A personalized 2.5D night light for your baby's room, with customizable picture and texts.
Night lights seem like a pretty harmless thing to have in the nursery, but it is little known that there has been a long debate about whether night lights are good for your beloved baby. There are many pros and cons to having a night light in the nursery when the baby sleeps, and here’s why we think the pros outweigh the cons.
Let us first get into why some parents refuse to have night lights in the nursery. A lot of them say that having light in a bedroom will inhibit good sleep. Joyce Walsleben, Ph.D., associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine asserts that light hinders the production of melatonin while we’re sleeping. Melatonin is essential in having satisfactory sleep. By having a lit surrounding, the brain will not produce melatonin, thinking it’s still daytime. Hence, many think that having complete darkness is essential to having a good night’s sleep.
Now let’s get into why you should have a night light for your baby. Besides the reason above being unfounded, there are many benefits to having a night light in the nursery. Yes, your body needs to produce melatonin in order to have excellent sleep, but it has been shown that blue light is responsible for the inhibition of melatonin production. Red or orange lights are softer, and you should find one that is dim enough so that your baby’s sleep will not get disrupted. One tip we have is to put the night light behind something, say a chair or curtain, so that the direct light is further filtered (if the night light on hand seems to be a little too bright).
Many of us are still afraid of the dark, let alone babies. The purpose of this article is not to get into why exactly that is so, but it’s to minimize your troubles at night as a parent, having to make trips down to the nursery to coax your baby to sleep again. When a baby wakes up at night and is completely alone in the absence of light, they will be further disoriented and groggy than say, waking up in the afternoon. They’ll cry, your baby monitor will shriek, and you walk down (a little begrudgingly) to the baby’s room. Once there, there are two options – turn on the light, or brave the nursery in the dark. You, in your sleepiness, are also exposed to the risk of tripping on toys or furniture in the dark. And turning on the very bright overhead light in the nursery will further pull you and your baby out of sleep. Bright lights make our brain more awake, making it difficult to fall back asleep.
This is where having a night light comes in. With a night light, you can come in a bit more confidently. If the hallway leading to the nursery was unlit, a night light will make it a lot easier for navigation, and if the hallway was lit, you take less time having to orientate yourself than say, walking into a completely dark room.
But that’s not all – what if I told you a night light could be reassuring enough so that the baby does not cry, and instead falls back asleep themselves? Some babies are great, and they just do their baby thing and maybe look at toys for a bit, snuggle with their favorite plushy, and then fall gracefully back to sleep. Some babies can fall back to sleep in seconds, after realizing they’re home safe and sound. Some night lights come in soft toys that they can hug to sleep, making the baby feel safer. But I’m not sure if that can be safe, considering how the surface from which the light is emitted is probably hard.
Another great benefit of having a night light in the nursery is that it is supposed to increase visual stimulation, especially when the baby is still young, maybe newborn to half a year old.
Now let’s get into the actual night light itself. While purchasing one for your baby is based on personal preference, there has to be a few things kept in mind about what an ideal night light has to have. From the various factors listed above, the ideal one has to have red/orange light, and dim enough. That’s pretty much it. More tips you can consider while getting a night light is maybe have one with a timer, so that it doesn’t stay on the entire night (thus saving you electricity and by extension, money). As a parent, you probably know when your child tends to wake up in the night, and you could set the timer on for a little bit longer than that, ensuring the baby awakes in a cozily lit room. Another great factor to consider is if it has a built-in alarm. It is great to regulate the sleep of a baby, that way it also reduces the amount of times they wake up in the middle of the night. By having a regular sleep pattern, it also helps in the quality of sleep. It also helps if your baby night light runs on electricity, reducing the amount of times you have to change the batteries, saving a bit of time and money in the process.
We have a couple of night lights that are perfect for the above mentioned reasons. Our products are all (yes, all) customizable, so the following items differ only in its type.
Personalized 2.5D night light
It attaches to a wall switch, and is dim enough so that it doesn’t disrupt your baby’s sleep, while having a picture they can stare at (notice the vignette edges – that reduces the amount of light emitted). There are different light settings you can have on, but we think the colored one gives off the best Christmas-cosy atmosphere.
Flexible personalized 2.5D night light
The same as the above, just on a flexible hand. This is great so that you could hide it behind a chair, like mentioned above, so that direct light doesn’t hit your baby. Our lights are all dim enough so that should not be an issue, but should the switch be too near to your baby’s crib, it helps to be able to move the light around.
Photo with backlit frame
This is also a plug-in device, and is a great piece for the shelf. Even in the day, our products look quaint without the light on.
There are already products with pictures pre-selected by us, and this one features Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting, available in all 3 products listed above. Choose from our Artwork products here.
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