Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tips for new parents: night lights and dimmers

Low light is your friend.

Buy a bunch of night lights. Put them everywhere you might need to go in the middle of the night: kitchen, bathrooms, stairs, the hallway between your room and the baby's, etc. You probably don't want them in sleeping rooms unless you're sure they won't distract you.

You also want dimmable lights in the baby's room and possibly yours as well. You can get a $15 lamp from the hardware store and a $10 dimmer plug pass-through if you don't find a dimmer lamp you like (surprisingly hard to find them).