Make your baby’s nursery conducive for sleeping with a good pair of blackout curtains. Blackout curtains keep out the light and help your little one fall asleep and stay asleep for naps and bedtime.
I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I went through four pairs of blackout curtains in my daughter’s nursery before I found a pair that was truly dark enough.
It took me three years and hundreds of dollars, but I absolutely love our white blackout curtains we have now. I had purchased blackout curtains from Amazon. Wal-Mart, Bed, Bath and Beyond and more before finally finding a pair that I liked.
To save you the time, money, and hassle of going through multiple pairs of curtains for your baby’s nursery, I’ve researched the best blackout curtains for your nursery. These ones will make the room dark enough so everyone sleeps better!
Should I Get Blackout Curtains for A Nursery?
You may be wondering if you even need blackout curtains for your baby’s nursery and the answer is absolutely yes! As a pediatric sleep consultant blackout curtains are one of my baby nursery must haves for optimal sleep!
Darkness promotes sleep. Babies and toddlers often need early bedtimes when the sun is still shining outside. Blackout curtains help create an environment that is conducive for sleep and allow their little brains and bodies to rest.
Babies and toddlers are also prone to waking up early as soon as the sun starts to rise. Blackout curtains can blockout any morning sun that might peek through your child’s room and threaten to wake them up.
We struggled with early wakes off and on through my daughter’s baby days. And the culprit was almost always needing an increase in her wake windows, or blocking out the light better. (Hence the multitude of blackout curtains I’ve acquired.)
If you’re still not convinced, I recently worked with a mom and her 2-year old son who was waking up everyday at 5 am. I put a sleep plan together for them and also recommended she get blackout curtains, even though he wasn’t a baby anymore.
That little boy started sleeping in until 7 and 7:30 am each day! Mom said the blackout curtains had made the biggest difference!
How Dark Should It Be?
If you’re wondering if your blackout curtains are dark enough, try the hand test. Turn off the lights, close the curtains and check if you can see your hand in front of your face. That’s how dark we want it to be when our babies are sleeping.
Okay, now that you know you need blackout curtains for your nursery, let’s see which ones are the best! These are the best blackout curtains and blinds for your child’s nursery.
10 Blackout Nursery Curtains
These are the curtains we currently have in my daughter’s room and they are fantastic! I love that they come in a ton of different colors and lengths. No matter what your baby’s nursery theme or decor is, you can find a curtain to match!
We have the white curtains and they are white on the outside but have a nice black lining to keep that sun out. They are a bit heavier, so you need a good rod to hang these on. I also see them go on sale from time-to-time so keep an eye out for that!
Reviewers say these also help muffle sounds, which is great if you live near a busy street! Seriously, I love these curtains and recommend them 100%!
Oh how I love IKEA for their affordable prices and IKEA nursery hacks! I’ll use any excuse to take a trip to the furniture store and these blackout curtains come highly recommended.
There aren’t as many color options as some of the other nursery curtains, but these have a shimmery look to them that is very pretty! Reviews say these curtains blockout light without being too heavy, which is also nice.
If your home is better suited for blinds than curtains, then checkout these shades from CHICOLOGY. They are cordless, removing the harm and frustration of using cords. (Mine always seem to get stuck!)
These are light-blocking and easy to use! Reviewers also say these are a breeze to install! Add them to your nursery either in addition to, or in lieu of curtains.
If you really want a specific color curtain, then these ones are for you! They have 18 different shades, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for your baby’s nursery. I like that these are sold as a pair, as opposed to many curtains that are sold as a single panel.
These also have a thicker bottom hem, which helps them hang better. These ones are energy efficient and many reviewers said they noticed a difference these curtains made to block out the heat.
What are most new moms looking for when picking out the curtains for their baby’s nursery?
Yep, we all want the Pottery Barn-inspired bedroom for our littles and the Pinterest-worthy photos of them in it!
With these ruffle Pillowfort curtains from Target, you can have fashion and function! The ruffles are so cute on these and add a little glam to your baby’s nursery, and you still get a pair of awesome blackout curtains.
These are also a great price!
If you have a small window, or multiple small windows in your baby’s nursery, then adding a pair of curtains may not be necessary. You’ll still want to block out the light, which makes this pleated shade perfect!
You trim it yourself to fit your window and then stick it on for easy installation. No tools needed and no holes on the wall. These are perfect if you’re living in a rental property or just don’t want to deal with the hassle of hanging curtains.
Check out some of the reviews for before/after photos and to see how dark these are!
These would also be great for grandma’s house or if you’re traveling with your little one to a hotel, VRBO, or camper. You could also double up on these and add them behind a pair of nursery curtains if you want to make sure the room is extra dark!
Another great option from Amazon are these double layer 100% blackout curtains. They come in multiple lengths, but only your basic colors—white, black, cream, gray, navy, and brown.
I do love that they have white blackout curtains, for those wanting a more gender-neutral nursery. These look similar in design and style to the Nicetown curtains mentioned above and also have rave reviews.
One review even said these curtains blocked every bit of light, even around the edges. These definitely look a like a good choice!
Many parents worry about traveling with young kids. Your baby will get used to sleeping in a dark room and then it will be hard to replicate the darkness when you’re on-the-go.
Enter these portable blackout baby curtains! These are perfect to take with you on a trip or sleepover at grandma’s house. They adhere to the window with suction cups and the price is really reasonable!
This is one item you definitely don’t want to forget on your baby registry!
9. Window Film
Here’s a DIY version that is great for bedrooms, rentals, or traveling! This room-darkening static cling says it’s 100% blackout and darker compared to traditional blackout curtains.
This stuff is dark! It definitely makes the window black and isn’t nearly as pretty as curtains. It would also be a pain if you had to constantly remove it and reapply. But if you’re looking for a quick-fix that has a money-back guarantee, this just may be it!
Okay, the final one isn’t a window treatment, but it’s a great option for traveling or those trips to grandma’s house! The SlumberPod is another great solution to create darkness for your baby or toddler while traveling.
It’s a portable tent that encloses over a pack and play or toddler cot to create darkness and privacy so your baby or toddler can sleep when they aren’t at home in their nursery.
The thing I love most about the SlumberPod for traveling is that it gives everyone the privacy we need when room sharing with our littles.
If your baby is used to sleeping in their own nursery, it can be tricky to get them to sleep when you are right there. I know many parents put their pack and plays in a hotel bathroom or closet, but with the SlumberPod, you don’t have to do that!
Use my code THEPOSTPARTUMPARTY20 at checkout to get $20 off your SlumberPod!
Let me know which blackout curtains are your favorite for your little one’s nursery. I’ll keep this list updated if I find any more that I love!