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The best light projectors for babies that will (almost) guarantee you a full night's sleep

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The best light projectors for babies

Sleep. It’s funny how you take it for granted until suddenly you’re not getting any. And is there anything more annoying than the ‘sleep when they sleep’ advice? We want to sleep at night. Preferably uninterrupted. Even just for a few hours, which is where a light projector comes in.

Whether that is a star projector, a whole galaxy projector or even a soothing sunset, these soothing sleep aids could help calm your little one to sleep and keep them occupied if they do wake in the night. Plus, if you do have to make a trip into their room in the small hours, they’ll negate the need for turning on a bright, overhead light. Meaning that both of you should get back to sleep quicker.

How to choose the perfect light projector

First up, consult your budget. As with all baby gear, you don’t want to spend a lot on something you’re not sure your little one will like. 

Have a look at where the electrical sockets are in relation to the crib, as you don’t want your baby to be dazzled by the light of a projector, or to be able to grab it from his cot.

What types of light projectors are there?

There are a few different light projectors that you can opt for when choosing one for your nursery, bringing the night sky indoors. 

Star projector - It can be quite simplistic in design and will often feature a projection of star-shaped patterns that can be lit up in different colours to soothe a young child to sleep.  

Galaxy projectors - A little bit more realistic, galaxy projectors feature exactly that, stars, the moon, planets, and even the milky way. Gorgeous to look at and one that you can keep as your child gets older to teach them about the cosmos. 

Sunset lamp or moonlight projector - If you're looking to pick something that you will also enjoy during a nighttime feed, how about a sunset lamp? It projects a warming golden hour light that mimics the sun going down. Or how about a moonlight lamp? An orb decorated with the same pattern as the surface of the moon which emits a warm calming glow.

The best light projectors for babies:

The best award-winning light projector for baby 

This has a cute moon and lightshow plus 18 lullabies to help get your little one to the land of nod. It’s an audio monitor, too, and allows you to speak to your baby from another room.

This took the prestigious Gold award for Best Baby Monitor in the Mother&Baby Awards 2018.

Tested by mum Jade Carrick for the Mother&Baby Awards 2018: "I was taken aback at how easy the monitor was to set up and quickly fell in love with the additional features. The sweet little light show and lovely music is perfect for setting a calming environment and my baby loved gazing at the lights. The talk back function was brilliant and the monitor is sensitive enough yet not too loud."

Any downsides? It needs recharging often.

Specs: 

  • Suitable for 0+ months
  • Moons and stars lightshow
  • 18 lullabies
  • Interference free Digital HD sound
  • Sound sensitive LEDs - for visual alert
  • Talk Back feature
  • LCD display
  • Adjustable nightlight and temperature display and alerts
  • Long range of upto upto 50m indoors and 300m outdoors
  • 2 AAA batteries included
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.1 x 12 cm

Read our full review of the BT Audio Baby Monitor 450 here

Best stylish light projector for baby

This is a brilliant, flexible product with a variety of sounds from heart beats to tunes, and star projections for little eyes to follow. It looks good, too.

It won silver in the best sleep product category in the Mother&Baby Awards 2017.

Tested by mum Alina Davies for the M&B Awards 2017: "I would absolutely recommend this product to every parent I know! It is really useful from newborn age to much older. For newborns the white noise is perfect (and really works). The stars give them something to look at and for their eyes to follow - my little boy loves looking at it. For older children the stars look fabulous in their bedrooms and help them drift off to sleep watching them. There is also music for older ones with different time settings."

Any downsides? Our testers felt that a clock and temperature gauge would make it even more multi-functional. 

Specs: 

  • Suitable from 0+ months
  • Star and moon ceiling projection and glowing night light belly
  • Features four lullabies and four nature sounds
  • Volume control
  • Corded electric
  • Four mode auto-off timer
  • Dimensions: 14 x 11.4 x 15.2 cm

Read our full review of the Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother here

The best light projector for babies up to the age of two

This boasts a three-in-one design that will soothe newborns to two year olds to sleep with an easily interchangeable image projection canopy (for younger babies), a music box with ceiling projection (for older babies) and a starry night lamp (for toddlers).

It was awarded Gold in the best sleep product category in the Mother&Baby Awards 2015.

Any downsides? It’s pretty gaudy, so may not be to everyone’s taste.

Specs:

  • Suitable for 0+ months
  • Adjustable connector arm 
  • Spinning toy mobile
  • Five different tunes, 30 min of music
  • Batteries not included: 3 AA batteries required
  • Clip on and go
  • Dimensions: 22 x 26.5 x 34 cm

Review: "My 7 weeks old have never settled in his fabric bedside cot (fullsize mobile wont connect to bed) He just grunts until he is picked up or brought into our bed. We still have a way to go, but on the first night this mobile has occupied him for an hour in his cot and even helped him drift off for 15 mins... twice! Lots of kicking and smiles at the movement of the animals. The only things I wish were different is a light so he could see it in the dark when we are trying to sleep and volume control. There are two sound options: sound and silent. It does seem very portable and compatible with prams, car seats, almost anywhere as it has a velcro loop, a claw like hanging attachment and the arm attachment for cots."

Best multi-functional light projector for baby

This genius product is a monitor, lightshow and temperature gauge in one. It allows you to talk to your baby remotely too.

It was shortlisted in the Best Baby Monitor category 2017 and took silver in the 2016 Mother&Baby Awards.

Tested by mum Rebecca Hall for the M&B Awards 2017: "This monitor is brilliant, it is easy to use and set up. Good quality sound monitor, a variety of settings to allow you to found the perfect setting for your baby to drift to sleep. It is small enough to be portable about the house, has a great range. You can monitor room temperature, it alarms if it gets too hot and allows you to talk to your baby remotely."

Any downsides? It’s not cheap.

Specs:

  • Stars and moons projector
  • Also a monitor 
  • HD sound
  • Two-way radio
  • Temperature display with alarms
  • 18 lullabies
  • Charging dock, adjustable night light and torch
  • Batteries included: 2 AA batteries required
  • Dimensions: 11.6 x 6.2 x 3.8 cm

Read our full review of the BT 350 Digital Baby Monitor Lightshow here

The best baby light projector for co-sleeping

This lovely little projector has a universal fit, so can be attached to a number of different cribs. It's suitable from birth and comes complete with a removable, washable soft toy. The night light features 30 minutes of music and projection including classical, new age and nature sounds.

Any downsides? It’s battery operated and goes through them at quite a rate.

Specs

  • Suitable from 0m+
  • Starry sky projector lamp
  • Automatic colour change: night projection, soft projection and nightlight
  • Automatic cry detection that reactivates lights and music
  • Different music genres
  • Comes complete with a removable and machine washable soft plush toy
  • Batteries not included: 3 AA batteries required
  • Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 54.7 x 34.3 x 23.7 cm; 332 Grams

Review: "Calms baby down when she's sleepy, stars on ceiling mesmerized her. Able to turn music volume up and down as needed, activates by baby crying and fits the next to me crib perfectly. Baby is now five months and plays with the little teddy attached when she wakes up in the morning (it's too small to cause any suffocation risk) It does have one downfall though, it goes through batteries very very quickly with a lot of use."

The best-looking light projector for baby

This sleepy turtle is simply adorable. It projects a starry sky onto ceilings and walls, and turns off automatically after 45 minutes. Any downsides? It’s pretty bright so may not be brilliant for small rooms.

Specs:

  • Suitable from 0+ months
  • Projects starry night sky
  • Three colour options: blue, green & amber
  • 45 minute timer
  • Recommended by pediatricians
  • Includes a Star Guide to help identify 8 constellations
  • 3 AAA batteries included
  • Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 30.5 x 20.3 x 10.2cm

Review: "My baby loves this turtle. Helps him to get to sleep at night. My cat also loves it :) worth getting to help settle baby. The turtle has three colours of light. The orange colour isn't as bright unless it's really dark. The green and blue colours are really visible. But other than that no other complaints. Very good quality otherwise."

Best star projector

With over 6,000 ratings and reviews on Amazon, the Tesoky Star Night Light Projector for Kids is very popular with children across all ages. The simple star and moons design is projected in various light modes and makes a great gift for a baby shower or a toddler.

Any downsides? You need to remember to remove the plastic dome covering for the projection to work properly.

Specs:

  • Suitable for 0+ months - recommended for toddlers
  • Projects moons and stars
  • LED lights
  • Three different modes
  • 10 base colours
  • Batteries not included: 3x AA required
  • Or DC power supply
  • Material: ABS
  • Dimensions: 14.6 x 13.3 x 13.2 cm

Review: "I love this projector, my baby is mesmerised by the lights and it’s easy to use. We use it for sensory time but also I turn it on if he becomes agitated during a nappy change and it diverts his attention and makes him smile again. We’ve been using it since baby was around 8 weeks old and he’s now 13 weeks. I think we’ll enjoy it for many years - probably as long as it lasts for!"

Best galaxy projector

This is a pretty epic galaxy projector and is perfect if you're looking for something a little more realistic that you will also enjoy looking at during those night time feeds. It comes with a remote control so you don't have to disturb baby when setting it up, and it can be used as your child grows for parties and events.

Any downsides? It can only be controlled by the remote, there are no buttons on the base.

Specs:

Star projector displays both stars and nebula clouds

Remote control

Adjust lighting mode, adjust brightness, start/stop the motion

16 color modes 

Adjust four different angles

Corded electric

Remote needs 2xAAA batteries

Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.8 x 9.7 cm

Review: "Easy to use, nice array of uncomplicated settings. 3x brightness, 3x speed. Haven't counted but about eight or so nebula/aurora type lights. Can also be still. You can have one or the other or both together. The stars and the nebula projection that is. Remote is a bit flimsy. You need 2xAAA batteries. Not included. Dislike the fact that the remote is essential to operate the projector. The projector itself has no buttons/options.

"But I must say the actual projection is amazing. It's strong - meaning the room doesn't have to be pitch black to see it. Nice display of different sized stars gives it a natural feel. And the nebula colours have a quality hypnotic feel. I was very impressed when I turned it on. Had it now for a while and still think wow when I turn it on at night, or in the daytime with blackout blinds. Great for calming my baby and myself."

Best sunset lamp

A viral sensation, the sunset lamp casts a stunning glow in a bedroom and is certainly something different for your nursery if you don't favour a star projector but still want something that represents our cosmos. You can opt for three different modes depending on your (and baby's) mood. 

Specs:

  • USB power supply
  • Can be rotated 180 degrees
  • Three modes - sunlight, sunset, rainbow
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Dimension: 10x10x27cm

Review: "Absolutely phenomenal idea, it's so simple yet gives fantastic results. Kind of really small which is perfect for me but the light it's casting on the wall is so nice. Super small power consumption and works great. I love the idea."

How often will you use a light projector?

If you're looking to set a routine with your baby, then it's likely every night your light projector will be used so they can soothe themselves to sleep while taking in the patterns projected onto the walls and ceiling. 

How much money should I spend on a light projector? 

There's no need to break your budget when it comes to selecting the perfect star projector or galaxy projector. Our picks range from £24 to £130.

Are light projectors safe?

Yes, so long as you follow the basic rules of all electrical lights and keep small parts away from children. And do keep an eye out for product recalls. 

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George is digital editor at Closer magazine and regularly writes for Mother&Baby. She’s mum to an extremely handsome toddler, and her interests include rock and roll, weekends away and cheese. She would 100% wear Little Bird by Jools Oliver if it came in adult sizes and is a walking advert for jewelry design company Tatty Devine. 

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