Best Nightlights of 2018

Best Nightlights of 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Nightlights of 2019

Best Nightlights of 2019
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Cute and functional, these will help with late-night feedings and anyone's fear of the dark. Best Nightlights of 2019

Once you become a parent, bedtime becomes pure bliss: Your little one turns into a sleeping cherub, the world becomes still and you and your child get a much-needed rest. Or at least that’s what you dream of!

The reality—during the first year, you’ll be in and out of the nursery multiple times a night to feed and change your baby. And later, coughing and colds, bad dreams and potty training will mean middle-of-the-night wake ups for toddlers.

A nightlight is indispensable for predawn activity. Trust us, at 2 a.m., overhead lights will look like the surface of the sun. A nightlight provides enough brightness to change diapers or feed your baby, but is gentle on blurry eyes. The dim light also keeps you and your child in sleep-time mode. And for toddlers, who fight going to bed like it’s their job, a nightlight eases fears of the dark.

Here are a variety of popular nightlights to choose from.

A Light-Up Friend

Super-active toddlers calm down when they get to cuddle this cute, battery-powered turtle and gaze at the colorful stars it projects on the ceiling. The glowing shell can be set to one color or rotate through three different soothing hues. And a 45-minute timer means the room will go dark after your child dozes off, which lets your little one get the most restorative sleep. But there’s no option to keep the Twilight Turtle on all night. Also, you can only spot clean this plush nightlight.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 12” x 8” x 3.9”
Power Source Three AAA batteries

3-in-1 Nightlight

If you like products that multitask, you’re going to love the Project Nursery projector. Need something to distract your baby while you do a quick diaper change? Flick on this system’s light show to cast slow-moving images on the wall or ceiling. Want a sound machine that can drown out startling noises? No problem, the Project Nursery projector comes preloaded with lullabies, nature sounds and white noise. Thanks to Bluetooth, you can even stream music or audio stories from your phone or tablet. Looking for light? That’s covered, too, with three brightness settings to choose from. It is a plug-in unit, so it will need a spot to sit on a dresser or nightstand.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 4.5” x 6.5” x 4”
Power Source Needs to be plugged into an outlet

Glow-in-the-Dark Character

This friendly silicone figure, powered by an LED light, has a 25,000-hour lifespan and can keep shining unplugged for up to eight hours. Your kiddo will have fun pressing its head to turn the nightlight on and off, too. The light can change color, or you can press a switch to lock it to your child’s favorite hue. The Spoka comes with batteries and a charging cord, but once the LED light dies, the nightlight is done, since you can’t change the bulb—but 25,000 hours is still more than five year of 12 hours a night.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 3.5” x 3.5” x 5”
Power Source Two AAA batteries, plus can be plugged into an outlet

Modern Lantern

Cord free and cute, this owl nightlight looks great on a nursery shelf, and when your child is older, it’s perfect for navigating the halls to get to the bathroom or your room—or even for taking on trips. The handle makes it totable, and the one-button switch makes it easy for kids to turn on by themselves. Most importantly, the nightlight is LED-powered and stays cool to the touch. A 20-minute timer automatically shuts off the nightlight to conserve the battery life. But if your kiddo is afraid of the dark, or wakes up disoriented and will have trouble finding and switching on this nightlight, you should probably go with one that has a stay-on option.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 2.4” x 4.1” x 6.1”
Power Source Three AAA batteries

Futuristic Look

Like something out of a cartoon, the Boon Glo is a little bit kooky but still very practical. Three removable balls set in “branches” light up and change color. But you can also take them out to tuck in with your toddler (to keep the monsters away!), or your tot can take one with them to go down the hallway. The balls are perfectly safe—there are no electronics in them—and lose their glow after 30 minutes off the LED stand. The Boon Glo will need tabletop space to be plugged in.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 8.7” x 7.9” x 9.4”
Power Source Three AAA batteries and can be plugged into an outlet

Air Purifier

Get this: The same pink salt that you may have sampled at dinnertime or seen shot glasses made out of also makes a good nightlight. Advocates of pink Himalayan salt lamps swear by their ability to cleanse the air of dust and allergens and make breathing easier, like a day at the beach or walking outside after a rain. What we know for sure? During the day they look like pretty pink quartz and by night they cast a soft glow. It comes with a 40-watt bulb and is dimmable.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 5” x 5” x 9”
Power Source Needs to be plugged into an outlet

Automatic On-Off

This clear plastic nightlight blends in during the day and then lights up by itself when it gets dark. The LED light stays cool and lasts 25 times longer than a standard bulb. Even better? Two nightlights are included at this bargain price. Since the Auto Sensor Nightlight is a traditional, plug-in type, it will stay on all night.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 2” x 2.38” x 4”
Power Source Needs to be plugged into an outlet

Easy Touch Controls

Leave the Vava Nightlight plugged in on a dresser to turn on for nighttime feedings, or unplug it to tote around. Either way, the Vava works to produce your choice of cool white or warm white light. Touch controls let your toddler turn the light on and off with simple tapping. The LED Vava is also waterproof and can last for hours on a single charge so you can take this with you on camping trips, too. You can leave it on all night, or set the 1.5-hour timer.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 2.6” x 2.6” x 4.3”
Power Source 1 Lithium ion battery, plus USB charging

No S'mores Included

An adorable accent to an outdoor or woodland theme, this plug-in nightlight features a wood base (the campfire logs) and a plastic “flame.” Some parents say it provides a lot of light with the included 5W bulb, so you might want to consider a lower-wattage bulb if it’s too much for you. If camping isn’t quite your thing, check out Crate and Barrel’s other cute nightlights, like a camera or big ol’ gummy bear.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 7” x 7” x 8”
Power Source Needs to be plugged into an outlet

The Modern Bunny

Miffy, the highly Instagrammable bunny, is an adorable way to provide extra light in your nursery, or act as a light-up friend for your toddler’s nighttime hallway journeys. Made from BPA-free soft silicone, Miffy is dimmable and USB rechargeable, and comes in a range of sizes. Note: this ships from the Netherlands, so don’t look for instant delivery gratification.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 5.9” x 5.9” x 11.8”
Power Source USB rechargeable
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