From hyperactivity to ‘monsters under the bed’, there are more than a few reasons why littlies stay awake until all hours, but kids’ night lights can make a big difference to disrupted bedtime routines.
So much more than a sweet piece of décor, a night light can calm worried minds, ease fears of the dark, and be something of a companion at a time when insecurities can surface.
What to look for when buying a kids night light
Portability: We all know the importance of a consistent bedtime routine. If your love bug likes to have their night light with them wherever they sleep, look for one that is battery operated or that can easily travel with them. Think overnight stays at grandmas or week-long trips away from home.
Timer: Some night lights stay on all night whereas others have a timer function that automatically switches the light on and off after certain times. This is a handy little feature for parents conscious of saving energy around the home.
Brightness Control: Kids night lights all vary in brightness. Having a dimmer or brightness control allows you to adjust the glow to suit your sleepy tot.
Remote: Look for a night light that comes with a remote or easy on/off controls like a simple touch-on feature. Fiddling with little buttons or adjusting timers is the last thing parents want to be doing when settling kids to sleep or feeding younger bubs during the night.
Additional Extras: Many night lights on the market are more than a simple light that shimmers in the little ones’ bedroom. Some are a combination of multiple sleep aids such as sound machines and projectors.
18 kids’ night lights for easier bedtime routines
Take a look at our roundup of adorable and practical night lights to (fingers crossed) help littlies reach the land of Nod sooner.
If you’re after a night light that you don’t need to charge daily, this is it. On the dimmest setting, which is ideal when littlies are snoozing, the battery can run for up to 200 hours – that’s more than a week! It has touch controls for adjusting brightness and can be charged with a USB cord.
Created in Germany, these night lights are as much works of art as they are night-time companions for kidlets. Each resin lamp is fitted with Australian power adapters and requires a standard globe. It’s near impossible to pick a favourite from this bunch!
These colour-changing buddies are cute enough to cuddle. They’re made from soft, smooth silicone and can be activated with a simple ‘tap’ on the head. Charging is a cinch thanks to the included USB cord, and you will get up to 20 hours of each charge.
Manufactured and made right here in Australia, these box-style night lights can be completely personalised to suit your starry-eyed sprout. Choose everything, from the colour of the box and the type of LED light right down to the size and style of font. A great way for kids to recognise their name from an early age too.
Thoughtfully created to see parents through many-a-year with little ones, this night light is a breastfeeding light, a nappy-change light and a portable kids’ night light. It’s dimmable, baby safe and it has a very convenient temperature sensor that lets you know when the room is too warm.
Beaba’s insanely cute Pixie night lights are ergonomically designed for the tiniest of hands to be able to manage easily. The hanging format is brilliant for using on cots, prams and bassinets; while the standing option makes the sweetest little bedside lanterns around. Brightness is adjustable and the battery can last up to 12 hours.
Bursting with magic and oh-so giftable, these spectacular night lights are perfect for kids who love to dream of other worlds and fantastical friends. The collection comprises both battery-powered and plug-in lights, and designs include the likes of fairy houses and mushrooms.
Teeny & Tiny
From rockets to bunnies, clouds to moons, there is a night light for every little personality in this Aussie-designed collection. Each light is crafted from PVC to be soft to touch and includes an LED globe that doesn’t get too hot. These adorable lights all run on batteries and are equipped with an automatic timer.
Created to be a ‘little friend for a little miracle’, these world-famous Mr Maria night lights celebrate the timeless cuteness of Dick Bruna’s beloved characters. Dimmable and rechargeable, lights are made from BPA-free silicone to be lightweight, portable and soft.
Yummiest night lights ever? We think so! Created especially to be hugged, these rubber bears glow a soft, colourful light when their tummies are squeezed. They’re 17cm tall, wall-mountable and powered by AA batteries.
When it comes to giftable awesomeness, this UK brand never fails, and these warm, glowing kids’ night lights are some of our favourites in its range. Each battery-run light is perfectly sized for little hands to hold and comes with a built-in timer to help conserve power.
Adventurous little spirits will love gazing at this snow-capped mountain at the end of a long day of play. Brightness and timer settings can be adjusted at the base of the unit, or for quick on and off, simply tap the top of the peak. Colours include grey, mint or blush.
If you’re not won over by the cuteness of this little chick, you certainly will be by its running time. On its lowest setting, this night light outperforms most others by glowing for up to 300 hours, making it a fab option for time-poor parents. Made of silicone, this one operates by touch and charges with a USB cable.
If it’s colour the kids love, these remote-control night lights are hard to top – they each glow in 16 different shades! There are also three brightness settings, the highest of which provides enough light to read from. Choose from over ten brilliant kiddie themes.
Ewan the Dream Sheep
Ewan is cuddliest night light around and he’s winning hearts all over the place. Created specifically to soothe the tiniest of tackers with a soft glow and gentle white noise, this little lamb can hang from the cot by his tail, giving littlies a friend face to gaze at throughout the night.
Just as cute by day as by night, these pint-sized, rechargeable pals could be just what it takes to get little ones to stay in bed. Made of silicone, they’re soft, huggable and safe to leave on all night thanks to an LED bulb that won’t overheat.
In typical Danish style, these designer night lights are contemporary, clean and exceptionally cute. They are rechargeable and made of eco-friendly silicone. Count on these becoming instant bedtime besties.
Aloka Sleepy Lights
These sweet, glowing woodland friends double as Bluetooth speakers, so you can link up your dreamiest playlists to help tuckered-out tots drift off faster. Use the remote control to select from a number of different colours and levels of brightness.
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