Good Nite Lite: Teach Your Kids When To Wake Up

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. The father of two young boys, Adam Nelson desperately craved an extra hour of sleep in the morning. As many parents know, the natural rise and fall of the son and moon don’t jibe with the schedule that families keep. Like many parents, his kids were getting up (and waking him up) at sunrise but they didn’t understand that it was too early. Since they were too young to read a clock, he needed a simpler way to show them when it was ok to get out of bed so he invented the Good Nite Lite.

He came up with a product that is simple to understand. The Good Nite Lite has two settings – Moon/Sleep and Sun/Wake Up. At the time the parents designate, the Moon/Sleep set is activated with a blue smiling moon face. Then, at a designated time, the Moon changes to a Sun with a yellow smiling sun face. You teach your child that as long as the Moon face is on, he needs to be sleeping, or at least in his bed (eventually, most kids will fall asleep if they’re in their bed) and that they cannot get out of bed until the Sun face appears. So when he wakes up at 3, 4, 5 AM, he knows that it’s not time to get up. Also, during the night, the glowing Moon serves as a gentle night light.

Does it work? Well, the device technically works in that it goes on and off like it’s supposed to, but mom and dad have to reinforce the behavior modification. I love the concept and theoretically, Anya does too, but we still having her coming into our bed at 1 AM every day. However, she does understand that when the Moon is on, it’s time for bed (she used to fight us), so that’s one improvement we’ve seen since we started using it.

My one wish is for a stand for the light (it needs to be plugged directly into an outlet) because in Anya’s room, there are no available outlets that are in direct view of her bed. Adam told me that they do have plans to develop something like this in the future, but they wanted to keep it as minimal as possible and to make it easier for travel (where you often need/want that extra hour of sleep).

If your child stays in his bed but wakes up too early, the Good Nite Lite may be exactly what you need.

— Danielle

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