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Create good feng shui for your baby’s room

By Kathryn Weber
Tribune Content Agency

Getting ready for a new baby requires a lot of thought and planning, from what diapers to choose to decorations for the nursery.

Parents want to create a haven that helps their baby feel comforted and nurtured, as well as stimulated enough to thrive. Some parents are incorporating feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, to ensure that baby has not only an attractive but also a harmonious environment.

To maximize the energy in a 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. Some believe using feng shui may even make babies less fussy and more comfortable in their surroundings. Feng shui also may promote their health and well-being.

Here are tips:

•  Select a room. An infant should have a bedroom that’s not over a garage or other empty space. The bedroom also shouldn’t be located where there’s excessive noise that might prevent proper rest.

•  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. This supports the baby’s head and provides a feeling of security. Too often, parents put the long side of the crib against the wall instead of the head. Avoid placing the bed against a wall that’s shared with a bathroom, storage area or utility-type room.

•  Opt for soothing colors. Because deep sleep is necessary for healthy growth, be sure to select restful, muted colors rather than bright hues that may be overly stimulating. 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.

•  Create soft movement in the room. 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. Avoid placing a baby under a ceiling fan, which can disrupt the infant’s body energy.

•  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 and pointed away from the bed.

•  Select design motifs with care. Designs based on nature are excellent and promote growth. Animal designs should be chosen carefully, with only soft and cuddly ones used. Make sure the designs have no harsh points, such as arrows, crosses, diamonds, or triangles. Motifs with fish are fine if the watery theme is not overly dominant.

•  Keep lighting balanced. During the day, the light in a baby’s room should be neither too bright nor too dark. Install blinds that can be lowered or raised as needed to keep the room’s light at a pleasant level. (Be sure to keep cords out of your baby’s reach). If the room is too bright, the baby won’t rest deeply.

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