I’ve been searching for Buddhist-inspired baby and/or kid’s rooms online — and I haven’t found much. Many of the rooms I’m finding are for adults, and I’m not sure how to incorporate the ideas into a kid’s room. I would love to see other people’s creative takes on creating a Buddhist (any branch of Buddhism) baby nursery.
I’m trying to figure out how to mix together my sense of quirk, natural materials, simplicity, colorful, and our family’s Buddhist practice into a warm, loving, nourishing baby room, and I’m hoping someone else has done it before me! — Kelly
I’m not Buddhist, but my husband (and Offbeat Mama contributor!) is. So I sent your question to him. He suggested focusing less on Buddhism and instead opting for a peaceful and zen — but also kid-friendly — environment, and bounced How to Feng Shui the Bedroom of Your Children back at me (after pointing out that Feng Shui is from Taoism). So here’s most of the list, along with products where applicable:
- Keep the room clean and clutter free.
- There should be no mirror or reflective surfaces facing the bed.
- Place the bed in such a manner that there is a solid wall at the back or at least a good headboard to encourage support and stability. Bed placement should not be too close to the window or directly in line with the door. There should be room to walk around each side of the bed. Avoid using bunk beds or metal beds. Choose wooden beds over metal beds.
- Use soft and light colored bed linen on your child’s bed.
- Choose a good sleeping direction based on the Kua Number preferably in the “wisdom and education” direction of the child so that your child gets better grades and improves their attitude about school.
- Keep aquariums or fountains away from the child’s room as it can create yang energy.
- Put positive pictures like a happy family photo facing the child’s bed which is comforting to the eyes of a child and makes him feel secured.
- The color of a child’s bedroom should be warm and nurturing. It is advisable to choose colors that are not too bright. Colors like light blue, light pink, light yellow, beige, peach and green are some good choices.
- Place the study table in such a manner that the child’s back is not against the door or with the child facing the window. An ideal placement would be the child sitting facing the best study direction and with a solid support on the back like a wall behind or mountain scene poster to give support.
- There should not be any sharp edged furniture in the child’s room as these poison arrows can result in bad energy.
- Use a Crystal sphere in the main window to slow down or activate chi.
- The study table should be kept clean and organized at all times.
- The Laughing Buddha is an excellent symbol to be kept in child’s bedroom.
The list is quite extensive, and you can read the rest of it here. In the meantime: how have you created a peaceful sleeping environment for your kids?