The Allay Lamp

DenaJanuary 20, 2022

Night wakings for feeds and diaper changes are two of the particular challenges that all mamas know very well. There is a real art to being able to navigate these needs quietly and efficiently, so as not to stimulate the baby, or in my case the babies. Keeping the room quiet and dimly lit is key, but it’s not the easiest thing to do. You need enough light to be able to see what you are doing, but not too much light that the baby thinks it’s time to play. So when I was invited to try out the Allay Lamp back in August, when the twins were just a month old, I was absolutely thrilled to do so!

The Allay Lamp is a special lamp that emits light discovered by Harvard migraine researcher Rami Burstein. Allay’s unique narrow band of green wavelengths calms the brain by quieting hyperactive neurons. This makes it the perfect solution for nighttime wakings. It gives mama enough light to see and meet baby’s needs, but it’s also incredibly soothing so it doesn’t unnecessarily stimulate the baby. I have found this to be invaluable for me, especially with twins, as you can imagine.

The Allay Lamp is also helpful for people who suffer from migraines, like my husband. The effectiveness of the lamp is based on scientific evidence from nearly ten years of research at one of the world’s leading research hospitals. The studies show that everyday light, made up of all the colors of light–red, yellow, green, blue, etc., generates large electrical signals in the eye and brain, which tend to hurt people with light sensitivity and further irritate migraine pain.

In contrast, a very specific narrow band of green light–which is the only light emitted by the Allay Lamp–generates small electrical signals in the eye and brain and therefore does not hurt people with light sensitivity. The green color it emits is so incredibly soothing and the soft glow is helpful in lulling me and the babies back to sleep, and in helping to alleviate my husband’s migraine pain.

The lamp has two settings, white light for when you need a bit more light to see, and green light for when you want to keep the light low and soothing. It’s so easy to use, you just tap a button to turn it on and off. It’s also silent, there is no click when it turns on, which is another invaluable tool for me when one baby is up and I don’t want to wake the other one. It’s also cord free. It charges with a USB cable, so there are no wires or batteries to worry about. You can move it around wherever you need it. It is incredibly convenient.

I highly recommend the Allay Lamp if you need something to help sooth migraines, nighttime anxiety, or to illuminate nighttime baby wakings. I’ll be sharing some more of my “must-haves” for twin mamas soon. xo

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