A lot of kids are afraid of the dark, which can make putting them to bed a challenge and can make a sleep filled night a thing of the past for you. But when you start looking for a night light to help them sleep, how do you know what the best one for your child is?
With that in mind, we decided to do some shopping for you and compile a list of our 10 Best Baby Night Lights in 2018 to give you some ideas of the options out there for you and your little one.
We hope that with our recommendations, we can make choosing a night light easier so your little one can get the sleep they need through the night.
Ready? Let’s get started.
How To Choose A Baby Night Light – Buying Guide
Choosing a Night Light for your little one can come with a lot of different things that you may need to consider before buying. Before we started compiling our list, we wanted to make sure that they met a certain set of criteria. That way, when we recommend the product, you know that it would be the type of product we would buy for our kids. That criteria included:
Power Outlet Location
Before you go out to the store looking for a night light, look around your child’s room to get an idea of where the outlets are in relation to their bed. If you plug a night light into an outlet thats too far away, the light may be too dim, or if it’s too close, the opposite may be true. If you’re unable to find a balance in their room, you may want to consider a portable night light to help your child sleep.
Choosing the right color that your night light puts out can either help your baby fall to sleep or keep them up. While many people would believe that the color blue would help to soothe their little one into a deep slumber, the opposite is true. Blue light can be a stimulant, increasing attention and reaction times. However, the best color to help your little one to fall asleep is either red or orange, which is not surprising considering that those colors are often related to sunsets. Finding a night light that can project a red or orange color can help them fall to sleep much easier.
A timer can be a handy feature to have on your little one’s night light. For some parents, it can be a handy option to set an amount of time that the light will remain on instead of having it on all night long. This can help save money and electricity, which can be very important for many.
Night lights are designed to gently illuminate your little one’s room, not mimic the brightness of the sun. A night light that is too bright can cause you little one not to sleep through the night, which can cause a sleepless night for you as well. An easy way to determine if the night light you choose is just the right amount of brightness for your child’s room is to turn the light on in their bedroom at night, place your head roughly where your child’s would be and close your eyes. Look towards the night light and if you can vividly see the light, it is too bright.
Type of bulb
The type of bulb that your child’s night light uses can be very important. The light bulbs in some night lights can be replaced, which helps you save money while others have the bulb contained within the product, which can keep the bulb from being replaced and if it goes out, you would need to buy a new one. The type of bulb can also help your determine hot how the bulb will get. An LED bulb doesn’t get too hot, while a halogen light can get very hot.
With a lot of newer night lights, manufacturers have added some extra features to kind of highlight their products. While these aren’t necessary to have on a night light, some parents may find they add a bit of convenience to helping their child sleep. These can include:
- Thermometers to tell you the temperature of the room
- Music or white noise machines with the night light built in
- Light bulbs that change color
- Motion sensors that turn the light on when someone walks in the room
- Handles that can let your little one carry their night light around
Benefits of a baby night light
Owning a night light for your little one can have many different benefits. Some of these may not benefit your little one directly, but aid you as their parent. Some of the benefits include”
Even though your little one spent nine months in mommy’s womb, when they are laying in their crib, the dark can still scare them. They can’t see you or anything else really and if there are noises in the house, they won’t understand what they might be. A nightlight can help comfort them to sleep by providing just enough light so that they can see what’s around them.
Lights the way
When your baby cries at 3 am, you are likely not going to be wide awake to attend to them. And if there are toys or other items on their floor, look out. Point is, legos hurt. A night light can provide enough light for you to see where you’re going so your foot doesn’t end up on the wrong side of one of their tiny pointed toys left in the middle of the room.
Less electricity usage
There are parents who still use the tried and true method of leaving a hall light on with the door open slightly to help their child sleep. While this can be an effective option, it can do a number on your electricity bills. Using a night light can use much electricity than a hall light which can save you more money in the long run that you can spend on them.
Back to sleep easier
It’s inevitable that you will be reacting to your little one crying in the middle of the night. While getting them back to sleep might be an easy process, the wrong type of light will keep you up the rest of the night. If you walk into their room and turn on a bright light, your brain will be alerted and become active, meaning that you will be up and awake. A dim light, such as a night light is perfect not only for them, but for you because it won’t jar you awake, letting you fall back to sleep right after they do.
Different types of Night Lights
When you go out to buy your child’s first night light, the amount of choices can be overwhelming to say the least. With our helpful guide, you’ll easily be able to tell one from another.
This will typically be the kind you think of when you think of a night light. If you used one as a child, then you know exactly what this type looks like. A lot of modern night lights of this variety come equipped with a built in sensor that can turn the light on automatically when the room turns dark, while those with a motion sensor will turn the light on when you walk past it.
My Babies Planet Overview
Choosing a night light has a lot of different things that you may need to consider before you purchase one. While choosing the best one for your child may take some time, there is rarely a bad choice when buying a night light to help them sleep. But, with any product you buy for your child, the one you choose will inevitably come down to personal preference.
Our hope is that with our list of the 10 Best Baby Night Lights in 2018, our recommendations have given you an idea of what to look for when helping your little one sleep through the night.
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