Being so far north, the UK has very long hours of daylight during the summer months. At this time of year, the sun rises at 4.40am and sets at 9.20pm, meaning we get over 16 and a half hours of light each day. This can be very problematic for babies’ sleep patterns once they have started to react to light and dark.
As a matter of fact, not only babies react to the daylight. Many adults experience sleeping issues like waking up too early due to the early sunrise during some seasons of the year.
Fortunately, there are measures which can be taken and a blackout blind is perhaps your greatest ally. Where curtains and conventional blinds will still allow a certain amount of light to enter the room, blackout blinds do as their name suggest, blocking light completely.
Even better, there are portable blackout blinds varieties available that can affixed to any window via suction cups, meaning that even if you go away for a few days, you can still create a suitable sleeping environment for your baby.
Don’t assume that a blackout blind is a cure-all though. Your baby won’t react instantly as soon as you remove light from the environment. Your baby needs to move towards sleep gradually, winding down just as you yourself do.
It is good to establish a bedtime routine to encourage this. Many parents include bathtime as part of this, but whatever you do, the important thing is to keep the routine calming and consistent.