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Best Night Light for Kids

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By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Tuesday September 21, 2021
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Need a night light to illuminate the dark? We've researched, purchased, and tested the top 10 night lights available today. To determine the best, each product experienced side-by-side comparisons and hands-on testing to evaluate various factors, such as ease of use, range of brightness, durability, and more. Whether you need a soft glow for late-night feeds or to calm your child's fear of the dark, we are confident there is a top-notch night light in our lineup that will meet your needs and budget.


1

Best Overall Night Light


Hatch Baby Rest Night Light


Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: No
3-in-1 device & customization
App-control
Adjustable brightness
Charging cord with plug
Wide age range
Button interface underneath

Don't be fooled by the sleek and minimal appearance of the Hatch Baby Rest. It is high-tech, combining three products (night light, sound machine, and time-to-rise tool for toddlers and children) into one device. The exterior is plastic, and a charging cord with a plug comes with the device. Arguably one of the most innovative features of the Hatch is its app control. Download the Hatch app onto a smartphone, tablet, or android, and through Bluetooth, it will connect to your device. This convenience means you can access and adjust the Hatch from the comfort of your bed without entering your child's room. Otherwise, control the device by its touch-sensitive silver ring on top or by a button interface underneath. But the app does provide a broader range of options than the other control methods. Through the app, create and save programs with your favorite color, sound, and brightness level, which will run automatically. The program settings include a "Toddler Lock" option, so if a curious toddler touches the device, it will not disable a running program. Considering its range of functions, the Hatch will grow with your little one and provide years of service.

The Hatch Rest has an intuitive, user-friendly interface, but the...
We appreciate the Hatch Rest provides a charging cable and plug.

The Hatch has a few downsides. It only operates when plugged into an outlet. This lack of portability means you cannot take it from one room to another. Using the button interface underneath the device requires two hands (one to hold the device and the other to push buttons), which is slightly inconvenient if you have a baby in your arms. However, once you set up a program on the app, it will run automatically, and if modification needs to occur, the app is the easiest method to use, not the button interface. All in all, despite its flaws, we think the Hatch has many praise-worthy features. If you fancy its minimal design, value its multiple functions, plus consider yourself tech-savvy and like the idea of using an app, we recommend the Hatch Rest.

The Hatch Rest is a top-performing  3-in-1 product. Operate this...
The Hatch Rest is a top-performing 3-in-1 product. Operate this device through an app and customize programs that will run automatically for naptime, bedtime, and time-to-rise.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

2

Best Option for Simplicity


VAVA VA-CL006


Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Sleek
Longevity
Battery life
Adjustable brightness
No plug
Learning curve

The VAVA VA-CL006 quickly became a tester favorite thanks to its simplicity in design and operation. This lightweight product has a plastic, waterproof exterior. It offers two light colors (cool and warm white), adjustable brightness, and a one-hour sleep timer. The touch-sensitive controls provide the ability to operate the device with one hand - a convenient perk if you're holding or feeding your little one. The VAVA sits on a small, stable charging dock, and if you're half-asleep, placing the device on top of the charging dock is easier to do than locating a charging cable. At full charge, this light is portable and ready to travel with you around your home or nursery, plus its battery life is excellent. We appreciate that the VAVA can be at service well beyond the newborn late-nights and into childhood. The VAVA includes a carabiner to hang the device and face stickers to decorate the outer shell for some personality. Users report that the VAVA company has responsive customer service and offers an 18-month warranty, which we appreciate.

The silicone gasket on the VAVA VA-VL006 lifts and using the...
The VAVA VA-CL006 includes a charging base and cord, but no plug.

The VAVA includes a charging base and cable but not a plug for the outlet, and you will need to search your home for an extra or order one. Navigating the touch-sensitive controls is tricky until you read the directions and practice. Luckily, there is a helpful small sticker with instructions you can leave on the device, but the learning curve is short, and once you master it, it is easy to use. Users report that the touch-sensitive controls can be touchy, and while carrying or moving the device, the settings unintentionally change. From our testing, this can occur if you grab the top of the light or accidentally cover the sensor above the logo, but it is avoidable if you hold the lower half. So, if you seek simplicity, portability, product longevity, and a little fun (thanks to the carabiner and face stickers), this is a product for you.

The VAVA VA-CL006 is modern, sleek, and simple to operate after...
The VAVA VA-CL006 is modern, sleek, and simple to operate after mastering a short learning curve.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

3

Budget-Friendly Plug-In


Eufy Lumi Plug-In


Sleep Timer: No | Portable: No
Compact design
Multiple lights
Budget-friendly
Cannot adjust brightness
Eliminates an outlet space

The Eufy Lumi Plug-In embraces the set it and forget it mentality, plus at a budget-friendly cost per light, this system may appeal to those on a budget. Simply place the compact lights in outlets around your home to illuminate dark spaces, such as hallways, staircases, bathrooms, and bedrooms. The Eufy senses the change as a room darkens and automatically increases its soft glow until the room brightens. The Eufy is ideal for families with a trek to the nursery or to boost their toddler's confidence by illuminating the route to the bathroom, avoiding the use of eye-blinding overhead lights. Also, the Eufy can be at service long after late-night feeds and changes and into childhood.

The Eufy will increase or decrease soft glow based on ambient light...
The Eufy Lumi Plug-In is energy efficient and easy to use.

Unfortunately, you cannot control the brightness of the Eufy, and we think the glow of the Eufy is slightly brighter than dim. When plugging Eufy into an outlet, avoid turning it upside down. A plug-in light will reduce one socket available for other devices needing electricity in that location. But, despite these minor drawbacks, if you prefer having multiple lights to illuminate several spaces, such as hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms, plus want the best bang for your buck, then the Eufy may meet your needs.

The Eufy Lumi Plug-In couldn't be easier to use, and it provides a...
The Eufy Lumi Plug-In couldn't be easier to use, and it provides a soft glow.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

4

Best Child Night Light


LumiPets Bear


Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Soft silicone
Washable
Remote control
Adjustable brightness
No wall plug and short cord
Without remote, fewer options
Battery life mediocre

Eye-catching for its bear-shape cuteness, the LumiPets Bear is a perfect buddy for any child. The soft, squishy, non-toxic silicone material (free of BPA, latex, lead, and phthalate) makes a great cuddle companion. It is rechargeable, portable, and includes a micro USB cord. Operate the Lumi by either tapping it to select one of nine colors or flow through the color spectrum. Alternatively, use the remote control to choose the same color options, adjust the brightness, and set the sleep timer of 15, 30, and 60 minutes. The remote control is easy to use and is an exciting feature for children. Also, the LumiPets is dishwasher washable, a rare perk that we appreciate.

The LumiPets Bear includes a remote control and offers a variety of...
The LumiPets Bear's charging cord port is on the backside, next to...

The LumiPet does not come with a wall plug, and the charge cord is short, limiting where you plug it if you're using it. The remote control offers more features than tapping, so if the remote is accidentally lost, the options of adjusting brightness or setting a sleep timer will no longer be available. Additionally, the remote control will only function with a power button press on the LumiPets first. We feel that this flaw defeats the remote's purpose, especially if you need to walk across the room to press the button. Users mention the battery life is not ideal, and if you leave the LumiPets on through the night, it will need to charge the following day for nighttime use. These factors aside, the LumiPets is a kid magnet. Seriously. If you think your child will enjoy this soft, cuddly light that shines multiple colors and has a remote control, then we are sure this LumiPets will bring bedtime happiness and keep the monsters under the bed at bay.

The LumiPets Bear is a favorite among children and the remote...
The LumiPets Bear is a favorite among children and the remote control is an exciting feature.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

5

Our Favorite Projection Nightlight


Cloud B Twilight Turtle


Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Awesome projection
Soothing
Durable
Grow with child
Batteries not included
Automatically turns off
Cannot adjust the brightness

The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is a dreamy soother for a little one as they drift off to sleep. This soft, plush toy with a hard plastic shell widely projects eight major constellations onto the walls and ceiling in three color options: green, blue, and amber, or flow through all colors. This product is durable and will withstand the rage of toddlers. Plus, it is portable as a battery-operated light and will automatically shut off after 45 minutes, preserving the battery. Use this light to entertain your baby during tummy time, or incorporate it into naptime and bedtime routines. Regardless, we are sure that this product will be a family favorite and provide years of enjoyment.

The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is hands-down, a family favorite...
Under the fabric flap, the battery-operated Cloud B Twilight Turtle...

If you hope to use the turtle once it arrives, we advise having batteries on hand as the turtle does not include any. Also, there is no option to adjust brightness or to have it run constantly through the night. Therefore, we don't view this lovable turtle as a primary night light. Instead, we believe it is perfect for families who want a kid-friendly, adorable creature with an astral projection that will leave kids of all ages oohing and aahing, plus it may make the darkness seem less frightening.

The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is a family favorite that soothes...
The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is a family favorite that soothes bedtime fears with its wide projection of constellations on the ceiling and walls.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

6

Best for Double Duty While Traveling


VTech Myla The Monkey


Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Rechargeable
Control light brightness and sound volume
Short cord
No wall plug

If you're hitting the road and need a dual-purpose product (a night light and sounds machine), the VTech Myla The Monkey may meet your needs. This adorable monkey does it all, plus its travel-friendly size makes it a must-have for your child's routine away from home. The monkey's cheeks let out gentle light, providing a familiar light to help soothe your child's fears of the dark while falling asleep away from home. Plus, it can work in various locations, thanks to the monkey's stretchable tail that can hook around a stroller handle, doorknob, or baby's car seat. It is truly a cute pal you'd love to tag along. Customize the light's brightness with a button on the monkey's tummy, and it plays lullabies and white noise. Other features you can control include volume and an auto-timer (60 minutes) or choose to have it play on until it drains the rechargeable battery. We do appreciate not having to worry about ordering and having on-hand alkaline batteries.

The VTech Myla The Monkey is a great option for travels away from...
The VTech Myla The Monkey is a great option for travels away from home and offers both night light and sound machine functions, all wrapped up into one.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

If you're charging the monkey while in use, keep in mind, the rechargeable cord is short, so this will limit where you can plug it in. Also, the Myla does not come with a wall plug. Therefore, you'll need to sacrifice a plug adapter or modern USB plug for the cord or purchase one dedicated to the monkey. Besides these drawbacks, the Myla works well as a dual-purpose, travel-friendly product.

The V-Tech portable Myla is a great option for staying at home or...
The V-Tech portable Myla is a great option for staying at home or traveling about on errands or around the globe.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

7

Good for Multiple Locations


Vont Lyra LED Night Light


Sleep Timer: No | Portable: No
Compact design
Multiple lights
Sensors vary
Cannot adjust brightness

Plug the Vont Lyra LED Night Light into a wall outlet, and it will automatically illuminate your little one's nursery or other spaces around your home with a cool white color. With multiple lights, this set is excellent for those who need to light several areas. The sensor will gradually turn the night light on and off as the environment dims or brightens. And, with a LED light source, the manufacturer states the lights should not heat.

The Vont Lyra LED Night Light is a wall plug-in light and will...
The Vont Lyra LED Night Light is a wall plug-in light and will automatically brighten and dim as the ambient light changes.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Among the set, we experienced fluctuations in sensor performance during our hands-on testing, mainly in medium-bright locations. One light would illuminate, yet another would not. But, in a fully dark room, all the lights automatically lit up, which is the main objective. Also, the lamps offer a set brightness, and there is no way to make adjustments. We think this product is suitable for families who need to illuminate multiple locations around their homes for late-night nappy changes and feeds despite these flaws.

The Vont Lyra LED Night Light illuminates a space with a cool white...
The Vont Lyra LED Night Light illuminates a space with a cool white light.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

8

Option for Older Children


Tecboss Smart Chick


Sleep Timer: No | Portable: Yes
Small
Easy to use
Battery life
Adjustable brightness
No plug
Uncommon charging cable
Eyes can come off

The Tecboss Smart Chick is small, portable, and adorable. It has silicone on the top and plastic on the bottom. Press down on the chick's head to turn it on and off. Press and hold to adjust the brightness. It includes a charging cable but no plug but offers a decent battery life, ideal for parents who don't want to charge a device every day.

The Tecboss Smart Chick's charging cord is not standard like a USB...
The Tecboss Smart Chick has silicone material on top with plastic on...

This device does not come with a wall plug, and the charging cable is not a standard USB cord, like other products in our review. Therefore, if you lose it, you'll likely need to purchase an extra. We also noticed that the chick's eyes could easily be removed, and since they are small in size, we are uncomfortable with its use by small children who might get ahold of and attempt to swallow the eyes. In our opinion, this is an unfortunate issue as the chick functions well. Therefore, we only recommend this product to older children.

The Tecboss Smart Chick is adorable and offers a range of brightness.
The Tecboss Smart Chick is adorable and offers a range of brightness.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

9

Good 2-in-1 Night Light


Skip Hop Soother Owl


Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: No
Sound Machine
Adjust projection angle
Volume control
Adjustable brightness
Requires plug-in power
Projection narrow

The Skip Hop Soother Owl is a 2-in-1 product. It projects a moon and stars on the ceiling or wall with an adjustable pivot lens, and the owl's belly glows with dimmer control. It plays lullabies and nature sounds, plus you can let it play continuously or set a sleep timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. The button interface is user-friendly and you can adjust brightness and volume. Overall, the product is adorable and may work well for a woodland-themed nursery.

The Skip Hop Soother Owl's interface is intuitive to use.
The Skip Hop Soother Owl has an adjustable pivot lens.

With no option to run on batteries, the owl requires plug-in power to function, making it not portable. The stars and moon projection is narrow and less grand than the other projection product in our review. We also noticed that the sound quality is not the best. If the owl compliments your baby's nursery and you are okay with average performance, we think you may be satisfied with this product. However, if you don't mind slightly adjusting your budget, we believe the Hatch Rest may be worth the splurge for higher satisfaction, performance, and quality.

The Skip Hop Soother Owl provides a narrow projection of stars and a...
The Skip Hop Soother Owl provides a narrow projection of stars and a moon, plus a glowing belly, with adjustable brightness. It also is a sound machine, but the sound quality is low.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

10

Good Handle Carry Option


Munchkin Light My Way


Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Easy-grasp handle
One button
Batteries not included
Lacks durability
Cannot adjust the brightness
Small button to find in the dark

The Munchkin Light My Way is a good match for an owl-loving toddler who cannot reach light switches and wants a portable light to illuminate the way. One press of the button to power on and off this battery-operated product. Plus, it features a 20-minute sleep timer that will power off the light, which means no fretting over draining battery life. It is made of plastic and features a grabbable handle for easy carry.

We wish the battery-operated Munchkin Light My Way had a more...
The Munchkin Light My Way has an easy to use carry handle, which no...

There are a few downsides. The light does not include batteries, and although this is a simple fix, it is an added step before the product works. We wonder about the plastic's long-term durability, specifically cracks or chips resulting from drops onto hard surfaces or down flights of stairs. There is no option to change brightness. Some users also report that the power button is small and challenging for half-asleep toddlers to locate in the dark. We agree and wish a more prominent button was in its place after examining the issue ourselves, preferably not on the bottom. But, consider usability and its low price tag, we view this product as a potential backup or secondary light for your little one to carry around the home.

The Munchkin Light My Way is a portable, easy to carry night light...
The Munchkin Light My Way is a portable, easy to carry night light for toddlers. However, the power button is not prominent and tricky to find in the dark.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Tip: It is best to set up a night light down low or up high, to avoid it shining directly into eyes.

Our review includes a variety of night light styles from high-tech...
Our review includes a variety of night light styles from high-tech to projection. There is sure to be a night light here that will meet you and your baby's needs.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


Led by a pediatrician and mother of two children, BabyGearLab has been testing baby-related products over the past decade, developing unique testing procedures and gaining expertise to rate and rank products. Directing our night light review is Molly Bradac, Senior Review Editor, as well as Nanny and Newborn Care Specialist with over 14 years of experience. Molly has worked with dozens of families, and her skills include sleep training, establishing sleep routines, and providing overnight care for newborns. Molly's experiences and knowledge render expert recommendations for you and your family. Also contributing to our review are little testers who play an essential role in our testing, allowing our experts further to assess usability and durability from a child's perspective.

Analysis and Test Results


We purchased each product in our lineup and evaluated each product's performance. We completed hands-on testing and side-by-side comparisons, paying close attention to ease of use and durability.

The VAVA VA-CL006 includes face stickers for your little one to...
The VAVA VA-CL006 includes face stickers for your little one to decorate the outer shell giving it some fun personality that is sure to make them smile.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


We already have enough to focus on as busy parents and caregivers, so why add to it? We suggest purchasing an easiest to use device that will meet your needs. Among the competition, we think the Hatch ranks high with its app-control that works remotely, plus it creates and automatically runs programs with your favorite settings. The Eufy Lumi Plug-In and Vont Lyra LED Night Light are runner-up contenders as plug-in lights that automatically turn on and off. Alternatively, we think the Munchkin Light My Way is the most challenging product to use. The power button is tricky for toddlers to find in the dark, and the sleep timer is only 20 minutes; both factors increase the likelihood that you'll need to get out of bed to help your child in the dark.

Tap the VAVA logo twice to initiate the sleep timer of one hour.
Tap the VAVA logo twice to initiate the sleep timer of one hour.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range of Brightness


Ideally, a nightlight should illuminate a space enough to provide adequate vision, but it shouldn't disrupt your baby's sleep and melatonin secretion. A brightness range can be a useful feature on a unit, and the products that offer this option rank higher than competitors. If a product does not provide brightness variability, we recommend you avoid placement where it could shine directly in your baby's eyes. Most of the lights in our lineup provide adjustable brightness, with the Hatch Rest providing the most extensive range. However, the Cloud B Twilight Turtle, Eufy Lumi Plug-In, Vont Lyra LED Night Light, and Munchkin Light My Way do not have adjustable brightness.

Some products offer a range of brightness levels, while others do...
Some products offer a range of brightness levels, while others do not, like the Munchkin Light My Way.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Durability


Children are not always gentle or careful creatures, and we anticipate a product to drop, fall, or crash at some point. Therefore, durability is vital, especially if your little one will be handling it. We assessed each product for material, sturdiness, and areas that may raise concerns. Regarding durability, we think some top-ranking, kid-friendly products include the Cloud B Twilight Turtle, LumiPets Bear, and VTech Myla The Monkey. However, a few low-ranking products include the Tecboss Smart Chick as the eyes can remove, which we believe is unsuitable for younger tots, and the Munchkin Light My Way has plastic material which we feel is less robust.

Besides the charging dock, the VAVA VA-CL006 offers another charging...
The LumiPets Bear's silicone exterior is removable and dishwasher...

Tip: Many products use LED bulbs, which are energy-efficient and last a long time, plus they do not get as hot, which is key since children like to touch everything.

Each product in our round-up varies in material, such as plastic...
Each product in our round-up varies in material, such as plastic, silicone, or a mixture of plush fabric and plastic.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


Conclusion


A night light can provide a soft glow for midnight feedings and changes, a quick peek on your sleeping baby or reassure your little one that the darkness is not as spooky as they think. Regardless of why you need a nightlight, we think most parents will be grateful to have a light illuminating the dark. Let our expert recommendations help streamline your decision-making process. We are confident there is a perfect nightlight here that will meet your needs and budget.

Molly Bradac