Quick and Easy Tip for Helping Baby Sleep

Who wouldn’t want a great sleeping baby?

Every parent wants their baby to sleep through the night AND take good naps during the day.  While some babies may just be born good sleepers others may need a lot more help! There are tons of tips and tricks out there, including long exhausting sleep training methods.  This is just one quick, easy and cheap trick you can use to make baby’s nursery a sleep haven.

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Why is baby not sleeping?

Our house came with plantation shutters in most parts of the house, which are beautiful!  Unfortunately, they do not really block light all that well.  Our baby’s nursery has sun come right through the windows fist thing in the morning.  It gets so bright in her room!  Similar to a lot of people, my baby would wake up when the sun came beaming in her room.  Sunrise is not necessarily my ideal wake up time all the time.  Depending on the time of year this can be pretty early!


How can we fix it?

We looked into lots of different black out curtains.  I quickly found that they can get pretty expensive!  Also, I just don’t love curtains, especially the unattractive and heavy blackout curtains.  I feel that they can just be so dusty and I could just picture baby pulling them down.  I also looked into film for the windows which looked daunting to put on well.  I kept picturing myself trying so hard to avoid all the bubbles and failing miserably.  Then I found this super easy solution!

These are a thick paper pleated shade that you custom cut to fit your exact window size and then just stick in place.  Seriously it is just that easy!  There is even a video on exactly how to install them on the Amazon page here.  I just put them up right behind our plantation shutters and it makes such a difference! With lights off and door closed it is like night time all day long!   The best part, you get enough to cover at least 6 full windows in one affordable set!
These are our shades hung up right behind our plantation shutters. Obviously I could have done an even better job cutting them to block out more light from the sides. But I have been more than happy with the results so I didn’t feel like I needed to redo them.

Do they really work?

YES! I have had these up for about 20 months now and have never had a problem with them.  The only thing that I don’t love about them is that it is a pain to move them up and down if you want to let natural light in.  But I have just left them down and used the light in her room when we need it.  Totally worth it in my mind!  I swear that these have helped my baby to sleep later in the mornings and take better naps.  She is 19 months old and typically sleeps until about 8 am and naps for about 2 hours.  I have no complaints!
Hopefully this quick little tip can help your baby sleep better and longer!  Also check out my other post about helping baby sleep here!  Please share what has worked for you to help your baby sleep in the comments below!
Cheap, easy and effective blackout shades to help baby sleep better and longer

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