The Best Sleep-Training Clocks to Teach Your Toddler to Stay in Bed
Like traffic lights, these sleep-training clocks use colors to let kids know it's okay to get up and at 'em.
Every parent can struggle in establishing a sleep routine for his child, but the best sleep-training clocks can make this seemingly Sisyphean task easier. These kids’ alarm clocks or OK to wake clocks provide a reassuring nightlight that helps toddlers fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. The next morning, its familiar glow helps keep them in bed until a reasonable hour, which, to a REM-deprived parent, is an inestimable benefit worth just about any price (but trust us, they’re not that expensive relative to their reward).
When selecting a sleep-training clock, pick one that’s child-friendly, cute, and easy to read (translation: the numbers are big and bright). Colors that signify when it’s time to go to bed and time to wake up are also must-have features. Some of our favorites allow you to set specific alarms for specific days depending on your or your child’s schedule. Some of these sleep-training clocks are fancier than others; the top-tier ones connect to your phones via corresponding apps, so you can track bedtimes and even tell your kids it’s time to put away the Legos.
The simpler clocks on this list are ideal for toddlers, while the more complex ones are designed to grow with your child.
The Best OK-to-Wake Clocks
The Bluetooth-enabled Rest is a nightlight, sound machine, and time-to-rise hybrid controlled by your smartphone. The Hatch uses whatever color you choose to let kids know when they can get up. It also offers preset light and sound themes to promote healthy circadian rhythms and melatonin production and can be customized with one of nine decorative covers.
A sweet, simple, kid-friendly clock with a nap timer, and a green light indicator that tells when it's OK to rise and shine. It's based on the same premise as the others ⏤ green light and open eyes mean clear for takeoff ⏤ but it also includes a digital clock with snooze alarm, nap timer, fun faceplates to change its appearance, and a panel of parental buttons hidden in the back so kids can't mess around. The Mirari also features a battery backup and plugs directly into a USB jack.
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 and glows yellow when it's almost time to get up. 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
The center screen of this toddler clock changes colors, depending on the time of the day and what you want your kid to do. Blue is for bedtime, yellow is for waking up, green is for fun, and red is for ruminating. And if you need a night off, this also plays bedtime stories, lullabies, wake up music, and white noise. It has dual analog and digital displays, to help kids learn to tell time.
This is the best all-in-one sound machine, baby monitor, alarm clock, and sleep training clock on the market, ideal for younger kids but equally suitable for grade schoolers. 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 kids need to wake up, nap, and go to bed. 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. There’s a two-way audio monitor you can access from your phone that lets you talk your child.
This emulates the Hatch, but has a more kid-friendly interface because of the facial expressions. Kids stay in bed when Remi is asleep, and get out of bed when he wakes up. Parents control everything via the app and can use Remi to play music, speak to their kids, and even track sleep patterns.
The dog is holding a ball. When the ball is red, you stay in bed. When it turns green, you can be seen. (Apologies for the bad poetry). Parents can also set a weekday alarm time, a weekend alarm time, and nap schedules. It's basic, no-frills, and easy to use.
You get four products in one with this sleep training clock. It works as a sleep trainer, soother, nightlight, or alarm clock. When in sleep training mode, the cloud lights up. Red means it's bedtime. Green means it's fine to get up. When you use this sleep training clock in soother mode, your baby hears white noise, rain, and a lullaby. And the nightlight has a soft glow with three brightness levels.
When a clock simply won't do, you need to step things up. So check out this wall-mounted sleep trainer, a nighttime traffic light system of sorts for your kid. You use the app to customize personalized routines, establish sleep and wake times, and select music and lights. The on-screen icons show kids what they're supposed to be doing at what time. And they press a remote when they complete a task. It changes colors when it's time to get up, or go to bed.
To make things as obvious as possible, this OK to wake clock has a screen display that shows stars or the sun, depending on the time of day or night. Sun means it's daytime, stars mean it's sleepy-time. The stars go out one at a time as a silent countdown to bedtime. There's an audible alarm, if you want to use one, and the screen brightness is adjustable. You can set weekday and weekend wakeup times.
This squishy, washable night light works by giving parents total control. Kids can tap the critter to change its color, sure, but parents use the remote control to determine the color of the bear, the sleep timer, and what setting it's on. For example, parents switch the color to green when it's fine for your kid to get out of bed. Red means stay put. It shuts off in an hour and you charge it via USB.
The bunny's face lights up, and the rabbit itself has several modes: Wake mode, nap mode, and sleep mode. It doubles as a night light. You charge is via USB, and its face lights up to indicate what your child should be doing. Red means stay in bed. Green means time to get up. And it's controlled via the corresponding app.
So your kid is not a morning person and wakes up in a perpetually bad mood? Happens to the best of us. This whimsical OK to wake clock rouses kids using animal sounds. You simply choose the included animal, be it a pig or a rooster, place it on the clock, and your child wakes up hearing that specific sound. The animal sounds grow louder in three stages to let your kid know it's fine to get out of bed now.
The Best Kids’ Alarm Clocks
If you want something fancier and think your kid is up to the task, this night light is controlled via the app and acts more as a complete sleep and wake system than a mere light. You can set a custom sunrise for the morning so your child is gently woken rather being jolted awake, play a variety of soothing sounds, and at night, help kids wind down with a soft-glow reading and night light.
The Echo Glow is great for older kids; it makes bedtime somewhat fun because it 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. 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.
This dreamy sleep training clock has a face that lights up to display the date, time and temperature. It's made of plastic and silicone, has a snooze button, and eight different alarm songs. To make sure your kid really does get out of bed. It runs on three AAA batteries.
Just in time for Easter, this rabbit-shaped alarm clock keeps kids soft glowing company (programmed for a half hour or an hour) so they can stay happily snuggled in bed, and fall asleep faster. Come morning, there are a half-dozen cheerful wake-up tones to choose from, but it may not even come to that, as this sleep training clock brightens into 'dawn' gradually for 10 minutes before sounding the alarm.
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