For most of human history, our nights were very dark – only very recently have we had access to electric light that brightens our cities and homes 24/7. Many sleep researchers argue that this modern light saturation disrupts our natural sleep-wake cycles, making it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up. Because of this, many sleep researchers recommend that parents return children’s rooms to that old-fashioned state of relative darkness. Does this mean we need to banish night lights as well? Not at all. The same sleep researchers recommend night lights as a perfectly safe, healthy and effective way to create a positive sleep environment for young children. Here’s how to choose the best nightlight for your toddler.
1. Consider Safety Issues.
As with any other product, consider potential risks. Parent.Guide outlines the main ones associated with nightlights:
Keep night lights with small parts away from babies and toddlers
Not all night lights are designed for your little one to use as a toy. Many decorative night lights contain small parts that can prove to be a choking hazard. Always check the packaging to see if your night light contains small parts that may be unsuitable.
Keep plug in night lights away from babies and toddlers
Plug in night lights can pose an electrocution should your child try to unplug it or spill liquid on it. Many plug-in night lights contain fun characters and colors to capture a little one’s attention drawing him straight to it. Unless your child is safe and sound in his crib it is best that you supervise your little one around plug-in night lights.
Pay attention to recalls
Just like with all other baby products, it is recommended you pay attention to recall lists. In 2012 over 200,000 LED night lights were recalled because they got too hot. This particular model lead to burns and fires. If you notice your night light getting too hot, immediately discontinue use and contact the manufacturer.
2. Make Sure It’s Not Too Bright.
It goes without saying that you don’t want to light up the room, but how bright is too bright for good sleep? The best way to check is by putting the night light in place, laying down in your child’s bed (or putting your head as close to where hers will be as you can), and closing your eyes. If you can see any light coming through your eyelids, it’s too bright. Either move the night light further away or replace it with something dimmer.
3. Choose something with flexibility.
Your child’s needs change, and you can find night lights that will adapt to those changes. Like Cloud b’s plush nightlights!
Cloud b: A Better Nightlight
Every family needs its own bedtime routine. Sleep researchers say that the specifics of the routine are much less important than simply having a routine. A nightlight like theTwilight Turtle® is a perfect part of any “lights-out” routine. When the bright lights turn off, the soft, soothing lights of the turtle come on. In our products these comforting lights automatically turn off after 45 minutes, creating an ideal dark room to promote the best sleep. Even better, Cloud b nightlights easily go wherever your child does, so it’s easier to maintain routines when you’re not at home.
Sleep researchers have found that if parents put their children to bed when they are tired, not asleep, they are much more likely to stay asleep and go back to sleep when they wake up. This is because children who fall asleep by themselves must learn to self-sooth and use other nighttime coping strategies. If they wake up in the middle of the night they won’t be as afraid of their surroundings and will more quickly fall back to sleep. Cloud b’s night lights are perfect for independent sleeping because children have full control over their use: they can be moved, turned on and off, and their colors can be changed. Plus, our plush pals are your little one’s lovey, making them naturally feel more at ease. This makes Cloud b sight products ideal transitional objects to ease children into independent sleeping.
While advice from sleep experts can sometimes conflict, there is a widespread consensus on the need for creating positive sleep associations, sticking to a routine, and encouraging independent sleep. This is why most experts recommend a nightlight and other transitional objects that children enjoy using to self-soothe. Cloud b sight products are ideal for this because they combine several functions into one product along with features such as automatic shut-off that ensure your child gets the healthiest sleep possible.
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