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Black out blinds and duck tape changed my life

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CFeatherstone Sun 10-May-20 14:08:34

My 11 month old was up at 5:30am every day and it was killing me...
3 days ago I stuck some sticky black out blinds from amazon on the windows and covered the cracks with duck tape and it’s properly dark in there now. Like not even a tiny strip of light.
Ok so from the outside my house looks like a dodgy internet user might live there BUT I have had 6:45/7am starts ever since..! I know I am probably tempting fate here but I just wanted to share this info in case anyone else reading this had given up like I had...just do it! Black out those windows! Lockdown with a baby and a toddler is a lot easier when you knock 90 minutes off the start wink

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NopeNotToday5 Sun 10-May-20 15:08:03

Have you got a link for the blinds please?

Gimmecaffeine Sun 10-May-20 15:08:58


Mumdiva99 Sun 10-May-20 15:12:14

While you are waiting for the amazon blind to arrive you can use foil to do the same thing. Wipe the window with a damp.cloth and the foil just it.

megladon2020 Sun 10-May-20 15:12:18

The were a game changer for me and I took the blind everywhere we were going. We had a gro blind. About £20 on amazon

Abouttimemum Sun 10-May-20 15:22:50

Links please!

Merename Sun 10-May-20 15:32:30

This also works for us. And a wonderful sleep success we had recently was with 19mo old who persistently woke 5.30-6am, we took advantage of the last clock change and moved her bedtime to 7.45/8 (keeping essentially the same time her body was used to pre clockchange) and voila! Asleep until 7am! Somehow the difference between waking at 6 and 7 is very significant for me and I feel so much better rested.

CFeatherstone Sun 10-May-20 15:53:51

Here’s the link..good luck everyone!!

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CFeatherstone Sun 10-May-20 15:55:40

I was using a gro blind before which is why I didn’t try this until just now..but I read somewhere on a forum about how taping every last crack of light really makes a difference and it really has with us!

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timeforawine Sun 10-May-20 15:56:10

I'm tempted!
We have a gro blind but it lets light in the cracks

SnugglySnerd Sun 10-May-20 15:58:16

I am now singing "last night some duct tape changed my life" to the tune of "last night a dj changed my life" grin
Great tip though.

Frankiefree Sun 10-May-20 16:01:22

Years ago when mine were babies and sticky blackout blinds didn’t exist I used a large double navy bedsheet to drape over the curtains, and used to take it on holiday with us too.

Pixiefringe Sun 10-May-20 16:02:09

We have a black out blind in DS's room and its amazing but the rail it hangs from is set a few inches from the wall so there is ALWAY a strip along the top letting light in. Ive tried hanging a rolled up towel up there, now theres a soft toy stuffed at the top to at least push the middle against the wall but its never completely blacked out.

CFeatherstone Sun 10-May-20 16:02:42

Haha! now that’s in my head too I love it @SnugglySnerd

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CharlieandLolaCat Sun 10-May-20 16:13:30

I bought black out material and Velcro and could then stuck Velcro to the window frame. He's 6, still use it. And keeps his room warmer too in winter.

Gimmecaffeine Sun 10-May-20 17:59:24

Tapped up the window. I'll let you know how my 9mo 5.30 riser gets on tomorrow smile

Truzza Sun 10-May-20 18:06:45

We bought blinds from
Lovely blinds no duct tape required!

Lovely fabrics too

Gimmecaffeine Mon 11-May-20 06:02:43

Still woke at 5am sad hopefully, with time..

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