Confessions of Your Vigilant Infant

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According to a recent study, posted by the dailymail.co.uk, infants are a lot more vigilant than we give them credit for, mainly because they want to decrease the likelihood of another sibling.

Harvard scientists state that babies are naturally “programmed” to urge more attention from their mothers. Professor David Haig said: ‘Night waking increases in the second half of the  first year of infant life and is more pronounced for breastfed babies.’

The study also claimed that breastfeeding at night can lead to amenorrhoea in mothers – in other words, their fertility remains at an all-time low. Low fertility = less chance of siblings = SUCCESS! Monopolisation of Mummy complete!

Well we know that babies are attention-seeking, but is this really the reason? If only we could speak baby…

So what do you think? Have you recently given birth soon after a previous child? Or are you trying again and finding it difficult?

On another note, here’s a link to some funny baby videos – the Gangnam Style baby is pretty hilarious!

 

 

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Mother’s Day: We Love Mums!!

Gwyneth Paltrow

 

Michelle Obama

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

J.K Rowling

So what do these four famous women have in common? Their Mums, of course! In less than 5 hours, it’ll be Mothering Sunday – the one day a year when Mums are (or should be!) guaranteed to a) get a breakfast in bed and b) put their feet up and get never-ending praise from their little ones (or big ones!) – what’s not to love?! According to clareflorist.co.uk, Mum’s across the globe will be celebrating in the UK, Ireland, Nigeria and Bangladesh; but what do Mums actually want this year?

According to a poll taken by the dailymail.co.uk, Mums want:

1. To spend time with their children (47%)
2. Spend the day out with the  family (35%)
3. Taken  out for a meal (34%)
4. Be  spoilt by the family all day (32%)
5.  Have an uninterrupted lie in (30%)
6.  See their own mother (30%)
7. Have breakfast in bed (26%)
8. Spend time with the whole  family (26%)
9. Spend time  with their partner (24%)
10. Have a cup of tea in bed (24%)

So which one of these do you most crave? Tweet us @easyblinds or message us on Facebook!

Happy Mothering Sunday, Mummies!!

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When Blackout Blinds Saved Lives

These days, blackout blinds in the bedroom or nursery are a luxury, and their purpose is to help people sleep better and longer. There is certainly no law saying you have to have them. But 73 years ago, it was against the law NOT to have them. On 1 September 1939, before the declaration of  World WarII, it became compulsory to black out all windows and doors with a suitable material such as heavy curtains, cardboard or paint. The Government made sure that the materials necessary were able to be obtained cheaply enough by even the poorest families. In most cases black cotton fabric was used, so the bigger your house, the more it would cost to black it out. And often it took 2 or 3 layers of material to block the light completely. This cheap material was often very difficult to hang over windows; it was fine if you had wooden window frames, but many people struggled to hang their blackout material in windows with stone or metal frames. Air Raid Patrol Wardens patrolled the streets and reported any household who had light showing to the local authorities. There were stiff fines imposed if you didn’t comply. The purpose of this mass cover up was to prevent the escape of any glimmer of light that might aid enemy aircraft in navigation, while flying overhead.  Even street lights were switched off,  and essential lights such as traffic lights and vehicle headlights were fitted with slotted covers so they shone only on the road. And in cities by the coast, the blackouts allowed vessels to move around the coastline without being silhouetted against the city lights and subsequently targeted by the enemy’s submarines. The streets were finally allowed to be fully lit again in April 1945,  five and a half years after the Blackout descended. And people have been using blackout blinds to keep light out, not in, ever since.

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Blackout Blinds on Holiday

I’ve been writing about blackout blinds for the home a lot, but I was thinking about holidays too. So, let me scare you for a moment – don’t worry, if you’re not a parent you’ll be immune!

You’ve flown to California for a two week holiday. In tow, a three-year-old and a one-year-old. It’s summer. After what feels like three days of flying with a change in Orlando, you get a cab to your hotel. You and your partner are exhausted as are the kids. You all flop into bed and the entire family instantly falls into a deep sleep around midnight local time. Around 5am, you’re awoken by a sound. It’s the one-year-old, wide awake in the sunny hotel room. This wakes the three-year-old, who is understandably cranky. Now you’re all awake and all cranky. And jet-lagged. And have foolishly planned a coach trip to the Mojave National Preserve that afternoon. Holiday Hell just arrived!

If we rewind to the night before, we can save these poor souls from certain doom. Instead of going to sleep straight away, you can spend five minutes fitting a travel blackout blind like the Go Anywhere travel blackout blind kit stocked on this very website! Now, their hotel room stays dark. The one-year-old sleeps until 8am along with everyone else. The trip to the Mojave is saved!

It’s such a simple thing, too. When fatigue sets in it’s easy to throw caution to the wind but anyone who has stayed in a hotel will notice the gossamer-fine curtains that barely cover the huge East facing windows. Just a tiny bit of forethought can save you a huge amount of stress. Well-rested children make for a good holiday, cranky sleep-deprived ones? Well…once you’ve been there, you’ll suffer a chill down your spine just thinking about it!

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Bright days, exciting times!

May is one of the busiest months of the year here at easyblinds, and we haven’t stood still for a moment!!  This week, on top of everything else, we are also busy getting ready for the Birmingham NEC Baby Show on Friday20th where the amazing Jo Tantum will be launching her version of our Go Anywhere portable blackout blind.  Jo’s techniques for helping babies to sleep beautifully are hugely successful and we are thrilled to bits that she has adopted one of our products to include in her portfolio.  The Jo Tantum Go Anywhere blackout is available at www.babysecretsltd.com and at the Baby Show on the Baby Secrets stand, C10.  Please do come and see us!

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Hello!

There is so much going on this month at easyblinds that we have hardly stood still! Having all of the children on school holidays also makes it (ahem) lively and a tad noisy in the office – apologies if you telephoned and thought you might have called a playgroup by mistake!!

Our new website launched this month and we have competitions running on www.babyworld.co.uk  and www.littlestuff.co.uk , and another starting soon on www.babybudgeting.co.uk .  We are about to add some great new products too.  Jo Tantum, baby sleep expert, launches her Go Anywhere portable blackout blind – it has been awarded the Prima Baby Loves logo, and we are really pleased to add it to our range.  Jo has some amazing tips and methods for helping babies sleep beautifully and her website www.babysecretsltd.com is well worth a visit!  We will also be adding a limited edition SnoozeShade with gorgeous pink trim for taking baby out and about – bring on the sunshine!

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