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.
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 accoutrements you don’t want to spend a lot on something you’re not sure your little darling 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.
How often will you use a light projector?
It could be every night.
How much money should I spend on a light projector?
Our picks range from £24 to £130. Don’t break your budget.
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.
The best 2018 light projectors for babies to buy:
The soothing Pooh balloon projects colourful stars on the walls and ceiling and plays a selection of five lullabies to help lull your child to sleep.
It has a light only mode and a timer, so it switches off after ten or 20 minutes, and is battery operated.
Any downsides? Some users have complained about the quality of the audio.
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 prestige gold award for best baby monitor in the Mother&Baby awards 2018.
Any downsides? It needs recharging often.
Best stylish light projector for baby: Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother, RRP £40, Amazon
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 and took silver in the best sleep product category in the Mother&Baby awards 2017.
Any downsides? Our testers felt that a clock and temperature gauge would make it even more multi-functional.
The best light projector for babies up to the age of two: Tiny Love Magical Night Mobile, RRP £59.99, Amazon
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.
Best multi-functional light projector for baby: BT 350 Digital Baby Monitor Lightshow, RRP £69.99, Amazon
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 2016 in the Mother&Baby awards.
Any downsides? It’s not cheap.
It’s a bit Big Brother, but this video monitor allows you to keep an eye on your child, while your baby is distracted by the light show. It was awarded silver for best baby monitor in 2017 and gold in 2016 the best baby monitor category at the Mother&Baby awards.
Any downsides? Our testers reported that you can’t tell if your baby is crying if you use the lullaby function.
The best baby light projector for co-sleeping: Chicco Next2 Stars Night Light Projector, RRP £26.06, Amazon
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.
This sleepy turtle is simply adorable. It projects a starry sky onto ceilings and walls, and turns off automatically after 45 minutes. It comes in blue, brown or purple.
Any downsides? It’s pretty bright so may not be brilliant for small rooms.