Sleep training is a Sisyphean task. Just when you see the promised land (a solid night of sleep for you and your baby), the kid reverts back to waking up at all hours. It’s why every parent needs a kids’ alarm clock, also known as an OK to wake clock.
As a general rule, the National Sleep Foundation says that most babies are ready for sleep training between the ages of four and six months, when they’re capable for sleeping for eight to 12 hours straight. And these kids’ alarm clocks can help you navigate the troubled and turbulent waters of sleep training. No, you cannot tie your kid to the bed. But yes, you can arm him or her with a very cute night light that may incentivize them to stay in bed until a reasonable hour.ADVERTISEMENT
From sleep-training clocks that let your kids know when they can get out of bed, to soothing night lights, these are our favorite toddler sleep-training products based on aesthetics, budget, and bells and whistles.
Best Kids’ Alarm Clocks and Toddler Clocks
This is the best combination sound machine, baby monitor, alarm clock, and sleep trainer.
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The Hatch Baby Rest Plus is the best all-in-one sound machine, baby monitor, alarm clock, and sleep training clock on the market. Actually, make that the only one of its kind. It grows with your kid. Parents with babies can use the baby monitor functionality to listen to their kids, plus the white noise and night light to help infants fall asleep. With toddlers, parents can set up specific times (that the brand calls programs) that kids need to wake up, nap, and go to bed, to minimize any anxiety related to transitions. And they also learn when it’s OK to get out of bed, and when it’s time to hit the sack.
Older kids get a comforting light with customizable colors, plus the ability to always know what time it is and be notified when it’s time to sleep and time to get up. And if you feel the need to check in on your kid, there’s a two-way audio monitor you can access from your phone that lets you talk your child.
We’re into this color changing night light, room thermometer and room hygrometer, all in one cute package. The night light can be toggled on or off.
The LittleHippo goes one step further than just being a night light by also monitoring the room temperature and humidity levels in the nursery, to make your baby is most comfortable. When the room is too hot, it glows red. When it’s too cold, it turns blow. Meaning, your kid should get an optimal night of sleep.
The Echo Glow cycles through the colors of the rainbow, and gradually fades to black when it’s time to hit the sack.
Parents can create lighting cues that help with counting down to dinnertime or setting a reading time, so kids can wind up down when it’s time for bed. They choose what color they want the Glow to be. And there’s what’s called a rainbow timer, which gives kids a visual reminder that it’s time to wake up, or when its bedtime.
Not only does the Fisher-Price soother and sleep training clock look sweet, it’s loaded with features and is meant for younger babies.
It has three sound options, letting you toggle between soothing music, nature sounds, and white noise. You get three lighting options that you can use individually or combined: Soft amber night light, starlight projection, and soft amber animals projection. And when you connect it to the app, you can use the sleep stages tool to create a bedtime routine, plus adjust the lighting to let your child know when it’s time to wake up.
Little Hippo’s Mella is an adorable sleep-training alarm clock with a smiling face and a happy disposition. In addition to glowing a pre-set bedtime color, Mella closes its little digital eyelids when it’s time to knock off for the night.
Thirty minutes before the wake-up time, it turns yellow to indicate “play quietly” before an alarm goes off and the clock ⏤ now smiling broadly ⏤ glows green. It has a built-in sound machine with three settings (rain, white noise, and ocean), a nightlight with five colors, a countdown timer for naps and time-outs, and comes in one of four colors. It can also be paired with the company’s other device, a $25 nightlight and room thermometer/hygrometer named Kelvin that changes colors depending on whether the room temperature is too hot or too cold.
How to Choose the Best Kids Alarm Clock
When narrowing down your choices for the best kids alarm clock, there are a few things you will want to consider.
The Functions and Features
A children’s alarm clock should be both fun and functional. They are going to want a lot more than just a simple and basic clock sitting on their bedside table. So, when choosing an alarm clock, make sure it has an easy to read display, straightforward settings, and it is something they will be excited to use. Some other awesome features you can look for are Bluetooth connectivity, some cool lighting effects, and even sleep tracking.
You also want to make sure that the clock you choose is age-appropriate for your child. Most of the clocks on our list are suitable for the 3-13 age range. When considering this point, you also need to make sure they like the style of the clock. If they have outgrown robots, they may be looking for something more minimalistic. You may also find that your child is on the younger side and could benefit from a timer for their nap time or other sleep trainer clock features.
You want a product that is high-quality and is made to last. You don’t want to buy something simply because it had a super low price tag. You may just end up regretting it because it might not be what you expected, or it might not have good construction. Don’t let it be a waste of your money.
Kids Alarm Clock FAQ
Is my child going to require a specific alarm clock?
Depending on the age of your child, their needs may vary. For example, for the younger kids who are going through sleep training, you may find that a wake-up clock will be more beneficial. It tells them when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake up, so there are no more early morning wake up calls for the parents. Many of the clocks also come with parental controls so that the child can’t change the settings or turn the alarm off.
Why should I get my child an alarm clock?
Besides being fun with all the many choices and colors available, they can also be educational and can help teach your child how to tell time and learn when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake. It is also a good way to teach a child the difference between an analog clock and a digital clock.
If you have kids that are heavy sleepers, it is a good device to help wake them up in the morning and if they are a light sleeper or they have a hard time falling asleep, an alarm clock with Bluetooth connectivity will allow you to play nature sounds right at their bedside table to help them fall asleep. You can even connect it to Bluetooth so you can play your child’s favorite bedtime stories through the speakers.
Is a children’s alarm clock really for the kids, or is it more for the parents?
Since a children’s alarm clock can help teach a child about going to bed and changing what may be frustrating bedtime behavior, they are definitely as much for the parents as the kids. With a variety of different features, including a snooze button, wake-up light, alarm sounds, nap timer, and more, you will be able to find a clock that is perfect for your child to help ensure they get a good night’s sleep, along with the parents.