Taking care of your baby is a job that continues after the sun goes down, and incorporating some smart lighting into your routine is a great way to make those after-hours jobs a little easier.
Smart nightlights can be programmed to timers or specific schedules, or be tied to rules you set. Most come with adjustable dimmers, and some are motion-activated. Lights can be plugged into the wall or wireless. Connecting smart lights to your Google Home or Amazon Alexa makes it easy to turn on lights using your voice. So when it’s time to make a bottle at two o’clock in the morning and you have your hands full with your little one, you can say, “Alexa, turn on kitchen sink light.”
The Tessan Nightlight is a low-profile nightlight that you can plug into the wall and control using your smartphone, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home. It’s also IFTTT (If This Then That) compatible, so you can set it to turn on at a certain time, or have its brightness slowly dim over the course of the evening. If you hear your baby crying, you can turn on the nightlight using your phone on your nightstand before you even go in, keeping you from fumbling in the dark and potentially stubbing a toe. Once you get them settled in, you can set the light to dim as they fall back to sleep.
Hatch offers a tabletop nightlight that’s also a white-noise sound machine (sometimes called a “dream machine”), with preset sound and light combinations designed by experts to encourage the most restful sleep. As your child grows, they can change the light’s colors and sounds on their own, and you can program a special “okay to wake” light alert, so they know when it’s okay to get out of bed. You can control the nightlight and program it from an app on your smartphone, so there’s no need to tiptoe into the room to turn it off.