Putting rambunctious children to sleep can be one of the most daunting daily tasks parents face. When you don’t get the kids to bed at a reasonable hour, or they miss a nap, you feel the effects of it the next day with morning crankiness, lethargy, and trouble getting ready to start the day or preparing for school. Yet kids aren’t that different from adults when it comes to sleep, and sometimes there are a number of simple factors that make it hard for them to fall asleep; light, temperature, noise, and other distractions are common issues to blame. Luckily, these can be easily addressed.
Creating a calming environment for kids to wind down and fall asleep can be a game-changer for families, and there are countless tools at parents’ disposal to help foster a peaceful mood. Modern sound machines designed just for little ones can generate pacifying white noise that parents can control with their smartphones, while wake up lights emit different kinds of light that multitask as gentle nightlights and transition to brighter lights to aid waking hours.
For the infants, classic parenting tools like mobiles hung over the crib and plush “bed time pals” are comforting and engaging elements that help entertain children until they fall asleep. Yet one often overlooked way to create a sleep-inducing environment for children is through specially chosen children’s blinds or shades. With a few tweaks to your window treatments, you can make sure your kids have the perfect oasis to decompress after a long day, nap in peace, and hit the hay without a hitch.
Temperature is a crucial part of any slumber equation. Scientific studies show that when a room is too cold or too hot, human sleep is negatively affected. There are many ways to control sleeping temperature, such as adjusting the thermostat and having thick blankets. But these will be rendered useless if the heat or cool air escapes through the windows. Cellular shades are popular for their ability to insulate, making them a great choice for windows in kids’ rooms. With thick layers of fabric and pockets that hold in warm air, cellular shades have a huge effect on the temperature of a home and can help children get cozy and drift off without sweating or shivering.
Bright light can disrupt the slumber of even the most sleepy child. Whether their room faces a row of street lights at night, or the sun shines through during daytime naps, children may have trouble falling asleep if outside lights are distracting them. Getting children’s blinds or shades that block out as much light as possible can work wonders helping kids fall asleep at any time of day. Shades made with blackout fabric are designed to block out all outside light, and they can be a welcome addition to a room that’s too well lit when kids need to wind down and get some shuteye.
Motorized children’s blinds and shades let parents control them quietly and remotely, and this can be a great advantage for getting kids to sleep. When bedtime or naptime is imminent, parents can close the shades with the press of a button or smartphone app, so that the bedroom becomes darker to create a calming environment without disrupting them. Conversely, parents can also open the blinds remotely when sleep time is over, letting in light as a gentle and natural way to wake up the kids. When motorized shades are paired with a home automation system, parents can even set them to open in the morning and to close at bedtime automatically each day, without needing to directly manage them. This can simplify parents’ routines and make one less thing busy parents have to remember.
Good sleep is important for growing kids and it’s crucial to keep parents sane and well-rested themselves. The right window treatment can help kids calm down after energetic days and get uninterrupted slumber. Plus, it’s important to choose window treatments that are child-safe. Learn more about that here.
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