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The best colour to paint your baby’s nursery (according to experts)

Spoiler: it's not pink or blue...

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The best colour to paint your baby’s nursery (according to experts)

Forget about that pastel palette you had in mind for designing your baby's nursery, it turns out black might be the best colour to help aid their development in the first months after birth.

According to experts at Dr Sears Wellness Institute, while most parents like to stick to pastel colours for their little ones’ nurseries, monochrome shades are in fact more suitable for small babies as these are the only colours they can see for the first three months of life. The experts told Australia's Essential Baby magazine that colour should be introduced gradually, in a very particular order, to help aid babies' development.

You see, as babies develop and grow, not only do they love bright colours for their vibrancy, but they're also a major stimulator for learning and behavioural growth.

The experts explain that this is the best way to incorporate colour in your nursery: 

0 – 3 months 

Babies can only see black, grey and white, so it’s a good idea to decorate the nursery in monochrome colours and patterns for visual stimulation (and therefore brain development). 

3 – 6 months

By three months old, babies can start to see colours, so now is the right time to add bright pops of colour to the nursery walls to take advantage of this. Bringing some vibrancy into their nursery is essential for their continued development, and a quick stencil is much easier than re-painting the whole thing – particularly when you’re sleep-deprived!

6 – 12 months

A baby's colour vision fully develops somewhere around the six to eight month period and so that's a good opportunity to introduce a more vibrant colour scheme for their nursery. If you don’t want to paint the walls, introduce bold colours with furniture, toys and books.

1 – 2 years 

At around 18 months old, babies begin to differentiate between colours, so introducing a few further shades at this point will help stimulate cognitive development. From wall prints to cushions, there are many ways you can add colour.

3 – 4 years

Naming basic colours and being able to differentiate between them should be well within a child's grasp by the age of three or four. Playing recognition games such as eye-spy or asking them about the colour of their bean bags, toys or furniture can help reinforce colour recognition and develop their language and communication skills. 

For more nursery inspiration, read our round-up of gorgeous nursery decorating ideas to try at home!

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