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When my first son was about 1 he began to get a bit scared of the dark so I looked around for night lights but couldn't find anything that worked. I tried plug in ones, battery operated ones, sleep trainer clocks - but nothing did the trick. Then I came across the Go Glow lights.
They cost around £22 depending on where you buy them (you can pay up to £30) and they come in many different characters. I actually bought my son the In the Night Garden torch as he loved them at that stage.
The light comes with a plug in base and a torch that fits nicely into the base. The torch then turns into a night light which has an amazing glow - not too much, just enough to light up the dark corners of his room and make it less scary.
The torch is great - as my son has grown he now uses it as a way of reading under his covers (not that I'm supposed to know he does this of course!!) and has lasted very well - it is now 4 years old and is just on the way out - even when it has had a full charge the torch is very dim.
The fun characters on the outside of the torch make it a fun way of children learning that their room isn't scary and on some of the torches they actually have projectors (although neither the ITNG or Thomas ones have this feature). I am no looking at buying each of my children one for Christmas in different characters and think they will last just as long as the first.
I would definitely recommend this torch to anybody with young children.
My son is like many boys a huge Thomas fan and as we were in temporary accommodation on his first birthday I requested a few things for his bedroom when we finally got our own home. I planned to make his bedroom with a Thomas Theme one gift we did receive was a Thomas Go Glow light.
The Light is a dual purpose Item it works as a night light and also as a torch and does have a Thomas design around the torch and a track around the outside.
Although my son loved Thomas they also have a vast range of these from Disney princess to Ben 10 and even a current popular theme toy story, the prices do vary from design to design.
The Thomas light is not as straight forward as you imagine .It comes with a removable power lead, a base and the nightlight, torch. While assembling it is simple. It takes eight hours for the first charge and it advises that you don't actually run the nightlight at the same time as charging as it reduces the battery life of the nightlight. While charging it has a small Red light which indicates the power is on. It is suggested that a fully charged battery gives four hours of torchlight or twenty hours of nightlight. It takes planning so if giving as a gift it is worth charging up before wrapping so the child can see it in action straight away.
Using the night light
One great advantage of the rechargeable nightlight is that it can be positioned anywhere in the room simply by removing the power lead and if you are concerned about the wires you can actually charge it up in another room or remove the wires from your Childs room.
The nightlight lights up the cone of the torch while the torch has a clear light in the bottom.The Light has a simple on/off switch on the torch which is very simple to operate and could easily be operated by my son once he was two years old. To convert it to a torch it is simply lifted off the base which can be done with ease and while simple to replace does require more defined fine motor skills.
My son was about seventeen months old when I gave it to him. I saved it for when he moved into his own bedroom. He was very excited to see his Thomas bedroom and equally excited with his light. I actually placed it on his bedside table and I did keep it plugged in as I had positioned it which did mean less moving around although it did mean that occasions on a night I forgot to turn the power off but this didn't appear to harm the product.
The nightlight does give a warm glow which is light enough so I was able to see what I was doing if I needed to go in his room but also subtle enough that it didn't light up the whole room.
The design is truly appreciated by my son the whole light is covered in colour .The cone torch part not only features Thomas but also his friend James. The track follows a complete circle around the base which fascinates my son.
The torch function wasn't really used much at first but I actually started using it myself when he was twenty three months old. I stopped breastfeeding my son but would sit in his room reading a book until he fell asleep. As I obviously wanted to keep it a dark environment I used the torch to read my book. My son would then copy me and sit on the chair pretending to read a book. As he grew and when he couldn't get to sleep he would look at his books in bed by torchlight and then it became a tool to explore the world.
While the torch is quite robust as it has been dropped a few times and never suffered any damage it is not waterproof. You may wonder why anyone would want a nightlight/ torch to be waterproof but my son decided to investigate the inside of the toilet bowl and sadly while I am sire a great educational experience for him the torch did not survive.
One huge advantage for me is that there are no hot parts on this light. My son did burn his hand on a light bulb in a bedside lamp when he was a baby so this gave me additional peace of mind.
I am very happy with the product and although it didn't survive the experience of living with my son I do not think that this would cause a problem for most children. The only negative I can find it the fact that it needs to be charged when the night light was turned off it meant I was unable to take advantage of the economy seven for this item.
The one purchased for my son came from Argos but is also available on Amazon currently for £16.99.
This Thomas the tank engine glow light is one of the few things that I've brought that has actually lasted and not been broken or damaged in some way. My son can be a bit rough with his belongings sometimes. He has had it over two years and it is still as new and survived many falls and drops.
I first brought it as we were living with family and rather then leave the main hall light on disturbing others I could put this in the room with him. He loves Thomas the tank engine so knew it would be a nice present for him too.
You will notice it is a glow light rather then a night light and the difference being that it is not bright enough to be able to read from yet when the child awakes in the night they will see the slight glow around the room from it and be able to see where they are.
The second good thing about this glow light is that it detaches from the base and becomes a torch which does shine bright and clearly.
The base is round and the torch slots into the top of it. The glow light uses a rechargeable battery charged from the mains and can be left plugged in when charged or removed and placed anywhere in the room. When it is charging a red led light lights up on the base and when it is charged it goes out.
When the torch is in the base you push a yellow button on the side to activate the glow light, If the child then wishes to use the torch they simply remove the torch from the base and it is already shining bright. To turn off the torch simply push the yellow button again or replace onto base to reuse as glow light.
I had a laugh to myself last week as went into son's room to find him under the covers with the torch and a book. It brought back many memories of when I was young using a torch to read Enid Blyton's secret seven and famous five books under the covers when I was meant to be sleeping.
I brought this light from Argos, It was on a special half price offer so cost me around about £9.49.
They still sell them at the price of £19.99 in Argos. May be worth keeping an eye out for them to go on offer.
Is suitable for ages 1 year and over.
I've found this a fantastic and very useful purchase. Easy for a child to use and gives them some added security at night in case they get scared at night.
~Drifting off to sleep~
My son has always been an active baby, since birth he was lifting his head to see what was going on around him when he was only a few days old. He has always been alert, active, inquisitive, and lively so when he needed to sleep during the day it always took him a bit of effort to switch off. Luckily once he was asleep he would sleep for a good amount of time, and at bedtime he became quite fussy as he couldn't soothe himself to sleep easily, once he was asleep he would sleep through the night only waking for a feed. We tried different methods to sleep train him from birth, and even though he was in a routine and we would wined down the day with the light dimmed and take a calm, soft, gentle approach to the bedtime routine it still took him quite a bit of effort to get into the land of nod. Once he had finally learnt how to self soothe himself to sleep it wasn't long after that he was becoming mobile, so this of course meant that he was alert at bedtime and he found it hard to settle again. So we had to start the sleep training process again and after a few weeks he was finally able to get to bed without making a fuss.
However, as time progressed and my little boy had learnt how to pull himself into the standing position, this brought an entirely different perspective to bedtime, as he would be excited and want to continually stand up and hold onto the bars of his cot, so no matter how calm he was before getting into bed he would soon be wide awake and wired, so more sleep training was needed and reminding him that he needed to lay down in his bed. By the time he would eventually lay down he would be over tired and agitated. He had a dummy for bedtime (only) which was great for soothing him however this would often fall out or get lost so of course he would become distressed. He was only fussy when it was time to go to sleep although once he was asleep he would sleep through without a problem, as he reached new milestones he would need a little bit of help to get to sleep.
Once he reached 12 months of age I wanted to get rid of the dummy, even though this was only given to him before his nap time and at bedtime I was still eager to get rid of it. I tried to give him different soft toys and small comfort blankets in the hope that he would get attached to one of these and it would make him feel comforted and reassured at bedtime. Unfortunately he was never interested in any of these things, during times of teething I would give him his teething aids to suck and chew on but ultimately he wanted his dummy to help to soothe him. As the months went by he lost interest in his dummy and he wasn't confident to go to bed and as soon as I would leave him and make it to the hallway he would be crying, I would wait a little while to see if he would stop and then I would turn the hallway light on and he would instantly stop and look up and smile at me. I soon realised that the reason he wasn't happy to be left alone in bed was because his room was too dark. I had used a plug in night light in his room since he was born however this didn't produce much light at all, and the only places it could be plugged in didn't really benefit my son as the plug points are near to the corners of his room so only a small amount of light was given off.
So I started to think that I should replace his nightlight with something better and I also knew that once the time comes to take the cot bars off he would be attracted to the nightlight and it wouldn't take much effort for him to pull it out, so obviously this would be a hazard. After much thought I was still unsure about what else would be better, so I had a look on-line to see what other night lights or similar products were on offer, this is when I came across the Go Glow Lights there were several different character options available which all retailed around the £20 mark, which I thought was quite expensive for what it is. Eventually I decided to order one as they were the best option I could find. I opted for the Thomas the tank engine even though my son had no idea who Thomas the tank engine was, I thought this would be the best choice as he wouldn't of recognised any of the other character options as we rarely watch any T.V. I thought with the pictures being trains my son wouldn't easily outgrow the theme as it isn't too baby orientated.
~Go Glow Light~
The Glow Light arrived in a small box with a see-through window, and my initial thought was it doesn't look much for the money. Having said that though the light has two uses it can either be used as a night light or a torch, so I can see it is in fact a good buy as it will get plenty of use. The main body of the torch is a light blue colour with a few different trains going around the centre and the base unit is blue, so it will easily fit in with most décor schemes, and it will be suited to most preschool children and toddlers.
~Setting it up~
You simply need to charge the night light for eight hours before the first use, the night light also needs to be switched off on the base during the charging period, the small red LED light will illuminate to show that the unit is charging. It is recommended that on the first use you allow the batteries to run fully down to maximise battery life, this should be repeated a further two times. Once the light is fully charge in night light mode the battery life should last approximately 20 hours and in torch mode it should last for 4 hours. Once the unit is fully charged the transformer needs to be unplugged and stored away in a safe place away from your child/children.
At bedtime you can use this glow light as a night light which can be positioned anywhere in your child's room, the night light stands in the base and there is a push button on the side of the light to turn it on and off. To use it as a torch you simply take it out of the base, if lifts out with ease and no force is required, there is a large screen on the base where the light shines out of, the torch can then be slotted back into the base with ease and young children will be able to operate this with ease. In night light mode the unit gives of a sufficient amount of light giving off a warm glow which gives a child enough confidence to be left alone while they are still awake. The torch is bright enough to be able to use to find your way around in the dark without the need to turn on the main light; as this is aimed towards toddlers the light is not too powerful. The torch is a nice size for little hands it is cone shaped and it has a smooth surface. There are no parts which can break off and it can't be taken apart.
I was quite excited to show my son his new night light when it was bedtime, as soon as I put him into bed and turned the night light on his little face lit up, and he reached over and took it out of the base. I showed him how to slot it back in again and took it back out to flash it around the room in an excited manner whilst making silly noises, my son was amazed and he wanted to have a go himself. I confidently left him in his cot with the torch and he happily shone it around the room and he was able to see his books in his bed so he was more than happy and he fell asleep without any problem. Once he had fallen asleep I retrieved the torch from under him and placed it back into the unit and left it at the end of his cot for him to find should he need it. My son was more than happy to go to bed and he had soon forgotten about his dummy so I was able to ditch this and now he happily plays in his cot with his torch and he flashes the torch around his room singing, chatting, and giggling to himself. This night light has given him confidence to be left alone at night, and now he will fall asleep when he is ready to. It is lovely to be able to hear him chatting in bed happily and I am proud that he is able to get to sleep without any assistance.
My son is now 25 months old and he still uses the night light and torch every night and he happily waves it around the room while making all sorts of noises. I usually find the torch lodged under him once he is asleep. My son loves the night light as it gives him that little bit of confidence at bedtime, and he is able to see as the light and torch give off a sufficient amount of light while keeping his room dark enough for him to fall asleep naturally.
The night light and torch are of high quality and it is robust as it hasn't suffered any damage from my heavy handed boisterous son. He happily clunks the torch in and out of the unit repeatedly and It has been dropped countless times onto laminate flooring and this hasn't damaged it in any way whatsoever, it often gets clanked against the side of my son's cot and bashed against the wall, this torch is a tough little thing as it is still in perfect condition with no signs of wear or tear. The light lasts for long enough and the battery doesn't run down very quickly. Most importantly the torch doesn't heat up if it is left on for any great length of time, so it is safe to leave in your child's room.
I can see this little gadget will get plenty more use as it will be an invaluable item for when my son needs to get out of bed in the night for any toilet trips and I can imagine him using it on the cold dark mornings to get out of bed.
It is definitely one of the best purchases I have made as it is a brilliant tool in helping to give my little one the confidence and reassurance he needs at bedtime. Although the initial outlay seems expensive it has proven to be excellent value for money as it has double use and it is something that my little boy will be able to use for a long time yet.
It is really important to sleep train from birth, sleeping is an important life skill that your child needs to learn as early on as possible. This fantastic gadget will be the only night light you will need as it will be perfect to use on a bedside table or shelf in a baby's room and as they get older the night light can be moved around to wherever suits your little one and the torch will be a big hit with all toddlers as they will have fun under the duvet shinning the torch around and reflecting it off the walls and ceiling. Every night will be a fun adventure.
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My son is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine (as most boys usually are!), and as a present, we bought him this Go Glow Light, thinking it would be dual-purpose: helping him settle down at night, and good for reading by torchlight. On the whole, it is pretty good: you're supposed to charge it up for 8 hours, then disconnect the power supply. Then there's a little yellow button to switch it on, and when it's in its base, the light glows through the cone, and when you pick up the cone, it becomes a torch. The torch element of it is pretty good, but the "glow" bit of it is ok if you want really really low lighting, as I don't think it provides that much of a glow. Although my 3 year old is now starting to understand how to use it as a torch, it doesn't really help him settle down at night, as he still needs another slightly brighter light switched on to reassure him.