Here are some ideas for your baby's room that have symbolic meaning in different cultures.
Baby Boy’s Room
Choose a cowboy motif with horseshoes, an ancient good luck symbol. Or opt for a barnyard scene with pigs, which signify good fortune in German culture. Check out the bold red horseshoe sheets (shown) at babybedding.com or the hand-embroidered barn set at poshtots.com.
Baby Girl’s Room
Dragonflies symbolized strength among Japanese warriors, and ladybugs are beloved by farmers because they eat cropdestroying aphids. Find pink and brown ladybug bedding at ababy.com or an Asian-inspired red and yellow dragonfly set at babycribsplus.com.
An underwater theme with turtles (a longevity symbol in Chinese culture) or dolphins (a Native American image of protection) can lend the nursery an air of tranquility. The Turtle Bay Collection at target.com features soothing cool blues and a subtle plaid, while dolphins glide among colorful tropical fish on the Pacific Dolphins Bedding from familybedding.com.
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