Trying to get your little one to sleep through the night can be a bit of a challenge at times, but the best baby night lights or light projectors will help your little one sleep peacefully. Whether it's troublesome toddlers struggling to stay in bed or fall asleep or babies adapting to a new sleep routine, any help you can get to soothe them to sleep is a godsend. The best light projectors will give your little ones confidence to sleep independently without being so bright that they keep them awake. Many offer extra functions to help your little one drift off to the land of nod.
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Many night lights have a warm glow that helps lull babies and toddlers back to sleep. These lights make their nursery a relaxed sleeping environment, unlike baby sensory lights, which are designed to stimulate the brain. You may want to purchase this if your child is often complaining about the dark or saying that they are frightened in their room. We found that leaving a light on works best for soothing our tots.
Nursery night lights can also help toddlers learn to potty train at bedtime like a toilet night light does, as it helps them get their bearings when looking for their potty in the dark. Alternatively, you can get the best toilet light for nighttime bathroom trips.
The best night lights at a glance:
Best overall night light: Sweet Dreamers Ewan the Dream Sheep - View offer on Amazon
Best 2-in-1 night light and thermometer: Gro-Egg Room Thermometer - View offer on Boots
We've done our research so you don't have to and found the best night lights on the market here:
Best moveable night light
This Wooden Wall Light makes for a great night light in any child's room. It looks stylish and
- Looks stylish
- Not waterproof
Best night light that attaches to crib
Whether your baby is still co-sleeping or is struggling to settle in their new cot, this clever
- Multiple colour choices
- Removable washable toy
- Can be attached the crib
- Batteries need replacing regularly
Best night light for teaching toddlers the difference between night and day
For such an affordable price, this Tommee Tippee Groclock Sleep Trainer does a lot. The glowing
- Helps children learn when it is nighttime or morning
- Built-in digital clock
- Adjustable brightness
- Audible alarm
- USB adaptor plug is not included
Best portable night light
We love this sleep-friendly portable nightlight. This light has a non-removable rechargeable
- Warm glow
- Temperature sensing dock
- Requires a USB charging plug
Best multi-purpose night light
This ClevaPure Salt lamp does more than just illuminate your little ones' bedroom. Not only can it
- Adjustable light
- Spare bulb and salt rocks included
- Can not be used by a child
Best night light with cry sensor
This cute and cuddly nighttime companion will help you and your baby get a good night's sleep.
- Cry sensor
- USB chargeable
- Some found the charger wire too short
Best overall night light
Make way for Ewan the Dream Sheep - the cuddly teddy mums everywhere swear by. Not only does he
- Soothing sounds
- Warm night light
- Not machine washable
This adorable owl night light is a winner on many levels - not only can it help ease your baby
- Nature sounds
- Star projector
- Cute design
- No clock or temperature reading
Best 2-in-1 night light and thermometer
An easy-to-use thermometer that changes colour depending on the temperature in the room, if you
- Clear colour temperature indication
- Accurate reading
- USB charge
- Not a very bright light
Best night light and sippy cup combined
An alternative night light for thirsty toddlers! Another multiple-feature product, this classic
- BPA and latex-free
- Eliminates tips and spills
- Easy to clean
- Only suitable for 12 months+
Best night light for breastfeeding
This Gro-Light 2-in-1 Night Light has two features in one, either a main bright light or a soft
- Two light features
- Adapts to light feature
- Adjustable amount of light
- Some found the light too dark
Best night light for Peppa Pig fans
Peppa Pig can be by your child's bedside with this fun night light shaped just like the popular
- Timed light
- Child-friendly design
- Can be used as a torch
- Batteries not included
How to choose a night light
When choosing a night light, it can be difficult with so many options available on the market. There are many factors to consider before making your purchase. Firstly, is this light suitable for your child and their needs? If you are looking for a night light that can be taken to bed with a toddler, it will need to be safe to do so. If you want a product to aid breastfeeding, you may opt for a light which doesn't require charging so that it can be used multiple times throughout the night. Similarly, you need to decide how much light the products omit, if the room is too bright, it runs the risk of waking the child, but if it is too dark, it may not be as comforting to your child.
Many night lights have extra features like clocks and temperature readings. These are fantastic for some parents but aren't always necessary if you already have a clock or a baby room thermometer.
Lastly, you will need to look at how the product is charged. Some lights will need batteries. This is a good option for some parents but may add an extra expense.
What age do children need night lights?
Usually, children will request a light when they are around two years old. This is because nightmares can begin as early as two years old. This often leads to a fear of bedtime. A night light is a comfort and can help them feel more confident when sleeping independently.
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 kids' night light: Leaving a light on is a quick and easy way to alleviate 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.
You could also buy your little one a light projector to turn on if they wake up in the night. The memorising patterns will help to keep them calm so they'll soon be soothed back to the land of nod.
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 them 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: Ask your toddler if there is anything in their room that scares them. If so, put it somewhere else.
Is it safe to leave a night light on all night? Is that safe?
Always consult the manufacturer's information when you buy a night light and check what recommendations are made. Many products are designed to be left on all night, as they are low energy and can be cost-effective.
Check the brightness on your child's night lights before you go to bed, pick products that are not too distracting or change colour, and ensure they are placed away from anything flammable like a duvet or blanket.
Do I need to use a night light?
It is a good idea to use a night light as they have been specifically designed to not overstimulate your little one's brain, which will help them fall asleep quicker than the main light in the room.
What colour is best for babies?
When considering the range of baby and toddler night lights on offer, consider warmer colours when picking the best night light for your child.
Experts recommend avoiding blue and white lights as your child could be negatively impacted before they go to sleep, whereas red tones have been suggested to promote healthier sleep.
Emily Gilbert is the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for six years. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.