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Ever since my oldest was a baby we have had blackout curtains, not only in his bedroom but also in our own. I couldn’t survive without them myself. It wasn’t until I started studying about sleep did I realize how important they are for healthy sleep. I have even noticed that some of the children I have worked with haven’t had blackout blinds set up in their bedroom and once they do their sleep starts to improve.
Between 3 and 4 months of age, melatonin starts to be produced in a baby’s brain. Melatonin surges at night and helps produce the feeling of drowsiness that is part of the falling asleep process. Sunlight suppresses the development of melatonin. We don’t want that to happen, which is why blackout blinds come in handy.
Children are naturally sensitive to light and any light filtering into their room can disrupt their ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, especially in the early morning hours. In the summer months when it is still sunny at bedtime, blackout blinds help get that melatonin flowing. It also gives the appearance of night time, which is especially useful for older, more aware children. I know mine will argue that it is not bedtime yet when the sun is streaming in at 7pm!
Babies and toddlers need to nap throughout the day too. Without blackout blinds to make the room very dark, they can struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep for their naps. A well-lit room also provides a lot of distractions for them, whereas a darkened room sets the stage for sleep.
I love the Easynight Portable Travel Blackout Blinds for their ease of use. You can put them up at home in minutes. They are also transportable, so you can take them with you on vacation if you know you won’t have access to blackout blinds. This will help your child sleep in any new environment, assist with recovering from jet lag and help them stay well rested. Another great thing about Easynight Blackout Blinds is there are no gaps. I love the fact that there is no need to get creative to stop that light sneaking in from the sides!