Now Arthur is three months, I’m starting to try to train him to sleep better. It’s a long process, and I have to keep telling myself it’s not going to happen overnight, plus my favourite slogan ‘it’s just a phase’. Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of Gina Ford’s routines, although I see them as something to work towards, rather than a bible. Her methods worked brilliantly for my first son, Ivo – who sleeps through till 7am, and has good regular lunchtime naps – without which I would probably be insane. But even if you’re not keen on Gina, you’re going to like this Top Tip for helping your baby sleep. Ms Ford recommends keeping your baby’s nursery completely blacked out, so not even a chink of that pesky dawn sunlight can sneak through. I’ve bought these Gro Anywhere Blinds, which are super-effective and great for travelling, but they’re just not big enough to cover the huge windows in Arthur’s new nursery. After agonising for days, I went online, and discovered the wonder of silver foil. Cheap, cheerful, and even insulating – all you need is a roll of masking tape, and literally minutes later, you’ve got blacked out windows and a better sleeping baby!
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