cannot circulate fully all around it, chances are very high that the aforementioned baby’s head will more times than not end up in the parental bed. According to this age-old tradition, the idea place to put a crib is at a diagonal to the door with the headboard only against a wall. Another tip: To calm colicky or even overly active babies, position the crib so that his or her head faces north. Although this may do nothing to quiet them during the day, it is believed to help their nights be tranquil and still.
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Metallic Wind Chimes
We know the theory behind developing visual development by hanging a black, white and red mobile over baby’s crib. But Feng Shui holds that a healthy sense of coordination and exploration can be instilled by hanging metallic wind chimes instead. This tradition highly encourages metal chimes to be hung not over the crib, but, instead, in front of nearby window so that the tinkling sound can also help to simulate healthy nursery energies while additionally stimulating baby’s curiosity. This philosophy strongly discourages hanging anything directly over or placing anything directly under the crib.
The colors that are used in this room are also said to have a profound effect on budding baby personalities and temperaments too. For instance, according to Feng Shui, the color red is very stimulating and inspires activity as well. Although using red can spark an inclination towards learning more, it’s best used in playrooms or other spaces where accelerated levels of activity are encouraged. Rather, pinks and pastels promote a healthier sense of curiosity while also allowing for quiet and calm. Yellows also encourage cheerfulness and a sense of connectedness.
The color of sunlight, an earthy yellow, however, can increase aggravation with a sensitive or colicky baby and should be avoided. Light greens and blues represent nature and growth and heaven too. These two colors, used exclusively or together, are said to be the absolute best hues to use for every stage of a child’s growth. Green inspires mental development while blue induces calm. Violet encourages independence and promotes a steadfast personality, and is also the optimal palette to please a physically or emotionally challenged baby.
Mirrors, wind chimes and crystals, when placed in a nursery, all accomplish the same energy-supportive effect – they keep energies both positive and flowing freely. Mirrors are often called “the aspirin of Feng Shui” because of their myriad uses. They are considered highly useful in the nursery too. Not only do they enhance natural light but help to circulate positive and supportive energies. Research has now shown that mirrors can help to stimulate a baby’s social development. The best mirrors are the ones purposefully placed within the baby’s line of vision, so unbreakable, low and against a wall is ideal. According to Feng Shui dictates, the mirror should reflect the entire head. Reflections symbolize abundance, and if a mirror can be positioned to reflect both caregiver and baby, the wee one will feel twice the love, too.
Wood is the most recommended material for furnishing a nursery because it is a symbol of life and growth. However, having symbols of the Five Feng Shui Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) in any nursery will bring balance and harmony. For instance, light is considered a representative of the element of fire and is therefore also believed to influence emotions. Soft lighting in a nursery is always preferred, as is a night light kept on during darker hours.
Plants, specifically bamboo, represent the element of wood which is believed to influence faith while also allowing baby to develop a healthy sense of self confidence as well. Place any plant with smooth and rounded leaves, or a few stalks of bamboo, anywhere in baby’s room as long as they can’t reach and/or touch it.
Soil symbolizes earth, which is said to improve a baby’s sense of security. Therefore, in order to help baby grow up grounded, keep the plant in a clay or earthenware pot. Silver symbolizes metal which is said to favorably impact ambition. Keep anything silver (a baby comb perhaps?) in the nursery to keep the energies balanced, harmonious and flowing.
Finally, fish are said to symbolize water, which is believed to have an influence on both destiny and wisdom. A plush fish toy can keep baby tranquil and amused as well.
The Rule of Four
In this day and techno age I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Feng Shui ‘Rule of Four.’ This ‘rule’ says that there should be no more than four electrical devices in the nursery. These could be the monitor, the night light, a standing lamp and a music player of some sort. They should also be, each of them, kept at least four feet from the crib, as the electromagnetic fields created by such devices can cause disharmony and disquiet in an environment that should otherwise be peaceful and positive.
The Three Great Blessings
And, so, it is said that practicing any or all of this itty bitty baby Feng Shui will help baby to grow and embrace the Three Great Blessings of Health, Happiness and Prosperity so that only laughter and luck will color all of baby’s day.
Which brings us to the end. And the beginning!
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