Best Window Treatments for Nurseries – Blackout Shades
Decorating your baby’s nursery is a rite of passage for most parents-to-be. So, let’s get started.
Congratulations! You’re expecting a new baby. Now what…
“When you’re preparing to welcome a new baby into your family, there are a lot of tough decisions you will have to make,” says Donald Tatera, interior designer and general contractor. “Designing the nursery is one of them.” This room serves many purposes and thus needs to be multi-functional. The nursery needs to create a soothing environment for sleep, provide privacy for parents during changings and feedings, and be safe and fun place for the child as he or she plays. And the room needs to look great!
“From the theme and color scheme to the floor and window coverings, all aspects of the nursery must come together to make the perfect room for baby,” says Tatera.
Decorating your baby’s nursery is a rite of passage for most parents-to-be. So, let’s get started. And where better to start than the window treatments? “Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the days of hiding them behind basic mini blinds,” says Carolyn Forté, Home Appliances & Textiles Director in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Today’s parents have more options than ever before when it comes to window treatments for the nursery, which is great, but it can also be overwhelming. So, what matters the most? What are the best window shades for your child’s room?
Choose Blackout Shades in Your Nursery for a Better Night’s (or Day’s) Sleep
In 2015, a panel of six sleep experts and 12 other medical experts was formed to revise the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) sleep recommendations. The panel conducted a formal literature review, focusing on the body of research surrounding sleep duration that had been published between 2004 and 2014 and, from those 312 articles, the panel determined that newborns (0-3 months) require 14-17 hours of sleep, infants (4-11 months) require 12-15 hours of sleep, and toddlers (1-2 years) require 11-14 hours of sleep.
Needless to say, young children need a lot of sleep, which means some of those naps will take place during the day when the sun is shining bright. According to NSF CEO David M. Cloud, “Managing darkness in the bedroom contributes to better sleep.” For this reason, the NSF recommends using “light blocking curtains or shades to be sure your room stays dark.”
Go Cordless for Child Safety
“Window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards in the home,” says U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. Most older window coverings feature looped pull cords or accessible inner cords, which can be a strangulation hazard for young children.
From 2006 to 2012, 1,590 children between the ages of 14 months and eight-years-old suffered injuries resulting from entanglements on window covering cords, based on CPSC estimates.
“As a result of industry innovation, consumers have more choices than ever to purchase cordless products or those with inaccessible cords,” says Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) Executive Director, Peter Rush. “Parents with young children should replace their corded window coverings with the many cordless products available in different styles, colors and sizes.”
This is why the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) started the Best for Kids initiative, a third-party certification program to help identify child-friendly blinds and shades. In order to be eligible for this certification, manufacturers must submit their products to a designated third party testing laboratory. Products that qualify as “Best for Kids” must meet stringent criteria and either have no cords, no operating cords and inner cords that are not accessible. If accessible inner cords are present in products with no operating cords, the accessible inner cords cannot create a hazardous loop. Products that meet these criteria are eligible to be listed and labeled as “Certified” Best for Kids on packaging and materials.
“We are pleased that many retailers are embracing the Best for Kids program,” said WCMA Executive Director Ralph Vasami. “The program provides clarity to retailers and consumers who now can easily identify those products that have been independently tested specifically to meet the program’s criteria.”
Next Day Blinds is one of those retailers. As a member of the WCSC, we are committed to incorporating the latest and most effective child-safe technologies in our products.
Our Recommendation: Duofold Blackout Honeycomb Shades for your Nursery
“Cellular Shades, also known as Honeycomb Shades, are one of the hottest new trends in window shades and are designed for light filtering or for the total blocking of sunlight,” writes interior design blogger Christie Craig of Houston Lifestyles & Homes magazine.
Lined with Mylar® to block nearly all exterior light, our duofold blackout honeycomb shades are the ideal window treatments for the nursery. Their improved functionality also comes in handy. Duofold shades, also commonly referred to as Top Down/Bottom Up Shades, “can roll down from the top to let in sun, while providing privacy at the bottom,” says Elizabeth Aaron, president of Elizabeth Aaron Interior Design. It’s the “ultimate in flexibility,” adds HGTV blogger Amanda Lecky, which comes in handy when it comes time for feedings, changings, and pleading with your little one to go to sleep.