As any prospective parent will tell you, the “nesting” process is one of the most exciting parts of a pregnancy. Shopping for cots, toys, bottles and all other essentials is something that just makes the impending arrival even more exciting – but there are areas which are often forgotten.
All of the above essentials are somewhat stereotypical – we all think of them. However, when it comes to your baby’s nursery, it’s time to think outside the box. If you’re already a parent, you’ll know all about sleep (or how little of it you get in the initial months) and how you must do everything possible to promote long nights. This is where window blinds enter the picture.
For such a prominent part of the building fabric, it’s quite amazing to see how window treatments are left until the very end (or not even addressed at all). If you do decide to act swiftly, and shop shrewdly, they can make your nursery become a sleep-haven and also much more stimulating for your little one as they become older. It’s no longer a case of throwing the cheapest set of curtains up – choosing a nursery window treatment now requires a lot of consideration.
As the title suggests, we’ve condensed these considerations down into three. We’ll start with the first (the one that all new parents will have been waiting for) – the sleep factor. You don’t have to have swatted up on sleep studies to realise that darkness is one of the key factors to a good night’s sleep – without it, the chances of your little one nodding off for hours on end are severely limited. This is where the blackout blind comes into play and to squeeze out every last bit of light, this is the fitting that every parent needs. It’s certainly not going to arrive with a “your-baby-will-sleep-for-12-hours-gurantee”, but it will give them a better chance of sleeping for longer.
Next, it’s the big safety issue. This has been covered time and time again over recent years, following several tragedies relating to blinds and the strangulation hazards that cords can promote. In short, we’d recommend one thing and one thing only – you’ve got to go cordless. While this isn’t a legal requirement yet, and while your baby isn’t going to be clambering up on furniture in his or her first few months, you may as well sort the issue early to prevent any risks when they do turn into little explorers.
Finally, window treatments never used to be about functionality – they were all about style. This still exists and to promote that all-important stimulation during the initial months, try and purchase something with a bit of character. Whether its patterns, cartoon characters or anything else, your baby is going to appreciate this much more than your standard white blind that serves a simple purpose, and nothing else. In other words, while safety and sleep are hugely important, don’t forget to add the “nursery” element to your room.