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Is it okay to use a nightlight in my child's room?

A nightlight used in a toddler’s room can make bedtime easier.

If you decide to use a nightlight in your toddler’s room, you’ll want to make sure that it is one that produces a small amount of light. If it is too bright, it could hinder your child from falling asleep. Additionally, if the light is too bright, your toddler may think it is still playtime and will try to get up and play over and over.

A nightlight is also helpful for the parent. When you awake in the middle of the night to check on your child, it is very easy to be disoriented and trip or run into the wall. A nightlight will help you to avoid this.

Many toddlers also become afraid of the dark. This is the age where their imaginations begin to run wild and things can seem very scary. A nightlight is needed in this situation to calm their fears.

Lastly, there are some who say that a nightlight will damage a child’s vision. This is simply an old wife’s tale and is not true.

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