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Best Night Lights
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Night Lights

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Best Night Lights

Once you become a parent, bedtime becomes pure bliss: your little one turns into a sleeping cherub, the world becomes still and you all 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 night light is indispensable for predawn activity. (Trust us—at 2 a.m., overhead lights will look like the surface of the sun.) A night light 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 night light eases fears of the dark.

Here are the night lights we think are worth waking up for.


The Hatch Rest+ may look simple on the outside, but this high tech night light plus so much more is one of our favorite nursery items thanks to its innovative design and multifunction capabilities. Controlled and programmable by touch or remotely by phone, the Rest+ combines a night light and sound machine (each with tons of themes) with an time-to-rise clock to create a custom sleeping environment for your little one. You can even access curated playlists, bedtime stories, guided rest exercises and more with a Hatch Sleep Membership. It’s everything you need to take you from day one all the way through the toddler years and beyond.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 4.2” x 4.2” x 6.61”
Power Source Plugs into any standard outlet; Includes 8-hour battery backup

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. (There is an option to keep the turtle on all night, though.) Keep in mind that you can only spot clean this plush nightlight.

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

Sleep + Song

Another multifunction night light, this adorable owl is a light, sound machine and star projector all rolled into one. The light, which can be dimmed, offers a warm glow and adds just the right amount of brightness to your little one’s nursery. (Not to mention looking pretty cute just sitting on a dresser or shelf.) With eight different melodies and nature sounds to choose from, there’s just the right soothing sound for every baby. And the adjustable lens projects stars at any angle so your little one won’t be able to miss them.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 5.5” x 4.5” x 6”
Power Source Plugs into any standard outlet

Cute and Portable

Part high-tech toy, part night light, and all adorable and awesome. LumiPets are soft, silicone light-up pets that come in five different animal shapes and are cordless, portable and rechargeable. They emit a soft, soothing light (there are eight colors to choose from, changeable via a remote or simply by a tap right on the animal) and totally safe for your little one to tote around. There’s also a basic version (no remote) available.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 6” x 6” x 5”
Power Source Rechargeable; requires one Lithium ion battery, included

Night Light and Much More

In addition to a night light, lots of parents also choose to use a humidifier and aromatherapy in their baby’s nursery to help with soothing. This combines all three! The night light features a range of soft colors to provide just enough light in your nursery space. The cool-mist humidifier is great for when your baby is sick or congested and the diffuser works with Friday’s Vapor Drops or with any aromatherapy-grade essential oil.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 9” x 9.25” x 9.25”
Power Source Plugs into any standard outlet

Seeing Stars

Your little one will be seeing stars (in the best possible way, of course) with this glowing ceramic sphere that casts a night sky on nearby surfaces and a warm, glowing light across the room. This tabletop night light features an easy on-off switch (there’s no automatic on or off features here) and parents love that the light casts just the right balance between bright and dim for that perfect soothing glow.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 5.5” x 6.25” x 6.25”
Power Source Plugs into any standard outlet

Great for Travel

Need a night light for on the go? This one combines a night light with a sound machine, a perfect combination for soothing your baby when you’re away from home. There are six white noise and other sound options to choose from and a soft amber light that features three dimness levels. It’s about the size of your hand and uses a USB rechargeable battery so it’s ideal for travel—but it works just as well in your home, too.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 2.5” x 2.5” x 1.77”
Power Source Rechargeable; features micro USB port

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

“Alexa, Turn on Night Light”

The Glow Smart Lamp pairs with any Alexa device and lets your little one control the lamp’s brightness and color with their voice. It can also do lots of other fun stuff like create lighting cues (for things like wake-up, dinnertime, bedtime routines etc.), set a reading timer and more.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 3.9” x 3.9” x 3.2”
Power Source Plugs into any standard outlet

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