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One Surprising Trick to Getting Your Baby to Stop Crying and Sleep Better

6th Apr 2016

As every new parent knows, getting that brand-new baby to sleep can be far more challenging than you would expect. While you feel inclined to nod off at any second, that baby has other ideas. What if there was a simple way to soothe baby, and yourself, without a huge fiasco? The answer could be more simple than you think!

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Psychologists have long studied the effects of color on mind and moods. Surprisingly, something as simple as the color of your walls can stimulate your appetite, calm you down or make you inspired. The interesting part is that the color of your baby’s nursery could be affecting their sleep patterns and moods as well. Included here are a few things to know about the power of color in a baby’s room before you get to painting!

Go Green

The color green has long been known to create a calm and stabilizing environment for people. Green gives you focus, perhaps because of its association with nature and “grounding” elements. Painting baby’s room a gentle sage green could help them sleep at night and stay calm throughout their toddler years. Not to mention, green is a great option for those “surprise” babies, when you don’t know the gender!

Bathe In Blue

Blue is definitely not just a “boy” baby color. Studies have shown that people who sleep in rooms painted light blue get two more hours of sleep on average than people who sleep in red rooms. Blue is a soothing color that is relaxing on the eyes and to the brain.

For a nursery that is suitable for boy or girl, choose a shade of blue that leans more towards teal, aqua, turquoise or robin’s egg blue. It will appeal to both genders and make the room appear more welcoming and relaxing.

Growing Up Gray

In the past, gray has been viewed as a dingy, dark color, but in recent years it has shown an upswing in popularity, causing it to be viewed as elegant, classy and universally appealing. Many gray paints will come with a slight hue of another color (from violet to green), and your gray could give a subtle nod to baby’s gender. Not to mention, the simple elegance of gray can remain relevant from baby to teenager, helping you avoid unnecessary extra paint jobs!

Yes to Yellow

While yellow is commonly saved for bright kitchens or warm sunrooms, it can be a great gender-neutral choice for baby’s room, as long as you go with the right shade. Choose a yellow that is a very soft, creamy color, without looking overly gaudy like a dandelion or sunflower. Pale yellows can make baby’s room seem cozy and inviting, without dousing the room in color.

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