If you’ve have you been woken in the middle of the night with a scared child, you might have thought about one – or all – of the questions: Does my child desire a night light? Will they have the ability to sleep in the dark? Will the light keep them up? What do I really do?? Could it be okay to use a night light?
There are multiple reasons why it might be okay to set up a night light in your child’s room. But there’s also reasons it may be best not to and you’ll need some toddler sleep help. Here are the top benefits and drawbacks.
When it’s a good idea to use a night light to help toddler sleep:
For comfort. Having a night light on for your child could be that added reassurance when things start going bump in the night time. Nightmares can get started as soon as 24 months of age so when nightly fears develop, adding a night light could provide some comfort to your son or daughter. Understand why they want it: what’s scaring them and be certain to address the core issue first. If your child needs the night light for comfort, let them have it. If this means helping them feel safe and secure in their environment and promotes better sleep for any, then it’s not really a battle you must have.
For newborn nightly visits. Many groups of young babies use child night light more on their behalf than for the newborn. It can help them see the proceedings in the area when they are checking diapers or giving those nightly feeds. So long as you don’t start the overhead light and the night time light isn’t too bright, it’s fine. But make an effort to transform it off once your son or daughter is sleeping during the night.
Tip! If you’re going to employ a night light get one of these bulb between 4-7 watts and no brighter.
For potty training. Arming your newly night trained child using their own night light or flashlight is a superb way to encourage some independent potty trips to the toilet. Equipping the hallway and bathroom with a tiny night light to allow them to start to see the way to the potty is also a good notion.
When it’s time to turn off the light:
When it disrupts sleep. Like a sleep professional, we encourage a dark sleep environment. Darkness is exactly what cues our brains release a our natural sleep hormone melatonin. It turns our sleep activate. Having too bright a host can change that turn off and mess around with this natural circadian rhythms. That is why it’s important to power down all bright screens at least 60 minutes before bedtime and start your calming bedtime routine with your son or daughter in their dark, quiet and cool bedroom.
Tip! Always choose a yellow or amber day light bulb over blue or white night lights.
When they’re playing instead of sleeping. Being able to see in their room as a result of night light could mean more play time for your child when they must be trying to visit bed. Perhaps you have a toddler who stays up too late using his toys, or your school aged child can’t stop reading their book. Now they’re pushing out their age-appropriate bedtime, this means their sleep debt will be increasing.