Children typically have a fear of the dark during their toddler years from around two years old through preschool. While there are many different strategies for overcoming this fear, some parents turn to a night light to help ease their toddler’s fears. There are many different kinds of nightlights from a basic plugin bulb to lights that create stars on the ceiling and more. Check out some of our favorite night lights for toddlers.
Plug-In LED Smart Night Light– We love this nightlight because of how customizable it is. Each night light has eight different color settings, and the smart dusk to dawn sensor means you don’t have to worry about turning the light on and off. The ultra-slim design is space-saving and the plain white face makes this night light adaptable to use in hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, or other rooms in the home. The light emitted, no matter which of the eight colors you choose, is soft and comfortable.
These nightlights are sold in packs of two. If your toddler is especially scared of the dark, you can plug in one of these night lights by the door and the other in the outlet by the bed. The light also has a color cycling mode that toddlers may find fun to watch. The only thing that you might not like about the light is that they don’t have fun toddler designs.
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine Night Light– If your toddler is having trouble sleeping, the Hatch Baby is a great choice to use for white noise, night light, and an alarm clock. We absolutely love that this night light for toddlers also connects to our smartphones so parents can control the sound and light. The color of the light is also customizable, and the programming is super easy to use. The Hatch Baby also has a tap on and off function.
The Hatch Baby requires a smartphone or tablet running iOS nine or higher or Android to work. This night light for toddlers is also a little on the expensive side, but we love that parents can use it for years because the light has so many functions.
Star Night Light Projector- Rather than sticking glowing stars on the ceiling, parents can use this Star Night Light Projector to turn a child’s bedroom into a fantasy world up in the starry night sky. The light also has eight color options, and the projector can rotate 360 degrees. Kids love to fall asleep watching the beautiful stars rotate around their rooms as they drift into sleep.
The star projector for toddlers is available with a blue or pink base and uses four AA batteries or USB power. You should not use the batteries and USB cable at the same time, however. If the stars are too stimulating for your toddler at bedtime, a while dome cover is included that turns the projector into a glowing orb night light.
VAVA LED Nursery Lamp- Parents who are looking for something basic that will provide warm, glowing light in their toddler’s bedroom without a lot of changing colors or stimulating projections will love the VAVA LED Nursery Lamp. The LED light is designed to be easy on the eyes so your toddler won’t be disoriented if they wake up in the middle of the night. The night light is also energy efficient and can run for 80 hours on the weakest light mode. The night light also has a touch-control mode that will allow you to turn the night light on and off with a tap.
The VAVA Lamp also comes with stickers that depict facial expressions that toddlers can stick on the lamp to make cute faces. One of the best things about this particular night light is that the batteries are chargeable, and the light is portable. You can easily take this portable night light out camping or on vacation and only have to worry about charging it every three days.
Ocean Wave Projector Music Night Light– Toddlers who love to fall asleep to mellow, relaxing, sounds, and images will love the ocean wave projector. The projector is controlled by a remote and displays beautiful, serene ocean wave scenes. The lamp is also controlled by a touch sensor to turn it on and off. There are seven different colors that parents can choose, and the angle is adjustable to tilt towards the ceiling or the wall. The projector also plays music and has a built-in mini speaker that can be connected to exterior music sources as well such as iPod or MP3 players. Parents can also preset the lamp to turn off after specific amounts of time.
The Ocean Wave Projector is soothing and calming. It creates a relaxing environment that can help lull toddlers to sleep peacefully. Parents can pipe in music to their child’s room through the speaker or play the preset ocean sounds.
Sleep Aid LED Plug-In Night Light– These plug-in night lights for toddlers are designed to promote melatonin production within the brain. Toddler brains sometimes need some encouragement to stay asleep, and these Sleep Aid LED Night Lights are the perfect solution. They come in a two-pack and have a 30,000-hour lifespan making them energy efficient and unbelievably cheap to use. They emit just enough light to help your child see if they wake up at night, without stimulating their senses too much. The daylight sensors conveniently shut the night light off automatically, or parents can set a timer for on and off times.
We also loved that these nightlights don’t blow the second plug on the wall outlet. They have a slim design that is great for space-saving and not drawing too much attention from curious young toddlers. The red light might be a bit jarring for some toddlers but is designed to be long-wavelength to promote sleep.
Toddlers often have phases of being afraid of the dark, but a night light can help alleviate that fear and create a safe environment that your child. We love all the night lights on this list, but our favorites are the night lights that have multiple functions like an ocean or starry night projections and sound machines. These projects are fun and relaxing but also versatile.