There’s no denying that nightlights are an essential element in a kid’s bedroom, no matter the age of your little one. They can play so many important roles at once – provide a comforting glow for a toddler who is just learning to sleep alone, serve as an additional light source, and be an interesting décor piece in their own right. And now that the weather gets colder and gloomier, it means our little ones will spend more time playing inside – which makes bright and colourful kids lamps even more necessary.
The fun shapes and designs that kids lamps usually come in can help you make bedtime feel like an adventure for your kid rather than an obligation that’s putting an end to his/her playtime. Look around for your child’s favourite cartoon character, or pick a light in his/her favourite colour. It can make a whole lot of difference in making your child feel better while falling asleep. But if your kid is still too young to have demands and special wishes, choose a neutral design and a white light that will feel more comforting.
While kids lamps are marketed for the young, that doesn’t mean parents do not benefit from them as well. It’s no secret that once you have a child, your quality of sleep will never be the same. You’ll get up multiple times during the night to check on your little one, and turning on a bright light when you do so can be harsh on the eyes. However, a dim night light provides just enough illumination without jarring yourself and your sleeping angel wide awake. This means you’ll get to fall asleep again much easier and quicker.
When it comes to picking out a nightlight, there are several varieties to choose from. What usually comes to mind is the popular plug-in variety. If you’re going with this type of light, make sure to check whether there’s a suitable outlet that won’t be too near to your child’s bed or crib. There are also portable kids lamps that run on batteries which you can place anywhere in the room you think will be best. If you’re thinking about getting a corded lamp, you need to make sure the cord is long enough for where the light will be placed.
Before bringing a nightlight in your child’s bedroom, there are a few additional things you need to consider. For one, the position of the light. Make sure that it doesn’t shine directly in the face of your child while lying in bed. Also, get a bulb that emits a gentle glow as to not disturb your child’s sleep. Bulbs that are around the spectrum of warm white or amber (think sunset) do not interfere with sleep opposed to blue lights that can hinder the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone). For more convenience, you can purchase a light with a dimmer so that you can regulate its brightness.