8 Best Blackout Curtains for a Stylish & Sleep-Friendly Nursery

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The number one question new parents always ask is, “how can I get my baby to sleep better?”

You could ask ten people and you’ll probably get ten different answers. But one thing all the experts have in common is that your baby needs an environment that is conducive to sleep.

One of the easiest ways to facilitate better sleep for your baby or toddler is to install the best blackout curtains for your baby’s nursery. But with so many brands and styles on the market, how do you know which ones are best? Lucky for you, I’ve already done the research.

I’ve carefully selected the best blackout curtains available for sale online, so choose the blackout curtains or shades that fit your style and budget and then fluff your pillow because you’re about to catch some more ZZZs.

In a hurry or just plain curious? 

These specific curtains are the most popular with our readers because they are A) thermally insulated, B)  stylish, & C) affordable!

Best Blackout Curtains for Your Nursery

8. NiceTown Blackout Curtains

NICETOWN Room Darkening Curtains for Girls Room - Nursery Essential Thermal Insulated Solid Rod Pocket Top Drapes (Lavender Pink=Baby Pink,1 Pair,42 x 63 Inch)

Let’s start with the simplest and most affordable model of them all. It’s a plain panel style curtain in 14 solid colors, so you’re likely to find one to match your nursery. Relatively inexpensive, these NICETOWN curtains are easy on the budget.

The fabric is made of a triple-layer weave using black yarn in the middle to block out 85%-99% of light. It’s important to note that you’ll have more success with these curtains by choosing a darker color. But if a low price is what you’re looking for, these can’t be beaten.

Pros

  • Great price point
  • 14 color options
  • 3 size options
  • Matching valence option
  • Only 85% or more blackout
  • Choose a darker color to block more light

7. NICETOWN 100% Blackout Window Curtain Panels for Nursery

NICETOWN 100% Blackout Window Curtain Panels, Heat and Full Light Blocking Drapes with Black Liner for Nursery, 84 Inches Drop Thermal Insulated Draperies (White, 2 Pieces, 52

If you’ve been paying attention to trends these days, white and gray have made a major comeback. But finding white blackout curtains for your nursery that actually work is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Don’t worry – I’ve found the needle for you. NICETOWN makes a higher-end line of solid panel total blackout curtains, but at a higher price.

The 100% blackout line doesn’t include as many colors as their budget line, but it does have white and amazingly, they work!

Pros

  • 100% blackout
  • White blackout curtains that actually work!
  • 5 size options
  • Machine washable
  • Blocks heat to lower electricity bill
  • 7 color options available

6. Total Blackout Window Film

Total Blackout Window Film: 100% Light Blocking, Room Darkening Static Cling - No Residue Film for Privacy, Home Security, and Day Sleep - Easy Removal UV Prevention Treatment (17.5 x 80 inches)

If you already have the perfect curtains for your nursery theme but they don’t block out enough light, this last solution is for you.

This room blackening film clings to your windows without tape or glue and blocks 100% of light.

It takes a bit of time to measure, cut, and then stick and you’ll need to make sure to remove any air bubbles, but if your little one is having a hard time sleeping in the day, you’ll find it is well worth the trouble.

It’s also a great solution for renters as there’s no need to install a curtain rod.

Pros:

  • 100% blackout
  • Great for renters
  • Can use with existing curtains
  • Static cling – no tools needed

5. Deconovo Room Darkening Curtain

Deconovo Room Darkening Curtain Pattern Striped Curtains Rod Pocket Light Blocking Curtain Short Curtain for Small Window 46W X 63L Champagne and Greyish White 1 Panel

Here we go with another tie-up option, but this time in a stripe with a satin finish at a slightly higher price.

These Deconovo tie up curtains are my favorite addition for a nursery with a small window.

The stripes are very on trend and one of the seven color choices is likely to coordinate with your theme.

Pros

  • 7 Color choices
  • On-trend stripes
  • Super cute design
  • Only one size option
  • Not 100% blackout

4. PASSENGER PIGEON Thermal Insulated 100% Blackout Window Roller

PASSENGER PIGEON Thermal Insulated 100% Blackout Waterproof Fabric Custom Window Roller Shades Blinds,33

For a sleek, minimalistic total blackout shade, these roll down shades from Passenger Pigeon have customers raving.

You can choose between 50% blackout or 100% blackout in 13 different colors, and because they fit inside the window frame, you can still use these blackout shades with your favorite nursery themed curtains.

They help reduce your electricity bill by blocking heat from the sun, saving money in the long run. But customers are raving about these blackout shades not only because they work so well, but because of the customer service.

Is your window a different size? Don’t worry – they will custom make them according to your specific measurements. Just follow the directions to measure your window and place your order.

A customer service representative will get in touch with you to double-check your measurements before proceeding with your order.

Pros

  • Custom order to fit your exact window
  • 100% or 50% blackout – you choose
  • Great customer service
  • Can be used under your favorite curtains
  • Blocks heat to lower electricity bill
  • 13 colors to choose from
  • Waterproof

3. Melodieux Cartoon Owl Room Darkening Blackout Grommet Top Curtains

Melodieux Cartoon Owl Room Darkening Blackout Grommet Top Curtains/Drapes for Kids Room, 52

If themes are what you’re looking for, these Melodieux curtains come in three different prints that are sure to please: colorful owls, ponies, or trees. The owl themed curtains are my personal favorite and all of the prints can coordinate with current trending nursery themes.

What I especially love about these curtains are the optional sheer panels that you can purchase separately to give your nursery a really polished, put together look even when you don’t need to block the light.

The silver lining reflects heat to keep your electric bill down, but like many other styles of blackout curtains, these panels are not total blackout so keep that in mind before purchasing.

Pros

  • Cute prints
  • Optional matching sheer panels
  • Heat reflecting lining
  • 3 sizes to choose from
  • Great price point
  • Not 100% blackout

2. Portable Baby Travel Window Blackout Blind Shades

AmazonBasics Portable Baby Travel Window Blackout Blind Shades with Suction Cups

Our family travels – a lot. Not all hotels have blackout curtains, meaning our vacations don’t always result in a lot of rest for our kids.

With the AmazonBasics Travel Blackout Blind you can take your blackout curtains with you wherever you go so the whole family can sleep.

Just use the Velcro to adjust the curtain to the size of the window and moisten the suction cups for a temporary blackout solution that’s perfect for travel. It’s lightweight so you can even pack it in your suitcase without worrying about weight limits.

Several other companies make a similar product, but the AmazonBasics version is your best combination of price and quality. I’ve just added one to my cart so from now on, I’ll be keeping the foil in the kitchen.

Pros

  • Perfect for travel or renters
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to install
  • Adjustable size
  • 100% blackout
  • Suction cups – no tools needed
  • Only one pattern option – black

1. NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain

NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain - Grey Tie Up Shade for Small Window, Window Valance Balloon Blind (Rod Pocket Panel, 46

For our last NICETOWN model, these adorable tie up curtains are perfect for smaller windows and a nursery window treatment with a bit more style than just a solid panel.

It’s the same triple weave fabric so you won’t have total blackout unless you choose a darker color, the price can’t be beat and the bows will add a touch of charm to your nursery.

Pros

  • Great price point
  • Super cute design
  • 2 size options
  • 15 color choices
  • 85% or more blackout

How Blackout Curtains Can Improve Your Baby’s Sleep

If you’ve ever worked the night shift or traveled across time zones, you may have seen first-hand how light affects our circadian rhythm and inhibits sleep. It’s nature’s way of keeping us in tune with the 24-hour cycle by releasing melatonin when darkness falls.

Depending on the age of your child, they may need anywhere from 13 to 16 hours of sleep in a day broken up into naps and nights, but a baby’s sleep needs don’t always match the rhythm of the sun.

Blackout curtains in the nursery can improve their naps and nights, and help you to have a well-rested baby, even when the sun is up.

At Night

Whether you live in Alaska where the Summer sun doesn’t set until almost midnight or you simply live on a well-lit street, blackout curtains will aid the increase of melatonin that will help your baby get the sleep they need and block out headlights and street lamps that could be waking your baby throughout the night.

I’ll never forget when my husband and I babysat for some friends a few years ago.

They had a strict bedtime of 7:30 pm for their little son. They told us “just put him in bed at 7:30. He’ll probably scream for a long time before he goes to sleep.”

When bedtime came, I noticed that there were no curtains in his room. 7:30 pm on a Summer evening might as well have been 12 noon with the amount of light that was bursting in.

No wonder the child didn’t want to sleep – his body had no signal that it was time to produce melatonin. A simple addition of nursery blackout curtains could have saved this poor child (and his exhausted parents!) the nightly tantrums and bedtime struggles.

There was no doubt that he was tired, but with a room full of light his little brain just couldn’t receive the signals it needed to go to sleep.

Installing blackout curtains will help you prepare your baby’s nursery prior to bedtime so that even when the sun hasn’t set yet, you can create a dark environment that will aid in the release of melatonin.

Close the curtains a while before bedtime and engage in some quiet activities. Soon, your baby’s brain will get the memo and they’ll lose the fight against sleep. The darker the curtains, the more success you’ll have in getting your baby to settle down at bedtime.

Recently my family and I went on vacation to a lovely little beach town for some rest and relaxation. Only it wasn’t very restful.

Our apartment was right next to a street lamp, shining directly into our bedroom.

It was a challenge for any of us to get to sleep, but especially for our four-month-old baby. Not only did she not settle down for bed, but then she woke up twice as much as she did at home. If only we had some blackout curtains!

I tried to wing it by taping foil over the windows, but getting the foil straight was nearly impossible and the sound it made as it rustled in the breeze drove us crazy.

As your baby gets older and learns to soothe themselves to sleep, blackout curtains will help them settle back down during those night wakings.

In the Morning

Oh, the dreaded 5 am wake up. You stayed up late watching Netflix (because Word Party is the only show you get to watch when the kids are awake) but the sun doesn’t care.

And when the sun starts to rise, so do the children, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Blackout curtains in the nursery, however, can help you catch a few more winks in the morning.

Just as darkness signals the release of melatonin to sleep, light signals the release of cortisol to wake up. By blocking the morning light, you might be able to score just a little more sleep. This is especially helpful during the Summer months, when the sun rises before 6 am.

At Nap

While your nursery might be Pinterest perfect with the hanging mobile you spent hours creating and the gilded name cutout you found on Etsy, all of that beautiful décor can be overstimulating for a baby that needs to sleep.

Blackout curtains or shades can significantly darken the room, even at the brightest time of day, and cut out those extra stimulants that are keeping baby awake.

I’m sure the woodland creatures hanging above the crib are absolutely adorable, but you don’t want them to keep your little camper from sleeping!

What to Look for in Blackout Curtains

When you’re shopping for blackout curtains, there are few things to keep in mind. Not all are created equal. The title “blackout curtains” can be deceiving.

Many brands advertise blackout curtains, but what they really mean is “room darkening” curtains. Be sure to check the fabric. Does it have a foam layer backing or a heat reflective silver backing?

These models will block more light than just a heavy weave fabric, and the reflective lining will help you save on your electricity bill. Some models have a middle layer sewn into the fabric, essentially making the blackout feature invisible.

Several adorable Land of Nod models use this method, and while it results in a beautiful product, I’m not all of us are willing to pay this much for our window treatments.

I’ve searched online to find the best blackout curtains available for the price, style, and amount of light filtered. Some models blackout 85% or more light, while others are total blackout curtains. Regardless of how much you want to pay, you can be sure to find a style that suits your budget.

Conclusion

Whether you own your home or rent, have small windows or large, one of these options is sure to meet your needs to help you and your little ones get more sleep while adding style to your nursery.

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