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23 to 27 Weeks Pregnant (part 5) - 25 WEEKS PREGNANT - RECONNECT WITH YOUR OWN CHILDHOOD ROOM , SETTING UP THE NURSERY

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25 WEEKS PREGNANT

Set Up the Nursery

This week, you can

• Set up your baby’s room (or area)

• Consider the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui

WHEN IT COMES to children’s rooms, I’ve seen it all. Is it an odd shape? Is there a cathedral ceiling or are there heavy wooden beams? I remember one young girl’s room that was essentially a converted attic. When she got into bed at night, she could touch the sloped ceiling with little effort. (My claustrophobic soul would never have had a moment’s rest in that setup!) To make this week as universal as possible, I’m going to assume you have a small room in the shape of a square with a window. You can revamp for any peculiarities your situation presents.

RECONNECT WITH YOUR OWN CHILDHOOD ROOM

We are great at replicating what we know. When it comes to children’s rooms, I’ve sometimes seen parents go overboard to compensate for what they didn’t have when they were young—giving kids hundreds of stuffed animals because they didn’t have any, for example—or replicate the unsavory aspects simply because it’s what is comfortable for them. These questions are designed to shed light on our own experiences as children. I’d like to ask you a few questions about the room you had as a young child. You never know what you might discover. You can of course jot down your answers in your trusty baby journal.

Did you have your own room? Did you enjoy spending time there or was it an uncomfortable experience?

Whether you savored or avoided your room, can you give specific reasons for those feelings? Perhaps you had to share the space and felt your brother’s stuff took up too much of the room. Or perhaps you loved to read and spent hours in the window seat going off to foreign lands with your books. Specifics here will help you replicate the good and avoid the uncomfortable in the room you are about to set up.

As you grew up, were you allowed to express yourself here or was decorating the province of your mother?

Are you excited about decorating a room for your child? Or is decorating an activity that leaves you feeling inadequate ? If it’s the latter, can someone help you?
Does your husband defer to you when it comes to the home or he is a Nate Berkus (Oprah’s decorator) wannabe ? Will you clash over this room? How can you achieve compromise?

A little baby is coming here soon who will grow up and reveal herself along the way. It’s far better to consciously set up your child’s room in a way that is welcoming, organized, streamlined, and has the ability to grow as he does. Keep these ideas in the back of your mind as you organize this room.

SETTING UP THE NURSERY

As you think about where to place items, consider these principles from Feng Shui, the art and science of placement. Feng Shui comes to us from the Chinese, but the principles are universal. It includes all aspects of how we set up a space: design (everything from paint color and furniture placement to art selection and imagery), function (making sure everything has a proper home and not living among clutter), and energy (the “feeling” of a space.) Ideally Feng Shui is a balance of these three different aspects of spatial design.

Why consider its principles when you are putting together your baby’s room? Each of us has an inner guidance system that can tell us if a space feels good to us or otherwise. Babies have an instinctive response to whether a space feels safe, restful, or stimulating or whether it feels off somehow. Wouldn’t you want to know if your environment was affecting your child in some way that you weren’t intending?

Most Feng Shui principles just make a lot of practical sense to people, and therefore give you more tools to set up a space that will allow your baby to be healthy, happy, and supported. Other aspects of Feng Shui require a bit of a leap of faith, but the intentions behind these other aspects can add beauty, peace, and good feelings to a space and, when embraced, can add a new layer of possibilities into your life and the lives of those you love.

 
What are the most important things you would absolutely do even if you knew nothing about Feng Shui?

I would not place the baby’s bed in the path of the door.

I would place the baby’s bed in a corner near two walls so that the baby feels safe.

I would not place a baby’s bed in the path of a mirror. If I had to have a mirror in the room, I would cover it with a curtain or shawl at night. (Some would say that the energy that a mirror creates in the room is too stimulating; covering a mirror helps a room to feel smaller, more intimate, and safer so that your baby will rest and rejuvenate through the night.)

I would not place the baby’s bed underneath a window.

If I had to have the baby near a window I would check for drafts, I would lower a screen to act as a “solid wall,” and I might hang a crystal in the window or a soft baby mobile up above.

I would not put fluorescent or LED lighting near the baby.

I would use full-spectrum lightbulbs to simulate natural light.

I would not paint colors that are hyperstimulating (bright yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds). I would also not paint colors that are too dark and could feel scary, sad, or depressing (no blacks, dark purples, or dark blues).

I would paint in colors that are soothing and calming (soft pastels, earth palates, and natural tones).

What are some additional things you would do for someone who does embrace Feng Shui?

I would check for electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) in the room. Unplug things, and don’t have the baby’s room next to the wireless router or satellite dish. Counteract the effects of EMFs with soft-edged live plants, Himalayan rock salt lamps, or an ionizer.

I would not put the baby’s bed on the other side of the wall from a toilet, sink, elevator, or garbage shoot. Movement, even behind walls, can be disruptive to deep rest.

I would not place furniture with sharp edges near where the baby sleeps. Besides being a dangerous thing, sharp edges create energy that can be disruptive to health over long period of time.

I would not place the baby near wall edges or under overhead beams. The same principles apply as above; sharp edges create disruptive energy that can affect people over time.

I would consider blessing the nursery before bringing the baby into the room. The energy from whatever took place in there before can linger, so it is better to create a clean slate. You can do this with your good thoughts and loving intentions or you can use natural aromatherapy sprays or dishes of sea salt to absorb old stuck energy from the room. If you feel that something deeper is afoot, I would not hesitate to call in an expert (a priest, rabbi, shaman, or Feng Shui expert) to perform a blessing.
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