11 Best Kids’ Alarm Clocks to Get Kiddos in and Out of Bed on Time
There’s no denying that parenthood and quality sleep time don’t go hand in hand. There always tends to be something keeping you from a good shut-eye; newborns need feeding every few hours, while older kids often get up too early or wake multiple times a night—it’s all just part of the journey. If you’re exhausted and looking for a way to keep your kiddos in their beds until after dawn, an alarm clock for kids can be a great tool. Whether you’re looking for an ok to wake clock for your toddler or a more advanced alarm clock for your preschooler, we’ve done the research for you on the absolute best kids’ alarm clock options out there.
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Best ok to wake clocks for toddlers
Best kids’ alarm clocks
Little ones often don’t embrace the concept of sleeping in and may be waking up a little too early. A toddler alarm clock can be the solution you’ve been dreaming of, as it teaches them to stay in bed until a certain time. Using colors or other cues, an ok to wake clock cues when it’s time to sleep and when it’s okay to get up. Here are some of our picks for the best ok to wake clocks.
Toddler Sound Machine
The Hatch Baby Rest is all you’ll need from your first night home from the hospital all the way through the big-kid years, so it’s worth the price. This modern multi-tasker is a night light, sound machine and ok to wake clock in one convenient, high-tech gadget. Every feature—the color, brightness, sound and volume—can be controlled and customized right from an app on your phone. It comes with preset sound and color combinations recommended by sleep experts but can be customized to best fit your little one’s needs.
- Equipped with a variety of sounds, including nature and fan noises
- Features a soft light for late diaper changes and soothing sounds to use when nursing
Toddler Alarm Clock and Night Light
The Mirari Ok to Wake clock is well-loved (and well-reviewed) by parents for good reason. The perfect pick for younger toddlers, the entire clock lights up green when it's time to wake up, making it super simple to use and get the hang of. There’s also a night light option, a nap timer and an alarm clock (with a snooze button!), along with a digital clock and fun animations that your little one can activate by pressing on the “toe” buttons.
- Comes with two interchangeable face plates, so they can enjoy it as a pink flower or a green bug
- Wake up light doesn’t stay on long
Toddler Ok-To-Wake Clock
It’s easy for your kiddo to learn when it’s time to sleep and time to play with the five different color settings on this ok to wake clock. It signals bedtime stories, lullabies, white noise and upbeat songs, and features analog as well as digital clock displays for when they’re ready to learn how to tell time.
- Faceplate is easily customizable thanks to interchangeable options
- Hidden parental controls make this clock totally kid-proof
- Energy-saver and weekend wake time features
- Limited volume range
- Digital face can often be challenging to see from every angle
Stoplight Alarm Clock
What fan of Sesame Street wouldn’t love this fun toddler alarm clock? There are several design options featuring different character trios, including Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster. When the stop light on this ok to wake clock glows red, that means it’s bedtime, while green indicates when it’s okay for kids to get up. (There’s also an optional beeping alarm to accompany the green light.) The yellow light can be used as a nightlight or to signal when bedtime is fast approaching.
- Stoplight system is simple and easy for kids to recognize, and is often used in schools for behavior modification
- US converter needed for plug
Animal Themed Sleep Trainer and Night Light
The sweetest addition to any kids room, this adorable lamb toy isn’t simply just cute decor, but also a great sleep trainer and alarm clock. At bedtime, the clock’s face will glow red and the lamb will close its eyes. The face turns yellow 30 minutes before wake up time, then changes to green when it’s officially time for your kiddo to get out of bed. It’s also available in three color options to suit your little one’s tastes.
- Adjustable volume and brightness
- Includes both analog and digital clock
- Can be confusing to program, according to some reviews
- On the pricier side
Sleep Trainer Alarm Clock
Your little one will have no trouble developing healthy sleep habits with this adorable and fun alarm clock for kids. Bright colors and digital facial expressions let your child know when it's time for bed and when to wake up. Thirty minutes before wake up time, the clock will glow yellow; when it’s time to rise, the clock’s digital face smiles widely and glows green. They’ll love watching the happy face close its eyes when it's time to sleep.
- Features include a digital clock display, a built-in sound machine, a night light with five colors and a nap timer
- Available in pink, blue, purple and teal
- On the pricier side
Bunny Toddler Alarm Clock
This adorable bunny-themed ok to wake clock makes for a perfect bedside buddy. It has a color-changing light-up face to indicate when it’s time to get up (in addition to the digital clock display), which you can set via the IntelliClock app. Plus, it doubles as a nightlight, which can be set on a timer. It offers six different tones, audio or vibration mode, a temperature indicator, voice control sensor and adjustable brightness levels.
- Can be plugged in or run on batteries
- Comes with a one-year warranty
- App has to be downloaded separately
Owl Sleep Trainer
This owl-themed sleep trainer has an animated display to keep things fun for your little one at bedtime. To signal that it’s time for bed, the owl turns red and closes its eyes, and then turns green and opens them when it’s time to wake up. The clock also has a night light projection feature, where your kiddo can choose from changing colors to a blue star and planets—or both at the same time!
- Can be difficult to set up, according to some users
Sunlight Alarm Clock
There’s nothing like having sunlight kiss your face as you wake up in the morning. That’s the inspiration behind this gentle alarm clock for kids. The round face glows with sunrise simulation light, slowly increasing from 10 percent brightness all the way to 100 percent over the course of anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes (you choose). Plus, it offers seven natural sound options to accompany the sunlight, as well as seven color options, three display brightness levels and 20 lightning brightness levels. It can even double as a nightlight, bedside lamp or radio.
- Gentle light mimics sunrise
- Is highly adjustable
- Super versatile and can grow with your child
- Gentle light might not rouse heavy sleepers
- Tips over easily, some users say
Jumping Alarm Clock
If you have a kid who can’t seem to get out of bed, this clever toddler wake-up clock may just be what you’re looking for. Clocky is a kids’ alarm clock on wheels that can jump off a nightstand (up to three feet in height) and run away until your sleepyhead gets out of bed and turns it off. With a unique beeping sound and extra-loud alarm, Clocky may be the answer to finally making it to school on time.
- Fun way to get kids out of bed and energized for the day
- Doesn’t move around easily on carpet
Bunny Alarm Clock for Kids
This bunny alarm clock for kids is packed with features, including a 12- or 24-hour display, a temperature sensor, a digital clock and a night light. The clock’s screen is activated by sound (like a clap) or shaking and features two snooze functions. Best of all, the cute bunny design will surely capture your little one’s imagination.
- Timed night light saves energy
- Magnetic design allows you to hang it on metal surfaces
- Battery doesn’t last long
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