The Best Night-Lights to Help Kids Fall Asleep, Even if They’re Afraid of the Dark

by Tanya Edwards

The Best Night-Lights to Help Kids Fall Asleep, Even if They’re Afraid of the Dark

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Star projectors, soothing sound machines, automatic dimmers, and cute animals set these night-lights apart.


As most parents (and anyone who was once a kid) know, toddlers and kids are often afraid of the dark. Who can forget the monsters in our own childhood closets? As their brains grow, your kids will develop an active imagination and form a fear of harm, which is a good and natural thing! The dark can be really scary for a little person with a big imagination, but it’s also no match for a good night-light for kids. With the right light they’ll eventually be able to get a good night’s sleep.


Of course, you want your kids to feel safe, and you may also want to check in on them at night without tripping all over their furniture and toys, so a night-light to illuminate the room can be so helpful. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way from the days of the simple plastic night-light with an incandescent bulb plugged into an outlet.


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There are dozens of highly rated night-lights that do more than just keep a corner lit. There are huggable night-lights, projecting night-lights, night-lights with sound machines, night-lights for travel, and so much more to suit your baby, big kid, and even yourself.


If you haven’t shopped for a night-light in a while, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by everything these handy little lights can do. We found lights with timers to help with sleep schedules, lights that look like unicorns, owls, and birds—not to mention lights that play soothing lullabies.


We’ve found the best-rated kids’ night-lights for you and your little ones so that bedtime is a little bit easier—and happy kids stay in bed longer (fingers crossed).


Best Night-Lights With Sound Machines

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Skip Hop Baby Soother Moonlight & Melodies Owl


This night-light is so much more than just a light. It also plays soothing lullabies, white noise, and nature sounds all night long. Not to mention it has a projector function that shines stars on the ceiling, and you control the brightness.

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Bubzi Co. Baby Soother


This cute owl (notice a theme here?) is a sound-machine first. It sings calming lullabies to your little one while distracting them to sleep with a projection of starry skies. It also has an cry-activated option, buying you a little extra time to check on them in the middle of the night.

Best Projecting Night-Lights

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Summer Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother, Eddie The Elephant


This plush elephant, available in gray or green, lights up to keep your little one company as they drift off to dreamland, helping them feel secure in the dark. Since this sweet stuffed animal is also soft and squishy, it’s a product they can snuggle with in the middle of the night, giving them all the comfort they need.

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Moredig Night-Light Projector


This projector night-light will light up the room with a delightful starry sky or animal world that will inspire them to dream of their favorite things. You can control the projector, adjust the lights, timer, songs and even the rotation from a smartphone’s convenience—or use the preset timer for up to 500 minutes.

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Jozo Night-Light for Kids Star Projector


This night-light runs from a USB charge, making it a great projector to take with you to maintain your kids’ bedroom routine as you travel. The Jozo projects a beautiful multi-colored starry night display on the wall and ceiling, keeping your little person comforted and calm as they close their eyes.

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Pillowfort Starry Globe Night-Light


This simple, highly rated night-light’s charm is that it looks like a piece of art sitting on their dresser or nightstand, but when the switch is flicked, the entire room is bathed in stars. Perfect for bigger kids, or even your dreamy tween.

Best Night-Lights for Babies

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Hatch Baby Rest


This is the Tesla of baby night-lights, with all the bells and whistles you’re going to need. You can control the Hatch Baby Rest with a button or an app on your phone, and the latter is great for turning off the light without entering the room and disturbing their sleep. You can choose the colors, sounds, and brightness of the display. The device will also grow with your child, offering a soft light for nighttime feedings for newborns, and it locks so they can’t mess with it when they’re busy toddlers.

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Cloud b Twilight Unicorn Night-Light Soother


This highly rated unicorn night-light soothes your baby as it rotates through soothing colors. Place it next to their crib when they’re very small, then let them cuddle this sweet unicorn when they’re old enough to share their bed safely.

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Flash Popup Little Polar Bear Night-Light


Find a cuter, more charming night-light for the price, we dare you. This sweet little bear will lull your baby to sleep with seven gentle colors you can switch between. You can charge him via USB or use batteries. Simple!

Best Night-Lights for Kids

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Crate and Kids Campfire Night-Light


For bigger kids who might still need a little help getting through the night, this campfire night-light from Crate and Kids will keep them feeling safe, but also like a big kid! A stylish addition to any room, the flame lamp lets off a peaceful glow.

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MDR Trading Inc. Blue Bird Shaped Night Light


Another chic addition to any room, even a teen wouldn’t turn their nose up this sweet little bird night-light. Just plug into any outlet, and you’re good to go.

Best Travel Kids' Night-Lights

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Casper Glow Light


Casper's simple-looking light lets you control the brightness to the right level with just a twist. Flip it over, and it will light up all the way before gradually dimming, inducing sleepiness. It’s also small enough to pick up and walk with to an unfamiliar bathroom. Set the timer on the app, and it will wake them up in the morning with warm light that gradually brightens.

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JolyWell Nursery Night-Light for Kids


One of the highest-rated night-lights for kids on Amazon, this battery-powered glowing light adjusts with a simple touch and has a small handle for carrying it around strange spaces. It’s also very reasonably priced.

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Nuby Night Light Fox


At home or on the road, this sweet little fox will softly light up their room and keep your little person feeling safe. Soft enough for a little cuddle, the Nuby charges via a USB and changes colors (soft white, bright white, blue, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, and turquoise) with a tap of the fingers.

Best Kids' Night-Lights With Alarms

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HomeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock


With eight colorful light options, this bedroom clock can double as a cool lamp, and it also has an alarm, gradual dimming in the evening, multiple calming alarm tones, and a radio, all for a nice price.

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LittleHippo Mella Ready to Rise Children's Sleep Trainer Alarm Clock in Artic Blue


We love this adorable alarm/night-light because it aids in sleep training by glowing gently when it’s time to go to sleep and time to wake up. Before the alarm sounds, a gentle light starts to fill the room, and kids who can’t tell time will know when they should stay in bed without waking their parents. The night-light also has a child-safe lock and a nap timer.