As any parent knows there is one guaranteed way to ensure that your darling little baby falls asleep, and remains in a deep sleep for hours. Invite the doting grandparents or relatives who live 200 miles away to drive over specially armed with their video camera in order to capture the delightful giggling antics which your child has been practising just lately.
But at any other time of course getting a baby to fall asleep can be extremely difficult, and this is often made harder due to light pollution. In fact light pollution has recently been in the news, with experts recently expressing their concern that over half the population of the UK could hardly see any stars at night because of this very problem.
The test involved asking people across the whole of the UK to count the number of stars which they could see in the Orion constellation. Orion’s Belt is one of the easiest constellations to see in the sky, comprised of three very bright stars in a row. In fact I looked up at the sky on the night in question, and apart from the three stars of Orion’s belt, and Orion’s head, I couldn’t see any other stars at all. Of course, living in the heart of a city centre does make it is rather difficult, with street lights and neon signs making it very hard for any of us to either see stars, or get to sleep at night.
But it’s not just at night time that it can be difficult to help your baby get to sleep due to light. Obviously young babies needs to sleep throughout the day as well, and it is always a big problem, since young babies needs to rest frequently, yet they are also programmed to respond to bright light. So what is the solution?
You may have heard of blackout blinds. These are often roller blinds which have a special lining which blocks out virtually all light, even during the brightest summer day. This means that drawing blackout blind will create the sort of dark room one might expect in the middle of the night in the middle of the countryside. This makes it ideal if your child needs to have a nap during the day, or is having difficulty sleeping at night because for example there is a street light right outside their window.
But what about if you are visiting family or friends? Or perhaps on holiday? There is a solution here as well, because there are a number of blackout blinds and blackout shades now on the market which are portable. These portable blinds can be packed up very easily, and then quickly fixed to any window using suction cups.
These portable shades stretch to fit most sizes and shapes of window, and can be fixed in place in seconds. So whilst you might have a made-to-measure blackout blind in your child’s nursery at home, when out and about having a portable blackout shade can often make the difference between a grumpy, unhappy child who can’t settle but who desperately needs to do so, and a peacefully sleeping baby.
If you are on a reasonably tight budget, which so many families are of course these days, and you don’t yet have a blackout blind then I would highly recommend that you opt for one of these portable blackout shades. For most of the time you can have this shade fixed in your child’s nursery, but then if ever you find yourself elsewhere and your baby needs to have a nap, then you will have a portable solution that helps both them and you get much needed rest!