Trying to get your little one to sleep can be a bit of a challenge at times, but then we don't need to tell you that. Whether it's troublesome toddlers or babies adapting to a new routine, any help you can get to soothe them to sleep is a godsend.
Luckily for you, we have a list of the best night lights on the market that are bound to ease any bed time fussiness, and keep them calm if they wake during the night.
How can a night light help my toddler overcome their fear of the dark?
It’s completely natural for your child to sometimes feel scared at night, so to help them overcome their fear of the dark, try these five handy tips:
- Try a night light: Leaving a light on is a quick and easy way to aleviate any fears. Buying one your tot can learn to turn on and off by themselves is a good idea, as they'll learn to use it as a comfort if they wake up scared in the night.
- Hold a monster hunt: Search the room with your toddler before bed and make a game out of checking for monsters. You could also bring in a “monster spray” – aka a spritz of water with lavender oil to scare any ghouls away – and let her have fun with that.
- Buy a special toy to 'look after' your child: Whether it’s a big teddy or a Buzz Lightyear, think about going on a shopping trip and buying your toddler a special “guardian toy” to watch over and reassure her at night.
- Make a dream catcher: You probably remember making one yourself in school, use a feathery mobile to 'catch bad dreams' and keep them away.
- Have a clear out: Simply ask your toddler if there is anything in her room that scares her. If so, put it somewhere else.
What are the best night lights on the market?
We've done our research so you don't have to and found the best night lights on the market here:
This adorable owl night light is a winner on many levels - not only can it help ease your baby into their sleeping routine, it also fits into their room like just another toy. With a dimmable nightlight belly, eight melodies and calming nature sounds and projection feature that gives your baby's ceiling a starry nightscape this is bound to send your little one off into a deep slumber. All these features must guzzle up a lot of power, surely? No! Running on an adapter, this stylish nightlight won’t have you reaching for new batteries every two seconds. A must-buy in our eyes.
An easy to use thermometer that changes colour depending on the temperature in the room, if you love a multi-tasking gadget, you'll be a fan of this little night light. You'll be able to tell at a glance whether the temperature in your tots room is right, and he'll be soothed by the night light, whatever colour it's glowing. We love a product that does two things in one, and this clever gadget from The Gro Company ticks that box.
Proving they really do think of everything, this cute little case turns your Gro-egg into a friendly monkey friend for your tot. You'll still be able to use monkey's belly to ensure the temperature in your tot's room is safe, and they'll love his friendly face in the middle of the night.
Whether your baby is still co-sleeping, or is struggling to settle in their new cot, this clever projector from Chicco is bound to help. Designed to fit the best-selling Next2Me crib, this lovely little projector also 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 - dream on!
This amazing night light may come shaped like a rabbit, but it would suit even the most stylish baby bedrooms. Handmade from bone china, it uses an LED bulb to provide a soft glow to the room that will calm your baby before they snooze. Should they wake up in the night, the gentle light will ease them back off to sleep. Better yet, it’s low voltage means it won’t drain too much electricity through the night!
This no-frills night light serves its purpose perfectly. Cheap and cheerful, it’s blue glow will calm your child throughout the night and help them soothe themselves to sleep during those terrible twos. With a dusk till dawn detector, it can sense light levels and automatically switch off at dawn and switch on at dusk. You can’t go wrong with this great, affordable and transportable option.
For such an affordable price, this sleep product does a lot. The glowing screen not only provides comfort for your baby at night, it also helps teach them about night and day. Each little star goes out one at a time as the hours pass, helping them start to understand the process of it being time to wake up. With a story book included, you’ll get much more than a soft night light in this product.
Another multiple feature product, this night light doubles as a sippy cup. The innovative product combines a non-spill cup with a softly glowing light, and is perfect for children who are battling their newfound independence, around 12 months old and up. At such a cheap price, it’s worth seeing how your little one reacts to this super flexible, battery run product. It’s also easy to clean and can be taken anywhere, just in case you need a mobile product for any sleepovers.
This great product has two features in one, either a main bright light or a soft night light! It adapts to your existing light, attaching onto bayonet lights with the possibility or a normal room light in the day or a soft glow at night. No more plugging in, charging up or battery draining night lights, this innovative product does all the work for you! With a soft, white LED glow, your nightly feeds will barely interrupt your little baby!
Make way for Ewan the Sheep - the cuddly teddy mums everywhere swear by. Not only does he look adorable, he comforts your baby with it’s soft glowing light and soothing soundtrack. Ewan the dream sheep has a 20-minute-long soundtrack of calming sounds alongside womb and heartbeat sequences to completely relax your little one. While it’s not machine-washable, it’s bedtime benefits will be a blessing if your child is struggling with their sleep routine.