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The Best Night Lights To Help Kids Go To Sleep and Stay Asleep

Every little bit helps.

When you have kids, the deep, truly restful sleep of your single days becomes a nostalgic, distant memory. Babies scream when they’re hungry or need a diaper change. Toddlers scream because…well, it doesn’t really matter, because it just sucks and disrupts your sleep and turns you into a zombie. That’s why kids’ night lights and toddler night lights can be an indispensable tool to help kids sleep through the night.

A well-placed night light can help ease fears of falling asleep, or cast just the right amount of glow for a feeding session or diaper change. When you buy a night light, make sure it’s easy to charge, has adjustable settings, and looks cute enough that it won’t freak out your kid and thus work against its own purpose. 

Way more than just a nightlight, this is also a sound machine, a speaker, and a two-way audio monitor.

When used as a night light, parents can choose from a rainbow of colors to please the pickiest of kid sleepers. It’s also an OK to wake clock. And an alarm clock. And parents can listen and talk to your child from another room through your phone to remind them it’s bedtime. You can use it cord-free, but you do need to charge it regularly.

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This penguin cycles through red, green and blue stars while the white noise maker soothes your toddler to sleep.

This penguin projects stars off its belly, which is pretty awesome on its own. But. It also lets you choose between white noise, 10 classic lullabies, a heartbeat, or natural bird song sounds. The music turns off automatically after 30 minutes, which is about when your little angel should be asleep.

This adorable little night light uses colors and facial expressions to teach your kids when it's time for bed and time to wake up.

This night light glows yellow and then green when it’s time to wake up. Kids and parents can choose between three sleep sound options and five night light colors to soothe your toddler.

When kids tap the creature, it changes colors until they find one they like.

This rechargeable night light lets children pick one of eight colors when they go to bed at night. The remote control also has sleep timer features. It has micro-USB charging so it works all night.

This modernist night light has three removable glowing balls that you spread around the kid room.

Understated and just plain cool, this night light either works on its own, or when you remove the glowing balls and spread them around the room. They glow for 30 minutes before dimming.

This very cute night light has up to 300 hours of battery life, so it's ideal for parents who forget to charge stuff.

The light is made from toy-grade silicone and can be recharged using the included USB cable. The manufacturer claims that the battery life ranges from 8 hours (on the brightest setting) to 300 (at the dimmest). Bonus: There’s nothing like a super-cute baby animal to help ease nighttime anxiety.

This reptile pal projects the night sky on the ceiling for 45 minutes (with a choice of blue, green or amber lighting) before shutting off automatically.

It’s a turtle that turns a ceiling into a constellation. What more do you need to know? Kids love this thing.

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