Anything that might help your baby sleep better, calm grizzly toddler tantrums and make you feel less frazzled has our full attention. So the art of Feng Shui – thought to encourage imagination, learning, confidence as well as promote calmness and improved sleep – is something well worthy of incorporation into a kid’s bedroom. We caught up with Master Pun-Yin, one of New York’s most sought after Feng Shui experts – Mandarin Oriental, American Express and Calvin Klein are all on her client list – to find out the switches we need to make.
Just a bit of bamboo. Plants help the caretaker to be able to focus on something positive and generate energy between hectic duties. For easy maintenance, five stems of bamboo grown in water is enough.
Go east. If such option exists the best area for a child’s room is in the NE and East direction of the home. This is so his or her own energy rises with the sun and calms down with the cycle of the day.
Start the room neutral. You should avoid committing to colors before a child’s arrival. Based on the Chinese Astrology/Five Elements Systems, a child may be more Yang (aggressive) or Yin (passive). So it’s best to have their birthday analyzed before strategically choosing the colors, theme of artwork and textures of a room so that they can balance and strengthen his or her own energy level. As a general rule, avoid putting colors too Yang (red) or Yin (blue) before you have a clear idea.
Let the air in. It is especially important for a child that their room has fresh energy that circulates. You should open the shades or windows of the nursery when the child is awake or out of the room. If your child’s room doesn’t have a window get an air purifier and put a full spectrum floor or table lamp in there.
Keep it tidy. A neat room reduces the irritability of people regardless of age. In a compact environment that may necessitate things being stored, I recommend plastic boxes that can be wiped clean with water mixed with alcohol every once in a while.
Be choosy with gadgets. A noise machine to mask the surrounding noise is fine as long as you put this as far away from the child as possible. Encourage a feeling of calmness by avoiding things like flashing mobiles with too much Yang Chi over the child.
Make yourself comfortable. The wellbeing of the caretaker of the child is just as important. Put an object reminding the adult of the precious gift of this beautiful life so that energy of gratitude and love fills the room. This could be the first photo with the child as a family or spiritual symbol close to your heart. Also have calm music and comfortable seating – whereby legs can be put up when nursing the child – in the room.
Customized Feng Shui Appointments with Master Pun-Yin start at $250 an hour. To contact her office: punyin.com