I’m on the hunt for the best alarm clock for kids. I’m ready for my children to take responsibility for getting themselves out of bed and ready for school in the morning, so it’s time they each have their own alarm clocks by their bed (instead of the mama or papa “alarm clock”).
We’re trying to improve our family routines and one issue is that for some reason we keep waking up the kids ourselves. This seems silly. We’re trying to raise kids who can go be independent members of society – a good step would be them learning to wake up on time on their own. BUT we need an alarm clock for each kid. So, here is my research into the best alarm clocks for kids. I note features of each such as: radio, light, easy to set, power source and style.
Top Alarm Clocks for Kids:
This clock has a large easy to read face and buttons on the front so that it’s easy to set. It’s about 4 inches by 5 inches in size. One of the fun features is that it also tells temperature and shows a little emoticon to tell whether that temperature is comfortable, hot or chilly – this could help with kids making clothing selections.
Nightlight: yes | Radio: no | Portable: yes – battery powered
This alarm clock says the time out loud. It has a programmable ‘ok to wake’ feature that changes the light of the clock. Parents can use this to teach kids when it’s time to get out of bed and when it’s to early yet. Ok to Wake also makes a younger version of this alarm clock (it’s got a little simpler face) for toddlers who want to wake up too early – showing them when it’s ok to get out of bed.
Nightlight: yes | Radio: no | Power: USB with AA backup
When I was a kid I remember listening to my clock radio at night before bed (it had a sleep timer, which seemed really cool to me at the time) and I remember waking up each morning to the local radio station. I got myself out of bed for years with my trusty little alarm clock. This is the updated version of that clock.
Nightlight: no | Radio: yes | Power: AC and battery backup
For a basic alarm clock that’s easy to read, easy to set and wakes you up in the morning, these offer a great option – they are portable, they come in a variety of colors and they have a soft backlight so kids can see the clock.
Nightlight: no | Radio: no | Power: battery
Lego Alarm clock! Maybe it’s easy to get out of bed if Batman tells you to do it?
Nightlight: no – but clock is backlit | Radio: no | Power: battery
Lots of features on this extremely popular projection alarm clock. The coolest of which, at least for kids I think, is the fact that it projects the time up onto the ceiling or wall. It also has a radio.
Nightlight: no – but has dimming face + time projector | Radio: yes | Power: AC & battery
This alarm clock not only has a soothing glow so that it can act as a night light, it also is a radio and and bluetooth speaker for your MP3 player or phone – I love the idea of being able to put on an audio book before bed.
Nightlight: yes | Radio: yes | Power: AC & battery
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