Night lights are great for so many different things.
Whether it’s a fear of the dark, checking on your little one in the dark or your breastfeeding a light will come in handy.
I’ve looked at a few different things you need to know about buying a night light and then reviewed a few of the best night lights available.
Advantages Of A Night Light
Most of the advantages of a night light are pretty self-explanatory, mainly they help you and your baby see better at night!
For toddlers it’s great at keeping any fear of the dark away, when they start getting old enough for their imaginations to start running wild.
But for babies they often aren’t old enough to even understand fear, so the dark holds no threat. So do you need a night light for a baby?
You certainly don’t need one but it can make checking on your baby, as well as midnight feedings and changes a lot easier.
What Colour Is Best?
Night lights come in a lot of different colours, and I don’t blame you if you hadn’t even given thought to the colour, but some are definitely better than others.
It turns out that reds and oranges are actually the best types of light to have.
Reds help the production of melatonin which is the sleep hormone and allow your child to sleep peacefully.
Meanwhile, blues actually cause stress and anxiety, not good!
But, if you think about the colours of the sunset at night, then the reds and oranges being connected with a sleepy feeling start to make sense.
The Different Features
Some night lights come with a load of bells and whistle, most of which you don’t need and rarely use. But here’s a couple of features which are genuinely useful.
Thermometers are great just to make sure everything’s OK in the nursery, you want your baby (or toddler) to be sleeping in a safe comfortable temperature so they don’t get too hot or too cold.
Night light projectors are almost a different product entirely, being either a night light or a night light projector. Night light projectors are great for helping relax your child and helping them fall asleep by giving them something soothing to look at. They just project a pattern onto the roof and sometimes move to make the whole thing dance.
The moving projectors pretty much always make a sound because of the moving component. It’s continuous so normally fades into white noise but if you’re going to have it in your room beware if you’re a light sleeper.
Will A Night Light Cause Your Child To Become Short Sighted?
A bold claim I know but a BBC article in 1999 revealed some research that there is a connection between using a night light with a baby and short-sightedness later in life.
I read that and thought “WHHAAAAT??? Sure that can’t be right!”
And luckily, it wasn’t. A further study revealed that this research was based off a survey and the kids who ended up shortsighted had parents who were short-sighted and other quite important factors.
A study which actually followed kids found at that, of course, night lights don’t cause any real danger to your child.
The only danger is to you as a parent if you knock it off and it lands on your toe at 3 am.
The Best Night Light And Night Light Projectors For Babies
Babies is a little general, these are good for kids of any ages, even grown-up kids who don’t like the dark, I’m not here to judge!
Best Night Light Projector For Babies
Moving Night Light Projector
- Projects A Starry Night
- Plays Music Or Nature Sounds
- Auto Turn Off
The Pabobo dream theatre projector is going to be hit for some and a total miss for others because of the moving parts inside.
These parts do make a sort of whirring noise when they’re in use, but it does turn into a sort of white noise. But light sleepers (parents in the same room normally) can be kept awake by this.
The other side of it is that the motion helps calm your baby down, like an electronic cot mobile, so they drift off to sleep nicely.
It plays music for 15 minutes before turning off and then the lights go on for 45 minutes before turning off. The machine is completely safe and stays cool to the touch with moving parts sealed inside out of reach of tiny fingers.
If you’re looking for a moving night light projector for your baby you can’t do better than this one.
Bunny Star Projector
- Static Projection
- Plush Bunny Is Machine Washable
- Auto Off
- Relaxing Musical Sounds
- Changes Colour With Temperature
- Adjustable Brightness
- Smooth Design
- You blow on it to turn on and off
- Rechargeable So Can Be Carried Around
- Doesn’t Heat Up
- Fits Onto regular Bayonet Lamp
- Can Fit Ceiling Fittings
- Provides A Gentle Light
The Pabobo Mimi Bunny Projector is a great two in one. You get a nice cuddly bunny for your little one to sleep with, and a great star projector to calm them down.
There aren’t any moving parts in this one but the lights change colour from green to blue to orange, keeping it interesting to look at and helping them fall asleep.
It also has a music element to it and it has an auto-off, 45 minutes of the lights, and 15 minutes for the music if you’ve turned it on.
Lastly, you can pop out the projector and put the bunny in the wash, a nice touch to keep it clean and germ-free for your baby.
If you want a night light projector for your baby but don’t want to listen to the whir of mechanisms this is the ideal choice.
Best Night Light For Newborns
Thermometer Night Light
Brand: The Gro Company
This is actually the Gro-Egg Baby Thermometer 2, upgraded from the previous one.
It got made bigger, sleeker and now has adjustable brightness which I think was a much-needed feature to get it just right for you and your baby’s room.
The reason that this is the best night light for newborns is the all-important temperature gauge. The Gro-Egg actually changes colour with the temperature going blue when it’s too cold and deep red when it’s too hot.
Generally the best temperature for a newborn’s bedroom is 20-22 C, which is right around the orange- orange/red colour on the Egg.
This just makes it nice and easy to keep an eye on having the right temperature for your baby, and gives off enough light to check on them without turning a light on. A solid 2 in 1.
This is definitely the best night light for newborns.
Best Night Light For Toddlers Afraid Of The Dark
Night Light Lantern
The main problem with this is that it tends to go out of stock quite quickly, so I wasn’t sure whether or not to include it.
But it’s worth keeping an eye out for because if you have a toddler scared of the dark they can pick up their lantern and have a good look around to prove to themselves that nothing’s there.
And they can carry it around themselves. You blow on it to turn it on and off which is really cool but you can also set it to auto off or stay turned on. You’ll just need to keep it charged up.
Gives your toddler the freedom to tackle the dark themselves.
Best Night Light For Breastfeeding
2 in 1 Night Light
Brand: The Gro Company
This is really cool because it fits straight onto normal light fittings, and gets used by the normal switch. Flick the switch once to turn on the night light and twice to turn on the normal light.
The night light is more than enough to get in and see and check on your baby, so while you’re breastfeeding you can find them easily enough.
Some people find it enough light to breastfeed with but others need to put the main light on still, it’s a very personal thing of course.
It’s a bayonet fitting so that’s something to check before you buy it, that your light isn’t a twist bulb.
A great choice for anybody needing a night light for any age but a really great choice for mothers who are breastfeeding.