Soft Lighting Keeps Monsters Away

September 10, 2016

As autumn descends into Fall, and long bright days pave the 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.

Children can find it extremely difficult to go to sleep alone, whether it’s a fear of the dark or the monster under their bed, there’s always something stopping them from getting a good night’s sleep. Some parents find ways around problems like these, each child is different so it’s important that you find the best way to benefit your child. Apparently, some parents have found that replacing the child’s mattress has made a difference. That’s why some parents find themselves shopping for best latex mattresses in their area. However, you can always test out different mattresses to see if your child takes to a different type. There are so many mattresses out there, your child needs to make sure they’re comfortable. If your child is more comfortable, perhaps they are more likely to fall asleep. This is just one way that some parents have solved this issue. It’s good to remember that the parents themselves also need to enjoy a good night’s sleep as well so that they can be prepared for the day ahead, refreshed to take care of their children. Perhaps if they find the best memory foam mattress, this will set them up for a comfortable night leaving them recharged for the morning. However, for children with a fear of the darkness, they may not be able to just fall asleep.

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 also 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. The best thing for parents to do is to create a good bedtime routine, show their children some educational videos about bedtime and the dark, maybe including some kids rhyming songs or something to keep them engaged, and, most importantly, purchase some LED lights.

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.