The other day the wife and the kid went back to Ikea to get some toy bins. [Turns out they fit perfectly under the kid's Ikea bed, much better than the The Container Store ones. Plus, they're only a buck. I'm so glad I don't have to compete with Ikea for anything.]
And in accordance with Ikea's grand strategy, they came back with something they didn't know they needed: a new night light.
That's not strictly true. We got a really nice, tiny flourescent night light when the kid was born, and it stayed on for almost two-and-a-half years straight. It gave off the perfect faint blue-white light. But when it finally died, I couldn't find it again to replace it. The only night light at the drugstore was really bright, and though we put up with it for a couple of months, it just wasn't working out.
This little ghost though, has some low-power blue LED's inside a squishy rubber bulb head. The kid can turn it on and off herself, and it's so damn cute, we put it on a little shelf next to her bed instead of up on the wall.
But the kicker is that it's detachable. You can unplug it, and it'll hold a charge for up to 6 hours. Plenty long enough to go to sleep with. Now the kid walks around the house, all freaky cute-like, cradling this glowing, disembodied head.
I can't bring myself to tell her that Spoka is an old Indian name that means "Stuck his head out of the papoose."