In my eleven years of parenting, we have been through some nightlights. The ones that project a happy little scene onto the wall, the ones that also do music, the turtles that project constellations onto the ceiling, basically ANY nightlight on the market I have tried. And I have found some good ones, until they broke. Our latest favorite, I won't name names, but it was from a decent brand, and it was so super cute and I loved it, until the little soft button got pushed in just a tad too hard and never came out. This was the second one we got that broke too, the first one broke when the batteries wouldn't stay in.
But I digress...
What I wanted for my dream nightlight (I mean my toddler's dream nightlight of course was: a) someting bright but not obnoxiously bright that would keep the other kids up (they share a room yes all four of them) b) something that couldn't be a flashlight, this ties in with that annoying factor, no one wants a flashlight shined in their eyes at 2am (myself included), c) something portable that she could bring with her to the bathroom, and d) something not overpriced. See, I got you there, right?! I bet all of you had something in mind until I said that overpriced thing right?? I say "not overpriced" because at this point in THE SAGA THAT IS SLEEP TRAINING I don't want to, nay, I WON'T spend that much money on something that will work for one night and then never again.
Recently, because we have a kitten and he's insane, I have switched over to LED candles completely. And this is where I got my obvious idea, and handed three candles over to Talley to keep in bed with her. Now, they use AA batteries, so no scary "button batteries" with these. Also, I picked them up at AC Moore for like under ten bucks, so if one breaks, no big deal. She can put one at the end of her bed, one next to it, she can even sleep with one for all I care as long as she stays in her bed, and you know what? It seems to be working!! (KNOCK ON WOOD OMG DON'T JINX ME!!!!!!!).
I may or may not have also strung snowflake lights along her bed (her "complaint" is that it's "too dark" in her bed, but that same darkness in my room is okay I guess?).
So if you're in the same boat as me, go buy a ton of LED candles, the big ones, come up with a cutesy story about them being magical sleep candles if you feel so inclined, and hit the hay. Good luck mamas!