If your child is reaching an age where he or she is starting to become a bit more familiar with the world, then the chances are that one of the things they’re beginning to experience is that very irrational and human concept, the fear of darkness and it’s associated monsters and ‘boogymen’. Interestingly, we aren’t born with such fears, they’re learned as we grow and develop. If only we could be a bit more selective about the things that scare us!
To allay such fears many parents choose to use a night light for help their child to sleep soundly, with the light providing just enough reassurance to the child whilst not being too bright to stop them from sleeping in the first place.
The good news for you if you choose to do the same is that there are no health risks to your child. In the last 20 years or so various studies have been conducted to determine if there is any link between cancer, including childhood leukaemia, and various eye conditions. All of these studies have shown no conclusive or direct link between night lights and these conditions.
So, nightlights are safe and they can be beneficial, but as mentioned above they will only prove of use to children cognitively developed enough to understand irrational fear at around 2 or 3 years old, very young toddlers will sleep much better in darkness.
When choosing a night light be sure to go with one that doesn’t give off too much light but just enough to provide comfort. Alternatively a dimmable switch will allow the brightness of a light to be reduced as your child gets older.
We provide reviews of several nightlights in our ‘Children’s bedroom lamps’ section, with quality products such as the Philips ‘Mybuddy’ and children’s favourite Mickey Mouse all excellent examples of night lights currently on the market.