Getting babies and toddlers to fall asleep on their own is sometimes challenging, especially as they get old enough to be curious about or afraid of things in the world. Fear of darkness is one of these. We’ve been looking for a long time for something that would both comfort a child and entertain without over-stimulating at bedtime. The “starry night” night light seemed like a good fit.
We set out to find the best constellation night light out there. It turns out, the most popular and favorably reviewed night lights are made by Cloud B.
There are various different kinds of night lights out there, and I’ve evaluated many of them in my guide to choosing a night light for baby. In our case, we prefer the starry night kind because:
- Soothing but not stimulating. The stars are projected in a soft, colorful light. They don’t move (unless the turtle is moved), so it comforts the child without being entertaining enough to keep him or her awake too long.
- Quiet. Some of the other projection night lights we’ve tried play music or sound while projecting something on the wall or ceiling. It’s too much stimulation (almost like TV) and made our kids want to stay awake to watch.
- Safe for children. There are no small or moving parts, no exposed light bulbs, or anything else that might cause me concern in letting my children play with this. That’s unusual for a night light!
- Educational. The twilight turtle projects some real constellations on the ceiling, so you can start teaching your children to recognize them.
Because the turtle is soft and easy to carry, he gets treated like a stuffed animal, usually ending up in bed with our daughter as she falls asleep. That’s become a much faster process since the night light arrived; usually we’re on the hook for 3 stories and rocking and snuggling before she wants us to close the door. Now she wants the door closed right away so her stars are easier to see.With a 45-minute auto timer, there’s no need for us to go in and shut it off either. All around, we love this night light!
|This slightly smaller but equally (if not more) adorable version of the starry night night light is a cuddly ladybug. Just like the turtle, she projects a starry night sky with three color choices, but hers are sapphire blue, emerald green, and ruby red.Weighing less than a pound and battery-operated, this is a perfect night light option for your little girl or bug-obsessed little boy.
|I saved my favorite one for last, the Cloud B Sea Turtle night light. This one’s colors are all ocean-themed (blue, green, aquamarine). It also features 5 endangered sea animal images on turtle shell that illuminate one at a time: the Blue Whale, California Sea Otter, Knysna Seahorse, Leatherback Turtle and Vaquita Dolphin. It comes with a “twilight turtle storybook” with educational facts about endangered species.Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from each turtle are donated to an international conservation organization.
This is hands-down one of the coolest sleep-related items we’ve gotten for our kids. Not only has it shortened the bedtime process, but it’s been a fun addition to nighttime journeys in the minivan. So far the batteries have lasted a long time — I suspect the lights are LEDs — and the turtle we’ve named Shelly is a cherished member of the family. And hey, who wouldn’t like to give their little one the stars to sleep under?