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How can you create a green and healthy household in the kids room ?
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The arrival of a newborn baby at home is often preceded by excited preparations mainly for the organization of its little bedroom and its spaces. There are also other as well important details to be considered before welcoming a baby in a place which should be as healthier as possible. Improving the domestic atmosphere, the indoor light quality and sounds does not mean that we have to turn the whole apartment upside-down but simply bring about some small changes in life-style by making practical choices and compromises so as the house will be healthier for children.

Air

Pure air provides chemical, magnetic and electric energies. Together with oxygen, it also brings about the combustion of nutriments and it is the main aliment ingested by babies since the early hours of birth.


Therefore it is of great importance to check the indoor air quality keeping in mind and not underestimating that today the latest technologies have made the pollution rate rise notably. Newborn babies and young children are more vulnerable than adults because, due to their size and quicker respiratory rhythms, they ingest a major quantity of polluted substances contained in the air, food and water.


This happens also because the contaminated substances are heavier than air and tend to accumulate in the lower layers of the atmosphere right where babies and children live and breathe. Babies and children are the ones who spend more time at home and therefore the microclimate has a great importance for their well-being. The underlying list shows the factors that make the interior microclimate unsuitable for the health of younger children and the list on the side shows some advice to improve your environment.

  • Tobacco smokes
  • Dry air
  • Use of interior cleaning products
  • Indoor dust
  • Lack of negative ions (useful to clear the air)
  • Synthetic materials and fabrics used for furnishings
  • An ill-matched and disharmonious furnishing
  • Poor ventilation

It is very important to allow the indoor formation of negative ions. In order to attain this goal in a natural way we could avail ourselves of plants which by nature absorb carbon dioxide and monoxide and let out oxygen. In this way they rebalance the air, adjust the right humidity degree and metabolize harmful chemical substances which are often abundant indoor.


Nevertheless plants should be placed far from the child’s little cot in a luminous place (keeping in mind that photosynthesis takes place in the presence of sufficient light and plants absorb oxygen in darkness) where they will be looked after with the necessary cares (watering, fertilization, trimming etc.).
Here are some of the most well-known: Aloe, Dracena, Clorophito, Gerbera (Transvaal daisy), Tillandsia Loud and unpleasant noises can be very harmful for younger children since they can cause tensions and if they are too loud they can be really dangerous for their health.


In addition to outdoor noises from traffic, nearby building sites, airplanes that often fly low there are indoor noises from washing-maschines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, fridges and hydraulic systems. Indoor noises should be reduced to a minimum by placing, for example, a sound-absorbing surface like a carpet under the washing-machine, dishwasher and fridge so that noises won’t be so loud even though this solution won’t obviously eliminate the problem entirely.


If the child’s bedroom is located in a pretty noisy area it is advisable to hang a thick curtain on the window so as to muffle the noises coming from outside and if you want to be more successful in your aim and be sure to reduce noises effectively you can have your walls coated with pannelling made of cork.
By following simple measures it is possible for children to grow up in an harmonious, well-lit, not so much noisy, frequently ventilated environment which is also free of cigarette smoke and of dust so that we can ensure them to live peacefully together with their families in a safe and healthy nest.

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If you have more than one child and there is not much room, what can you do?
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If you have more than one child and there is not much room you could set up a “sleep sharing” room.
Children accept company up to adolescence: you could divide the common bedroom in more little rooms by using some curtains of suitable colours. In the small alcoves you can place a bed, a small table with a chair and create some room for the child’s personal things.
This is the bare minimum so that the child’s need for space appropriation is at least partly satisfied. One of these little rooms could become the “common room” for recreation. This solution is more appropriate than setting up a classical bunk bed.
As a matter of fact a bunk bed can arise two problems: the first one is that you cannot avoid that one or the other child thinks that the brother or sister has the best place and secondly whenever the child sleeping on the upper bed is ill it must be moved to the lower bed otherwise it cannot be taken care of properly.
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In What Way Does Colour Influence a Child ?
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Ever since conception a child has been submerged by colours. A child in its mother’s womb is wrapped in a golden-red light. Born in a colourful setting a child goes on growing surrounded by colours at home. Since an early age (4-5 years) a child realizes the world by colours, in fact when it has to tidy up its toys it will sort them out by colour and not by shape.


Colour has therefore a strong influence on a child’s daily life bringing about spiritual and psychological effects as well as therapeutic and revitalizing influences.
To allow ourselves to be led only by our own taste does not suffice: the results could be poor also because our colour sense has been misled. We have been less in contact with nature, the grey of concrete and the strong shades of synthetic colours have inevitably upset the natural and inner chromatic balance of man.


” If we want that our children do not lose their colour balance we should choose colours carefully and match them harmoniously. ” A room painted in white, even though conveys a sense of cleanliness and order, often tends to inhibit socialization and creativeness due to the total lack of colour. It is important to choose just one colour for the walls: relaxing and comforting colours are recommended but they should not be too cold: the most suitable ones are pale purple, dark rose, cream- and ivory colours.
These colours match nicely with the primary colours of the sun, the sea and the grass which are so much loved by children. The same room can change shape and size according to colours: as a matter of fact light colours give the impression of a larger room whereas dark colours make the same room look smaller.
Every colour should therefore be chosen and applied following the right criterion.
“It seems that the most relaxing, pleasant and beneficial colour loved by babies is sky-blue. If this colour is corrected with a little red it becomes purple which is the most conducive to sleep.


Colours can also be chosen in different shades, the important thing is that they are always balanced so as to allow the child’s soul to breathe. Children are very sensitive to light. Not only does light allow them to see things better but it also makes them feel safe from the anguish of darkness that make mum, dad and the dearest objects vanish before their eyes. Sunlight in a blue sky together with mother’s milk are the most important stimuli for a healthy growth and development of the child.
As soon as a newborn baby sees the light of day it opens its eyes but since it has been used to the semi-darkness of its mother’s womb it closes them at once. The baby starts to look in all directions only with the passing of days and this is the right time to make it familiar with light.


Newborn babies pass almost all day sleeping but they do not need to sleep in darkness, they can also sleep close to windows on condition that the windows are protected by curtains made of naural fibres. As a matter of fact synthetic fibres can be injurious to health because when heated by UV rays they give off gases causing damage to the sight and skin of children.


Moreover we could place some coloured tissue paper on windows choosing relaxing colours like sky-blue or light green in order to avoid annoyance and dazzling.
Growing up in a environment friendly house means to rely as little as possible on artificial light and therefore it is necessary to let in natural light and reduce the light of lamps to a minimum.


Sunlight is mainly featured by changeability which has a strong influence on the psychic balance of the child. Since artificial light is necessary in a house one needs to make it as pleasant as possible by adjusting the intensity.


A light too intense can cause nervous disorders, anxiety and overexcitement whereas not enough light can cause bad mood, tiredness and depression.
Therefore, growing up and playing in a place furnished with a varied lighting brings relaxation and joy. It would be advisable to use different lighting sources featured by different sorts of lamps. Among the many artificial lighting sources we can find: incandescence and fluorescence. The former does not cause any problem and generates light with warm shades creating a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere in the rooms where children dwell. As far as the latter is concerned you can use it to obtain effects of intensity-colour-shadows since fluorescent sources generate light with cold shades, which is useful to create a better “luminous landscape”. A particular attention should be paid to the room below. If, for example, the sleeping location of a child is above a cellar or garage, which are usually furnished with neon overhead lights, we should not place the little cot in line with the light below since the electromagnetic field would pass through the slab generating electromagnetic pollution.


It is always indispensable to maintenance all electric appliances which are present in the home as well as change all electric light bulbs before they are used up in order to avoid the emission of harmful substances. A luminous source dedicated to the child: if the child does not like to sleep in darkness you could place a small luminous source far from the cot so as to avoid that electromagnetic waves reach the baby during the sleep or, even better, you could install an ecological disjunctor that would eliminate any tension in the electric network.


You could choose a salt crystal lamp which will not only be a psychological aid but it will also bring other advantages. A salt crystal lamp helps improve indoor air quality substantially. You will obtain, for example, a natural rebalancing of the air that will be enriched by negative ions emitted by this natural source of light: this way children will be breathing fresh and vivifying air similar to the one you can breathe in a location of absolute wellbeing. The emitted light is a mix of colours ranging from white to apricot, till orange.

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What should you consider for a child friendly bedroom ?
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The place where children sleep influences both their physical and mental health.

A healthy and peaceful environment conveys to children the serenity that makes them feel good during the day.
Their bedroom should be located at the back of the house because usually this location is further away from road noises and ensures them more peacefulness.

Since the child’s body becomes more sensitive and receptive during sleep you should avoid setting up the child’s bedroom above a garage, a laundry and cellars furnished with metal shelves: as a matter of fact these great metal loads could interfere with the natural magnetic field of the child and could cause insomnia.

The first place outside the mother’s womb should be for babies the prolonging of the serenity they have just left and therefore their little bedrooms should be as close as possible to their parents’ one.

It is possible to notice a tendency to withdrawing or even to anguish in a child (expecially an only child) whose bedroom is located far away from their parents’ bedroom.

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