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How to Choose the Best Night Light for Your Baby


Oct 13, 2020
How to Choose the Best Night Light for Your Baby

With so many different night lights available in the market, how do you choose the one that’s best for your baby?

So we have the breakdown below to navigate your support that is all great information to give your baby a lovely lamp.

To understand clearly we need to know what is a nightlight?

We simply understand that a lamp provides the right amount of light at night when you sleep. A night lamp designed to illuminate the room with a soft light that is not so bright that it prevents sleep.

So what are the benefits of night lights and night lights?

Night lights have many practical uses for children, including:

Comforting those who are afraid of the dark.

It helps parents see at night when examining their baby.

Allows your little child to easily locate their teddy bear and pet in the dark.
Changing change table lighting for midnight diaper change.

Good for kids, great for parents

Although night lights are sold a lot especially for children, I personally believe that it is parents who get the most benefit from having a sleeping light in a child’s room.

1. Easily fall back to sleep

It is the belief that you will have to face interrupted sleep with a small new member in the house. While midnight trips to a crib may be inevitable, night lights can make it easier to get back to sleep. Turning on the lights when you check your baby really makes your brain awake and active. Guess what? If your brain is active, so are you. This means that it will be difficult for you to fall back to sleep. The dim night light in your nursery will provide enough light to check on the baby without waking you up. This means you’ll fall back to sleep much faster when you get back to bed.

2. Visible at night

The light of the night light is just bright enough to help you avoid everything, baby toys and navigation objects in the dark when checking on your baby. This is the reason I need a little bit of night light. Once while I was checking on my son, I stepped on a Lego piece on the way to his bed. I not only howled and woke up my son, even my neighbors were affected.

3. Cheaper than ceiling lights

Some parents choose to leave the light outside of their child’s room with the door slightly open. While this method can be effective at providing a light source throughout the night, it can be difficult to control the intensity of the light emitted, plus it uses more electricity than your standard night light. Because nightlights use less electricity than ceiling lights, they save you money as your electricity bills get longer and longer.

Different types of night lights

Variety is the spice of life. Below are the most commonly used
night lights available 220V or DC 5V Direct Plug Night Light

Popular and useful are 3D decorative lights with pictures of cute funny animals

These are The type of light with reflector in the Mica plate is very beautiful, the light is just enough.

Primary battery-operated night lights, or DC 5V power plugs

For these lamps there are 2 options that are plugged in or powered by batteries, these types of products are usually moon and star lamps.

This is a type of lamp that projects a picture of a moon, stars, funny animals on the walls and ceiling, depicting the night sky very beautifully.

Night light with rechargeable battery

This is usually a moonlight, in addition to a beautiful decorative light that can also be carried on a picnic.

Can be used as a toy for your baby, even for your baby’s parents!

Many parents do not use a nightlight, opting instead for a more traditional lamp and curtain. While lights and curtains are effective, unless you use low-light bulbs to reduce light output, they could actually interfere with your child’s sleep. The same holds true for the little neon light, another choice by some Mom and Dad.
Some parents still use candles as night lights. Personally, I do not recommend using candles as a night light due to the inherent risks. If you choose to use candles as a night light, be aware of the risks and only do so if you are in the room with your baby. Be sure to extinguish the candle every time you leave.

With so many different night lights available, it’s hard to determine which one is perfect for your child. Keep these tips in mind when choosing the right night light

1. Location of your electrical outlet.

Before choosing a night light for your baby, take a look at the layout of your baby’s room. Pay attention to the location of the electrical outlets relative to the baby’s crib or bed, to buy a suitable lamp.
If the power outlet is too far away or too close to the crib, the light may be too dim or too bright for the baby. The right spacing will allow you to place the night light at a more comfortable distance from your baby’s bed.

2. What color night light is best for sleep?

Surprisingly, the color of the light emitted by the night light can also affect how well your baby sleeps during the night.

Logically, you would think that a calming green color will help your baby sleep. Research actually shows the opposite. Blue light is a stimulant that really increases attention and reaction time. This is not the benefit you want while you are sleeping. White night lights are also of the type with blue light.

The best colors for night lights are red or orange. Do those colors sound familiar? They have the same striking colors in a sunset, nature, your very own words to get ready for bed, Or a light yellow light and a night sky lighting that will keep you awake.

An added bonus is that babies are very well suited to a gentle red or orange light as this is a familiar color that means better sleep. Experts believe this is because the only colored light your baby sees in the womb will be red. Red light seems to be the best night light for sleeping.

3. Does the night light have a timer?

Timer is a handy feature that can be found on certain night lights. Simply put, instead of turning the night light on and off yourself, when you turn on the night light, the stopwatch will turn off for a preset amount of time before automatically turning off the night light when your baby is asleep. But this detail is not really important, it is just supplemental.

Remember, the idea of ​​a nightlight is to have it operate in the night mode, gently illuminating the room with soft, ambient, non-illuminating lights of a thousand suns. Brightness should always be the deciding factor for the best night light for nursery use.

Night lights that are too bright can lead to restless, disrupted sleep. There is nothing worse than dealing with a grumpy child who doesn’t get enough sleep.

You can determine if the night light is too bright or not by using this simple method:

Wait until night time and turn on the night light.

Lie down and close your eyes.

Turn your head toward the night light source (night light).

If you can still see the night light through your eyelids, the night light is bright enough that it could interfere with your child’s sleep.

On the other hand, night lights are still bright enough for the times when parents need to tend to be safe for babies in the middle of the night.

Additional Features

While the primary role of the night light is to illuminate the nursery with a gentle glow, you can purchase a night light with additional features. Includes:

Music box and white noise machine to help your baby sleep with sounds.

The bulb changes color.

The sensors only turn on the night light when you walk in the room.

Handles for your child to easily carry a night light

While these extra features may come in handy, don’t get drawn into buying a nightlight with features you won’t be using. With each added feature, the price of the nightlight usually increases.

Follow these night light safety tips to keep your kids safe and sleeping soundly.

Keep night lights with small parts away from your baby

Not all night lights are designed for your baby to use as a toy. Many decorative night lights contain small parts that can prove to be a hazard. Always check the packaging to see if your night light contains small parts that may not be suitable for small children.

Electricity and safety

Plugging in a night light can cause an electric shock hazard so your child should try to remove it or pour liquid into it. Many lights plugged in at night contained fun characters and colors to grab a young baby’s attention, pulling him straight into it. Unless your baby is safe and sounds in his crib it’s best that you slightly supervise you around plugging in the night light.