With a flip of the calendar to August, it's a sad fact that school is here, and those lazy summer days of sleeping in will come to an abrupt end. Whether your child is a toddler or a teen, getting them to wake up in the morning and start their day can be a challenge. But there is help! You can help your child gain independence (and save yourself some nagging) by getting your child an age-appropriate alarm clock. Here are some of our favorite picks for helping sleepy heads get up out of bed.
There are two styles of clocks for toddlers - those that attempt to teach the child how to read the time, be it analog or digital, or at least stay in bed until a designated time, and those that just wake your child up without you.
The Onaroo OK to Wake Children's Alarm Clock and Nightlight comes with two face styles, glows green when it's time to wake up when used as a sleep trainer, has an alarm and even has a separate nap timer. Plus kids can press the fun "toe" buttons to make the animated clock face change.
LEGO fans will love this collection of minifigure alarm clocks like this LEGO Star Wars Yoda Clock. Standing about 9" tall, the figure can move it's arms and legs or snooze with the push of its head. Also available in various other characters from Star Wars, Chima, Ninjago, Superheroes and more.
The full-service My Tot Clock has lots of features including four color signals for sleep (blue), waking (yellow), timeout (red) or activity time (green). It can also play bedtime stories, lullabies, wake music, and even white noise, and can work as a nightlight with 5 levels of illumination. Use the included Moon & Stars faceplate or purchase other designs such as Dora, SpongeBob, Pajanimals or Dinosaur Train to help your child make the clock his own.
We love the vintage feel of this Duck Talking Alarm Clock which yes, quacks instead of rings for its alarm. Not a fan of the duck? The brand also offers a rooster, owl, T-Rex and other animals shown here.
If you have a little princess who likes to sleep late (and a good-sized nightstand with room to spare), try the Disney Princess Magical Light-Up Storyteller Alarm Clock. Some of the features include color-changing lights, music, and sound effects for both bedtime and wake time, recited stories, and a multicolor nightlight.
Who says learning has to take a break at bedtime? With the Onaroo Teach Me Time Talking Alarm Clock and Nightlight, your child can use the interactive, talking time-teaching game with 5 adjustable skill levels to learn time-telling concepts on the analog and digital clock faces.
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Tweens and teens likely won't want something as cutesy. Instead, keep it simple, easy and affordable with this RCA Alarm Clock that has a large display, easy to use interface and back-up batteries for power outages.
If your child is already attached to an iPod or iPhone, this RCA Clock Radio can do double duty with a built-in charger and the ability to wake up to an alarm, the radio or music on the iPhone or iPod.
If your tween loves information, the Hito Alarm Clock provides the time, date, and temperature on a large touch display. The alarm also has ascending beep volume to ensure your child doesn't oversleep.
If your child is a heavy sleeper, we recommend either Clocky, the alarm on wheels, that rolls away as soon as the alarm goes off making your child physically get up and find the clock to turn it off, or the Sonic Boom Clock, available as shown above or as a cute heart, that has the option of an extra loud alarm and a 12-volt bed shaker to place under your child's mattress. Guaranteed to get your kid up and at 'em.
Getting back to school isn't always fun, but with an age-appropriate alarm clock, at least getting your kid out of bed can be a bit easier.
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