If there is one thing I wish the kids didn’t take after me, it would be the fear of el cucuy. El cucuy, the Spanish equivalent to The Boogieman, is a legend many parents used so their children would listen and go to bed. The bad part was it fed many night terrors in kids. I happened to believe the monster tale and have been fearful of the dark since before I can remember.
Now my children fear it just as much from seeing my reactions to scary movies or daddy turning off the lights to play with us. The dark and the shadows on the walls are not fun. They scare the world out of all three of us. Now that Dad works nights, I end up with two kids in my bed in the middle of the night. Imagine the fear in our eyes when the house makes noises. It gets ridiculous sometimes.
While I am not as scared as I was as a kid, my kids make it difficult to forget. They point out some scary things in our home that only leads me to keep lights on. I keep two lights on in our home at night. I also had them shop for their own night lights. It was important for them to pick their own kid light so that they understood that it would help them overcome or at least control this fear. We found some pretty cool kid lights. If you’re in need of a night light that will definitely scare el cucuy away, we’ve got you covered!
Cloud B Twilight Ladybug Constellation Night Light 1 of 8This ladybug is similar to the buddy my daughter has. She holds her tight at night as it reflects lights and shapes to our ceilings. It's also the perfect size to hold close enough to feels safe.
Available for $31.49: buy it here
Chuggington Wilson Flashlight 2 of 8My son loves Chugginton, and this is the cutest flashlight. He has a similar one that shines light at the push of a button. These are great for those scary walks to the restroom in the middle of the night.
Available for $13.49: buy it here
Solar System LED Night Light with Auto On/Off 3 of 8This plug in light projects a solar system, but what I loved most about it was its auto function. The light can stay plugged in, and with a sensor turns on and off. It's also energy efficient.
Available for $9.98: buy it here
SPÖKA LED Night Light 4 of 8This LED light is adorable and rechargeable. It turns on with a simple tap. It lasts 4-5 hours on a charged battery. It's soft to the touch, so kids will enjoy carrying this light around.
Available for $14.99: buy it here
Mobi WallMate Night Light – Monkey 5 of 8This little monkey also features an automatic on/off sensor. It is cool to the touch and gives off no heat, making it safe for all kids. It also exceeds federal standards of lead and BPA, making it very safe for our little ones. It has 3 different color modes, as well as a rainbow option.
Available for $13.99: buy it here
Munchkin Light-My-Way Nightlight 6 of 8Perfect for little hands, this portable light is heat free and runs on 3 AAA batteries. It also features an on/off switch.
Available for $11.99: buy it here
Circo® Mushroom LED Night Light 7 of 8This mushroom-shaped silicon light is also portable. It includes the AC adapter. I love the shape and can see this sitting on my kid's night stand.
Available for $14.99: buy it here
Nylon Ball String Lights 8 of 8While these are suggested to be patio lights, they are very much like Christmas lights. Hanging these up high around the kids' room adds the perfect touch and enough light to be a night light. The kids chose from various shapes and colors; they now enjoy the hanging lights over their lit room.
Available for $12.97: buy it here
Are your kids afraid of the dark, el cucuy, or any other made-up monster?
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