Recently, we went through a bout of Grace fighting nap time. With our history of nap wars, I was not happy. I tried three days of letting her try to put herself to sleep or at least rest in her crib, alone. It was pretty clear that she DOES still need a nap, not matter what she thinks. On the third day, I wondered about the light in her room. At night, she puts herself to sleep with little trouble, so I got to thinking that maybe the light was messing with her.
So, now she has new curtains.
They are not completely blackout curtains, but the do make a noticeable difference. It’s pretty hard to tell from photos of the curtains, because of my flash, but you can see from photos of Grace sleeping. These two photos were taken at the same time of day (on different days).
I got the fabric at Hobby Lobby. It is Printed Duck. Duck is the canvas material that they use for artist canvases, so it is pretty tightly woven. This is why I thought it would be a good choice to block some light, but not all. Grace’s window took four yards of material – 2 yards for each panel. There is a four inch hem/pocket at the top for the curtain rod (I use a tension rod inside the window frame, hidden by the valance) and a two inch hem at the bottom.
Thanks to Hobby Lobby’s standard 40% off coupon, I was able to make her new/better curtains for only $21. Well worth ANY money for a well-rested toddler. 🙂