The Best Night Lights for Babies

Every parent learns quickly that for all the joy of a baby’s waking life, the moment they lay down to sleep for the night brings unimaginable relief.

Finding a reliable way to get your child to sleep through the night can help relieve one of the most significant stressors in parenting. Fortunately, finding the best night lights for babies can help everyone get a good night’s sleep!

Most Soothing
Skip Hop Baby Sound Machine: Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother, Owl
Best Overall
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise
Best Basic Option
VAVA Home VA-CL006 Night Lights for Kids with Stable Charging Pad, ABS+PC Bedside Lamp for Breastfeeding, Touch Control&Timer Setting, White
Skip Hop Moonlight and Melodies
Hatch Baby Rest
VAVA Home Night Light
Most Soothing
Skip Hop Baby Sound Machine: Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother, Owl
Skip Hop Moonlight and Melodies
Best Overall
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise
Hatch Baby Rest
Best Basic Option
VAVA Home VA-CL006 Night Lights for Kids with Stable Charging Pad, ABS+PC Bedside Lamp for Breastfeeding, Touch Control&Timer Setting, White
VAVA Home Night Light

Night lights help bring your baby comfort so both you and your child can sleep. With so many different styles of night lights out there, it can prove difficult to choose the right one. In this article, we will explore some of the best night lights out there to make your decision easier!


Hatch Baby Rest

Mama’s Choice: Best Overall

This night light has it all. Sleep-expert recommended sound and light settings, presets, and alarms, all with the option to customize with your smartphone or tablet! The Hatch Rest offers exceptional versatility to suit a variety of sleeping habits, making it my top choice.

Hatch Baby Night Light and Sound Machine

Multi-functional night light with a built-in sound machine and time-to-rise capabilities. A smartphone or tablet controls the night light with numerous customization options and presets.

What I Love

  • Versatile enough to work for ages from newborn to school age
  • Easy to use
  • Relaxing lighting and soothing sounds in one package
  • Subtle appearance fits with any design scheme

Hatch has found an excellent niche by designing all-on-one sleep products for everyone, from newborns to adults. With a 60-night money-back guarantee, they show confidence that their products will work for the long haul, not just a night or two. 

We chose this light because it has it all: lights, sounds, customization, and simplicity all packaged in one elegant design.

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VAVA Home Night Light

Mama’s Choice: Best Basic Option

The simplicity, durability, and functionality of the VAVA Home VA-CL006 Night Light put it above most of its competitors. The two hues give it the ability to function as a reading light (in white) or a breastfeeding light (in yellow), and it even comes with a sleep timer!

VAVA Home Night Light

Portable night light with a USB charger, adjustable brightness, and sleep timer. Touch controls make it easily usable for both parents and children.

What I Love

  • Baby-safe construction using toy-grade materials
  • Easy-to-use touch operation
  • Waterproof for indoor or outdoor usage
  • Two light hues, white and yellow, for brightness or warmth

The VAVA Home packages a surprising amount of features into its compact, touch-controlled design. We love the soft lighting, battery life, and sleep timer settings for care at bedtime or in the middle of the night. 

I chose this light because of its sturdy design, excellent battery life, and versatility make it equally suited to everything from nurseries to campgrounds.

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Skip Hop Moonlight and Melodies Night Light

Mama’s Choice: Best Soothing Features

This night light features not only the glowing belly of an adorable owl but also ceiling projections, soothing sounds, and even lullabies! The combination of cuteness, relaxation, and quality lighting makes this an excellent choice for any baby’s bedroom.

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Skip Hop Owl Night Light

Owl-shaped night light with sound machine features and ceiling projections. The sound machine has an auto-off timer or all-night capabilities to help babies rest.

What I Love

  • Star and moon ceiling projections
  • Dimmer controls for optimum nursery lighting
  • Auto-timer on sounds for to play for 15, 30, or 60 minutes as well as continuous play
  • Four different lullabies, and four different sleep sounds (rainforest, jungle crickets, waves, or white noise with heartbeat)

The addition of sleep sounds makes this device an outstanding option for decorating a nursery while providing much-needed relaxation for your child. With a bevy of combinations between lighting and sounds, the Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies has something for everyone.

We chose this night light because quite simply, everything about it soothes, from its wonderful sounds to its warm lighting and even its exceptionally cute appearance. 

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How to Choose the Best Night Light for Babies

A lot can go into the decision of which night light to deploy in your baby’s room. You may have a particularly fussy sleeper or a baby who needs soothing noises to stay knocked out all night long. 

With a little more information on what to consider, you can greatly reduce trial and error. 

Three Important Features to Consider in a Night Light for Babies

  • Design: Night lights come in a wide array of styles. Some plug directly into the wall, others have rechargeability and portability. Some lights need to stay plugged in. 

Some might project an image onto the ceiling, while others simply give off ambient light.

You should also consider what type of light the device gives off. Blue light can inhibit sleep, while warmer colors like yellow or red promote it.

  • Brightness: A good night light should at least have the option to provide very low brightness. If you plan to use the light for more practical purposes like breastfeeding or reading, you may want a light with the ability to send out more light when you need it. 
  • Extra Features: Night light technology has moved far beyond the simple plug-in glowing object of yesteryear. Today, night lights come with everything from customizable lighting displays to sounds, alarms, and sleep timers. 

Other Night Lights to Consider

Here are a few more popular options that are worth taking a look at if you didn’t find the best baby night light for your little one in my first few picks…

Skip Hop Cute Chick Bedside Night Light

This little baby chick brings smiles with its comforting light. With touch-based controls your child can have fun with this light, too.

Cute Chick Bedside Night light

Night light shaped like a hatching chick. Features include intuitive touch-based controls and exceptional battery life with warm lighting. 

What I Love

  • Touch controls 
  • Fun, wobbly shape
  • Toy-grade plastics
  • Exceptional battery life

What’s Meh

  • Quality control issues with the battery 
  • Many little plastic bits that can break off

This night light makes a great lamp for just the right light for midnight feedings or all-night comfort. The adorable design brings a smile to everyone’s face, and the easy-to-use controls allow for several brightness levels. 

 We chose this night light because, quite simply, it is a lot of fun. 

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Toyuugo Moon Lamp

This amazing night light fills your child’s room with a sense of wonder. What could be better than the glow of the moon to create a peaceful, natural night setting?

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Toyuugo Moon Lamp

Remote-controlled night lamp with 16 colors powered by LED bulbs. 3D-printed design inspired by the moon.

What We Love

  • Gorgeous projection
  • Diverse colorization options
  • Remote controls 
  • Suitable for any age

What Was Meh

  • Lower battery life than other lights on our list
  • Needs its own stand

The Tuugo Moon Lamp has an undeniably gorgeous design. The stand, while handsome, does make it a little less versatile than some other lights on the list. But, the charm of its lunar surface makes it a truly great night light for everyone from babies to teenagers.   

We chose this night light because it has more eye-catching appeal than most of the other lights we reviewed. 

Vont Lyra Night Light

Sometimes, you just need a little extra light, without all the bells and whistles. The Vont Lyra night lights come in six packs, so you can light up hallways and bathrooms in addition to your child’s bedroom.

Vont Lyra Night Light

Simple, long-lasting plug-in night lights. Smart technology automatically turns lights on when ambient light gets too low and adjusts itself throughout the night. 

What I Love

  • Dusk to Dawn sensors
  • Auto-adjust brightness
  • Compact design
  • Energy and cost efficient

What’s Meh

  • Automatic brightness not adjustable
  • White light only

The Vont Lyra night lights offer a wonderfully practical solution for lighting a number of places with consistent lighting. The design is simple enough to match most any decor scheme, and by keeping things simple these lights last a very long time.   

The Vont Lyra makes our list because in the right context, these lights do exactly what you need them to do. 

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SnowCinda Kids Night Light

The last light on my list goes beyond ambient lighting to provide a genuine light show. The SnowCinda Kids Night Light projects a dreamlike night sky throughout the room, in a variety of colors and display options.

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SnowCinda Kids Night Light

Battery-powered starry sky projector, operating on batteries or USB cable. It comes in a blue or pink base, with the ability to alternate between projection or ambient light settings.

What I Love

  • Changes between projection and lamp displays
  • Static or rotating lighting
  • Base comes in two colors
  • USB or AAA battery-powered

What’s Meh

  • Quite bright
  • Short power cord

The SnowCinda Kids Night Light not only brightens up a room, it provides a dazzling light show. With two base colors from which to choose, it makes a great light for any child. With the option to change the lamp shade so it functions as a normal light, it has both function and style.    

The SnowCinda Night Light made our list because it puts on a show like nothing else we’ve reviewed. 

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Closing Thoughts

Finding the best night lights for babies takes a good amount of research and an even greater amount of experimentation. You can find a night light that does almost anything you could imagine with a deep enough dig, but hopefully, with our help, you won’t need to dig too deep. 

What about you? Have you found a “magic” night light? I hope these choices help you and your little one get an excellent night’s sleep.

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