Nightlights have certainly come a long way from the tiny lamp with a physical switch and an incandescent light bulb. There are so many cool options now, some with pretty colors and patterns, fun shapes, auto-on/off, the ability to control your child's nightlight from your phone, and more. Here's some of our favorites that go above and beyond the traditional nightlight.
This small bedside lamp and sound machine in-one has a whole host of features. It can be programmed with a variety of color, light, and sound "scenes" from your smartphone. It grows with your child, as it has a time-to-rise setting for kids and even adults.
Delight your baby with this clever nightlight that projects adorable animals and other shapes onto the ceiling and walls. The SmartConnect app helps you create a personalized bedtime routine by programming the lights and sounds of your choice.
The Arlo Baby packs in tons of connected goodies, including a 1080p HD video camera. This all-in-one accessory also has night vision, two-way audio, air quality monitoring, temperature sensors, soothing music, and of course, a colorful nightlight.
Amazon's Echo Glow is a playful multi-color light that connects to Alexa for connected controls. Voice commands include a neat timer mode that cycles through all the colors of the rainbow as the clock ticks down, and an alarm that can gently wake your little one up in the morning.
This kid-friendly version of the Echo Show 5 includes an alien stand from the Toy Story series, which is perfect for Pixar fans. The Echo Show 5 with Alexa works great in the nursery since it can work as a video baby monitor, nightlight, clock, and as a bedtime companion with apps that read stories to your child.
The OneLink Environment Monitor includes multiple sensors designed to keep your little one safe and comfortable. This smart accessory can alert you via app or Apple's HomeKit instantly when the temperature gets too hot or cold, and if carbon monoxide is detected. A built-in rechargeable battery ensures that it will be ready even if the power goes out.
More than just lights
Smart nightlights offer so much more than the old school lights of the past. These handy accessories can now display colors on demand, project playful scenes, and send alerts the moment an issue is detected. The Hatch Baby Rest Nightlight (opens in new tab) is a sleek tableside companion with app controls to help soothe your little one at night, and its sleep routines feature establish healthy habits as your child grows.
If you are just starting out with setting up your nursery, then the Arlo Baby (opens in new tab) should definitely be on your list. This all-in-one smart accessory includes all of the essentials: a camera, two-way audio, lullaby capabilitiy, air quality monitoring, and a colorful nightlight. You can even dial up the fun by dressing up this camera with various outfits like bunny ears.
Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer, social media manager, and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for AppAdvice and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is a wife and mom (and dog mom) who is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to travel the world and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.
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