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!

 

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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!

 

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Baby Shower? Why an easyblinds kit would be the perfect gift!

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Have a friend who’s having a baby? Look no further than easyblinds! Whether you’re buying for a friend, or you’re pregnant yourself and thinking of what to request, easyblinds is the perfect gift that any Mum (or Mum-to-be) would appreciate!

Why?

Because it benefits both mum and baby! Like any new Mum understands, getting yourself and your baby to sleep can be incredibly difficult. It often takes babies a while before they settle into a routine, and so blocking out light can help to get some valuable sleep during the day for mummies and babies! Since our blinds cover windows 100%, light will not leak through, which usually would disrupt sleep, as well as cause premature waking.

According to WebMD, lack of sleep can contribute to a weakened immune system, making it more likely to get a cold or a flu. Plus, sleep deprivation can lead to a decrease in mood levels, making depression and similar illnesses more likely. We all feel cranky if we don’t get enough sleep, so getting some well-needed rest during the day is possible and advisable with easyblinds (also, check out last week’s blog post on the benefits of napping!). New mums are bound to be exhausted, but our range of kits allows mums to choose what suits their lifestyle, and spend more time enjoying their baby rather than yawning!

Other great gift ideas would be the SnoozeShade Blackout Blind for prams and strollers, and the SnoozeShade Blackout Blind for infant car seats,  so baby can sleep soundly on the move!

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New Baby? Here’s a Checklist to Get You Started!

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So you’re pregnant! Here’s 6 tips to get you on your way!

1. Maternity wear There are millions of stores! Check out the Mothercare collection here. It’s better to get some new clothes as soon as you can; it’ll save you the stress of later on panicking if you don’t fit into your regular clothes later on, especially if you’re a busy person! Try and stick to clothes you wear normally, instead of just changing to boring, bulky tops and dresses – feeling sexy and yourself is very important in maintaining your mental health and stability during this change.

2. Get some reading done – Here’s a list of great reads about motherhood. In particular, have a look at What to Expect the First Year and Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood. Of course, you’ll really only learn when the baby actually comes, but it’s good to read about other experiences, tricks and opinions – especially to get a bit of a laugh! You may also find it useful to join and follow sites such as Mother & Baby and NetMums.

3. Start looking at deals for all of your baby essentials – Boots is a great place to go for deals: have a look here. They also have their own Parenting Club, giving Mums more points per pound, deals and offers, plus free packs and magazines. IF you have a day to yourself, do some window-shopping and look around the shops and websites to see what’s on offer before rushing at the end, where you could be missing out on a deal.

4. Start taking your vitamins and watch your diet – This article by NHS Choices is great for providing all of the information you need about vitamins and health during your pregnancy. Too much Vitamin A is to be avoided, as this can harm your baby, but it is important to maintain healthy levels of: Folic Acid (helps prevent birth defects), Vitamin D (regulates calcium and phosphates for good bones and teeth), Iron (to maintain energy and blood levels, preventing anaemia) and Calcium (for helping to develop strong bones and teeth in your baby). It’s also important to have as much fibre in your diet as possible, especially to prevent or ease constipation.

5. Try to alleviate morning sickness – Most of the time, this is something that you will not have any control over. There aren’t explicit ways for everyone to completely stop this, but you can find what works for you to alleviate it and make you feel less groggy. Try out different things, whether it be a slither of chocolate, some green (or normal) tea, or a slice of plain wholemeal bread. According to the NHS Choices site, ginger often helps. The only universal tips we can give you is don’t over or under-eat!

6. Get some #easysleep with easyblinds – You’re going to need this for both you and your baby! Your symptoms may be giving you less sleep at night, but don’t let that stop you from kipping in the day. Also, once baby comes along, you’ll need more sleep during the day as nights will be spent nursing your newborn! Our blackout blinds can help to get your child into a healthy routine. Take a look at what we offer on our homepage.

 

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5 Useful Posts for if You Are Pregnant

Pregnancy is a wonderful time but it can be overwhelming. There is so much to do to get ready for baby whilst coping with the changes in your body.

We have pulled together 5 of pregnancy posts to help make life a little easier for you.

Good luck with your pregnancy we hope our posts have been helpful.

 

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Guest Post: Blackout Blinds for a Narrowboat Baby

Peggy works from home.When we had our first baby we were living on a 57 foot narrowboat. There are a lot of compromises to be made when you live in a small space and we only had one bedroom. The baby slept in a special hammock in our cabin, which was suspended above our bed.

Although it was the topic of hot debate at our NCT coffee mornings I was secretly a bit of a fan of the Gina Ford book. I know it gets called ‘baby boot camp’ and all but once I started getting a routine in place it seemed to make caring for a young baby so much easier. An important part of the routine is sleep times, both day time and night time, and for this we found our blackout blinds were essential.

When I was pregnant we got ourselves kitted out with blackout blinds for the whole boat. We had two in the bedroom cabin and then had one above the dinette, two in the living area and two blackout blinds in the kitchen. This meant that any part, or all of the boat could be blacked out, depending on where the baby was. We used this to our advantage. The baby hammock was movable; she sometimes had her day-time nap above the dining booth: with the window blacked out.

At other times the hammock was in the kitchen, again using the blackout blinds. Being versatile with your space is essential when you live on a narrowboat, so the blackout blinds gave us a lot of flexibility.

In the mornings we felt it was the blackout blinds that allowed our daughter to sleep just a little bit longer, so that she didn’t wake up at the crack of dawn.

The baby and I would meet the NCT mums for coffee and cake every Tuesday as regular as clockwork. I was embarrassed to admit that I was completely devoted to the Gina Ford routine, yet my friends were impressed at how my baby seemed to nap on command. We all agreed on one routine though: sharing advice and a bit of cake every week was an essential part of our weekly schedule that couldn’t be missed.

Peggy

 

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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.

 

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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?

 

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Which Travel Blind Should You Choose?

Easy Blinds Online sell three different kinds of travel blinds.

One is the Gro Anywhere Travel Blackout Blind. This comes in one size of 1.3m x 2m and can easily be adjusted to fit a smaller window. They fit any style of window  closely and are brilliant at blocking out daylight. Two blinds can be used together to fit to a bigger window. The Gro Anywhere Blind attaches to windows or PVC sills using suction cups that come already attached to the material. This means they are ready to go straight out of the bag and can be attached to the window in minutes. Because the whole thing is in one piece, there is less chance of losing vital bits. This blind comes down in seconds and folds away into a handy travel bag , ready for next time it is needed.

Second is the Go Anywhere Portable Black Out Blind. Again, this one attaches with suction cups but this time they are separate from the blind. First you attach the cups to the window or frame; the cups has a disc on the back of them, made from a hooked material that will attach anywhere on the window side of the blinds. These blinds come in a choice of two sizes ( 1.3m x 1.5m and 1.3m x 2m) and will provide an effective blackout solution for all but the largest windows.

Lastly, we have the Stick On Blackout Blind. These are our biggest blinds and come in two sizes; 1m x 1.5m and 1.5m x 3m. This blackout blind takes slightly longer than the others to put up as you need to measure the blind against your window and then apply double sided tape to it. Peel the backing tape off and attach the  blind to the window or frame. You can put the paper backing  back on the adhesive tape between uses, and this blind also works well with blue tack for a speedy solution to unwelcome daylight.

 

 

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