Babies and toddlers love sensory play. It's all about exploring the world around them through smell, taste, touch, hearing, and seeing. It is vital to your baby's development as it aids to stimulate their sensory system. It also helps to develop cognitive skills, such as recall and hand-eye coordination. If you are looking to engage with your little one through sight, baby sensory lights are a great place to start.
Why are sensory lights good for babies?
Have you ever noticed your little one focusing on a particular spot at home or when you're out and about? This is because they are in the early stages of their development and are trying to work out what things are. Giving your baby something appealing to look at, like a sensory light, will help to improve their vision and focus. It will also help to strengthen the muscles in their eyes.
Baby sensory lights will help to improve your baby's levels of concentration and awareness of the world around them, but they are fun too. These light projectors are designed with bright colours and funky patterns to occupy your little one for hours on end.
Best baby sensory lights
From stars and planets to birthdays and Christmas, this light has plenty of themes to memorise your little one. It has a choice of light colour, which can be made as dull or as bright as required. You can also set it to a timer to help your child drift off.
6 light scenes
3 light modes
8 levels of brightness
11 x 11 x 12.5
Review: "Lovely little lamp. I was a bit sceptical about buying this at first, as it was a lot cheaper than other lamps like this. I wasn’t sure it was going to be bright, but I was so wrong. It’s lovely and bright. It can also be dimmed when my little one is asleep. It lights up the whole room and we have quite a big room. I would definitely recommend this product"
The vibrant lights and colourful pattern of this baby sensory light will certainly stimulate your baby. It comes with a remote control so you can turn it on and off from up to five metres away. This means you can control it without disturbing your little one once they've nodded off.
2 projection films
12.7 x 12.7 x 15.24cm
Review: "I love this! And my three-month-old baby loves this! Multiple colours, brightness, shapes and melodies. It has a really good remote control with a simple layout that is easy to navigate in the dark. Really good sturdy product. Great value for money!"
We love the cute carousel-inspired design of this light. The projector brings the night skies outside, indoors, by filling your baby's room with stars and moons. It has five other films including horse and sea world themes.
6 projection films
10 x 10 x 17cm
Review: "Absolutely love it! My baby fell asleep one minute after turning this projector on. She loved the pictures moving around with the different colours and lights! It has nice music with volume control, as well as different projections that can be still or moving, and a choice of brightness. It’s a cute figure too as a room decoration. Highly recommended!"
This baby sensory light will project red, green, and blue lights around your baby's room. The colours can be projected together, or you can switch the light to show just a single colour. It also works without the films to turn it into a night light for your little one.
3 projection films
8 colour modes
Can be USB or battery operated
13.5 x 12.9 x 11.4cm
Review: "Having looked at quite a few projectors for my newborn, everything appeared to need to be close to the ceiling to work well. This projector, at its price, is awesome. My 4 week old loves the colours. It projects to a fair distance so it doesn’t have to be super close to the ceilings or walls to work. I like it so much that I've bought it for a friend for her baby too!"
You can turn your little one's room into a mini-disco with this light. It is small and lightweight, making it ideal for travelling.
Reflects red, blue and green light
Requires 3 AA batteries
9 x 9cm
Review: "This is a great little battery-operated disco light! I bought it as a gift for a little girl. Installed batteries and tested it worked before wrapping and wow! I have a mains operated light myself and this was just as good as mine, but with the added safety of not having a plug to worry about. It is also handy if no sockets are available. I would definitely recommend it."
This baby sensory light is an optical illusion, creating a sense of a never-ending tunnel of light. It is an ideal size for hanging on a wall.
Requires 3 AA batteries
24.1 x 24.1 x 6.4cm
Review: "This Infinity Mirror Tunnel Lamp is ideal for the sensory activity board we made for our grandson. He loves the lights changing colours and it is solid enough that we are not afraid of it breaking if he bangs on it."
One Fire Store Baby Night Light Projector
Best baby sensory light with Bluetooth connection
We just had to include this projector on our baby sensory lights list. It has Bluetooth functionality so you can connect your phone and play your little one a lullaby while they watch the light show.
12 light modes
3 brighten settings
19 x 14.5 x 23cm
Review: "Love the night light and much better quality than ones we’ve had before but annoyingly this one must be plugged in permanently to work unlike others that we’ve used that you just charged up or used batteries."
Do sensory lights help baby sleep?
As well as being a source of fun and excitement, baby sensory lights can provide a great distraction if your little one is having trouble sleeping. They can help to soothe and calm an anxious or frustrated baby as they are memorised by the glow and bright colours coming from the baby sensory lights. You will soon find your little one drifting off to sleep after watching them for a while.