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  1. Amy Snellman says:

    We have completely blackened our toddlers soon since he was little but now are finding it hard when we go anywhere else during nap time or traveling. Should we start to brighten his room so that he can sleep in an environment?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Amy – Thanks for writing to us! You can certainly play around with your baby’s room environment, and add a little light to help naps be a little more flexible! If having a little light does not bother her, then it’s fine to change that! Some families will bring room darkening “tools” with them for travel or naps outside the home, so that’s an option too, if he does seem to nap better in a very dark room! Some families will travel with extra blankets to put across windows, or even a roll of tin foil to put up temporarily to block out the light! Find what works best for you! Good luck Amy!

  2. Jenny says:

    What if there is no way to darken a room when you’re somewhere else than at home?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Jenny,
      Thank you for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! If you’re in a hotel or someone else’s home, there may not be a great way to darken the room, but it’s usually worth trying to block the light if you can. I have personally taped a large black trash bag over the window and had decent success, and I’m sure there are other options. I hope this helps – good luck!

    • Mads says:

      Hi Jenny

      We take a roll of aluminium foil and pack of baby wipes with us whenever we travel; if you wipe down any windows with the wipes, the aluminium foil will temporarily stick to it which helps block out light!

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

        Great tip @Mads! Thanks for sharing! : )

  3. Lainie says:

    I know, Nicole! She was 5 months old when I first started seeking out your help. She’ll be 3 in July!!

    Thanks for the help.

  4. nikita says:

    my baby hardly sleeps during the day but still he doesn’t sleep trough the night and he is a year old. my room is also very dark but still he wakes u in the early morning ours playing

  5. Lainie says:

    My 2.5 year old still has a sheet on her window. Classy. 😉 But it works. Perhaps too well.

    She sleeps 2 hours during the day, 12:30-2:30. Great nap, but she does NOT fall asleep until 8:45 or 9 (or later) every night. She just sings and plays in her crib – simply not tired.

    Should I shorten her nap? On the rare day that she takes a 45-minute nap (or misses a nap), she’s out like a light at 7:30 or 8.

  6. Astrid says:

    Yes, my son used to nap for only 30 minutes but he was definitely still tired and sleepy because that time our baby room was very bright with a lot of disney sticker on the wall. Until I found this website, change the curtain and make the room dark, then he can nap A LOT better! And of course he then can sleep better also at night time.

    • Nicole says:

      @Astrid Thank you for commenting and sharing darkening curtains helped!

      @Lainie Yeah, for our younger son, we put a blanket up in his room. LOL! We have “real” blinds for the older child, but we didn’t think we’d need them the second time around and never bothered to order some. I still thought it was temporary and we did remove it only to put it back on so he’d sleep later on the weekends. 😉 It is common for 2 1/2 year olds to begin to need longer before bed to fall asleep. If she’s happy in there, I’d keep the nap longer and maybe just bump bedtime to 8:30 p.m. More play time might make her more tired for bed. It sounds like she’s doing great! I can’t believe she’s 2 1/2! I remember talking to you about her in the Helpdesk and I guess it was years ago, now! 🙂

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