The Best Night Lights for Helping Your Toddler Sleep

Night lights provide toddlers with a sense of security as they drift off to sleep. Choose a night light that will encourage slumber by emitting a soft and comforting glow.


As a parent, you want your toddler to feel safe and confident spending the night in his own room. Both my children have had nightlights in their rooms since infancy. Back then, the subtle lighting helped me navigate to and from the crib for late night feedings. As they got older, the soft glow provided extra comfort and kept the Bogeyman at bay.

One in five parents believes that their child is not sleeping effectively, according to the Guardian. While there are many contributors to poor sleep, one common theme among toddlers is fear, anxiety, or stress caused by sleeping in a pitch black room.

Many parents find that a simple night light reduces children’s stress resulting in better sleep.

Night lights can also be cheaper for some households. Parents often choose to leave ceilings lights on outside their child’s room with the door slightly ajar. Night lights use far less electricity than your standard ceiling light, which is evident in your energy bills.

I’ve gone through my fair share of night lights over the years and have discovered some features are essential, while others I could do without.

When choosing a night light for your toddler, I recommend a small light that gives off a very soft glow that won’t disturb your little one’s natural sleep rhythm.

Best Night Lights for Toddlers

Features of Night Lights for Toddlers

Is your toddler afraid of the dark? Even if he isn’t, do you prefer a light in your child’s room or hallway for safety reasons? If so, it’s important to choose a night light that offers all the best features without breaking the bank.

The best night light should provide just enough light to allow your child to easily find a lost stuffed animal, locate the bathroom, or help mom and dad check on their sleeping toddler. You may also want to choose a design that is soothing to your little one, but also uses minimal energy even with daily use.

Consider the following features when choosing a night light for your toddler.


Many young children use night lights as a sort of security blanket. Today you can find portable night lights that do not need to be plugged into a power outlet. These lights often run on batteries or are rechargeable so they can sit anywhere in your child’s room.


If you’re concerned about energy usage, consider a night light that contains a sensor. These types of lights turn on when it gets dark and turn back off automatically when it’s light outside. Night lights with sensors can also be convenient for busy parents as you don’t have to remember to turn them off each morning.


Your child’s favorite plush can double as a night light. There are many night light choices that are soft enough to sleep with your toddler. These stuffed toys emit a warm glow that helps to comfort your toddler without disrupting his sleep.

Our Favorite Night Lights for Toddlers

Cloud B Twilight Turtle

Best Night Lights for Toddlers Cloud B

Ideal for babies and children of all ages, the Cloud B Twilight Turtle is an adorable turtle night light with multiple functions. The sleeping turtle toy is available in several colors and measures 14 inches long by 5.5 inches tall.

Settling down at the end of a busy day can be tough for active toddlers. The Purple Twilight Turtle transforms your child’s bedroom into a starry night sky to encourage your little one to lie down and rest. From the top of its plastic shell, the turtle toy projects a constellation of stars into the walls or ceiling in three soothing color options.

Included are three lithium metal batteries required to make the turtle light up. To avoid wasting battery power, the turtle has a timer that automatically shuts off after 45 minutes, allowing plenty of time for your toddler to fall fast asleep. If your child wakes up in the middle of the night, the tap of a button can turn the turtle light back on.

The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is an Alpha Mom Favorite and has more than 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon alone.

Things to Keep in Mind

As the turtle night light contains electronic components, it cannot be thrown into the washer. However, wiping the toy down with a damp cloth helps remove any dirt or grime from little fingers.

Who’s it Best for?

Cloud B Twilight Turtle is recommended for all ages. Babies, toddlers, and even small children will adore the sleeping turtle and enjoy looking at the major constellations that the toy displays in their room.

Munchkin Light My Way Nightlight

Best Night Lights for Toddlers Umiwe Munchkin

This tiny owl will comfort your toddler at bedtime, during late night potty breaks, and into the morning hours. Munchkin Light My Way Nightlight is the perfect companion for little ones who need extra reassurance in the dark.

The compact owl measures just 2.4 inches by 4.1 inches by 6.1 inches but has a major impact on your toddler’s sleep. Your child will feel safe and sound as he slumbers with a soft glow in the bed or on the nightstand next to him. LED technology prevents the light from becoming warm to the touch, making it a safe toy for your toddler to hold.

On the top of the owl is a handle, perfect for little hands to hold as they make their way around the room. The one-button switch is easy for toddlers to master quickly.

Things to Keep in Mind

The owl night light requires three AAA batteries which are included. To preserve battery life, the night light automatically shuts off after 20 minutes.

Who’s it Best for?

Munchkin Light My Way Nightlight is ideal for toddlers ages 2 and up. At just under $9, it’s also a budget-friendly option.

Umiwe Rechargeable Waterdrop Silicone Night Light

Best Night Lights for Toddlers Umiwe

Eco-conscious parents will love our next choice. The Umiwe Recharable Waterdrop Silicone Night Light is comforting to toddlers and friendly to the environment.

Measuring 4.7 inches high by 4.3 inches wide, the cute night light features a water drop shape and soft silicone surface. While the night light costs just under $13, it offers many great features that you’d find in a more costly child’s light.

The Umiwe night light features three light models including a warm white, single color, and 7 changing colors. It also has a sensitive light control that won’t wake your child as he sleeps.

The night light not only emits a soft glow, but can also be squeezed by little hands. Upon squeezing the soft BPA-free silicone toy, it refills with air within seconds. The battery-powered, touch-activated night light is easy to use and is compact enough to fit on any night table or dresser.

The simple yet adorable night light is a top choice on Best Product’s list of ’19 Best Kids Night Lights in 2017.’ “It’s so cute!” says Best Products. “Give the night light a rough tap on the top or a light tap on the bottom to change the color mode. The colors will change at the pace of breathing, so it’s the perfect thing to gaze at while falling asleep.”

Things to Keep in Mind

The night light comes with a USB cable which is required for charging. You will need to plug in the cable and charge it before use. The indicator light on the bottom will remain red when fully charged.

Who’s it Best for?

The Umiwe Rechargable Waterdrop Silicone Night Light is perfect for infants, toddlers, and children of all ages. It’s also ideal for families who are trying to become more environmentally-friendly or want to avoid battery waste.

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light

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With advances in technology, a night light can have numerous functions. The Hatch Baby Rest Night Light acts as a night light, sound machine, and music player.

This innovative night light grows with your child, starting in infancy and leading into toddlerhood and beyond. Customizable sounds, lights, and music make it easy for parents to control what their child hears and sees at night.

What makes this product really unique is that all features can be controlled remotely from your cell phone, meaning you don’t need to disrupt your child’s sleep to turn off the light or music.

Easily establish sleep and wake programs on your smartphone that connect automatically with the night light. Set a time so that your toddler knows when it’s time to get out of bed. Come nightfall, a bedtime program with fun music and colors tells your child that sleep is near.

From white noise to gentle lighting, the Hatch Baby Rest Night Light is the perfect tool to help toddlers relax and fall asleep.

Things to Keep in Mind

This night light plugs directly into a power outlet, meaning your toddler can’t walk around with it. However, setting it on a nightstand near the bed provides ample lighting for toddlers who need a little reassurance.

Who’s it Best for?

The Hatch Baby Rest Night Light is suitable for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages. At just under $60, it’s a bit of a splurge but well worth every penny.

ANTEQI Star Sky Night Lamp

Best Night Lights for Toddlers ANTEQI

More than just a night light, the ANTEQI Star Sky Night Lamp is a soothing star projector with LED lights that project stars and moons on the ceiling and walls as it rotates 360 degrees.

The night light tops the list of ‘The 9 Best Night Lights for a Kid’s Room 2017’ by Best Seekers and is a popular option amongst parents who want to encourage their toddlers to sleep through the wonders of the universe.

The product measures 5.4 inches by 5.4 inches by 5.9 inches and is available in black, blue, and white. Inside you’ll discover four LED lights that emit red, blue, green, or a warm white light.

Each package comes with a galaxy night light, a 59 inch USB cable, and an instruction manual. You’ll also find a variety of buttons that perform different tasks, such as light colors, rotation choices, timer that can be set between 5 and 95 minutes, and an on/off switch.

Things to Keep in Mind

The Star Sky Night Lamp can be powered via DC 5V or four AAA batteries. Also note that unlike some of our other options; this night light does not play music.

Who’s it Best for?

If you’re looking for an affordable night light that will wow your toddler, the Star Sky Night Lamp may be for you.

Many toddlers enjoy the security that a night light brings. Our top choices are bound to satisfy your little one’s need for light at night.


Liz Coyle

Liz is a Scottsdale-based writer and mom of two young children and one not so young Boston Terrier. She is a lover of cooking, travel, and any activities she can do with the kids. She loves to share her experiences of being a high-strung, type a mom in an imperfect world.

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