Babies unlike children or adults can be more difficult to travel with. One of the most difficult aspects of travelling with a baby is creating a good sleep environment for them. There are several blackout solutions that could help create a peaceful dark sleep environment for your baby.
Types Of Blackout Solutions
There are three types of blackout solutions that you can employ when travelling. Each has its benefits and disadvantages.
Some of these solutions may work better in certain situations than others!
Portable Blackout Blinds/Curtains With Suction Cups
The best portable blackout curtain with suction cups is the Sleepout Blackout Curtain. It has industrial strength suction cups that GUARANTEE that the curtain will not fall down unless you choose to take it down. It is also 3rd party tested for harmful chemicals to give you the peace of mind that it will not hurt your baby!
This can allow any room with a window to be instantly blackout out to improve not only your baby’s sleep but yours as well!
If you are interested in learning more about the features of the Sleepout Blackout Curtain and why its the best curtain for your nursery click here.
Blackout Travel Cribs
A great blackout travel crib solution is the Slumberpod. It has the ability to completely enclose a travel crib, mini-crib or even a toddler cot.
This can be perfect in situations where the environment does not have the greatest sleeping options for your baby or toddler! The benefit of this solution is that it creates a dark space for your baby so you do not need to blackout the entire room!
Blackout Stroller Covers
This blackout solution is fantastic if you want to spend time sightseeing and do not want to continually come back to your hotel or Airbnb for nap times. One great option is the CoziGo stroller. It not only blocks out light but also protects your baby from the sun’s UV radiation.
Features You Should Look For In Portable Blackout Curtains
All of these features that we will list play an important role in improving your baby or child’s sleeping environment.
A portable blackout curtain should be durable and definitely should not wear out or break after being used a couple of times.
Industrial Strength Suction Cups
A portable blackout curtain is only as effective as the suction cups that come with it. There are several features that you should consider when you purchase portable blackout curtains.
High Quality 100% Blackout Material
Most woven blackout fabrics are actually only 80-90% blackout, this can allow light to get in and disrupt your baby’s sleep! Even worse, these blackout curtains are made with harmful chemicals that are emitted when exposed to heat or light. Which is definitely not ideal considering its job is to block out light!
Whenever you look for blackout curtains ensure that they are 100% blackout by checking the materials. 100% blackout curtains will often have 3 passes or layers.
To ensure that your blackout curtains are safe to be around your baby look for 3rd party verified certifications that specifically test for chemicals such as volatile organic compounds, phthalates, BPA and heavy metals. The two best certifications for this are OEKO-TEX and Greenguard.
Lightweight and Easy To Pack
Organizing a suitcase with multiple people can be a nightmare! The last thing you want to be worrying about is if your blackout curtain will fit into your suitcase. No one wants to choose between a good night’s sleep or some underwear!
The Sleepout Blackout Curtain folds up to be the size of a paperback book and weighs less than 2 pounds allowing you to easily fit it into any suitcase. You can see in the featured image how easily it fits into a suitcase.
Noise Reduction Fabric
The fabric of portable blackout curtains will determine whether they can confer some sound proofing properties. These curtains will not be equivalent to soundproofing curtains but they are better than traditional curtains or nothing!
Thicker blackout curtains have 3 passes or layers. This confers them not only higher quality, like we mentioned earlier, but also gives them the ability to block out some sounds allowing your baby or child to sleep better.
Ease Of Installation
This is probably one of the most important features of a portable blackout curtain. The reason, well, because it’s PORTABLE. You need to be comfortable putting it up and taking it down several times a day! Thus, whenever you look for a portable blackout curtain, it’s important to think “Do I enjoy this process and Will it stay up?”
With the Sleepout Blackout Curtain, the locking mechanism of the suction cups not only ensures that the curtains will stay up until you decide to take them down, but also make a euphoric click. It sounds so amazing that if you teach your children how to put it up, they may end up playing with the suction cup for hours!
The Benefits of Blackout Curtains During Travel
Better Sleep = Better Mood
Sleeping in complete darkness is optimal not only for your baby’s health but also for your health. Light can impact melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleep, which can throw off your circadian rhythm or internal clock. This often will not be an issue if you are camping as your exposure to artificial light is reduced, but this can be a major issue if you travel to a large city or anywhere with lights at night!
“A baby that doesn’t sleep well is a domino effect waiting to happen”
If your baby sleeps well, everything else will fall into place properly. It may seem like extra unnecessary work to put this heavy emphasis on your baby’s sleep but this time and energy will pay off.
No Disruption To Your Normal Sleep Schedule
Creating a solid sleep environment for your baby ensures that you will not disrupt the schedule that you have spent so much time and energy on! If you do not have a sleep routine put in place yet, we would highly recommend it!
“A consistent bedtime routine has been proven to improve sleep in babies and children within two weeks”
According to this Journal of Infant Behaviour and Development, the implementation of a consistent bedtime routine including quiet activities, a bath and massage can quickly improve sleep disturbances in both babies and young children. By incorporating blackout solutions into your nighttime routine, this could allow your baby to feel comfortable in different environments.
All The Benefits Of Travel With Very Little Downside
Whichever blackout solution you choose (ideally, if you have the budget, it would be all three as each of them suit a specific purpose) you can have some peace of mind that it will ensure that your baby can sleep just as well as at home!
Now We Want To Hear From You!
Which feature of blackout curtains is the most important to you?
Do you think you will try travelling with your baby? If so, where?
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