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Should Your Nursery Have Blackout Shades?

Decorating your baby’s nursery is a rite of passage for most parents-to-be. So, let’s get started.

When you’re a new parent, your baby’s safety and well-being are your top priority. There are so many important decisions to be made, like finding the safest crib, covering electrical outlets, or getting the best activities and toys for their development. How you’re decorating your baby’s nursery is another one. But does your nursery’s design have any impact on your bundle’s well-being?

Of course, it does. Just ask any mom or dad who’s struggled to get baby down for a nap at 11:30 in the morning in a sunlit room.

Decorating your baby’s nursery is a rite of passage for most parents-to-be. 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. 

When it comes to window treatments for the nursery, today’s parents have more options than Baby Shark has YouTube views. And that’s great–but it can also be overwhelming. So, what matters the most? What are the best window shades for your child’s room?

parent reading to baby

Should Your Nursery Have Blackout Shades

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. So, when designing a nursery, you really need to consider whether your baby is going to be able to nap during the day. If the nursery gets a lot of natural light, it can be difficult for the baby to sleep during peak sunlight. Enter Blackout shades. A parents’ best friend, blackout shades are designed with a special layer of material that filters out 99% of light, creating a darker (and more energy efficient) environment. 

mobile toy in nursery with blackout shades

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. 

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.

As a member of the WCSC, Next Day Blinds is committed to incorporating the latest and most effective child-safe technologies in our products. We have a variety of products that are perfect for keeping your child safe

baby playing with blackout shades

Our Recommendation: Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades

For your nursery, we recommend our Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades. Honeycomb Shades, also known as cellular shades, are versatile and attractive window treatments designed for light filtering or for the total blocking of sunlight. Lined with Mylar®, Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades are the ideal window treatments for the nursery because their blackout technology can completely block nearly all exterior light. Plus, you can add top-down, bottom-up functionality for more light and privacy control.

If you have a little one on the way, don’t hesitate to purchase our Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades! You’ll be glad you did!

Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.