When you are selecting draperies for your baby or toddler, your first concern should be your child's safety. The most common risk associated with draperies or blinds is strangulation from looped cords. However, once you have done away with the cords and fabric loops in your draperies, you have plenty of options for making your child's room look fantastic while providing a good environment for sleeping and activities. Below are five different options that will let you rest easy, knowing that your child is sleeping safely.
Most babies and toddlers sleep best in a completely dark environment, similar to the womb. While you might think that moonlight streaming through your child's window makes a sweet scene, it can prevent your child from sleeping through the night, and during the day, sunlight can prevent active babies and toddlers from falling asleep.
You should encourage healthy sleeping behavior from birth, which includes teaching your child to sleep when it is dark, and blackout curtains can be an essential part of reducing distractions when you are trying to get your baby to sleep.
It is generally recommended that babies sleep in rooms that are between 68 and 72 degrees. The slightly cooler temperature helps a sleeping baby or toddler regulate their body temperature and keeps them asleep for longer periods than they would sleep in a warmer room.
Insulated draperies can give you greater control over your child's bedroom temperature without having to adjust your thermostat. During the summer, you can draw the curtains during the day to keep your child's room a cool haven. During the winter, you can draw the curtains at night to keep your child's room warm without overheating. As a bonus, most insulated draperies double as blackout curtains.
Rolled Fabric Curtains
Rolled blinds are a cheap way to darken your child's room, but there are often limited pattern options. You can make your own rolled fabric curtains that will match your child's nursery. You can do this by re-using the roller and dowel from an old vinyl roller blind or simply attaching a piece of fabric to a curtain rod that you will roll by hand. If you intend to put ties on the blinds, you should use short ties that are secured with hook and loop tape to prevent hazardous loops.
These curtains can keep strong light out of your child's room while providing soft patterns for your child to gaze at as they fall asleep, which is great when your toddler begins to refuse to stay still for naps. The taut fabric almost mimics a stained glass window if you choose a fabric with a low thread count.
Sill Length Curtains
When deciding the length of your curtains, you should skip floor length in your nursery. As your baby grows into a toddler, they may try to grasp whatever is around them to steady themselves as they walk. Long curtains are a falling hazard, as they are not stable. Your toddler could also yank them down, getting hit by the curtain rod.
Sill length curtains will give you piece of mind that your toddler has nothing dangerous within reach even if they wake up and wander around their room during the night.
Patterned Fabric that Matches Your Theme
When selecting what pattern you want for your nursery draperies, you should select something with smaller, intricate patterns. Your child will enjoy touching and examining the prints, which could make drawing the curtains an excellent step in your child's bed-time routine, signaling him or her that it is time to go to sleep.
Every choice in your child's nursery is an opportunity to create a safe, secure environment that your child feels comfortable sleeping in. Make sure you get the most out of your nursery curtains by following these tips.
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