Should I Use a Nightlight in My Baby’s Room?

By Misty on in Baby Sleep Help Safety and Comfort with 7 Comments

Should I Use a Nightlight in My Baby’s Room?
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Whether or not to use a nightlight in the baby’s room is a frequent question of concerned parents. Some wonder if the light may make their little one restless and interrupt their baby’s sleep. Others suggest that a subtly dim nightlight may provide a soothing ambiance that will help lull their baby back to sleep when he/she wake during the night.

Here at Sweet Sleep Baby, we actually suggest that yes it is okay, but not required. It is an individual decision based on the sleeping patterns of your baby. Baby sleep is a complex issue as you well know. Trying to formulate sleep patterns and routines can be problematic for both parents and newborns. Then comes their teething and growth spurts and you may feel like a soothing night’s sleep is not attainable for months. That is why many parents, including myself, opt for using a baby nightlight for finding that ideal solution for a soothing night’s sleep.

Baby sleep is not like toddler sleep. Babies typically aren’t even afraid of the dark. In fact, they just spent many months sleeping in your womb where it was pretty dark. However, many parents find that a nightlight provides a calming atmosphere when their baby wakes during the night and that the light makes it easier for them to check on baby as they sleep. If you do choose to use a baby nightlight consider these suggestions:

  • Position the light down towards the floor where it will not shine directly in your baby’s face.
  • Make sure that it is a very dim light emitting just enough light so you can see them sleeping and not enough to fully wake them when they stir.
  • If you find they sleep better without the light but you like it for watching your step, place the nightlight in the hallway where it will not interfere with their sleep.

Here is Our Top 5 List of the Best Baby Nightlights

1. Kinderglo Portable Fun and Safe Rechargeable Night Light

This is a self-standing nightlight that doesn’t plug into the wall socket. It emits a gently glow bright enough for nighttime feedings and diaper changes and comes in various shapes and colors babies enjoy as they get older.

2. MOBI Tykelight WallMate

This nightlight available in fun animal shapes provides just enough light to see your baby and not interrupt their sleep. It stays on when the room is dark and turns off when the room becomes light.

3. Nat and Jules Nightlight

This little blue owl nightlight softly lights your baby’s room without disturbing their slumber. The light in this nightlight is slightly brighter than some of the other favorite nightlights listed here, so it’s great for a larger nursery or if you want to place this one in your hallway just outside baby’s room.

4. Portable Night Light with Rainbow Color Change

Absolutely adorable nightlight available in three happy animals shapes and includes five color options. You may want to place it off to the side of the room as it is a bit brighter than some.

5. Tranquil Turtle Sleep Machine

This nightlight actually projects soothing water-like lights across the ceiling and comes with a sound machine of soothing melodies for calming baby. A favorite feature is that both the light brightness and the sound volumes are adjustable.

A baby nightlight may just be the answer for soothing your baby to sleep and providing the safety you need.

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  1. Jan

    March 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm · Reply

    Way back, when I had my daughter, a night light was more for my benefit than hers. So I left a low light on in the hall so I could see when I opened her door.

    1. Misty

      March 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm · Reply

      I'm guilty of that as well. It makes my life easier having the light so I don't kill myself walking in and tripping on stuffed animals and other baby toys. :)

  2. Michael Levanduski

    March 20, 2014 at 1:32 am · Reply

    We always had nightlights in my kids room, but now my children like to have the hall light on. I think if I had to do it over again I'd go with something less bright, but I guess you live and learn. Great post, I'll have to send it over to my sister, who is going to be having her first baby in a couple weeks. Michael

    1. Misty

      March 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm · Reply

      Oh congrats to your sister Michael! I bet you're excited.

  3. Bonnie Gean

    March 20, 2014 at 4:38 am · Reply

    I think the night light is more for mom to find her way around than it is for baby's comfort. A flashlight works just as well and doesn't shine all night. Plus, I am a firm believer we teach our children to need the crutches they latch on to. In this case, a light burning all night long. :)

    1. Misty

      March 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm · Reply

      Definitely when they are young it's mostly for moms. If you think about it, they spend 9 months in darkness, they certainly aren't afraid of it. Though, I think as they get out of the "wee baby" age and develop into toddlers...that tends to be when "scared of the dark" comes into play. My oldest had it pretty bad, but my 2nd and 3rd who I also used nightlights for, both loved the dark as toddlers and to this day, sleep in pitch black (they are both teens)...I'm talking black sheets over the windows. Could be little vampires...who knows. :) I will have to update later on my 4th when she gets a bit older. She has had a very faint night light in her room since the beginning, mostly for my sake but it doesn't wake her so I haven't had to take it out...yet.

  4. Mary

    February 20, 2015 at 2:12 am · Reply

    I use a night light with a switch in my baby's nursery. This way, I'm in complete control of when I want/need the light on. It's just nice to have the option. I find the gentle light is a perfect transition to the whole bedtime routine and our time in the glider. When I click off the light, my baby knows it's bedtime and always settles right down to sleep. During the day, the night light is off, but I do enjoy how cute it looks in the nursery. :)

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