Encourage independence with one of these awesome alarm clocks. When you’re ready for children to take responsibility for getting themselves out of bed and ready for school in the morning, it’s time they each have their own alarm clocks by their bed (instead of the mama or papa “alarm clock”).
It is never too early to develop better sleeping habits, and bedtime behavior and the following list of some of the best children’s alarm clocks will definitely help put you on the right path toward achieving bedtime bliss.
On the hunt for the best alarm clock for kids?
As I work on making better morning routines for my kids, one important thing is that I want them to be responsible for getting themselves out of bed in the morning. I’m trying to raise kids who can go be independent members of society – which means learning to on time on their own. BUT I 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.
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. This clock has a very simple and minimalistic design. It features a snooze button (8 minute snooze time), light button, hour and minute set buttons, time set button, and an alarm set on/off button. It is very lightweight, easy to set, and perfect for a kid or even a teenager/young adult.
Nightlight: no | Radio: no | Power: battery
Lego Alarm clock! Maybe it’s easy to get out of bed if a Lego figure tells you to do it? This clock for kids features a digital LCD display and stands approximately 9.5 inches tall. For even more fun, it has moveable arms and legs. The display lights up, and the clock also has snooze and alarm functions. It is the ideal clock for kids ages 6 and up.
Nightlight: no – but the clock is backlit | Radio: no | Power: battery-operated alarm
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. The blue LCD display is easy to read, and the brightness of the display can be adjusted as needed. It also features a 180-degree swivel projection and has pre-programmable daily dual alarm options.
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, but it also is a radio and Bluetooth speaker for your MP3 player or phone – I love the idea of being able to put on an audiobook before bed. Not only is it good for the younger kids, even your college student can take it to the dorms with them and find it useful. There are three brightness levels – dim, medium, and bright – and it can be charged with a USB cord and has a 2-4 hour charging time.
Nightlight: yes | Radio: yes | Power: AC & battery-operated alarm
This clock from UrbanHello is definitely on the pricier side, but you get so much with it. It is a 5-in-1 baby and children sleep tracker, has a night light and sound machine, Bluetooth speaker, secure two-way communication audio monitor, and a time-to-rise face. It is available in four different colors and won the 2018 National Parenting Product Award. It is the perfect alarm clock for kids ages 0 to 10.
Nightlight: yes | Radio: yes | Power: AC & battery-operated alarm
This robot clock for kids has an amazing design and is made from stainless metal. It is a wake-up clock with flashing eye lights and a hand clip. If your child is a light sleeper, it is the perfect clock because it doesn’t have that annoying tick-tock sound that other clocks make. It is easy to set with just two knobs on the back of the robot, and it makes a great decoration for any girls or boys’ room. You will also find that it is an easy to read clock and can help your kids learn how to tell time properly.
Nightlight: yes | Radio: no | Power: Two AAA batteries (not included)
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.
More ways to make mornings run smoothly:
- Ways to get toddlers to sleep longer
- Making family routines that work for YOUR family
- Printable Lunch Planner