As autumn descends into Fall, and long bright days pave way to dark evenings, a lot of parents are going to be awakened by their small child’s newly developed fear of darkness. According to WebMD, fear of the dark typically manifests itself around the ages of 2-3 when children reach the stage of brain development where the imagination takes off, but isn’t yet experienced enough to discern reality from non-reality.
Most experienced parents will tell you, that children this age, do not sleep well with the lights on either. Not only can it be dangerous, no parent wants to wake up to find a new Crayola masterpiece on the walls and on the dresser and on the closet door and on the bed, or have a cranky kid the next day. This is where the nightlight usually comes into play. They provide just enough light that kids can see a bit, but keeps the room dim enough to encourage sleep. Parents often make the mistake of purchasing nightlights themed with animals or favorite characters, to make it special for their kid, or to fit the décor. A lot of these end up in toy boxes, because they look like toys, which is a situation that isn’t going to play well when one in the morning junior starts screaming because he thinks the giant fish chasing him in his dream are real. Not to mention the fact that it’s just a fundamentally bad idea to invite your children to play with electrical outlets.
LED lighting is a cost-effective way to incorporate a soft glow into your child’s room at night, and it offers enough flexibility to incorporate right into the décor. One recent idea that we posted to Pinterest was a simple short length of rope lighting attached to the backside of the headboard, giving a nice soft glow that will not only keep the boogeyman away, but blends into the room as a design element. Another idea is to plug in your existing strands and throw them under the bed, Vegas-style. The beautiful part is, you can use what you already have, to keep the monsters away.