Does your baby seem to be allergic to sleep? Has bedtime turned into a battleground where you spend hours rocking (or even driving around in your car) your little one just to help them fall asleep?
Believe it or not, baby projectors can help you!
Baby projectors are nifty little devices that turn the nursery into a relaxing oasis, illuminating the ceiling with calming images and helping your baby drift off into a peaceful sleep.
Some projectors for babies are also called “soothers” because they come with lullabies, sounds, and melodies that can help fussy and sleep-resistant babies to get the message that it’s ready to go night-night!
I must admit that baby projectors were of such amazing help to me when my kids went through their sleep regression phases or were simply too wound up to go to bed.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of 14 recommendations for you to consider, ranging from traditional projectors for babies to models that can be used by both kids and adults.
For all of you busy moms, here’s a quick list of our top picks!
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1. Bubzi Co Elephant Baby Soother
In a perfect world, a simple ceiling projection would be enough to send babies off into the land of dreams where they will sleep through the night!
Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works. There are many babies who make the entire process of going to sleep feel like cracking a code, so the Bubzi Co soother will hopefully make this a lot quicker and easier!
As a projector for babies, it displays soothing stars in a variety of colors such as blue, red, and green that will help them fall asleep as quickly as possible.
Plus, the baby lights aren’t too bright to be a distraction, either.
There are sound effects to create a calming atmosphere, including melodies and the sound of a heartbeat.
After your little one drifts off to sleep, you don’t need to worry about coming back in and switching the elephant off because it includes an automatic switch-off feature.
As it runs on AAA batteries, it’s portable and perfect for traveling. The batteries are also included in the pack so you’re all set to go when it arrives in the mail.
And the gray elephant model is absolutely adorable and will fit right in no matter what the color scheme of your nursery is!
2. Luckkid Multifunctional Night Light Star Projector Lamp
Whereas the above baby projector by Bubzi Co is perfect for younger babies, it’s not very likely that your little one will stay interested in it as they grow into a toddler.
But the beautiful projections that are included with this model guarantee that your little one will look forward to bedtime!
There are 5 in total – planets, galaxies, constellations, the sea world, and a birthday one that’s perfect during birthday sleepovers, for example.
If your little one is too young for the projections, you can also use this device as a simple night light.
I love that you can adjust the brightness to a level that is just right for your baby to fall asleep and not be distracted by it.
There’s a lot of versatility when it comes to charging as you can use both batteries and a USB charger, so this projector for babies can go with you on longer trips, too.
The USB feature is great for home use, especially if you’re planning on having the projector running for longer periods of time.
I know that with projectors, many parents are worried about the noise level and whether it will be too loud.
Luckily, that’s absolutely not a problem with this model as it’s quiet enough to not be a nuisance.
3. Night Light Star Projector Twilight Turtle Classic
If I was basing my recommendation solely on the level of cuteness of each baby projector, this turtle would be at the very top.
And I’m pretty sure you would have a hard time finding a baby that doesn’t like it!
I’m quite partial to the traditional green shade but you can also get this turtle projector in pink and in two shades of blue.
Even though it looks quite simple, this turtle has 8 different constellations to help your baby drift off to sleep. Plus, it has a neat timer feature so it won’t use up all the battery running all night.
The projections can be displayed in green, orange, and blue, so you can switch it up when you’d like to.
Although this Twilight Turtle projector looks like a plush toy, I recommend keeping it out of the baby’s crib for two reasons.
One, it’s not safe for babies under 12 months (there’s the danger of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS), and two, it’s never a good idea to have anything with batteries so close to your little one while they are sleeping.
So, just pop it on the nightstand and allow your baby to enjoy the different colors and the starry night that the turtle projects!
4. Fisher-Price Settle & Sleep Projection Soother
For those of you who would like to have a baby projector closer to your sleeping baby without putting them in danger, this Fisher-Price model will tick all the boxes.
It can be attached to the railing of the crib so that your baby can enjoy the cute animals and lights as they drift off to sleep.
Once they get older, the projector can be taken out of the crib and used as a standalone device.
There are sounds and music to soothe your baby before bedtime, with an automatic timer that lasts half an hour.
The device is set up in a way that the music slowly decreases in volume until it changes to a white noise sound, so it won’t be running all night.
You can also choose how loud you want the music to be, as well as whether the star projection will be turned on.
This device also doubles as a handy night lamp that you can turn on when you need to see if your baby is sleeping soundly without disturbing them too much.
Overall, the Fisher-Price projection soother is a fantastic choice if you want an all-in-one device that has a light show as well as calming sounds.
And parents love how it seems to work like a charm, even with the most troublesome sleepers!
5. Summer Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother
The Summer Infant elephant projector will be a lovely addition to any kind of nursery as it comes in gentle shades of green and blue and will fit right in with the rest of your baby’s plush toy collection!
For safety reasons, though, it’s best to keep it out of the crib when the baby is sleeping.
Since it can’t be washed if it gets dirty, it’s best to keep it somewhere that small hands can’t reach it and make a mess.
The elephant shows projections of soothing lights that make a lovely starry sky – perfect for creating a bedtime atmosphere. There are also multiple color options that can be adjusted to either stay on one color or to rotate.
This baby night light projector also has a variety of music options as well as sounds that you can switch on if your little one likes listening to music before falling asleep.
I really like that you can set a timer to automatically shut off the baby light projector, and the volume control feature allows you to adjust the volume of the music to your baby’s liking.
Overall, this is a fantastic sleep aid that’s very similar to the turtle projector above, except that it comes at a slightly more affordable price point.
6. Baby Sleep Soother Sound Machine & Star Projector Night Light
I don’t think you can possibly get enough of baby projectors that look like plush animals, which is why I’ve decided to add another one to my list!
This adorable teddy bear is one of the best baby light projectors for the nursery as it has everything you need in a projector and then some.
When switched on, it displays a lovely night sky, including different lighting effects! In addition to colorful lights, the teddy bear can produce white noise and play soothing nighttime music.
What sets this projector apart from the rest is the fact that the electronics part can be taken out so you can wash the bear if it gets dirty.
So you can take it anywhere you go and you won’t have to worry about the bear ending up on the ground.
There is a hook made of velcro included with the bear which makes it super easy to attach to your diaper bag or stroller, ensuring you don’t lose the bear when you’re on the go.
I also like that there is an automatic shut off feature, with the lowest setting being 30 minutes and the highest setting being 60 minutes.
7. Whale Night Light Projector and Sound Machine
So far, I’ve covered turtles, elephants, and bears, and now it’s time for whales!
This whale projector is made from a super soft material that your little one will love holding and the best news is that this projector can be washed, just like the teddy bear above.
It also includes a strap that allows you to attach the whale to your stroller, for example, so it’s very portable.
As a nursery night light projector, it comes with half a dozen different color modes that display soothing stars all over your baby’s room.
The light effects aren’t too bright, so they won’t be a distraction at bedtime and they provide the perfect amount of light for little ones who are afraid of the dark.
Apart from the projection mode, the whale plays music as well and even includes calming nature sounds such as birds singing.
Unfortunately, there is only one timer option that turns off the device after half an hour but I think it would be better if it could run for longer without turning off.
Like all the other plush toy projectors, it runs on batteries and isn’t rechargeable, so make sure to stock up on AAA batteries before purchasing!
8. Star Projector Night Light for Kids
This star projector is a perfect choice if you would like to get something that can grow with your babies even after they outgrow their toddler years.
Design-wise, it reminds me of a fortune teller’s crystal ball, so it’s a fun accessory to have in your room. It comes in 3 shades – white, pink, and black.
What I really love about this projector is that it comes with a remote control, making it really easy to adjust the individual settings from a distance.
If your kids are big enough to know how to work a remote, you can also let them do the adjusting. But speaking as a mom of 2, this could quickly turn into a tug of war over who gets the remote, so tread carefully!
Using the remote, you can switch between different light modes and change the colors of the star projections in the room.
There is a timer, too. I also love the feature that lets the projector spin but you can turn it off if it’s too distracting for your little one.
This projector is rechargeable as it comes with a USB cable and the good news is that it can run for up to 14 hours on a full battery, so it can be taken to sleepovers, for example.
9. Baby Soother Ceiling Projector
As far as this model goes, it definitely has more features as a soother than as a projector but it’s still a very solid device that can provide a calming environment in the nursery.
When it comes to design, it reminds me of a tiny robot. It’s only available in white, so it would be nice if there were different shades to choose from.
As a projector, this model displays a colorful image filled with trees and different animals that create a warm atmosphere in the baby’s room. Unfortunately, this is the only projection available.
On the other hand, it does include a night light with different color options, so there is some versatility in this area.
As a soother though, this model offers plenty of sounds, such as ocean waves, nature sounds, and even white noise.
The volume control offers more than a dozen levels and you can use the timer to adjust how long you want it to run.
You can even set the music player to loop until you turn it off, which is perfect for naps when you want your baby to stay asleep even if the rest of the family is a little noisy.
10. VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Soothing Starlight Polar Bear
At first, this soothing projector doesn’t stand out from all the other animal-shaped models I’ve recommended so far.
However, it does set itself apart by one key feature – it automatically turns itself on when the baby starts crying!
This means that it will be able to calm your little one if they wake up crying, and you won’t have to get out of bed at all hours of the night, which is just priceless for sleep-deprived parents.
When it’s not night, though, I definitely recommend turning it off completely because it might become activated on accident and you don’t want to use up all the battery.
As far as the projector goes, it displays soothing stars in different shades. The timer allows you to set it to run for 15, 30, or 45 minutes.
In addition to the projector, the polar bear comes with all sorts of sounds and melodies that will help your little one fall asleep and the volume can be adjusted to your liking, too.
Sadly, the bear can’t be taken apart for washing and it doesn’t come with a hook or strap like some of the other models on this list.
Overall, though, this is an adorable projector that will make a beautiful addition to your nursery, no matter how you’ve decorated it.
11. Ocean Wave Starry Light Projector
This model belongs to a category of baby projectors that will work in any room of the house and not just the kids’ room, so you might even want to get more than one!
It projects a beautiful image of the sky, along with stars and the Moon, and you can switch between different colors, too.
The battery can be charged so there will be no need to buy or change batteries.
The device is equipped with voice control, meaning that when you play music, the projection display will follow the beat which is super fun for birthday parties.
Clapping your hands can make the projection flicker, too.
Sadly, it doesn’t come with any sounds so you won’t be able to use it as a soother. But I think this is a wonderful gift idea for a toddler or an older child who needs a bit of encouragement to go to sleep.
And it comes at a very budget-friendly price, too!
12. Fisher-Price Smart Connect Deluxe Soother
The Fisher-Price soother and projector combo is hands-down one of the most popular models among parents.
The main reason is the company’s Smart Connect app, which syncs with the soother via Bluetooth and allows you to control the device in the nursery from any room in the house (as long as it stays within the range of the connection).
For example, you can pick a starry or animal projection and set the color without having to get up and disturb the baby. The device also works as a simple baby night light.
The lights aren’t too bright, which is perfect for infants to sleep and for your nighttime nursing sessions or changing diapers.
It’s quite unique when it comes to design, too, since it’s not shaped like a crystal ball or a stuffed animal and could be a good choice if you are looking for a low-key device for the nursery.
As for the sounds, you have plenty of choices! For instance, there is a white noise option, along with calming melodies and sounds of nature.
Compared to the other models on this list, this soother doesn’t run on batteries and can’t be charged but has to be plugged in, so it’s not very portable.
But I wouldn’t consider this a dealbreaker, as it’s a very compact model and easy to take with you if you’re traveling.
13. 4-in-1 Sound Soother with Projector, Nightlight, and Timer
While most projectors for babies display stars and other kinds of soothing sky images, this one by Project Nursery has a different theme.
You can pick between 9 projections featuring colorful sea animals, patterns, and images of cars, trucks, and helicopters.
They will illuminate the nursery with just the right amount of light to make a wonderful night time atmosphere for your baby.
What parents really love about this model, though, are the sounds. They feature a heartbeat, recordings of rain, and most importantly – white noise. In addition, the device comes with relaxing music.
There is a timer you can use to preserve the battery but you can also leave it to run for as long as you would like.
What’s more, the soother can double as a nightlight, so you’re really covering all your bases with this model!
The device can be plugged into an electrical outlet but if you need to take it with you, just insert batteries and you’re good to go!
And because it’s quite small, it will be easy to pack in a diaper bag or your stroller for your baby to enjoy the calming sounds anywhere.
14. Soaiy Sleep Soother Aurora Projection LED Night Light Lamp
The Aurora Borealis is one of the most beautiful sights on our planet and transporting that view to your little one’s bedroom is a surefire way to get them relaxed and ready for bed in no time!
You can also use the device as a simple night light – just put the cap over the projector to hide the aurora from view. After an hour of use, it will shut off automatically and will not disturb your baby’s precious sleep.
Another thing that I really like about this model is how you can plug in your phone and play any kind of music or white noise that you like, so you’re not tied to a specific set of lullabies or melodies.
Keep in mind that this model does not use batteries but plugs into the wall, instead.
On the whole, this is a really budget-friendly model that you can use in any room of your house whenever you need a calming atmosphere.
A few quick tips on baby projectors
Whether you are using a projector that comes with sound or not, I’d like to share a tip with you that will ensure your baby gets the best quality sleep possible.
When picking out a projector, make sure that it has an automatic shut off feature and if it doesn’t, then you will need to set a timer on your phone to turn it off once your baby has fallen asleep.
Because a dark room is the best environment for anyone, and especially kids, to sleep in, having a projector running all night isn’t recommended by sleep experts.
Some would even go as far as to say that no light should be used to help a baby go to sleep but we all know that this is easier said than done – kids get scared of the dark and a relaxing projection can help with this fear.
Still, you should opt for a model that offers dim lightning (bright lights will have the opposite effect and keep your child up) and switches off on its own after a set amount of time.
In addition, baby projectors that look like stuffed animals should not be placed in the crib if your baby is younger than a year old as this places them at risk of SIDS.
Many soothing devices also play gentle music or sounds to help the baby go to sleep but it’s important to remember that there’s a chance of your little one getting so used to this, that they will refuse to fall asleep without it.
This can cause a lot of trouble if you run out of batteries in the middle of the night, or if you’re traveling and forget to pack your soother, so try to use these devices wisely.
The same rules that apply to lights apply to music as well – it shouldn’t keep playing all night but should be turned off after the baby has fallen asleep.
In addition, make sure that the model you choose has a volume control feature, that way you can make sure that the music isn’t so loud as to be a distraction or disruption.
Of course, before making a purchase, think about where you are planning on using the projector or soother, and whether a model that runs on batteries will be better suited to your lifestyle instead of a device that needs to be plugged into an outlet.
To wrap up
If you’re only on baby number 1, you’ve probably been caught completely off guard by the many sudden changes to your baby’s sleep schedule.
It often feels like the minute you discover the perfect way to get your little one to fall asleep, they completely switch the game up and you’re back to square one.
Trust me, we have all been there!
Baby projectors can be of immense help during this period and many babies respond very well to the calming atmosphere they create in the nursery.
What’s more, sleep-resistant toddlers will be more eager to go night-night when their room looks so much fun!
Just make sure that they don’t end up playing with the projector.
No matter how old your little one is, a projector is definitely a piece of baby gear that I would recommend to every mom and dad out there – they really do work!
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