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

5 Tips To Get Your Baby To Sleep

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Since the beginning of time, mothers have tried different techniques to try and keep their little one(s) to sleep and stay asleep, but it’s still very much a trial and error procedure.

As summer is now upon us, it can be harder to encourage some shut-eye for your baby, so here are 5 tips to get you going:

1. Keep your baby cool

Of course, the warmer you are, the more lethargic you tend to get, but being too warm can also be a problem, and can result in your baby becoming restless and agitated. Cradle your baby in your arms with a fan on low nearby and see how that works. Also, keeping a blackout blind in the bedroom can help to minimize the heat.

2. Keep outside and artificial light to a minimum (esp. during late afternoon and evening)

If your baby is napping during the day, the sun can often hinder what should be a restful sleep. Our blackout blinds not only help to keep the room cool, but it will block the outside light, encouraging your baby to have an undisturbed nap-time.

3. Hydrate your baby and wind your baby before a sleep

Too often do babies wake earlier than they should because they are slightly dehydrated, hungry or need winding. The rubbing of the back will calm your baby; perhaps even a light massage can help too. If you’re still having trouble, just try keeping your baby in your arms as the warmth, comfort and the smell of you will promote ultimate relaxation!

4. Pop the washing machine or hoover on

This is a trick that can sometimes work like magic, but it depends on the baby as some will only rest when there is complete silence! Many people have tried and succeeded, and even my Mum used the technique when I was small! The droning and consistent sound is almost hypnotic to some, so why not give it a go?! Alternatively you can download apps and CDs that will do the trick.

5. Talk/Read whilst stroking them

The first 6 months is the most important time for building that special bond with your baby. They will never tire of hearing your voice, so reading to them or talking to them is recommended as much as possible. Even just stroking their arms or their head whilst they doze off is calming and comforting, especially since they can still smell and feel you.

If you have a technique or two that has worked for you, why not share it with us on Twitter? We’d love to hear from you @easyblinds. 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Better sleep for toddlers, Children's Sleep Problems, Sleep Routines

Summer Activities For You & Your Little One!

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1. Do some baking!

Make some brownies or your little one’s first Victoria Sponge! BBC Good Food is packed with loads of different recipes waiting for you to try out. Alternatively, make a smoothie! It’s summery and it’s a great way to get your child into fruit.

2. Visit the beach and build some sandcastles

Mess about on the beach, build sandcastles and look at sea creatures! If you don’t find any there’s always the Aquarium.

3. Visit the zoo

Of course, this is a must-do any time of the year! Feast on some ice-cream whilst you observe the chimpanzee and feed the elephants! Remember which animals your child loves so you can incorporate them into stories at bed time!

4. Add some imagination to bath time

Have a look at getting some accessories for bath time – you’ll be having fun AND getting your little one clean at the same time. Turn bath toys into story characters and you’ve also got story-time! Have a look at Tesco’s website for some great ideas.

5. It might be warm, but watch Frozen anyway!

This is THE Disney film of the moment, and even though you’ve probably watched it a million times, I’m sure your little one wouldn’t say no to watching it again! While you’re at it, why not have a Disney marathon?!

6. Don’t just visit a park – visit a theme park

Have a look on Netmums for some really good theme park ideas!

7. Have a picnic

Or a BBQ! Or both! Maybe even allow your little one to choose what you’ll be having on your picnic so they feel involved and be creative. Since this summer looks like it’ll be a heated one, a few outdoor meals are definitely in order!

8. Do some arts and crafts in the sun!

Glitter. Glue. Paint. Paper. Go! Head down to your local store and get crazy with creating this summer. Why not also try building something together? A dolls house, Lego – you name it!

9. Visit a Festival

Whether it’s a festival, a magic show or even a car boot sale, get the family out and spice up your summer! Look for events happening in your area and let the fun begin!

10. And finally, get some easyblinds for a well-deserved kip!

As the summer heats up, our blinds will allow you to take that afternoon nap as they’ll keep you cool and keep the sunlight away, leaving you refreshed when you wake. Also, as the days get longer with brighter nights, you won’t need to worry so much about getting your little one to sleep on time with the sun bursting into the bedroom. Get some #easysleep so you can be ready for the next day’s activities.

There you are! Enjoy your summer activities!

 

Posted in Better sleep for toddlers, Buying baby equipment, Toddler blackout blinds

Research Finds Sleep Loss in Children Can Lead to Obesity

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According to PressTV, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) has recently found research that suggests chronic sleep loss in infants and young children can later lead to obesity.

Researchers investigated over 1,046 children’s sleeping habits at the ages of 6 months, 3 years and 7 years old, and also measured their height, weight, lean body mass and abdominal fat.

They found that those with the lowest sleep scored had the highest levels of all body measurements, particularly abdominal fat – linking lack of sleep to obesity.

The researchers suggested that this can be avoided by:

  • setting a consistent bedtime
  • limiting caffeine and high-sugar substances before bed
  • cutting out high-tech distractions in the bedroom

Click here to read the full article.

TAKE A TIP from easyblinds – blackout blinds mean a darker room, so your child can get to sleep faster! Check out our blackout kits here. Also, we’re currently running a competition where you can CHOOSE your own blackout blind! Look at our previous article for more information.

 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Better sleep for toddlers

Sleep Routines at Different Stages

Here at Easyblinds we believe a good sleep routine is the key to a good night’s sleep for both you and your child.

Whether your child is a newborn or a toddler we have a suggested bedtime routine for you:

Newborn Sleep Routine

6 Month Old Sleep Routine

1 Year Old Sleep Routine

Toddler Sleep Routine

The key to any successful routine is consistency.  Once you have decided to start one then it is important to do the same thing each day.

Make sure that everyone that is involved in your child’s care knows the routine and sticks to it.

It will take a few days for the routine to stick and then you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

 

Posted in Better sleep for toddlers, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep, Sleep Routines

Setting Your Newborn into a Sleep Routine

Some parents and newborn’s benefit from a sleep routine especially if there are other children at home.

The key to all routines is consistency; once you start you should follow the same routine every day. Newborn babies will need to feed regularly throughout the night so a routine at this stage won’t guarantee a full night’s sleep but you should be able to get sizable chunks of sleep.

Our suggested routine:

  • Warm bath
  • Baby massage
  • Night Clothes on
  • Feed
  • Place baby in cot/moses basket and leave them to fall asleep on their own. You don’t have to leave the room but try not to rock them to sleep. It’s important they learn to self sooth.
  • You may want to play soft music or use a nightlight.  Newborns will not know the difference between night and day to start with so a blackout blind is perfect if it is still light out.
  • Your child may wake several times for feeds. It’s important that once you have fed them that you place them back in their bed and again don’t rock them asleep.

It may take a few weeks for your baby to get used to this routine but it will worth it in the long run.

 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Better sleep for toddlers, Sleep Routines

New Year, New Bed Time Routine

Happy New Year! Is your new year resolution to get more sleep? Or to be specific to get your child to go to bed?

Now is the perfect time to start that bed time routine. The excitement of Christmas is over; the disruption is over now it’s time to get that sleep routine sorted out.

As with any routine the key is consistency, you should stick to the same things every night and if they go to stay over at grandparents ask then to follow the same routine.

You will find that it will take a few days for the routine to work but once it’s in place you will wonder why you didn’t do this before.

Here is our suggested routine for a toddler:

  • Bedtime snack with some warm milk
  • Bath time, use a lavender bubble bath to help sooth them
  • Get them dressed into their bedclothes
  • Put them in bed
  • Have a chat about both of your days that will help them relax
  • Story time; try not to choose something too exciting
  • Kiss them goodnight and leave them to fall asleep
  • If your child doesn’t like the room too dark then leave a night light on for them or of they prefer it really dark then an easy blackout blind is perfect.

You can also read:

Sleep Routine for Your 6 Months Old

Sleep Routine for Your 1 Year Old

 

 

 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Better sleep for toddlers, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep, Toddler blackout blinds, Uses for blackout blinds

5 Great Christmas Books for Children

It’s a great time of year to start implementing a sleep routine with your child. Older Children will want to sleep for Santa Claus. A bedtime story is a great addition to a bedtime routine.

Here are some great Christmas Books to help you get started:

Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicolas Allan

Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and D. Gorsline

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

Father Christmas on the Naughty Step by Nick Sperring

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss




 

Posted in Better sleep for toddlers, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep

6 Posts for Parents of Toddlers

Toddlers can be a handful; they go from cute babies who don’t do much to little rockets tearing around.

We have chosen 6 of our toddler post to share with you which might make life with a toddler that little bit easier.

Sleep Routine for Your Toddler

It’s important for your toddler to have a good bedtime routine; this means they are less likely to be grumpy throughout the day.  And you will be much more relaxed

Perfect Bedtime Books for Toddler

A bedtime story is an essential part of your toddler bedtime routine. Here are our pick of 5 great bedtime books

3  Children Sleep Problems: Early Risers

Is your child an early riser? We have some advice for experts on how to deal with them and get a bit more sleep in the morning.

SnoozeShade Buggy Blackout Blind

A must have item for any mother to ensure a sleeping toddler stays sleeping.

5  Blind Cord Safety and Black Out Blinds

Every year, an average of two young children in the UK are strangled to death by looped blind or curtain cords. Make sure your child stays safe.

Better Sleep for Toddlers

How to get a better night’s sleep for your toddler.

 

 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Better sleep for toddlers, Children's Sleep Problems, Early Risers, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep, Toddler blackout blinds

How to Stop the Clocks Going Back Affecting Your Childs Sleep

This Sunday the clocks go back by an hour which should mean we get an extra hour in bed. As parent you will know this isn’t always the case and we just end up awake an hour earlier.

The clock changes will affect your child’s sleep for a few days but there are steps you can take to minimize the damage and get your routine back on track.

  • For the next few days start your child’s bedtime routine about 15 minutes later than usual and then another 15 minutes the next day. You should adjust nap times as well.
  • Stick to your usual bedtime routine, this is very important.
  • Take them out for a walk or play before bedtime to tire them out.
  • Make sure the room is nice and dark, a blackout blind is perfect for this.
  • If they do wake early then send them back to bed. It’s a good idea to get a children’s alarm clock and tell them they are not allowed out of their room until it goes off.

It shouldn’t take them too long to get used to the new bedtime and be back in their usual routine.

 

Posted in Better sleep for toddlers, Daylight savings solutions