I recently asked my 3 year old what color she would like us to paint her room. Her response, “Colorful.” On the one hand, trying to explain that “colorful” was not an actual color was an exercise in futility; but on the other hand, we were fortunate she did not respond with a request for hot pink or neon yellow. Ultimately, we painted her room in the latest Benjamin Moore beige and decorated with colorful drapes, pictures, and other accessories.
The apple does not fall far from the tree, I guess, because one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the color it brings into the home, the front yard, the department stores, almost every where you look. The reds, blues, greens, all the colorful accents and décor add excitement to the holiday season. Without a lot of time or expense, you can add a few touches to the nursery so it’s not the only room without a little holiday cheer and color! Here are a few ideas…
- Holiday Books. The classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman are not just claymation TV shows. Accompany these classic and other holiday stories with holiday bookends for a bright display. Start reading to your little one early and they will surely feel your excitement.
- Snow Globes. Kids love snow globes…they are cute, entertaining, age appropriate. You could even use a small plastic one to keep a squirming baby occupied while changing. Just be sure the glass breakable ones are out of your little ones reach.
- Holiday-colored Bumper. Why not change out your regular bumper for a green, red, or other holiday themed bumper? You and your baby will enjoy the bright change. And you could re-use it again with Valentine’s Day (red) and St. Patrick’s Day (green) only a few months down the road.
- Homemade Garland. Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah can be strung across a wall in the nursery. Let your child’s imagination run free with cut outs of snowflakes, mittens, or whatever they can dream up. In addition to its decorative appeal, making garland can be a fun and engaging activity in which older siblings, grandparents, even dad can partake and will get the whole family in the holiday mood. We thought this gift garland idea was really cute: http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/inspiration/decorate-the-nursery-134333
The holidays are a special time of year, even more so with small children adding to the happiness of the season. Why not add a little holiday color to your baby’s nursery?
I am sure this is the tip of the iceberg for ways to bring holiday cheer into your nursery, please share any of your thoughts or ideas!