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When I was little, I was afraid of the dark. I was afraid of what I couldn’t see.  I still dislike the dark when I’m alone – if I go to a conference and I’m in a hotel room, I sleep with the lights on.  Only when my husband is there can I bear to close my eyes to the inky blackness – and still I’m a little wary.  Whilst we’re getting it all out there, I also keep the back of my head covered with my blanket and my toes tucked in.  I’m 39.
I don’t know how it starts, or when or why it starts, but sooner or later every little one I’ve known has had some worry or fear at night time…and those fears grow.  The little monsters get bigger, hairier and have more teeth – whilst we all get less sleep.

Since Jensen was born in 2010, my friends and I have all invested in various sleep aids, soothers, toys with glowing bellies – all suitable for babies.  We can’t buy them fast enough – but our babies have spent nine months in darkness, and yet still we rush to protect them from it as soon as they are into the light.

When Jensen reached an age where he could verbalise his fears, and tell me he didn’t like the dark, there seemed to be nothing out there that could put his mind at ease – and a nightlight wasn’t cutting it.

Like most parents, we reassured him that the shadows were just that, and that his nightmares were just dreams, but nothing worked and night after night he would wake, crying for one of us to soothe him back to sleep.  Now Lyoto joins in, too.

Completely out of ideas, a few months ago we heard of a Kickstarter called Glow Away and we got very excited.

Instead of doing the usual parent thing – “it’s just in your imagination, sweetheart….go to sleep now”, which obviously [in retrospect] is making your child feel as though they are not only wrong, but also alone and unheard, instead of soothed and reassured, Glow Away embrace the idea of monsters in the night.

Glow Away have bought to life a cuddly little cutie of their own, called Boo.  Boo launches a double pronged attack on the monsters with every package that is received by night-frightened little ones everywhere.

Firstly, inside the package is a storybook, featuring Boo.

Of course, every parent worth their Amazon salt will know that there are SO many books on the market written to allay children’s fears of the dark – although not as sweet as this one.  So why does this one purport to work? Because it doesn’t stand alone.

Glow Away has a secret weapon up its pyjama sleeve.  With every storybook is a pink or blue duvet cover and pillowcase featuring Boo the little monster.  We won’t spoil how it protects and reassures your little one just yet – but it’s magical!

If you have little ones who want the house to be illuminated 24/7, stay tuned for our diaries this week to see if we can end our boys’ fear of the dark with the help of Boo, the Glow Away monster….

If you can’t wait, head over to their Kickstarter page where everything is explained – and where you can become a supporter of their business to help banish the bedtime monsters for good!

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  1. That is a great idea. I need it to be dark to sleep, so my boys never had nightlights until they expressed a fear of the dark. I think that it is a developmental stage, one where they understand and develop their imaginations. I never dismissed their fear and bought them nightlights instead

    1. Hey Angela! If you decide to try Glow Away remember that we offer a hassle free return policy, so you have nothing to worry. You can order it directly from our website 🙂

  2. This sounds like a great product – I really hope that it helps you all. I think you're right not to dismiss a child's fears. When my younger sister used to have nightmares and be scared to go to sleep my Mum used to sprinkle talc around the room and say that it would keep the monsters away – it really helped!

  3. I remember that I too was afraid of the dark as a little girl. My parents allowed me to sleep with this super bright lamp by my bedside. Now, I've completely grown out of that phase and I need to sleep in complete darkness and silence. Ha! Funny how things change 🙂

    1. Hey Michelle! Thank you so much for your kind words. If you decide to try Glow Away remember that we offer a hassle free return policy, so you have nothing to worry. You can order it directly from our website 🙂

  4. This is a great idea! My autistic son who is now 9 sleeps with his bedroom light on! I don't know how he does it. I cannot sleep in complete darkness though. I always have the landing light on.

    Lucie x

  5. This sounds like such an adorable way to help little ones overcome their fear of the dark! My son slept with me from age 3 until 6. He's 9 and still sleeps with me at times, so I know how hard it is to get kids to sleep alone when they're just plain scared. I was afraid of the dark until I was in my 20s. I actually hid with my head under the blanket! Now, I can't sleep with light. It took me a long time to get past that fear though.

    1. Hey Nikki! That's actually one of the reasons that inspired us to create Glow Away. My sister kept complaining about her kid always sneaking into her bed. Give Glow Away a go if you want to solve this problem once and for all 🙂

  6. I am very thankful my kids have not been terrified of the dark. I think they use the dark more of a bedtime delay tactic. This sounds like a great product for any little one scared of the dark.

    1. Hey Lauren, thank you so much! We are glad you love it as much as we do! If you decide to try Glow Away remember that we offer a hassle free return policy, so you have nothing to worry. You can order it directly from our website 🙂

    1. Hey Terri, why don't you oder one for them then? With our hassle free return policy you have nothing to worry. You can order it directly from our website 🙂

  7. This is a very cute idea and would well for my family My two boys are afraid to go to sleep due to monsters 🙂 I personally need it to be dark 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

    1. Hey Cindy! Thank you so much for your comment! You can buy a 2 pack from Kickstarter or directly from our website. Let us know if you need help ordering 🙂

  8. This is such a cute idea. My four year old twin are struggling with the dark at the moment so maybe something I should look into!

  9. Cute idea. Don't worry about your own fear. At least you have your way of dealing with it. it's good that your actively looking at ways to ensure our LO doesn't grow up with the same fear though.

  10. This is just so awesome and really needed. My daughter is scared of the dark and often have nightmares about monsters. I've found that minimizing tv helps but this is such a cool little idea that I may have to look into it.

    1. Hey Adanna, glad you love it! You can order a Glow Away directly from our website. We offer a hassle free return policy! Looking forward to welcoming you to our magical club!

  11. A great idea, I used to be terrified of the fact it's only the last few years that I now hate light disturbing my sleep. I still have a wobble every now and then…luckily my children don't seem to have the same scary nightmares and fright of the dark as I did.

  12. Fantastic idea! I am new to your website- stopping by from Awesome Blogger on FB. Your blog is adorable and your photography is amazing! I will be stopping by again and also am proud to nominate you for the BiB Photography Award. 😉

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