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Do blackout blinds work for 5.30am wakings?

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TracyK Thu 12-May-05 14:01:06

ds always has been an early riser. Between 6 and 6.30am - which I can cope with as I'm in bed for 10pm. But he has been waking at 5.30 for the past couple of mornings, coughing and dozing till 6. He doesn't seem bothered as he dozes back off - but then I'm awake!
would blinds help - or is it cos he's a bit poorly with a cold that he wakes earlier.

late Thu 12-May-05 14:02:54

kind of, gaps at bottom and sides can sometimes hinder but they are better than no blackout at all.

natts Thu 12-May-05 14:04:40

my son is also an earliy riser and he did the same thing last summer so we bought some blind, definitly helped a bit.

bossykate Thu 12-May-05 14:05:30

not ime - ds also wakes early during the dark winter mornings.

Chandra Thu 12-May-05 14:05:44

Most definitively, without them DSis awake at half past four...

KateandtheGirls Thu 12-May-05 14:07:16

But if he has a cold that would be my first guess for the reason he's waking early.

kid Thu 12-May-05 14:08:58

certainly work for us. DD has one in her room and DS has one waiting to be put up in his room.

We got cheap ones from addiditons direct, lots of colours to choose from.

TracyK Thu 12-May-05 14:09:24

thats what I'm hoping kate!
Tho he has been having an extra long lunchtime nap (again maybe cos of the cold) so reluctant to wake him.

Distel Thu 12-May-05 14:10:12

Don't work for my DS. He is 5 and is awake from 4.30 some mornings, most about 5.30. We have blackout curtains and they make no difference. He has to go to bed about 6.30 as we have tried keeping him up later and he is in such a bad mood he is unbearable, don't know what to do!!!!!!!

Fimbo Thu 12-May-05 14:18:37

My two have black-out blinds as do we!! Definately helps on sunny mornings although you still get a slight gap at the sides.

robin3 Thu 12-May-05 14:23:34

I bought a blind but wish I'd bought a curtain...they slip in behind a patterned curtain as a lining...u can get them at John Lewis I think and will cut out the light at the sides.

nailpolish Thu 12-May-05 14:39:52

i got the blackout linings for curtains from blooming marvellous i think (or was it jojo? cant remember) anyway i think they work a treat

nailpolish Thu 12-May-05 14:40:39

if you decide to get them order them now cos at this time of year they are always sold out (wonder why? )

loulabelle222 Thu 12-May-05 20:13:42

just got back out blinds yesterday, last night ds slept from 7.15 to 7.30 normally its 7 till 5.30! soooo touch wood it has worked!

WideWebWitch Thu 12-May-05 20:15:17

Have blacked out dd's room and it's been 5 bloody 30 since. 2 days and counting. HIDEOUS.

Gobbledigook Thu 12-May-05 20:17:23

I think no because the light still gets in round the sides!

One summer we bought big sheets of black card from an art shop and actually stuck it against all the panes of glass (sellotaped it to the PVC border!!) - now that worked! The room was pitch black at any time of day with the door shut!!

WideWebWitch Thu 12-May-05 20:23:55

That's what we've got, black thick card sellotaped to the windows, there's NO LIGHT in there at all. <sigh>

loulabelle222 Fri 13-May-05 09:16:07

i spoke to soon , again after two days it was even earlier today 5.15am!

TracyK Fri 13-May-05 19:32:49

I think I shall go down the black card route at first - to see if makes any diff as blinds would be £££££ - 4 metre wide windows!

cupcakes Fri 13-May-05 19:57:39

We've found that the cardboard option works brilliantly. Dd was up at 5.15 every morning and would not go back to sleep so in desperation dh cut up a big cardboard box in the size of her window frame and fixed it in place. The first morning she slept in till after 7.45 - I had to wake her so I could take ds to school. The cardboard is starting to sag now and we were thinking about getting some black out fabric and fixing it to the window frame with a few bits of stick on velcro. Not particularly attractive but I am hoping that the light won't get round the edges then.

cupcakes Fri 13-May-05 19:58:30

Traceyk - omg at the size of your windows!

ambrosia Fri 13-May-05 20:04:50

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lapsedrunner Fri 13-May-05 20:32:24

Blackout blinds/linings definitely help, but then I've always used them so have no comparison! I also have a couple of 2-3 metre strips of blackout lning that I always take on holiday with me for ds (2.8), I either "shut" them in the window if not too hot, or stick it up with masking tape evenings of peace whilst ds sleeps are essential. Having said all that he is now waking between 6 & 6.30 am.

lapsedrunner Fri 13-May-05 20:34:06

By the way, black card is great. Used it for so long when we first moved house (no curtain) that it took white spirit to remove the masking tape that had been holding it up .

Mosschops30 Fri 13-May-05 20:41:02

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