RQOTD - March 28

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RQOTD - March 28

I sort of have two agendas with this one. 1) WHERE IS EVERYONE! Seriously. I'm in full on procrastination mode and I've got no one to waste time with most days. 2) I'm looking to buy curtains. So, .....

How much light is in your LOs room when he/she is sleeping? Do you have blackout shades? Where did you get them? How is the cord attached (for avoiding strangulation)?

OK, that was 4 questions. Get to answering me!

TiggersMommy's picture
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The answer for us is too much light! All we have right now are cheap *** white blinds. I want something cute, safe, affordable, and durable.

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Oh yeah, super dark is a must. We found that out with DS1. Totally funny but the best set up we ever had was when we lived with my ILs for a few months between houses and Ryland was using the walk in closet as his room (he was like 10 months old). There were no windows and it was soooo dark in there but he loved it and slept so well.

We've used a variety of things. At times just the cheap pull down black out blinds from Home Depot with a layer of black out curtains on top (target or bed, bath, beyond) and then a 2nd rod with a regular set of cute curtains. We've also have a set of special curatins that are made just out of the thick white black out material and have layered those with other shutters and another top decorative curtain. I don't know where those special curtains came from (FIL is in the medical field and works nights so is like the guru of blackout window coverings so I can ask) but the only bad part was that light could come in the sides. Right now, in both of the boys rooms, we have wood blinds, backout curtains, and regular curtains. Odin gets a lot of sun in his window so DH also added a thick layer of fleece from the fabric store which I was suprised cuts out tons of light for cheap. Just a PITA when you want the window open so we just keep the curtains closed in Odin's room at all times. I think for the cute factor you may have to consider doing a double rod as most black out curtains don't filter out nearly as much light as needed. Just put a regular decorative set on the top layer/rod.

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Cheap white blinds. I need something for mornings. Aiden keeps getting up earlier and earlier because his window faces east. Not even a tree to help block the light. Blum 3 I thought about putting his matching curtains back up till I remembered how he pulled down the rod last summer by pulling on his curtains. So now I'm think we'll go high class with cardboard taped to the window. The window faces the back yard anyways so I doubt if anyone will notice.

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I bought blackout curtain fabric and some curtain clips at Joann's. They don't even need to be sewn, just cut the fabric to the size you need. Plus, they always have printable coupons on their website, so you can look for a good discount (last weekend there was a 25% off total purchase coupon).

If you do something like this but think it is too dark, then you can try making this: Twinkle Curtain. I plan to do that eventually, if I ever find a cheap star punch.

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there is almost zero light getting in. we have a pull down shade

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1.) WHERE IS EVERYONE! Seriously. I'm in full on procrastination mode and I've got no one to waste time with most days.

I'm here! I check in way too many times a day, but feel like I'm the only one here most of the time. I'm also waiting around for my son to decide he's ready to meet us and trying to keep my almost 18 month old from inadvertently killing herself.

2) I'm looking to buy curtains. So, .....

How much light is in your LOs room when he/she is sleeping? Do you have blackout shades? Where did you get them? How is the cord attached (for avoiding strangulation)?

Her room initially just had really cheap blinds on it. When we moved her in there I added some pink curtains that I made but found that it let in way too much light for her to sleep well. I then took the curtains down and added a layer of brown, thicker fabric on the inside. It's not pitch dark in there during the day but it's dark enough that that she naps well and sleeps well most nights.

Hers on just on a regular curtain rod, but our windows are half windows and high enough off the ground that she can't reach them. Though she likely could if she stood on one of her toys, but hopefully she'll stick to climbing other things she isn't supposed to be on.

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Sorry I've been mostly MIA recently! I used to spend all my free time on here, but then I met a totally wonderful guy and he seems to take up some time Biggrin Sorry girls, I let a guy come between me & preg.org! Blum 3 I do actually lurk a lot, but don't really take the time to post most of the time.

I just have cheap white blinds on their windows, and some really thin curtains in Luke's room that I don't even close b/c they are really there for decoration only. Luckily the sun doesn't ever shine directly in their windows, with the way the house faces and due to the fact that my property is very wooded and extremely shaded. They seem to sleep well so I've not been too worried about it.

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1) WHERE IS EVERYONE! Seriously. I'm in full on procrastination mode and I've got no one to waste time with most days. 2) I'm looking to buy curtains. So, .....

I still lurk, but feels like no one posts anything except for on the chatting post and its too hard to keep up with that, so I basically learn all from Facebook. I still come and lurk on here a few times a day.

How much light is in your LOs room when he/she is sleeping? Do you have blackout shades? Where did you get them? How is the cord attached (for avoiding strangulation

Blackout shades, but there is no curtain. They are the rolling kind that you can pull down and then tug and it rolls itself up fast.

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We have the roll down black out shades. They're cheap, custom to the size of your window, effective and no cords. they're also not that attractive (IMO), so I also have traditional curtains on the side.

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We currently have cheap white blinds and cheap thin curtains so a lot of light comes through. Isabelle is never lose in her room unsupervised and I have a chair right by the window so she doesn't really try to pull on anything. I am thinking we will have to do something this summer about the light though or we may start having a hard time with bedtime.

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I sort of have two agendas with this one. 1) WHERE IS EVERYONE! Seriously. I'm in full on procrastination mode and I've got no one to waste time with most days. 2) I'm looking to buy curtains. So, .....
Dying from over work, and I can only post so much to myself because you are all asleep when I am awake and online after work

How much light is in your LOs room when he/she is sleeping? Do you have blackout shades? Where did you get them? How is the cord attached (for avoiding strangulation)?
In his nursery he has curtains which block most of he light out, it's still gets some, but not too much, but he won't sleep in there
In our room where he sleeps most of the time we only have a bay window with three casements in it, then a patio so not too much light gets in, but there is enough.
In his big boy room too much, it's two full walls of windows, then a wall with a door and two windows. We have no curtains in there yet, but there will still be tons of light and because they are casement windows it's hard to get shades or amything for them

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1. I feel so bad I am NEVER typing...I read, but I don't have a ton of time...school for kids, horses, house, animals...ahh!
I LOVE this board though!
2.Black out shades...walmart. they are the pull down kind w/ no string. I have them in each room. My kids ripped one set down and now they are up at sunrise...! I gotta have hubby fix that!

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