Who’s afraid of the dark? We handpicked the best nightlights for tots!

Every kid goes through it at one time or another — they become afraid of the dark. Some start it right away when they start sleeping on their own and others start it at the age when everything becomes “scary” – which for my daughter was around age 3. Although we’re over that fear now, she still likes a nightlight in her room to give off a soft glow of light for extra comfort. It’s not just kids that react this way either, some adults still sleep with nightlights! Depending on your needs, a night light can be just a light or it can also have additional functions like a clock or a training light to keep early-bird risers in their bed until after the roosters crow in the morning. After testing many, many nightlights, here’s my picks for the best (and cutest!) nightlights for tots!

This is not only a nightlight but also a training tool for early-risers. It changes from a sun to a moon and back to a sun again when you set the time for them to get up in the morning. I don’t know one parent that hasn’t raved about this light. Good Nite Light, $34.95, at amazon.com

How cute are these nightlights?! They are portable, has an eco-friendly and color-changing LED light inside, is AC rechargeable and taps on and off. Oh, and they come in tons of different animals like rabbits, ducks, dinosaurs, cats, hedgehogs…you name it! Giimmo Magic Lights, $34.99, at amazon.com

This nightlight is a classic for babies and kids. We love looking at the constellations it makes on the ceiling! Also comes in a ladybug and turtle version. Cloud B Twilight Turtle Constellation Night Light, $27.20, at amazon.com

Another great sleep training clock for those kids that just get up too early! Besides it’s nightlight function it is also an alarm clock and wake-up indicator. Kid’Sleep Classic, $28.25, at amazon.com

Just need something simple? Try these Personalized Nightlights from Pottery Barn Kids, $32.

Do you have a favorite nightlight?

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We use our MyTotClock, which doubles as a night light. That thing is a lifesaver. We call it the “brainwashing clock” because Little Dude is almost freakishly observant of its mandates. Yellow for wake, blue for sleep, red for time-out and green for encouragement. (We use the green to encourage independant play – not Little Dude’s strong point.) It’s defnitely pricey. When I brought it home, my husband rolled his eyes at such an expensive clock. Oncewe started using it, though, he looked at me and said “I was totally wrong. That was the best $50 we ever spent.”
Jennifer K
Ravvie, I know times are tough for so many people. I do want to share this thought withyou. I STILL have my night light that my mom and dad got for me as a baby. I am almost 40. My son was just looking at it and said “Pretty.” It is old, faded and a pony tail is broken from the head of the little girl, but it is a part of my childhood and precious times. Surely it was a special purchase made with love. Small touches do make a difference to many children. If a parent feels like… Read more »

We have the Tyke Light GloMate and love it!! It’s our go-to gift for birthday presents!


I actually do have a favorite night light for my kid. Its a plain nightlight that cost less than $10 at the grocery store. It works; it plugs into the wall and makes light. Its my favorite because it was less than $10, which is all that any one should ever pay for a nightlight. Frankly, $28 and up is ridiculous and wasteful.


I have the Kid’s Sleep Classic and LOVE IT! My son knows that he can’t get up until the “bunny is awake”. It has really helped him learn when morning is. It’s a little pricey I think, but worth it. And I wish it had a battery back up instead of having to reprogram the time and alarm everytime it gets unplugged. Thanks for the post!