Skip Hop recently released a new range of kids night lights to match in with their Zoo range themes. I think they have done a great job on the character details, with the outside design really bringing characters like the owl, monkey and butterfly to life. The night lights run on 3x AAA batteries (not included), which is good as it means they are portable, but also means you will eventually need to replace the batteries. However they use LED lights, so they will likely last quite a while before you either need to replace the batteries or recharge if you decide to use more sustainable rechargeable batteries. As they don’t need a power cord they also work well when there isn’t a power-point nearby, and less concerning when your child wants to sleep with it (not recommended, but my son was pretty keen).
The use of LED lights means the nightlight will stay cool, and the carry handle on top means the Skip Hop night light is easy to carry as a companion for toilet trips. The carry hand is a good size for younger children, and more of a 2-3 finger hold for adults. The Skip Hop night lights have a 30 minute auto-off that slowly dims off, and a large on/off button to make it easy for little hands to switch the night light on or off, meaning they are also good as a bedside night light. The button was also pretty handy for me when checking on the kids as it’s nice and central on the back of the unit.The illumination level of the skip hop monkey night light is reasonably bright, and I think a good level to have on the bedside table. But I did find it wasn’t that great as a light to walk around with, as the light is not directional. One issue is with the light coming out the front and back of the unit, so your eyes have light directly shining into them from the back of the nightlight as you walk around, which makes it challenging to see what is illuminated by the front of the light. Ideally the night light would be darker at the back, and ideally have a lens at the front that directed light on a downward angle to better illuminate the floor. It’s a small functional gripe, but one I hope they may improve in future.
Overall my son loves the light, and it’s getting a regular work out. The build quality appears pretty good, but I’ll check back in on this post when we’ve been using it for a few months. Currently I would recommend to consider a Skip Hop night light as a great gift idea and confidence booster at night.