June started sleeping through the night at two months old, and of course we naturally assumed it was because we were the greatest parents ever. Fast forward three plus years and our once restful sleeper now wakes up once to twice a night. See, we’re being punished for our hubris.
She complains of being afraid of the dark and asks to come into bed with us. But I have a feeling if I open that Pandora’s box, I’ll have a hard time ever getting her out. So I’ve been getting up with her at night, which inevitably leads to me spending the remainder of the night with her in her bed. It’s not a bad arrangement, really, because I love sleeping with her, but her bed is a twin and I’m not sure I’ll ever get this kink out of my neck.
She keeps saying she’s afraid of the dark, so I’ve been looking around for a nifty new night light that will help her feel more comfortable when alone in her room. My ideal night light is one that will delight her senses but is not overly cutesy (teddy bears holding balloons? No.) After all, I’ll probably be the one staring at it well into the wee hours of the morning.
Here are ten great options for kids that will delight moms and dads as well…
Scandinavian Simplicity 1 of 10
These demure wooden wall mounts light up to give a child's room a dim glow. Available in a variety of fun shapes: a deer, tree, van, mushroom, and house.
Fern Living child lamps, Scandinavian Design Center, $75.
Ziggy Stardust 2 of 10
A David Bowie night light? Um, yes, please. With gift wrap. And when your child asks you what the heck it is, you can tell him or her it's a sleepy clown. Etsy seller Glass Action also offers stained glass night lights depicting other random celebs like Adam Ant and Conan O'Brien. They can also make custom night lights of you and one other person replicated from photos (example here).
Goodnight Globe 3 of 10
This globe lights up to enable a child to learn the continents before nodding off... just like school!
Goodnight Globe Nighlight, Land of Nod, $29.95
Robots! 4 of 10
Plant the seed for learning the robot dance now.
Night Lights… and Party Lights 5 of 10
When you're not using this 13 foot long garland of illuminated balls wrapped in cotton string to light up a child's room, you can use it dress up a patio or porch for an outdoor beer bong. Comes in a variety of fun color combinations: purples,oranges, pinks, reds...
35 Bulb Purple Tone String Lights from Etsy seller ginew, Etsy, $16.99
Red Kitty 6 of 10
The best thing about this light — aside from the cute design — is the price. Press the head to turn it on and off.
SPOKA LED night light, Ikea, $14.99
Illuminated Decals 7 of 10
These glow in the dark decorative decal kits includes 48 3-inch light bulbs and 18 feet of cord. That's a lot of light. Your child may never sleep again. Still, how cool is that?
WallCandy Night Light Decals, 2Modern, $48
Green Siamese 8 of 10
At 20 inches tall, this cute Siamese cat would look cute tucked in a corner of a child's bathroom.
Offi Siamese MyPetLamps, ModernSeed, $48, marked down from $79
Solar Sun Jar 9 of 10
Leave this solar-powered mason jar in a sun drenched place during the day for a soft glow all night long.
Sun Jar Solar Lamp, MOMA, $40
Brilliant Creatures 10 of 10
Happy Owl Glassworks offers night lights made of fused glass featuring all kinds of unexpected creatures: albatrosses, orangutans, sloths. The glass plates are available in all sorts of pretty colors.
Albatross Fused Glass Night Light, Happy Owl Glassworks, $42.