Best Modern Nightlights 2013: Sponsored by Babylist

Little and often overlooked, nightlights are invaluable in the nursery.  They’re not just comforting to babies and children, but they shine just enough of a light in the room to make it easier to check on sleeping kids without disturbing them.  With boys who are 7 and 4, I still have a variety of nightlights in each child’s room– including three on this list!

These top 10 modern nightlights are listed in no particular order as part of our baby registry series sponsored by Babylist.  Pick your favorites and don’t forget to add them to your baby registry.

1- OXO Candela Zoom– $23
LED light glows when removed from its charging base.  I wanted this cute rocket lamp for the longest time but never did get one.

2- Cloub b Twilight Plush Turtle– $28 on amazon (list price $42)
This plush, battery powered nightlight is our last line of defense for the little one.  On nights when nothing else will do, we turn on his beloved Twilight Turtle (also comes as a ladybug) and let it project a night sky on the ceiling and walls.  He can pick a yellow, green or blue color light.  I’d love one in my room as well!

3- OK to Walk! Children’s Alarm Clock and Nightlight– $30
This cute nightlight glows yellow and night and can be programmed to glow “green for go” to teach children what time its okay for them to wake up.  I might want to try the additional alarm clock function for my oldest now as well since he’s going to have to start waking himself up to get ready for school this year.

4- Kinderglo Rechargable night lights– $25
Available in a variety of cute designs, the Kinderglo night lights are soft, safe and easy for kids to carry around with them.  They glow red, green or blue and will either dim and shut off after 30 minutes or stay on continuously.

5- Boon Glo Nightlight– $58
The multicolored Boon Glo features removable balls that glow wherever you carry them (like into bed!) and fade after about 30 minutes.

6- Gummy Bear Nightlight– $29
These adorable, battery-powered nightlights are available in a rainbow or gummy colors.  LED light turns on with a squeeze and stays on for an hour or indefinitely.

7- Star Egg Nightlight– $165
This handcrafted ceramic nightlight is available in a variety of colors and features tiny pinprick holes that allow light to shine through and create a star effect on the nursery walls and ceiling.

8- Giimmo Magic Lights– $35
Tap to turn on or off.  The Giimmo Magic Lights are available in a variety of cute designs.  Magic Lights feature a built in LED and poseable limbs.

9- Beaba Pixie Night Light and Lantern– $22 on amazon ($56 list price)
This is the nightlight my 7 year old keeps on his nightstand.  He can tap it on during the night, or carry it with him as a lantern to the bathroom.  The rechargable LED nightlight sits on a base to charge and can be used when removed from the base.

10- aden + anais Serenity Star– $90
A sweet star shaped nightlight is just the beginning of the description of the Serenity Star.  This simple little device is also a feeding tracker, sound machine, room thermometer, and clock.  Use all the features or only the ones that are useful to you.

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Crib Sheets and Something New from Aden + Anais

I’ve been meaning to introduce you to Aden + Anais’ crib sheets for a while now, so it’s high time I let you know that everyone’s favorite muslin swaddling blanket makers are selling soft and pretty bedding for babies as well.  Just because your little one has grown out of the swaddle, doesn’t mean they have to give up their cozy, comfy Aden + Anais.  There are nine classic muslin sheets and four organic cotton options.

The classic sheets retails for about $30 each and the organic versions are about $40 each.

While the crib bedding is a natural addition to their line, a little more curious is Aden + Anais’ newest product, the Serenity Star.  This multi-tasking gadget serves as a feeding diary, sound machine, room thermometer, nightlight and clock all in a simple design that would fit in any nursery space.

For $90, I see this being a new go-to gift for baby showers! Can’t wait to check it out in person.

I Buy Modern: My Recent Purchases

One of the hazards of this blogging game is that I’m always shopping online for you, and every so often, I find things that I can’t resist myself.  These are a few of my most recent purchases.

1- Once I spotted this I Will Never Lego print on swiss-miss, I knew I had to have it.  Not sure which of my two boys will get this one, but it’s got to be in my household.  I have a few days to decide before it arrives.

2- We purchased a Mini Kanken when my youngest started preschool a few months ago, and while it was the perfect size for him, the only thing that fits into it is his lunchbox.  There’s no room to stuff anything else like a jacket, so I’ve just upgraded him to this Classic Fjällräven Kanken backpack in Ox Red, his color of choice.

3- Beaba’s Pixie Night Light and Lantern now sits on my son’s nightstand.  It’s the perfect thing for him to grab on trips to the bathroom in the night.  I just wonder how long we’ll be able to go before the Pixie gets a little smile added to his face.  For now I’m hiding all the permanent markers in the house!

4- I finally purchased a Boon Stash for myself.  I’ve got it hanging at my desk to store little odds and ends without taking up space on the table top.  I’m very pleased!

5- Finally, speaking of my son’s nightstand, this was a recent addition as well!  We needed a place for his alarm clock, books, a glass of water and of course, the nightlight, so I purchase the Ayres Nightstand from Argington to go with his Ayres bed.  So far so good!  And he loves the little drawer on the bottom for storing all his “valuables.”

Let me know if you have questions about any of the products!

Boon Glo Giveaway Winner!

I think there were some of you out there who hadn’t ever visited and explored their line of beautifully designed and useful products.  I consider that a shocking state of affairs and I’m glad to have rectified the situation.

One of their most fun new items is the Glo nightlight and I’m excited to announce that the winner is….  Missy L. who also likes Boon’s Bug Pod.

Congratulations Missy!  Your kids will love this.  The Glo makes an amazing holiday gift.  Some other Boon items I think would make cute gifts for kids are:

Whale Pod, Odd Ducks, Animal Bag, and Bubbles

Thanks to Boon for sponsoring this fun giveaway.  Please follow them on twitter and visit their Facebook page.  You can be assured that I’ll let you know about any and all of Boon’s new product releases because they represent exactly what is all about.

Happy Holiday Giveaway 2011: Boon Glo

I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Boon’s Glo since I first spotted it at last year’s ABC Kids Expo.  This unique nightlight was one of the most fun and exciting decor accessories at the show and I knew that as soon as it came out, I wanted to share one with my readers.

The wait is finally over and Glo is ready to shine!  Boon calls Glo a “color-changing nightlight with portable glowing balls” and that really sums it up.  This nightlight features illuminated Glo balls that change color on the base and can be removed for play or to be taken into bed.  After about 30 minutes, the light fades away.

To win a Boon Glo worth $85:

Visit Boon online, and then leave a comment telling us what else on their site is going on your holiday wishlist.

Be sure to enter your email address when you comment so that I can contact you if you are the winner.

The deadline to leave your comments and enter the giveaway is next Tuesday, December 6th at 8 am.

The winner will be chosen randomly (using from among the unique entrants.  The giveaway is open to readers in the US only and who are over the age of 18.  Show your appreciation to our giveaway sponsor by liking them on Facebook, and following them on twitter.  Good luck and tell your friends!  *full rules

New From The Land of Nod

Sigh.  I don’t even know where to begin here.  There is so much new and awesome at The Land of Nod (who I’m happy to have as an affiliate partner), that I truly just don’t want you to miss any of it.  I’m going to have to summarize and only include my favorites, but only if you promise to go see for yourself.

1) Maps and charts

I’ve decided that once we get my youngest into a twin bed, we’re going to add one of these schoolhouse type maps in his room.  There are several maps to choose from, but I’ve got my eye on “Oh, the Places You’ll Learn”.  This United States Pull Down Map goes for $249.

The Periodic Table ($119) may have to go in his older brother’s room at some point as well.

2. Art

The Land of Nod added some of my favorite etsy artists to their art catalog.

They’ve got a few more John W Golden prints including Share Your Toys and Play Nice.

There are two stretched canvases by Marisa Haedike– Keep Your Friends Close and The Buddy System.

I also love Got the World On A String and Bumper to Bumper by Blanca Gomez.

3- Bedding

The Land of Nod has some great new crib bedding collections (with the same designs for kids as well).

For boys, this Construction Zone crib bedding is super fun.  Designed by Winter Water Factory, this 100% organic set is exclusive to The Land of Nod.  The matching throw pillows like the Digger (shown), cement mixer and bulldozer are great additions as well.

The “Wooden Shoes Optional” Crib Bedding Set is a beautiful choice for a baby girl.  The pillow accessories, like the Girls Windmill Throw Pillow are adorable as well.  There’s also a worm, owl and snail.

4. Lighting

You can never have too many nightlight options so I’m excited that The Land of Nod just added two more to their catalog.

The Gnome Lamp Nightlight and Owl Nightlight are cute room decor items both night and day.

I was also really impressed with the catalog’s new format.  The Land of Nod catalog is always my favorite to look through, and now it’s even better.  Have fun shopping!