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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Elizabeth Street

GET YOUR KIDS TO SLEEP UNTIL 8AM WITH THIS SIMPLE, DIY SOLUTION

Jun 24, 2013
Get Your Kids To Sleep Until 8AM With This Simple, DIY Solution

Get Your Kids To Sleep Until 8AM With This Simple, DIY Solution

Like an idiot, I’d dismissed blackout curtains as one more thing I didn’t really need to buy for my baby (along with bouncy seats, bottle warmers, and wee little bathtubs). But when the whole no-napping situation reached a crisis point (45 minutes of tears and trauma for one measly 18-minute nap), I finally brought my nine-month-old daughter to a friend’s house for a little Baby Bootcamp. (Think of my friend as an on-site sleep consultant who makes excellent margaritas.)

And where did this lovely and generous hostess have us sleep? In the basement.

I’m so glad she did. Turns out that things had been going off the rails for us ever since Daylight Savings. Before, our baby was getting up at 8 a.m., and that had crept up to 5:45 a.m.

The solution: total darkness (which is just as relevant in the summertime when you’re putting them down during what feels like broad daylight) in the form of blackout curtains.

If you can sew, you can add a blackout liner to any curtains. (Makeit-loveit.com has a good tutorial here.)

But if you’re looking for instant gratification, like I am, check these out. You can thank me tomorrow when you've slept peacefully until 7 a.m.

By Katy McColl Lukens

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