The Color of Your Baby's Room Could Be Making Her Cry

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Sleep. Sweet, sweet sleep. I think all parents feel we could use more of it. But it's hard to get one of those deep sleeps where you wake up feeling really refreshed when you have a baby. There are also plenty of things we do to try to help our little ones get the best night's sleep. We make sure the temperature is right, the pajamas are comfortable, maybe play a little Mozart or a little giraffe that plays white noise. We read books and articles about the best ways to get baby to sleep well; some even do sleep training.

It turns out that the color of your baby's nursery could be the reason your baby cries a lot and therefore no one is sleeping.

There is a psychology behind colors -- they have meanings and affect us. The color yellow makes babies cry according to the American Psychological Association as reported by Painters of Louisville. Yellow is cheerful and warm, but it also strains the eyes, gives you energy (which is the opposite of what we want for our children when it's time for sleeping) and apparently makes the little ones really unhappy. This makes me want to make sure we don't have yellow pajamas or pillow cases and bed sheets, too.

I once heard that people who live in houses with too much yellow go crazy. I've never wanted to test that theory, which is why when I moved into a house with a lot of yellow we painted right away. 

Here are the "safe" colors to paint a baby's room along with meanings:

Blue - calming, means serenity

Pink - also calming

Green - tranquil

Lavender - calms and allows for relaxation

Maybe painting a child's room one of the more calming colors with help us all get some sleep, maybe even eliminate crying it out.

Check out this very helpful chart for more color psychology.

View the full infographic at

What color is your baby's room? Do you believe colors have that much of an effect on us? Would you still paint your child's room yellow now knowing this?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

Interesting. However my 1st born, girl, was suppose to be a soft yellow which turned out to be a neon almost green (depending on the sunlight or lack of) color and she never had any sleep issues at all. So not sure about this.

Vegeta Vegeta

I have a degree in costume design, in a few of my color themed classes I was taught that yellow is the hardest for human eyes to process. So it's strenuous on your eyes and brain. Blues and greens are the easiest.

kelti... kelticmom

I believe it. The walls in the urgent care waiting area where I work sometimes are yellow, the charts are yellow, most of the forms are on yellow paper, I feel like I'm going nuts when I'm in there.

TheLa... TheLadyAmalthea

I personally like my yellow kitchen. As long as everything isn't a bright bright yellow, I don't see the problem with a splash of yellow in the house. Yellow just makes me happy. Must be why I love sunflowers also. As for a bedroom, I agree. A soft, soothing color is best.

Lynette Lynette

I have heard this before!  And it is why I would never paint a bedroom yellow. We have 2 blue bedrooms and one green in our house.   My kitchen is a pretty pale shade of yellow, I really love it.

Melani Gatewood

interesting but my son's room is bright yellow with Dr. Seuss characters all over the wall and he's never had any problems sleeping

Elect... Electronica_Mom

That's funny. I was torn between a pale yellow or a aqua or light teal color for my new baby girls room. I think I'll go with the aqua wall color and just put yellow items in the room.

Deanna Jolley

I guess I can see how that could happen. However, my first daughter's room was yellow and she started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks old. As she got older, she did have problems staying asleep, but we were in a rental house then and the walls were all beige.

Sunsh... Sunshine71980

Our DD, 15 months old, does not have any problem sleeping in her room.  The bottom half of each wall is light blue and the top half of each wall is a soft yellow with various underwater creatures on the walls and hanging from the ceiling.  Interestingly enough, when we bought our house the whole great room, entry, dining and part of the kitchen was a soft yellow/tan and we love it.

Elaine Peterson Slish

I knew this already, not sure why...but yes, my little ones will always have soft pastel rooms. My daughter's in ballet pink and white, and my son's in soft green and white. I don't think it would ever even cross my mind to paint a child's room in a primary or dark color, not at all soothing.

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