Fun? Not so much. But thankfully, there are products at your disposal that can help you navigate the troubled and turbulent waters of sleep training. No, you cannot tie your kid to the bed. But yes, you can arm him or her with a very cute night light that may incentivize them to stay in bed until a reasonable hour. As a general rule, the National Sleep Foundation says that most babies are ready for sleep training between the ages of four and six months, when they’re capable for sleeping for eight to 12 hours straight.
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From sleep-training clocks that let your kids know when they can get out of bed, to soothing night lights, these are our favorite toddler sleep-training products based on aesthetics, budget, and bells and whistles.
Little Hippo's Mella is an adorable sleep-training alarm clock with a smiling face and a happy disposition. 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.
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. It can also be paired with the company’s other device, a $25 nightlight and room thermometer/hygrometer named Kelvin that changes colors depending on whether the room temperature is too hot or too cold.
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.
The Bluetooth-enabled Rest is a nightlight, sound machine, and time-to-rise hybrid controlled by your smartphone.
Like the Sleep Buddy, it skips the clock in favor of a simple light and 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.
Meet the sleep training clock that one Fatherly editor swears by. It lets parents create their kid's ideal sleeping and waking environment, and customize sunrise and sunset themes using the app.
This lamp has a built-monitor to check room temperature, to make sure it’s optimal. You can customize your sunrise and sunset using a color spectrum, and gradually decrease or increase light intensity as your kid drifts off to sleep.
We're into this color changing night light, room thermometer and room hygrometer, all in one cute package. The night light can be toggled on or off.
The LittleHippo goes one step further than just being a night light by also monitoring the room temperature and humidity levels in the nursery, to make your baby is most comfortable. When the room is too hot, it glows red. When it’s too cold, it turns blow. Meaning, your kid should get an optimal night of sleep.
One of the most popular (and highly reviewed) kid clocks on Amazon, the OK to Wake! is also one of the most affordable.
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.
Popular in the UK, the Gro Clock uses illuminated images of the sun and stars to tell kids what the deal is.
The stars come out at bedtime and slowly, one by one, disappear through the night until it glows orange and the sun rises. (Similarly, rays of sun disappear throughout the day until the stars come back out.) It offers both weekday and weekend programs, an optional digital clock with alarm, and like the Sleep Buddy, also comes with both a fun illustrated bedtime book entitled Sleepy Farm.
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