This week I’m doing a couple of presentations at retail stores and wellness facilities specializing in the first year of a baby’s life. I thought I would share a few tips to help make your baby’s nursery as healthy as possible. Including a focus on Feng Shui as well as green/sustainable principles, they probably will sound like common sense. Yet often people don’t think about the design from a common sense perspective. It may be hormones or just not thinking through the situation of life with your new little one.DayOne Center in Palo Alto where one of the presentations on Feng Shui for the Baby's Nursery will be held.
First, it’s best if the baby’s room is close to the parents. Getting up in the middle of the night to walk down a long hall or to the other side of the house isn’t good for anyone. Also, having the baby’s room toward the back of the house makes parents feel their baby is safer, more protected.
Second, check to make sure the electrical panel is not close to the crib (or anyone’s bed.) The electrical panels generate a high level of EMF (electromagnetic field.) Also check to see if there are any TVs, electronic equipment or appliances with motors within 4 feet of the bed. The four feet includes a device on the other side of the wall, not just within the room. If there is, move either the device or the crib/bed. Baby monitors, fans and heaters fall into this category as well.
Next, selecting the type of furniture for a baby could be critical t their health. Wooden cribs and bassinets are preferred. Those with rounded corners and ends allow the baby to feel more nurtured and safer. Anything with a sharp or pointed edge is considered “cutting” energy, something that’s not desirable in a nursery.
Finally, place the baby’s crib on an outside wall – a wall that has a foundation under it – to help “ground” the baby. Bedding fabrics should be smooth, but not silky. Smooth textures like cotton, cotton knits, and velvet are naturally yin – fostering quiet, calm and sleep.
These are just a few of the many areas of concern and examples of solutions we strive to create in the design of a baby’s nursery.