Now if you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’ll know how much I love Gro products. However, it took a while for me to fall in love with the Gro Anywhere Blind but boy do I love it now!
I bought the Gro Anywhere Blind in the summer of 2014 when BattleKid’s cot was still in our bedroom and the nights were still bright and mornings starting earlier. However, when trying to put it on our bedroom window I found it wouldn’t fit! I wasn’t very happy at all. There was a great big gap at one end of the window as it measures 235cm and the Gro Anywhere Blind just wouldn’t stretch that far. Down it came, into its storage bag it went and up into our attic storage bedroom it went. And I had forgotten all about it until we started having sleep problems with BattleKid last May. He was waking early, taking ages to fall asleep at night and naps were becoming hit and miss.
After a particularly rough weekend away, while scratching our heads at what to do, I remembered the Gro Anywhere Blind in the attic bedroom and thought it was worth a try. BattleDad and I put it up in BattleKid’s room and we’re immediately amazed at how dark his room had become. The Gro Anywhere Blind fit his window with a bit to spare and with barely any light getting in, even on a bright sunny day, I had high hopes.
The Gro Anywhere Blind is a blackout blind designed for taking on holidays with you to create a better, darker room for your little one to sleep in. However, like me, I’ve read that alot of people use it in the UK for those long, bright summer days. As it weighs only 740 grams and comes with its own handy travel bag, it is light, portable and easy to use wherever you go. It is also non-permanent, being attached to the window via suction cups. There is an ample amount of these for attaching the blind to the window and the blind can fit a window up to a maximum size of 130cm x 198cm, perfect for BattleKid’s room but not ours as mentioned. If your window is smaller there are velcro fastenings which are easy to use to adjust the size of the blind to fit your window. Just make sure your window is clean before attaching the suction cups which are quite strong once in place.
The fabric is good quality, has a nice moon and stars design on the side facing into the room and most importantly, the blind conforms to British and European Safety Standards.
And it really DOES block out sunlight. BattleKid’s room, despite having “blackout” curtains on his window was still light and bright in mornings and evenings, and during nap times but not once the Gro Anywhere Blind went up as you can see with the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures. The Gro Anywhere Blind made an enormous difference to the amount of light in his room, even to the point of needing the light on during the day if doing anything in his room. As a result BattleKid, and we, were sleeping better. Naps also went back to how they were before the light was disturbing him.
We left it permanently in place last summer and there it remained until winter was upon us and the mornings and evenings grew darker. From outside you’d hardly know it was there except when you compare that window to our others and notice the lack of vertical blinds in place.
What I love about the Gro Anywhere Blind:
- value for money.
- easy to use.
- portable with its own travel bag.
- plenty of strong suction cups for attaching to the window.
- lightweight at only 740 grams.
- velcro fastenings to adjust its size to fit smaller windows.
- moon and stars design on fabric is nice.
- good quality material.
- great for home or holidays.
- conforms to British and European Safety Standards.
- it really does block out light.
What I don’t like about the Gro Anywhere Blind:
- nothing, except we could have done with a larger one for our bedroom but this was negated once BattleKid was in his own room.
The Gro Anywhere Blind is a great blackout blind for your little ones nursery or bedroom during the bright UK summer months or for taking on holidays. It vastly improved BattleKid’s sleep last summer which in turn gave us better sleep as well. It is a very easy to use product, is great quality and is fantastic value for money. Anything that helps a baby/toddler to sleep at night is worth its weight in gold in my opinion.
This product proved invaluable to us last summer and I’ll be using it again this summer coming to ensure BattleKid’s sleep is not disturbed due to bright mornings and evenings. So far BattleKid is going down without any hassle for bedtime and naps but as soon as that changes the Gro Anywhere Blind will be making a reappearance!
The Gro Anywhere Blind is available from the Gro Company website as well as retailers like Amazon, Argos, Boots and John Lewis. The RRP is £29.99 although it is available at £19.99 from Amazon at the time of writing this review.
So if your little one is finding it difficult to sleep in those bright early mornings and evenings of summer why not invest in the Gro Anywhere Blind. It really does black out their room and I’d be surprised if it didn’t help improve their sleep, and yours!
Thanks for reading,
*I was not asked to write this post nor host the giveaway.
PS Please excuse the stuff hanging off his doors!!!
PPS. Fancy getting your hands on one of these? I actually found another Gro Anywhere Blind up in our attic room that I’d obviously bought and forgotten about so I am happy to pass on my spare of this brilliant product. It is unused with the tag still on (as shown in the picture used) and hasn’t been taken out of it’s carry bag. So if you’d like to get hold of one, please follow the instructions below and good luck!
- Open to the UK and Republic of Ireland only. Entries outside of these countries will not be valid.
- Competition runs from 10am on 14th April until 23.59pm on 20th April.
- There will be one winner, picked at random, via the option in the Gleam Competition.
- The winner will be notified within 5 days of the competition ending and will receive their prize direct from me, BattleMum.
- There are various ways to enter after you have posted a comment on the blog.