When my son was a baby, we hung out a lot at night. Sometimes all night. I always seemed to be tip-toeing blindly around his room in the dark, deadly afraid of turning on the lights. Was I more afraid of the bright light convincing him that 2 a.m. really is play time OR blinding myself abruptly out of my sleepwalking stuper? I’m not sure. I don’t remember many details from those few months.
What I do remember is rushing to pick him up, only to realize that turning on a lamp is a pain in the butt when you’re rocking and shushing a 12 pound screaming banshee. However, around Christmas time, I found something in our box of decorations and had an “AHA” moment. If I could turn my Christmas tree lights on and off with a foot switch, why couldn’t I do the same with the lamp in the nursery?
I hooked up this simple, super cheap cord to the floor lamp in my son’s room and set the lamp to the dimmest setting. Voila! Hands free light at your.. toetips (??), and just the right amount of light to get the job done. Take that, Clapper!
I know, I know… cords can be dangerous, but with a few zip ties and strategically placed furniture it was no more accessible to little hands than the lamp cord on its own. And let me tell you… it was a lifesaver that I used for YEARS of late-nights. I am shocked they don’t sell something like this in the baby department, but it’s now something that I always think of for a shower gift.
Mine is Christmas green and red, which looks kind of obnoxious.. but I found they now have white and other solid colors over on Amazon: Woods 11203W 15-Foot Switch Light Extension Cord, 3-Outlet, 18/2 SPT-2, White
So, hopefully this helps out a few other moms. Let me know if you have any hacks that saved you with little ones! I’d love to hear about them.