- April 7, 2020
- Michael Allibone
- Posted in Resources
If you're pregnant and you're trying to decide where to start when it comes to decorating your baby's nursery, you're not alone. As you’re preparing for your baby’s arrival, you may be wondering what decor benefits babies' developing minds the best.
Over the years, several researchers have looked in-depth on what the most stimulating methods are for babies in their earliest years of life.
Decorating your nursery with brain-friendly decor, art, toys, and other items significantly impacts babies' developing minds. Here are some tips on baby room decor ideas supported by professionals.
Choose Your Nursery Colors Tactfully
Your baby's nursery colors play a large role in early development. Contrasting colors like black and white help babies' minds develop at an accelerated rate.
In fact, three-month-old infants are 50 times less sensitive to contrast than adults are. Immersing your baby's room in contrasting colors could help him to recognize colors sooner in his development.
If you'd rather not use a high contrasting color palette, pastel colors can still help your baby ease into visualizing the world, too.
Focus On Toys, Not Blankets
When it comes to placing objects in your baby's room, focus on toys more than blankets. Avoid adding blankets, comforters, or towels to your baby's crib to maintain a safe environment for your little one.
Taking precautions can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Not to mention, toys are such a fun addition to nurseries. Make sure the toys you get for your baby are large enough to prevent your baby from swallowing them.
Hang Wall Art
Research shows that developing minds of babies can benefit from abstract wall art full of shapes and colors. Babies enjoy looking at edges of shapes and bright colors, which is why wall art with vivid colors and shapes is a popular nursery decoration among parents.
Colorful art pieces with shapes or animals can be eye-catching to infants. Considering that babies are still trying to make sense of what they're seeing for the first six months of their lives, bold art fascinates them and stimulates their brains.
Invest in a Baby Mobile
Baby crib mobiles aren't only a fun item for babies to gaze at – mobiles help developing minds of babies, too. Purchasing a baby mobile can be a game-changer for your baby's early development because it can teach your little one motor skills, color recognition, and more.
As the mobile rotates above your baby, he will fixate on it and slowly learn to distinguish the differences between the objects attached to the mobile. Additionally, your little one could start to reach for the items on the mobile helping him gain motor skills.
Choose the Right Theme
Themes can also contribute to developing minds. In a study on The Goldilocks Effect, researchers showed babies a series of videos and images. The videos and images were either detail-oriented, basic, or minimalistic.
Those conducting the research closely observed how long the babies fixated on each image, and they ultimately concluded that the babies lost interest when the visualizations were either too detailed or too simple.
Adding a theme to your baby's room can help him start to form associations among visual stimuli while giving him a perfect balance of not-too-complex and not-too-simple decor.
Babies can benefit greatly from stimulating decor, colors, and objects in their nurseries. The options are never-ending when it comes to decorating your baby's room.
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