Babies and colours

 

Do babies like colours? What colour should I paint my baby’s nursery? Here is a brief description of the psychological effects the colours may have upon you and your baby:

 

Blue – the colour of the sky and ocean, blue calms the mind and body, lowering blood pressure, heart rate and respiration and decreasing feelings of anxiety and aggression. Children with sleeping disorders may benefit from spending time in a blue environment. Therefore, this colour is perfect for the nursery, especially if used in light shades.

Yellow – Bright and cheerful yellow is another colour preferred by many parents when painting the nursery, especially due to its “zooming” and brightening effects on the room. Soft, subtle yellow shades promote concentration while brighter shades can stimulate memory and increases metabolism. However, too much yellow can evoke feelings of anger and frustration resulting in fussy, over-stimulated babies.

Green – is a secondary colour deriving from the mixture of yellow and blue. It symbolizes nature and thus it promotes a serene and calming environment, especially in softer shades. Green is also a comforting colour, able to calm down a fussy baby and, at the same time, it is also a refreshing colour, able to inject energy into the nursery room.

Orange – Friendly, warm and welcoming, orange borrows many of its parent’s positive attributes.Orangehas a distinctly social nature, inspiring interpersonal communication and putting people at ease. Even if your baby cannot speak yet, be sure that he/she feels your love, energy and enthusiasm expressed by means of this comforting colour.

Pink – It’s no coincidence that little girls love pink. It is the universal colour of femininity and implicitly, fertility. Pink is very calming as well – particularly with children who are prone to throwing fits or tantrums.  Pink walls or solid pink crib bedding can be extremely distracting, especially in bright colours. However, soft pinks or pink accents can be soothing and serene.

Therefore, colours can influence our mood and behaviour, stimulate the brain and body and even affect our health. It’s thus important to make sure that your baby’s environment is fit for his/her needs and is able to foster your child’s physical, mental, and emotional development by allowing him/her to take in information — a little bit at first, and eventually much more — about the world around him.