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Best Night Light for Kids

We tested night lights from top brands like Hatch, LumiPets, Skip Hop, and more to find the best.
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By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday September 29, 2021
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Need a kid-friendly night light to illuminate the dark? We've researched, purchased, and tested the top 9 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.

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Pros Multi-functional, customizable, app-control, adjustable brightness, sound quality, includes cord and plug-inAdorable and soft, range of colors, washablePortable, brightness and volume adjustableInexpensive pack of lights, compact design, set it and forget itAffordable pack of lights, compact design, set it and forget it
Cons Expensive, app may require learning curveMediocre battery life, short charge cord, doesn't include wall plug-in adaptorShort charge cord, doesn't include wall plug-inCannot adjust brightnessCannot adjust brightness
Bottom Line A versatile and multi-functional night light that you can easily control from your phoneA kid-friendly night light that offers a range of colors and brightness, and remote controlA portable and rechargeable monkey night light that doubles as a sound machineA simple and affordable set of plug-in night lights that offer a soft glowThis set includes multiple compact plug-in lights that automatically illuminate with a cool white color
Rating Categories Hatch Baby Rest Nig... LumiPets Bear VTech Myla The Monkey Eufy Lumi Plug-In Vont Lyra LED Night...
Ease Of Use (35%)
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Specs Hatch Baby Rest Nig... LumiPets Bear VTech Myla The Monkey Eufy Lumi Plug-In Vont Lyra LED Night...
Sound Machine Yes No Yes No No
Portable No Yes Yes No No
Power Source Rechargeable cord Rechargeable cord Rechargeable cord Wall plug-in Wall Plug-In


Best Overall Night Light


Hatch Baby Rest Night Light


81
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 8
  • Range of Brightness 10
  • Durability 6
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 or tablet, 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. 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 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, 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 Baby Rest.

Best Budget-Friendly Night Light


LumiPets Bear


77
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 7
  • Range of Brightness 8
  • Durability 8
Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Soft silicone
Washable
Remote control
Adjustable brightness
No wall plug & short cord
Fewer options without remote
Battery life mediocre

With eye-catching, 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 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 adorable 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.

Best Bang for the Buck


Eufy Lumi Plug-In


65
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SCORE
  • Ease of Use 9
  • Range of Brightness 1
  • Durability 10
Sleep Timer: No | Portable: No
Inexpensive
Multiple lights
Cannot adjust brightness

As wall plug-in lights, the Eufy Lumi Plug-In embraces the set it and forget it mentality. Plus, at a budget-friendly cost per light, this option may appeal to those on a tight budget yet need to illuminate multiple dark spaces around the home with a soft glow. So, if you need to brighten the route to the nursery as well as the bathroom for your toddler, you may want to consider this option. Also, this product offers longevity, providing light beyond the late-night feeds and diaper changes and well into childhood for sleepovers.

Compared to some contenders in our lineup, the Eufy's appearance is not baby-centric, which may be a deal-breaker if you seek an adorable accessory for your child's room. But, again, they're practical and an affordable solution for anyone who needs to illuminate several locations, such as hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

Best for Double Duty While Traveling


VTech Myla The Monkey


77
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 7
  • Range of Brightness 8
  • Durability 8
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 storing alkaline batteries.

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.

Our Favorite Projection Nightlight


Cloud B Twilight Turtle


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  • Ease of Use 5
  • Range of Brightness 1
  • Durability 10
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 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.

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.

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
81
$60
Editors' Choice Award
A versatile and multi-functional night light that you can easily control from your phone
77
$25
Best Value Award
A kid-friendly night light that offers a range of colors and brightness, and remote control
77
$30
Top Pick Award
A portable and rechargeable monkey night light that doubles as a sound machine
65
$18
Best Value Award
A simple and affordable set of plug-in night lights that offer a soft glow
65
$23
This set includes multiple compact plug-in lights that automatically illuminate with a cool white color
64
$45
Night light & sound machine offering narrow projection and glowing belly, but sound quality is low and device is not portable
52
$16
An adorable night light that is easy to use but is most suitable for older children as the chick's eyes can easily remove
51
$30
Top Pick Award
A dreamy night light that projects constellations on the ceiling from its shell and automatically shuts-off after 45 minutes
33
$11
A portable night light with carry handle that offers one brightness level and a power button that can be tricky for toddlers to find in the dark

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.

The Tecboss Smart Chick has silicone material on top with plastic on...
The Vont Lyra LED Night Light is a wall plug-in light and will...
The LumiPets Bear&#039;s silicone exterior is removable and dishwasher...

Analysis and Test Results


We purchased each product in our lineup to evaluate real-world performance. While completing hands-on testing and side-by-side comparisons, we focused on specific factors, such as product ease of use, range of brightness, and durability. A product's overall score is a combination of scores in these metrics.


Value


If you plan to illuminate multiple dark spaces, such as hallways, staircases, bathrooms, and bedrooms, the Eufy Lumi Plug-In includes multiple lights in a pack, making it the cost per light budget-friendly. This night light option embraces the set it and forget it mentality, offers longevity, and is a possible solution for families with multiple children. However, if your tot seeks a more kid-focused night light to bring happiness to bedtime, the adorable LumiPets Bear is the true winner. It not only has a favorable price tag, but it is well-loved by children.

Some night lights are easier to use, whereas others require a...
Some night lights are easier to use, whereas others require a learning curve.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


We already have enough to focus on as busy parents and caregivers, so why add to it? We believe a top-notch product should have a user-friendly interface, offer portability, the ability to illuminate throughout the night, and include a charge cord and wall plug-in adaptor, allowing the product to be ready to charge out of the packaging.


Among the competition, the Eufy Lumi Plug-In and Vont Lyra LED Night Light rank high with scores of 9 of 10. These products shine in this metric, mainly due to their design. Considering their power source, they are ready to illuminate straight out of their packaging and require no learning curve. Simply plug them in and forget about the rest; they'll automatically operate as the room darkens or brightens. The only downside is that they're not portable and this did impact their score; however, with multiple lights in a pack, you should have enough to illuminate many areas around your home.

The Eufy Lumi Plug-In couldn&#039;t be easier to use, and it provides a...
The Vont Lyra LED Night Light illuminates a space with a cool white...

If a plug-in wall style is not what you seek, the Hatch Baby Rest is a runner-up contender that also scores high and may meet your needs. This device is app-controlled, and although it may require a slight learning curve, it is convenient and easy to use. You can also operate this device remotely or customize programs with your favorite settings that will run automatically. Plus, we were happy to see that the product includes a rechargeable cord and wall plug-in adaptor. In contrast, some contenders did not have an adaptor, causing us to sacrifice one from around the house.

The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is hands-down, a family favorite...
We wish the battery-operated Munchkin Light My Way had a more...

On the flip side, the Cloud B Twilight Turtle and Munchkin Light My Way, rank low in this metric, scoring 5 of 10. Both products do not run throughout the night, and although the Cloud B Twilight Turtle has easy-to-push and operate buttons, we can not say the same about the Munchkin, which has a small power button that is tricky for toddlers to find in the dark. Plus, the sleep timer on the Munchkin is only 20 minutes, increasing the likelihood that you'll need to get out of bed to help your child in the dark.

The LumiPets Bear includes a remote control and offers a variety of...
The LumiPets Bear includes a remote control and offers a variety of fun colors.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range of Brightness


Ideally, a night light should illuminate a space enough to provide adequate vision, but it shouldn't disrupt your baby's sleep. Therefore, we value products that offer adjustability and a wide range of illumination over those that do not, and we considered this when scoring the competition.


Most of the competition offers adjustable brightness; however, the Hatch Rest provides the most extensive range, giving it some leverage and a high score of 10 of 10, making it a top performer in this metric. However, the Cloud B Twilight Turtle, Eufy Lumi Plug-In, Munchkin Light My Way, and Vont Lyra LED Night Light do not offer adjustable brightness, and thus, rank low with scores of 1 out of 10.

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

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.


Among the competition, the Cloud B Twilight Turtle, Eufy Lumi Plug-In, and Vont Lyra LED Night Light rank high with scores of 10. The plug-ins are nearly indestructible, and from our experience, the Cloud B Turtle truly lasts the test of time, moving from one child to the next. However, the Tecboss Smart Chick scores low in this metric with a score of 1 of 10. While testing, we noticed that the chick's eyes can fall off, which we believe is unsuitable for younger tots.

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: 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.

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


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