Clocks going back: how to prepare your little one!

It’s that time of year again: sneezing left, right and centre; wacking the heating up; feeling extra groggy in the ‘midnight’ mornings; and preparing ourselves for the run up to Christmas.

This weekend will see the end of daylight saving time for 2015 with the clocks going back an hour this Sunday 25th October.

For those of you with little ones, you’ll know how sensitive their sleep pattern is, so here are a few tips to make the process a little smoother.

Steer your child away from sugary food and drinks, particularly after 2pm

Sugary foods and fizzy drinks aren’t great at the best of times, but for a good night’s sleep it’s important your child steers well clear of them in order to wind down, otherwise the energy boost could see them staying up well past the hour!

After dinner, instead of a sugary dessert, why not try giving them fruit such as bananas, oranges or cherries? They’re known for helping the body to produce the ‘sleep’ hormone, melatonin, which basically controls our body clock. If your child experiences troublesome sleep, it’s definitely worth trying!

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“I’m off to bed now, too!”

Let’s face it, children are copycats – if they see/hear that you’re up it’s likely they’ll want to stay awake too. See this as the perfect opportunity to give yourself a break as well and get the early night you deserve! If you’re all in sync it’ll make the process even smoother.

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Fill the time with a fun activity

Usually, children will adjust to the new routine anywhere between a few days and a week, but in the meantime fill the time with something that will make your little one barely notice the time go by. Read something to/with them they love or play a game they enjoy. Allowing them to exercise during the day is also great for winding them down, but try and avoid television right before bed as that’s more likely to produce a less restful night’s sleep.

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Block it out with a blackout blind

The beauty of a blackout blind is that it allows you to enjoy great sleep without the disturbance of outside factors such as light (and even noise!), thereby creating a cosy sleep sanctuary for both babies and parents to enjoy. With a blackout blind in your little one’s nursery or bedroom, they’ll snuggle up and doze off, even if it is still light out – they’ll be none the wiser. It’s great for being in complete control of your little one’s sleep pattern. Check out our reviews to find out why parents trust our products to give their children (and themselves!) great sleep!

With the winter months coming up, blackout blinds also provide great heat insulation – saving you a little on the heating bills! See more fantastic reasons to invest in this popular sleep solution here.

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And now you’re all set! Got any tips you’d like to share with us and the rest of the parenting community? Be a part of the conversation with us on Twitter @easyblinds or on our Facebook page. Reminder: clocks will go back at 2am this Sunday 25th October!

Posted in Baby advice, Benefits of Blackout Blinds, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep, Sleep Routines

Get a blackout blind for the nursery!

Our blackout blinds are fantastic for both the bedroom and the nursery – whether you’re an infant or an adult, these sleep aids will certainly do the trick! Don’t let outside light hinder
your well-needed rest. With our blinds, you can put them up and take them down as easily
as 1, 2, 3.

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Our growing range of blackout blinds, blackout kits and blackout accessories provides a range of blackout solutions to select from, the common factor is that they are all very effective! Children will go to sleep earlier in summer months and sleep longer in the morning when supported by a sensible bed time routine and blackout blind solution for their window.

Read this post to find out 11 reasons why blackout blinds are a fantastic buy for your home this summer to benefit you and the whole family!

One of our most popular blinds is the easyblackout kit which uses a new blackout material which attaches directly to hook Velcro®.  You can also use it with our suction cups (not included in this kit) to use your easyblackout when away from home. We have over 31 positive reviews from customers who have been impressed by this product, with one parent commenting:

“I got mine more than one year ago and it’s been the best buy since we’ve had our baby. You get total blackout, it’s very easy to use and the Velcro bit still is in perfect working condition after more than one year use on a daily basis! Really pleased and have recommended it to loads of people already” – Armele.

Why not get one for your little one’s nursery today? From just £17.95, this is definitely one of the most affordable yet worthwhile buys for new parents!

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Need some help choosing your blackout blind? Tweet us @easyblinds on Twitter or ask us on Facebook!

Posted in Baby advice, Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Better sleep for toddlers, Blackout blinds for the nursery, Preparing for baby

Essential life hacks for new parents!

Parenthood is no doubt one of the most stressful experiences you’ll have, but it’s also one of the most, if not the most, rewarding thing you’ll ever do.

 

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Of course, one of the joys of parenting is that it’s a huge learning process – except it never ends! You’re always going to learn new things and you’ll almost always figure out what the best thing to do is after you’ve spent forever thinking about it and going about it the hard way. Plus there’s the mums at playgroup who always make things seem easier than they actually are. But don’t fret, we’re all in the same boat, or we have been, or are going to be. Grab something chocolatey and watch ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’ and know that we’re not all experts and it’s supposed to be a roller coaster.

And read our list of life hacks for new parents!

1. Get a shoe organizer for the back of your door

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A brilliant way to stay organised – use this for toys, bottles, creams, nappies, the list is endless! It’s better than having to rummage through draws! In the long run, this will save hours of searching and faffing!

2. Always have chilled bananas at the ready during teething

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Cut up some bananas and leave them in the fridge for a while before giving them to your baby to suck on. The cooling effect will numb the pain and the texture of the banana will be soothing when they bite down, whilst giving them one of their five a day!

3. Give yourself a time-out

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Don’t forget to give yourself a moment of ‘me time’, even if it’s just a few minutes of being alone and breathing every day. Parenthood is stressful, but to reap the rewards you have to give yourself a break once in a while. Use baby’s nap time as an opportunity to wind down for a little while and don’t ever be afraid of asking a friend of family member to take over if you just need a time-out.

4. Dunk a dummy in milk and freeze to soothe teething

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Dip a dummy in some milk or water and freeze it to make an ice dummy! Great for numbing pain and soothing the gums, the same as with the bananas. Plus it’s a little different and will most likely amuse your baby, distracting them from the frustration of teething!

5. Buy nappies that are one size bigger

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Bigger nappies do wonders for soaking up excess pee during the night! Plus they’ll eventually need bigger nappies anyway! P.S Bulk buy (e.g. Amazon) – it’s cheaper and you’ll never run low!

6. Warm a towel on the radiator, ready for after a bath

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Some babies love a good bath and some absolutely loathe it. However your baby feels about it, they’ll definitely appreciate a warm towel to greet them when they come out. Especially since babies’ skin is extremely sensitive so sudden temperatures will be unsettling – a warm towel will do just the trick.

7. Invest in a blackout blind!

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Help to settle your baby (and yourself!) into a healthy and stable sleep routine with a blackout blind. Many of our customers have found their babies have slept for longer consistently with our blinds. Read our reviews for the popular easyblackout blind kit and see how one of these could help you!

Share your parenting life hacks with us on Facebook or @easyblinds on Twitter!

Posted in Baby advice, Preparing for baby

New mum? Here’s what you should be eating!

Becoming a mum is one of the best things in life we can look forward to, but it can also be one of the most strenuous challenges we face. It’s important to remember that in order to be keep our energy up, we’ve got to look after our bodies and our well-being. On top of that, breastfeeding mums need to make sure their baby is getting enough of those important nutrients!

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So what foods should you be eating? See below for the top 5 foods every new mum should have in their diet!

1. Wholemeal rice, pasta & bread

In general it’s great to go wholemeal as it’s full of fibre and essential nutrients which keep your energy levels up and your digestive system in a healthy condition. According to Top 10 Home Remedies, it increases breast milk supply and quality so it’s great for new mums to have in their diet!

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2. Lean beef

As a new mum your energy levels from lack of sleep, breastfeeding and being constantly on-the-go are going to be depleted, so you’ll need to keep your iron intake up. Lean beef is full of iron, vitamin B12 and protein to keep you feeling strong and healthy.

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3. Salmon

Most of us don’t eat nearly as much as we should when it comes to fish. Salmon is one of the healthiest types of fish to include in your diet, especially as a new mum since it’s packed with nutrients. According to  Top 10 Home Remedies it contains a fat called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which helps to develop your baby’s nervous system. It’s also been found to prevent and alleviate postpartum depression.

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4. Eggs

Another great source of protein, eggs (especially the yolk) are full of vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Eating this on a regular basis will help to keep your bones healthy and will aid in developing your baby’s as well.

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5. Porridge – Wholemeal Cereals

Porridge is brilliant because it’s full of fibre to keep your digestion healthy and regular, and it releases energy slowly throughout the day so you’ll feel energetic for longer. It also fills you up so you’ll feel fuller and won’t overeat. It’s also great for bones as it contains calcium from the milk and vitamin A helps with immune boosting – exactly what your new baby needs.

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What foods would you recommend as a new mum? Share them with us and the rest of the parenting community online – find us on Facebook or @easyblinds on Twitter.

 

Posted in Baby advice, Miscellaneous

Tips to help your teething baby

Babies usually start teething anywhere between the age of 3 and 12 months, and when it starts it can be a painful process for both parent and child. Here are 5 tips to help make the teething process that bit easier for your baby:

1. Sliced & chilled bananas

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Slice up some bananas and pop them in the fridge. Once they’re chilled give them to your baby to chew/suck on. They’re great because they’re both soft and cold, which will help to soothe pain, distract them and keep them eating. You can use other fruits as well so your baby can get their pain relief and their 5-a-day all in one!

2. Massage the gums

Picture via blog.childrens.com

Picture via blog.childrens.com

Run your finger under some cold water and then gently massage your baby’s gums to sooth pain, relax and distract them. It’s great for comfort and bonding!

3. Stop rashes by wiping their chin

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When babies are teething, they’re likely to dribble a lot so frequently wiping their chin helps to avoid them getting a rash, and also makes them more comfortable.

4. Teething gels

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These are great as they provide antiseptic pain relief and also have a cooling effect on the gums when they’re applied. You can find them at your local pharmacy.

5. Make sure your baby gets enough sleep

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If your baby is tired they’re more likely to get agitated and become more sensitive to the pain. Soothe them with lullabies, cuddling or reading to them to help them drift into the land of nod. Using a blackout blind in their room will also help them nod off a lot easier, as the hormone melatonin will kick in helping them to sleep. We recommend the new easynight blackout blind, which has our most advanced blackout material, and a great plus is that is can be used anywhere and not just at home!

 

Have you got any tips of your own? Share them with us @easyblinds or on our Facebook page.

Posted in Baby advice