10 Night Lights That Will Fight the Monsters in Your Kids' Closets

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Fear of the dark — particularly being left alone in the dark — is one of the most common fears for kids ages 6 through 12, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. To help them battle this fear, providing accessible light sources, like night lights, can help them feel a sense of control over their environment.

But even if your child isn't afraid of the dark, night lights can make a big difference in their nightly routine. They set the tone for bedtime and give a sense of security. This bedtime accessory can also be beneficial for adults. Think about how much easier those middle-of-the-night bathroom trips would be if you had a night light illuminating the way.

Ahead, we've rounded up the best night lights on the market based on their rave reviews. Whether you're looking for ambient lighting to transition to bedtime or something more utilitarian that will light up the hallway during an emergency, here are the best night lights available.

Best Night Light For Portability
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Best Night Light For Portability

Beary Nightlight ($15)

The portable nightlight has a handle on the top to encourage nighttime independence, and the friendly bear face functions as a lantern for kiddos who need some extra support in the dark.

Best Night Light For Future Astronauts
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Best Night Light For Future Astronauts

Mydethun Moon Lamp ($20)

If your kid is obsessed with the moon and the stars, you can't go wrong with this 3D-printed moon lamp. With more than 15,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, it's safe to say this is a crowd favorite.

Best Night Light For Boba-Lovers
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Best Night Light For Boba-Lovers

Smoko Pearl Boba Tea Ambient Light ($22)

This night light is a POPSUGAR editor favorite and a playful way to light up your kid's room. If your little one is always begging for boba as their after-school snack, then this one is for you.

Best Night Light For Newborns
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Best Night Light For Newborns

Tommee Tippee Dreammaker ($27, originally $34)

The pulsing red glow of this night light will have your baby sleeping in no time. Research has shown that red light leads to better-quality sleep by increasing production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. And this night light doubles as a sound machine! It utilizes pink noise, which mimics the sound of the womb. But the best part is the "Smart CrySensor" technology, which picks up the sound of your baby crying and turns the machine back on to soothe them back to sleep.

Best Night Light For Emergencies
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Best Night Light For Emergencies

Westinghouse 3-Pack 4-in-1 Power Failure Night Light ($35)

The motion-sensing technology makes it handy for the littles who make their way to your bedroom after a nightmare. But that's not its only purpose. One Amazon reviewer wrote that he originally bought it as a night light for his kids but found it incredibly useful during a power outage. The rechargeable emergency light ensures there will be light accessible even during a power failure. It is also easy to install and works as a flashlight as needed.

Best Night Light For Aesthetically Pleasing Nurseries
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Best Night Light For Aesthetically Pleasing Nurseries

Pottery Barn Kids' Ceramic Moon Light ($39)

Ceramic and hand painted in white, this night light is the perfect finishing touch to a nursery. The warm glow will illuminate the room just enough for you to check on your baby throughout the night.

Best Night Light For Toddlers
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Best Night Light For Toddlers

Tranquil Turtle Ocean Projector Nightlight & Sound Machine ($50)

The plushy turtle is a fun friend to keep little ones comforted in bed. Simply turn on the music, and it will project an underwater effect across the ceiling through the top of its shell. After 23 minutes, it automatically turns off, but by then, they should be fast asleep.

*Editor's note: This turtle holds a special place in my heart. My sister used this for the first eight years of her life, and it always got her to fall asleep.

Best Night Light For Little Kids
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Best Night Light For Little Kids

Unicorn Bluetooth Night Light ($28)

Curate your own bedtime playlist with lullabies, meditations, or nature sounds with the built-in Bluetooth speaker and remote. It's battery operated (and can also be powered using USB outlet), which makes it a cordless buddy to accompany them in bed.

Best Night Light For Sleep Training
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Best Night Light For Sleep Training

Momcozy White Noise Machine With Night Light ($34, originally $60)

While this is technically a white-noise machine first, the night-light feature shouldn't be ignored. In addition to boasting 34 sounds (including nature sounds, white noises, lullabies, and fans), this machine also has seven color light offerings, which can all be controlled remotely via phone or through touch controls. You can also program it to turn on and off based on the baby's sleep schedule to assist with sleep training.

Best Night Light For Parents Who Want to Sleep In
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Best Night Light For Parents Who Want to Sleep In

Hatch Rest 2nd Generation Nightlight ($80)

The time-to-rise feature sets this night light apart from the rest. It allows you to pair light and sounds to build consistent habits and cue to your little one that it's time to get up in the morning or that it's time for bed. With more than 5,000 happy reviews on Nordstrom, reviewers can't rave enough about this bedtime accessory. "My son loves his hatch, he loves the ocean blue color and sound to sleep. We also like the pre-bedtime routine schedule. We are happy with our hatch and are looking to get another one for our bedroom," one person wrote.