Having a baby means making a few adjustments in our homes. From the time they’re born to the time they can talk, we have to read between the lines to keep our babies safe and happy. One infant comfort that many people forget to consider is the light level in their nap space. Let’s take a peek at some of the important facts and discuss the right blinds for a baby’s nursery.
Light Levels and Circadian Rhythm
There’s a really important part of everyday functioning that a lot of people just don’t know about: circadian rhythm. This is our internal sense of night and day cycles. Have you ever noticed yourself getting sleepy as soon as the sun sets? If not, it may just be because your house is full of electric lights. Without the interference of technology, the human mind is incredible at deciphering the signs of night and reacting appropriately. For most people, that means getting tired.
What does this have to do with nursery blinds? Well, our circadian rhythms are developed in our infancy and childhood. If you had a very regular sleep pattern as a child, you probably have a much easier time falling asleep as an adult. If your bedtime was irregular and you liked to stay up late – regardless of what the adults in your life wanted – you may have developed a poor circadian rhythm, leading to insomnia and poor sleep quality as an adult.
When creating a healthy sleep environment for your baby, it’s important to consider light levels. Ensuring your nursery is outfitted with blinds that block out sunlight is vital. Your baby will then begin to associate a dark room with sleep time.
Fear of the Dark
Want to avoid your child bursting into tears each time they’re left in the dark a few years from now? Fear of the dark is seen frequently in children – and even adults – who were never left in complete darkness as infants. Getting your baby accustomed to complete darkness is vital for their development of coping skills in darkness. In their earliest months, keeping a dimly lit crib attachment nearby is good for allowing them to adjust. However, as they advance through their first year, you should turn the light down lower and eventually remove it.
Rocking them to sleep with all the lights out is a good way to give them reassurance that they’re not alone or in danger. Then, slowly, let them fall asleep by themselves in the dark. Using blackout shades or blinds can help you remain consistent with this even at nap time when the sun is still out.
The Right Blinds for a Baby’s Nursery
In order to encourage proper sleep hygiene in your baby (sleeping with the lights out and at night) nap time should always come with a darkened room. Blackout shades are great for ensuring the sun stays outside during nap time. If you’re looking for something a bit more stylish, Magic Lite also provides blackout levels of darkness when completely closed. And, they look great while doing it.
Just give us a call at Domir Blinds if you have any questions about our blinds or how to order.