Baby boom

By on February 28, 2011

The arrival of a bundle of joy is sure to be a powerful energy shift in the home. Babies are full of life and natural vitality, which they express in abundance whenever possible. Creating a safe and nurturing space for them to be their best and develop in the healthiest way possible is essential. 

 

Babies spend a lot of time eating, sleeping, and filling diapers – this is unavoidable. Supporting a baby’s sleep is one of the most important considerations when setting up a child’s room. It is common in Japanese culture to have a child sleep in the parent’s bed – for years. While I do not wish to step on cultural toes, there are ramifications to the development of individuality and clear boundaries that can develop if such arrangements go on indefinitely. There can be a great bond that is created by sharing a room in the infant’s first weeks, but they will eventually need their own space, and creating the same sense of intimacy and protection that they feel when close to their parents can help them develop strength and integrity. (The impact on the parents’ relationship must also not be ignored – and that in turn will influence the child’s wellbeing.)

 

The placement of the child’s crib away from doors and windows helps the baby to feel protected. Energy flows fastest between doors and windows, so you want to ensure that your young one is not sleeping in that ‘line of fire.’ Have the side of the crib up against a wall, preferably an inside wall, and if possible let the child have a view of the door. A hint that is worth its weight in gold: have a picture of the parent(s) next to the crib so that the child can feel their loving, watchful eye. This can cut down on the perceived need to cry out to ensure that a loved one is nearby. A picture of your young one sleeping in the same area can remind them of the ‘function’ of that space. (One client’s month-old child suddenly began sleeping through the night upon implementing this suggestion.)

 

Children appreciate liveliness and colours, but some of the stereotypical choices are not as supportive as one might think. Warmer tones like pink are more nurturing in general, whereas the cool blue traditionally used to colour boys’ rooms can be too emotionally frigid and ungrounded a colour for a growing infant. Softer tones rather than brash, bold colours can help the child develop a sense of refined appreciation, and splashes of brighter tones can be found in toys and artwork. There is research to show that black-and-white objects of certain forms can, at specific ages, be supportive of cognitive development. 

 

Because children are so sensitive to energy flow and the communication of external objects, ensure that all toys are put away in containers so as not to come to life as the young one enters the world of dreams; this also helps the growing child to understand proper placement and integration in a larger sense. Mirrors should be eliminated from an infant’s room while they sleep, or at least covered – the magnified energy they create will inhibit restful sleeps. And keep them away from plugs and electrical currents while they sleep as much as possible.

 

May your child truly be a bundle of joy that expands into all areas of your life!

 

Mark Ainley is a Contemporary Feng Shui Consultant based in Vancouver. A former resident of Tokyo, he consults internationally for home and business owners.   www.markainley.com    markainley@gmail.com

About Mark Ainley

Mark Ainley is a Contemporary Feng Shui Consultant and Emotional Stress Consultant living in Vancouver. A former 5-year resident of Tokyo, Mark consults with clients internationally to help them design living and work spaces in alignment with their goals. He also provides consulting in emotional stress management, as well as in the connection between facial structure and innate behavioural and communication patterns. He can be reached through his website: www.senseofspace.com and www.markainley.com.