Tangled Up in Blue (or Red or Green…)

Posted by CDB Guest on 8/14/2010 to Natural Parenting

I had the pleasure of running into an old friend I hadn't seen in years, and was introduced to her beautiful toddler girl. She looked absolutely adorable in her little pink dress, and when I said as much my friend rolled her eyes and sighed lightly. When she and her husband first learned they were having a girl she said, they'd swore not to make her a "pink" baby, but rather treat her to a wardrobe of varied colors to help express some individuality for their daughter.

Of course, at the baby shower she ended up unwrapping box after box of cute pink outfits. As it turns out, too, the girl favors the color herself, and expresses her independence by pitching a holy fit when Mom tries to dress her in something else.

That got us thinking about color in general. Color in nature tend to evoke different emotions and reactions. We may become agitated when exposed to shockingly bright, almost neon shades, and perhaps we tend to relax in an environment of soft autumn tones. Looking at our current inventory of cloth diapers, it's no secret you can dress up your baby's wardrobe with something more exciting than plain white disposables. That got us thinking, also, of the psychology of color, and perhaps if there is a hidden meaning behind the color of cloth diaper you choose for your little one.

For example, consider these meanings:

Red: This is a bold, stimulating color. We often associate red with anger, passion, excitement and the object that display this hue - fire, cinnamon red hots, chili peppers. Slipping a red FuzziBunz on your baby might suggest your little one is ready to take on any challenge, from rolling over to walking straight across the room - with great fervor.

Purple: This color is often associated with royalty, nobility, and power. You might think it an appropriate color for your "princess," though exposure to purple can evoke a range of emotions, everything from frustration to relaxation depending on the shade.

Yellow: Those who study colors in healing claim that in the presence of yellow, people experience easier breathing and relief from lung ailments. Others, however, claim that babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms than anywhere else. If the color is too bright, it could be the source of some disturbance, whereas paler shades may inspire gentle cheer.

Next time you dress your baby in a colored diaper, watch for changes in behavior. The colors your baby sees and wear could affect how he/she acts. Of course, when it comes to cloth, we all know green is a popular hue, in more ways than one!

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