10 best nightlights

Need a bit of  illumination in the nursery for both you and baby?  IndyBest finds gadgets to take the stress out of bedtime

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When it’s time to send bubs off to snoozyville the comforting glow of a night light is just the ticket for a good night for all. As well as providing soothing ambience they offer illumination for you to check on baby without flicking on the big light and ensure you never step on Lego in the dark again. We switch on the brightest of the bunch, which have more tricks than Mary Poppins to help keep little ones calm, reassured and rested.  

{1} Lindam Nursery Safety Sensor Light: £8, tesco.com



An inexpensive option you can just plug in and leave to get on with its job of bestowing impressive brightness automatically as it senses darkness. This one ticks all our boxes, even if there are no frills.

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{2} Lindam Light My Way: £9.99, argos.co.uk



Unlike with some lights, here there’s no trade-off in performance over design. This blew us away by belting out brilliant light all wrapped up in a good-looking package that can be taken anywhere (usually in bed as a comforter) thanks to battery power and the fact it doesn’t get hot.

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{3} Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer: £19.99, amazon.co.uk



For bundles of joy who start waking to their own schedule, consider converting a standard lamp to this clever clock which uses symbols instead of numerals. It takes a bit of training but the end result is worth it.

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{4} Boon Multi-coloured Nightlight: £59.95, johnlewis.com



This looks like it’s been plucked from the set of Avatar. Despite a James Cameron-esque price tag to match, it’s the most unusual with three stems each topped with a ball glowing in six different shades. The balls can be taken off and continue to glow-in-the-dark - why wouldn’t it be a hit with the young and restless?

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{5} Gro Egg Room Thermometer: £13.50, amazon.co.uk



Parents who enjoy a bit of multi-tasking will appreciate this cracking little gadget that operates as both a light and a room thermometer. While it could be brighter the ability to glow a different colour to indicate whether rooms are too hot or too cold offers some smart peace of mind.

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{6} Brother Max Bear Carry and Hang Nightlight: £18, tesco.com



This gummy bear-shaped night light is designed to hang on door handles or for kids to safely cuddle and carry around. Calming changing colours or static hues offer easily enough brightness to enlighten hallway shuffles to the bathroom or night time nappy changes.

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{7} Tomy Winnie the Pooh Sweet Dreams Light Show: £15.98, amazon.co.uk



Ceiling projectors have become popular alternatives to traditional night lights and it’s understandable with this snooze aid beaming a scrolling scene of Pooh and friends accompanied by “plinky-plonky” lullabies so sedate even our eyes were getting heavy. Its voice activation feature even automatically plays when babies cry so you won’t have to heave yourself out of bed.

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{8} Gro-Light 2-in-1 Night Light: £17.99, gro-store.com



Here’s an ingenious solution to not having to plug in, charge up, or trip over night lights: twist this on to your main light or lamp (bayonet fittings only) and it casts an ample, whitish, LED glow. Being situated above gives a good spread of light that’s more than enough for early hour feeds.

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{9} Cloud B Twilight Turtle : £29.95, cloudb.com



Performing a star turn that amazes kids and adults alike, this plush toy projects a canopy of colour-changing, calming, constellations on to ceilings and walls. We were surprised at how vividly the star shapes danced around – though it’s best used alongside a more room-filling light.

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{10} Aloka Sleepy Light – Rocket: £39.95, childrens-rooms.co.uk



Make bedtime an adventure with the help of this fun-shaped lamp that can shine in 12 different colours all controlled via remote. With a range of brightness levels and a gradual dimming sleep mode, you and the kids will be over-the-moon with this.

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Verdict: If you’re after a night light that will have kids star struck then look no further than Cloud B Twilight Turtle – it really is mesmerising. But if no frills, good value and discreet is your type of thing then Lindam’s Sensor Light won’t let you down (or have your tripping over toys in the middle of the night).

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