nightlights

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Okay so a total change in direction from nutrition and population and ecology.

How do you feel about nightlights? I ask because my three year old suddenly became scared of the dark. She has slept in total darkness every night since she's been born. A few nights ago I had to settle her down three times before digging out a nightlight we keep on hand (when my husband's grandmother stays with us we need one for her in the bathroom). Since then she won't sleep without the thing. I do turn it off before I go to bed at night. Are nightlights in anyway harmful?

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Ya, what Sara said, Sherri. A person's brain is distracted and not able to fall into that deep stage of REM sleep. It can lead to several different attention or mood disorders, or can affect the way you sleep permanently. NOT GOOD.

It's ok to FALL asleep with the tv on, if that helps soothe you to sleep, but they recommend setting the timer on the tv so that it does turn off at some point.

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The quality of sleep is affected when you sleep with the tv on, especially in young children. It is my understanding that it can lead to attention and mood disorders.

Teresa - posted on 06/24/2011

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I think they are harmless and if that is what it takes for a piece of mind for my child, I am totally ok with it. They will outgrow the need in time and it's not worth the struggle to get them to go with out it.

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Sara, I can't see why a night light would be harmful? Do you put it right in her room? We have a motion one in the hallway. Would something like that be helpful?

Sherri - posted on 06/23/2011

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No nightlights are not harmful. My kids have used them their whole lives and will not sleep in the dark. 2 are teenagers and still sleep with them. Heck my mom has nightlights literally all over her house kitchen, hallway, bathroom and bedrooms. She is an adult and hates the dark.

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Charlie - posted on 06/26/2011

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We use the nightlight in the hall outside of Coopers door so the light isnt so much in the room.

There is some talk of nighlights being linked to nearsightedness but I havent really read into it.

Stifler's - posted on 06/26/2011

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Haha yes you get blinded when you turn it off and can't see a damn thing on your way back to bed

Krista - posted on 06/26/2011

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I don't see any harm in a small night light. We have one in my son's room, because it was SO much easier for nighttime feedings and diaper changes, rather than fumbling around in the dark (or worse, turning on a bright light). We just kept it in there, but his dresser is in between the nightlight and his crib, so he can't actually see the nightlight itself -- it just gives a very soft ambient light in the room.

We also have a nightlight in our hallway, and in our bathroom (I HATE having to turn on a bright bathroom light when I get up to pee at 3am...)

Melissa - posted on 06/26/2011

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it deals with the melatonin levels- that's why sometimes lights or tv's can be considered bad to sleep with on. However i think it's the intensity of the light. Night lights are made to sleep with on, the bulbs are low watt, and made to sleep with on, and to light up just enough. However if it's a bigger lamp i would not suggest that, even though that is the only way i can get my son to sleep in his own room is with a lamp- not a night light. However, to get a good nights sleep your body needs it to be a certain darkness to have your melatonin levels i guess regulated right when you sleep.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/24/2011

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Sara, we dug out our "guest nightlight" last month, too. I have the same concerns, but I've put it behind some furniture and then draped a blanket over the furniture so that hopefully not too much light goes directly onto his crib. It is nice for sneaking into the room to put his blanket back on him before going to bed.

Ez - posted on 06/24/2011

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I can't see how the dim, constant light of a nightlight is in any way the same as the bright flashing of a TV. I wouldn't worry about it Sara :)

Rosie - posted on 06/24/2011

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i think they are perfectly fine. i had one as a child, i was terrified of the dark. TERRIFIED. it was soooo comforting to me.
lucas is scared of the dark, and a little plug in one doesn't cut it for him. i have been simply turning on the tv and turning the sound down, putting it on a channel i don't think he enjoys. i havn't seen any lamps that i want to get yet, so the tv will have to be our nightlight until i find one.

Becky - posted on 06/24/2011

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As far as I know, the only trouble with nightlights is that they are actually a fairly significant fire hazard. That said, though, we use them. I loved having one when my kids were newborns, so I didn't have to turn on a lamp to feed and change them at night. And now it's good for Cole if he needs to get up to go to the bathroom at night - we have one in his room and in the bathroom. Ours are photosensitive, so they go off automatically during the day or when the lights are on, and go on when it's dark.

Kacie - posted on 06/24/2011

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they make them now with light sensors. they turn off when there's any kind of light (like when lights are on or during the daytime) and the moment it goes dark, they come on.



i highly doubt they're anything like TV. they're very dimly lit and very small, where as the TV is big and bright! ;)

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Its not harmful at all.Make sure its an energy saving night light.

.If you're into that.:-)Do what makes your child more comfortable and secure.

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I hope the night lights don't have the same affect on children as tv. My daughter sleeps with a desk lamp on all night. If i were to go in and turn it off before i go to bed it just wakes her up and she doesn't sleep as well for the rest of the night. I want to get an actual nightlight because it would be more dim and probably save on electricity compared to the lamp.

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Hmmmm....can't put it in the hallway because there are no outlets there...house was built in 1959. Maybe I can shop around for one with a timer on it...just in case it does have the same affect on the brain as tv. =)

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2011

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My son has a strand of halloween spider lights every night and a puppy night light that turns off after 20 mins. Grandma got him the spider lights last year and he has to have them on. He was 5 when he got them and never had a night light before! I dont know if it became a security thing or what. I dont think it is harmful in any way. I do think it keeps him from falling asleep now that he isnt in school, but dont mind so much. She will either out grow it or she wont, but she WILL be fine. My 18 year old sister is terrified of the dark and sleeps with her bedroom light on, but she is ok (dont get me wrong I personally find it strange, but some people kids and adults need some reassurance from time to time)

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Okay thanks. For some reason I had it in my mind that it was harmful...like sleeping with a tv on or something. I guess we'll just ride this stage out. =)

Ez - posted on 06/23/2011

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My daughter started using one at about 18 months when she suddenly became scared of the dark. Like the others said, I find it helpful because I can go in and check on her without even needing to turn the hall light on. She can also see enough to make it to my room if she needs to. The one we use is just a very small pink heart-shaped light that plugs directly into the power point, so is quite dim.

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My son keeps a cute Ikea mushrom desk lamp on all night long. He is afraid of the dark, and a light on overnight helps to aleviate his fear. It's not a big deal to me.

Stifler's - posted on 06/23/2011

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my kid has one. I have to confiscate it at daytime though because he is fascintated by EVERYTHING that isn't a toy. I don't believe they are harmful I think they just wake up durign the night and get scared and if they see a light they'll go back to sleep.

Amber - posted on 06/23/2011

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My son uses one. I always found it helpful so that I wouldn't trip when he woke up in the middle of the night; I didn't have to turn on a light to change a diaper; if he gets up to go potty, he can make it to the potty without help; I can check on him when I go to bed without turning the light on or walking over to the bed and waking him up.

My son isn't afraid of the dark at all. He loves to hide in dark places when playing hide and seek or to run around the back yard after dark. I don't know that the two things go hand in hand at all.

Amber - posted on 06/23/2011

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My son uses one. I always found it helpful so that I wouldn't trip when he woke up in the middle of the night; I didn't have to turn on a light to change a diaper; if he gets up to go potty, he can make it to the potty without help; I can check on him when I go to bed without turning the light on or walking over to the bed and waking him up.

My son isn't afraid of the dark at all. He loves to hide in dark places when playing hide and seek or to run around the back yard after dark. I don't know that the two things go hand in hand at all.

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