Blind of the Month: Original Velcro® Blackout Blind

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With sunnier mornings, brighter evenings and summer just around the corner, it’s time to prep your home with some must-have sleeping accessories. Whether it’s for your newborn, toddler, teenager or tossing and turning partner, investing in a blackout blind will work wonders for their sleep routine.

So, for those who are tired of having sunshine in their eyes as 5am or need to be awake for that early start and so need an early night, rely on your trusty blackout blind to make sure you get your recommended amount of shut-eye.

Click here to take a look at all of the blackout blinds we currently offer, or read on to see why the Original Velcro® Blackout Blind Kit is this month’s favourite blackout blind kit. 

1. It’s one of our most effective products, without a hefty price tag. 

Many of the parents and night-shift workers who have bought with us before have said just how much they love this blackout blind kit. Starting from just £17.95, this blind is effortless to put up and take down, and lasts absolutely ages! Unlike other blackout blinds, there’s no need to remove any existing curtains you have up and there’s no gaps around the edges for sunlight to creep in through. We’ve been selling this since 2002 and it remains as popular today as it did when we launched it 14 years ago.

Click here to read some of the customer reviews and to see the simple steps to putting it up in your home.

2. It a lighter, less bulky fabric

Compared to most of our other kits, the Original Velcro® Blackout Blind Kit has a much lighter fabric with a soft feel, and being less bulky it folder up smaller so it’s easy to tuck away when you’re not using it.

3. There is no sewing involved, no drills, screws or frames, and no other fittings are required

At easyblinds, we like to minimise effort and maximise comfort, so all you have to do is cut the material to size, attach the self-adhesive Velcro® around the window frame you want to use, stick the wide loop fastener tape on your blackout blind and press into place! Your kit will have everything you need and easy-as-pie instructions with it, so you can get your blind up and running before you know it!

4. It’s perfect for the nursery and comes in five different colours!

Most blackout blinds are plain and can be quite unsightly, but the Original Velcro® Blackout Blind comes in five different colours (white, cream, walnut brown, seaspray blue and aloe green) in a gingham pattern, so it’s ideal for either your bedroom or baby’s nursery.

Buying your first blackout blind? Click here to find out why a blackout blind is a fantastic sleep solution and an absolute must-have for your home. 

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Easyblinds Wins ‘Best Nursery Product’ in Gentle Parenting Awards

This year, we entered the Gentle Parenting Awards for a second time, entering two of our best easyblinds products in four nominations, and we are delighted to announce that we have won gold, silver AND bronze awards in each of the following categories:

  • Best Sleep Aid (Silver Winner: Easyblackout; Bronze Winner; Easynight)
  • Best Nursery Product (Gold Winner: Easyblackout)
  • Best Travel Accessory for Under Ones (Gold Winner: Easynight)
  • Best Travel Accessory for Over Ones (Silver Winner: Easynight)

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, and especially those who have trialled our products and contributed to our loyal fan base – we couldn’t have done it without you! Having started out as a word-of-mouth operation, helping other parents find an affordable, safe and effective way of helping their kids (and themselves!) get some valuable shut eye, we’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings in 2002.

After winning the gold award last year for our newest portable blackout blind, easynight, we have been overwhelmed with the comments we’ve received from customers about the effectiveness of our blackout blinds. As always, we strive to improve and advance our products on a constant basis; now available is the new and improved easynight, which also comes in size XXL.

To find out more about easynight, please click here, or to take a look at our best nursery product, easyblackout, you can view the fantastic customer reviews and product information here.

And don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all things sleep, baby, parenting and more!

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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

Must-have baby products for new parents!

New baby? Here are 5 must-have baby products we offer for all new parents! Our blinds manage and aid both your sleep and your infant’s, making sleep-time that bit easier!

1. easynight™ portable blackout blind

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This is our latest and one of our best-selling blackout blinds. It’s our lightest and most versatile blind yet – ideal for travelling and using out and about so you can take #easysleep with you wherever you go! Included with suction cups, they’re ready to go as soon as they’re delivered, and even comes with it’s own little bag which is light enough to carry with you anywhere! easynight™ also uses our most advanced blackout material, which is silvered on one side for better light and heat reflection. Plus, like all our blinds, they’re able to keep you warm in winter and cooler in summer! This blind is the perfect accessory for a new baby or for your sleeping satisfaction.

easynight™ has received some great reviews, for example Kat said: “Brilliant product! Has transformed my bright south facing bedroom and my baby’s sleep routine! Very impressed with this product at such a great price.”

Click here for more reviews and for more product information.

2. Sleepsoft ear plugs

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Light sleeper? Then these are definitely for you. One of the most trying aspects of being a new parent is the lack of sleep, so it’s important that the sleep you do get is of good quality. These ear plugs are clever because they are designed to reduce ambient noise (and snoring!) whilst things you don’t want to miss, such as a crying baby or an alarm will remain sufficiently audible.

3. SnoozeShade Blackout Blind for prams and strollers

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We’re proud to be stocking this amazing product – the UK’s first blackout blind for prams and pushchairs to help babies get to sleep when out and about! Forget blankets and coats, this blind provides ventilation whilst keeping your baby snug, warm and in a perfect environment to nod off, even if you’re in a busy surrounding! It even has a front zip so you can check on your baby without disturbing them from their slumber.

4. easyblackout Velcro® blackout kit

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This blackout blind is one of our most popular and has achieved a 5-star rating from all our customer reviews! For use at home and can be cut to fit any window size or shape, it’s so easy to put up and take down, especially since it uses self-adhesive Velcro. Guaranteed to give you no gaps, so no light can peek through and disturb you or your baby’s sleep, it provides a perfectly peaceful environment.

Click here for more product information and reviews.

5. SnoozeShade Blackout Blind for infant car seats

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Another SnoozeShade, but this time it’s for the car! This is an award-winning car sun-shade which aids sleep when you’re on the move (great for those longer journeys!) and also acts as a UV-ray protector.

And there you have it – our top 5  must-have baby products! Happy easysleeping!

 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Blackout blinds for the nursery, Buying baby equipment, Preparing for baby

What is the Best Blackout Blind for You?

Blackout blinds are perfect for ensuring you and your child get a good night’s sleep but which one should you buy?

Here at Easyblinds we sell several different blackout blinds:

Easyblackout Blackout Blind Kit


Complete darkness is easily achieved by ensuring that there are no gaps around the window where light can enter. Easyblackout blackout kits use a new blackout material which attaches directly to hook Velcro®.

Each kit includes: blackout material, self-adhesive Velcro® brand hook fastener tape and instructions. All that is required in addition is a measuring tape and scissors.

Available in a range of sizes, simply cut to fit.  This material will not fray and does not require a hem.

easyblinds Original Vecro® Blackout Blind Kits


easyblinds Original Vecro® Blackout Blinds attach directly to the window frame and sit behind any existing curtains or blinds, therefore there is no need to remove or change window dressings already in place.

There is no sewing involved, no drills, screws or frames, and no other fittings are required

Each kit includes: blackout material, self-adhesive Velcro® brand hook and loop fastener tape and instructions. All that is required in addition is a measuring tape and scissors.

The easyblinds Original Vecro® Blackout Blind kits are available in a range of sizes, simply cut to fit.

Go Anywhere Portable Blackout Blind


Go Anywhere Portable Blackout Blind for all sorts of applications: professional, home, travel or holiday – wherever temporary blackout is required. Now available in 2 sizes: regular and large.

Regular Go Anywhere blackout blind includes: easyblackout blackout material (1.3m x 1.5m), 10 double suction cups with attachment discs and 1.5m hook Velcro® for re-joining cut pieces, or joining two blinds.

Large Go Anywhere blackout blind includes: easyblackout blackout material (1.3m x 2m), 16 double suction cups with attachment discs and 2m hook Velcro® for re-joining cut pieces, or joining two blinds.

All in a handy carry bag

Gro Anywhere Travel Blackout Blind


Designed with travel and versatility in mind, the Gro Anywhere blind is made of a lightweight, light-proof material which adjusts to any shaped window up to a maximum size of 130 x 200cm. If you need to cover a larger window, you could use multiple blinds.

Because a Gro Anywhere travel blackout blind fits directly to the glass using suction cups, it will fit almost any style of window and gives a close fit to block out daylight.

Stick On Blackout Blinds


Lightweight and repositionable blackouts. Compact and convenient. Ideal for travelling and wherever temporary blackout is needed.

Thin, flexible, lightweight and extremely effective. For larger windows, two blackout sheets can be overlapped.

The repositionable adhesives on both Stick On and Blackout In An Instant can be used a number of times.  Between uses, we recommend replacing the backing tape to protect the adhesive until the next use.  It is also possible to fold the tape over so that it sticks to the blackout sheet until the next use.

BLACKOUT IN AN INSTANT, £6.95, includes:

White plastic blackout sheet, 1.5m x 1.5m with repositionable adhesive strip along top. 10 self-adhesive squares for holding blind open and closed

To ‘blackout in an instant’, simply peel away the backing tape on the adhesive strip, and place your blackout against the window for instant results!

STICK ON BLACKOUT BLIND KIT, from £10.95, includes:

White plastic blackout sheet. 50m roll of self-adhesive repositionable tape

Thin, flexible, lightweight and extremely effective. For larger windows, two blackout sheets can be overlapped.

The repositionable adhesives on both Stick On and Blackout In An Instant can be used a number of times.  Between uses, we recommend replacing the backing tape to protect the adhesive until the next use.  It is also possible to fold the tape over so that it sticks to the blackout sheet until the next use.

Whether you are looking for a permanent blackout blind or a travel blind we’ve got it covered.

 

Posted in Blackout blinds for the nursery, Buying baby equipment

The Perfect Gifts for New Parents

What do you get for new parents? Let face it by now they probably have enough clothes and blankets. We think the best gifts are the practical ones, the ones they would never think to ask for.

Here are some of our gift ideas:

Meals

Whether you make it yourself or buy it readymade meals that can pop in the oven or microwave are lifesavers for new parents. You could make them a hamper with really healthy meals, fresh pasta and sauces and a few sweet treats. If cooking is now your thing you can but hampers online or but vouchers for sites such as Cook which have amazing homemade frozen meals.

Travel Blackout Blind

This is perfect for any new parent; they can turn any room into a sleepy haven for their baby. It can be used in their room first and then transferred to the babies nursery when then move in to their own room. It’s a practical gift they will love.

Housework

Offer to do the housework for them, even if it’s just running the hoover around or putting a load of washing on they will be forever grateful.

Notebook

This might sound like a daft gift but new parents are sleep deprived which makes them very forgetful.  A notebook is ideal for jotting down feeding times, to do lists and who bought what gifts for thank you cards. Paperchase do some really lovely hardback notebooks.

What was the best gift you were given as a new parent?

 

 

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Essential Items for Baby

It’s hard to know what actually need for a new baby versus what you want.  Baby products can be very expensive and it’s easy to go mad and overspend.

Here is what we think are the essentials for the first 6 weeks of baby’s life:

  • Moses Basket
  • Cellular Blankets
  • Vests
  • Cardigan x 2
  • Coat (if winter)
  • Sleep suits
  • Scratch Mits
  • Hat
  • Nappies
  • Cotton Wool
  • Travel Blackout Blind
  • Muslin Squares
  • Baby Bath
  • Car Seat
  • Pram
  • SnoozeShade
  • Steriliser & bottles for those not breastfeeding

What would you add to the list?

 

Posted in Blackout blinds for the nursery, Buying baby equipment, Preparing for baby

Easyblackout Blackout Blind Kit

Our most recent Blackout blind is our Easyblackout Blackout Blind Kit. It’s easy to use and ensures total blackout for your child to have a good night’s sleep.

The Easyblackout Blackout Blind Kit uses a new blackout material which attaches directly to hook Velcro®, simple and easy to do.  No drilling and banging requires you just apply the hook Velcro to your window frame, cut the blind to size and you are ready to go!  A child could do it.

Watch our video and see how easy it is.

 

The Easyblackout Blackout Blind Kit comes in 5 sizes and two different colours cream and white, ideal for any bedroom.

 

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Which Baby Regime Is The Best For My Baby?

Many mothers-to-be have an opinion about what kind of routine they want to follow once their baby makes an appearance. They are influenced by friends and relatives, magazine articles and variously best selling Baby Regime books but will probably be drawn towards the regime that suits their own personality best.

The three most common regimes that mothers in the UK follow are Gina Ford’s The Contented Little Baby Book, Tracey Hogg’s The Baby Whisperer or the baby led ‘No Routine’ regime.

Contented Babies follow a strict regime where their every waking and sleeping moment is accounted for. Gina claims that if you follow her regime, your baby will sleep through the night from between 8 and 12 weeks of age, you will get to have ‘adult’ evening time and will have some control over your baby’s waking, feeding and sleeping times. Gina Ford babies

Whispered  Babies also follow a routine, but a less rigid one based around the acronym EASY. This stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep and You time. Babies are encouraged to follow this pattern over a 2.5- 3 hour period, and then repeat it. Although this routine is structured it also has some flexibility, so parents aren’t ruled by the clock, but can still plan their lives.

Other parents opt to let their baby set their own routine. These babies feed when hungry, and sleep when tired, so tend to develop a regime that fits in around their family’s already established routine.  Having  ‘no routine’ means you can be extremely flexible, but you may struggle to make plans as you won’t know what your baby will want to do at any particular time.

No matter what routine you choose to try with your newborn, black out blinds on the windows of the room they are going to sleep or nap in will help them sleep better and longer. A baby who is getting enough sleep will feed more efficiently and be happier and more alert when awake.

 

 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Blackout blinds for the nursery, Buying baby equipment, Preparing for baby

The Wonder Of Velcro

Many people think of velcro as a recent invention, but it was invented over 70  years ago. The name ‘Velcro’ is actually  the brand name of the first commercially marketed hook and loop fastener, but today we tend to use  the word to mean any similar fastener.

The inspiration for Velcro came to the inventor after he’d spent too much time trying to remove burrs from his clothing and his dogs’s coat. Being a curious kind of guy, and having  a handy microscope nearby, he noted the hundreds of hooks on the seed heads that caught on anything with a loop. He had a light bulb moment and the idea of velcro was born. It took 10 years to come up with a design that worked; the first prototype was made from cotton and proved a dismal failure. The nylon and polyester fastener we recognise today was the result of much trial and error and was named by blending two French words; velours (“velvet”) and crochet (“hook”).

Today the ‘zipperless zipper’ is used for everyday applications as varied as shoe fastenings for kids ( and adults!) who can’t tie shoe laces, to fastening nappies and holding equipment in place in army tanks. A glass backed velcro is used in space for astronauts suits and to anchor equipment to stop it floating away. There is even a patch of velcro inside each helmet which is used as a nose scratcher.

And of course, velcro is an integral part of fastening our Easyblackout Blackout Blinds to window frames. Without velcro they wouldn’t be Easy at all.

 

 

 

Posted in Better sleep for toddlers, Blackout blinds for the nursery