Give your kid something to look forward to when it comes to early school mornings—a new and cool alarm clock. We found 16 awesome time-telling devices that light up, play songs and one that even looks like your kid’s favorite Minifig. Scroll down to see our favorite ways to help kick morning beside battles to the curb.
Pirate Alarm Clock
Arrg, matey! Your little pirates will love this Pirates of the Caribbean-themed alarm clock. It's got red glowing skull eyes, an option to add a voice to the moving jaws, FM/AM radio, battery backup, snooze function and a red LED display. The skull factor means this will probably be a hit with your older kids, but it's still tons of fun.
Available at walmart.com, $19.97.
This isn't just an alarm clock, but rather, a system to help a child who's about to move into a crib, who won't stay asleep through the night, a co-sleeper who's ready for his or her own space or has special needs. You'll get a softly light clock, a bedtime story, a reward chart with stickers and a guide to help parents.
Available at sleepbuddy.com, $39.99.
Hatch Baby Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise
The name says it all. This all-in-one device from Hatch is your sound machine, your night light and your sleep training alarm clock, so it'll take you from a newborn to a toddler who needs to learn when it's okay to get up. There's a toddler lock, it works with the Hatch Baby app via Bluetooth, so you can adjust the sound level, length of the sound, the brightness of light and more, all from the living room while baby sleeps.
Available at amazon.com, $59.99.
Tommee Tippee Gro Clock
Tommee Tippee just launched their first line of sleep products called Gro. Expect swaddles, sleepsacks, a light and sound sleep aid and this Gro Clock, which shows your kids awake and sleep times with displays of sun (to indicate awake time) and moon and stars (to indicate when it's time to sleep). The clock features an adjustable screen brightness and the option to set two different wake-up times: one for the weekday/weekend and the other for nighttime/naptime.
Available at bedbathandbeyond.com for $39.99.
Tock the Learning Clock
Preschoolers can now tell time … to the beat! With two learning modes, Tock the Learning Clock from Learning Resources chimes in with dance party tunes for every right answer and also prompts kids to match the hands to a digital display of the time. Extra perks include a nightlight and “okay to wake” light if you need to make sure dance parties don’t kick off too early.
Available at amazon.com, $24.99.
Puppy Training Clock
We're not sure what we like more about this alarm clock. The fact that it's an adorable puppy dog, that it has a hidden compartment so your kid can't mess with the settings, or that it's got both wake-up and a nap timer, which is perfect for weekends or days home from preschool. Set the time for when you want the green ball to light up, and watch your kid go from a too-early riser to a right-on-time tot.
Available at amazon.com, $24.99.
MELLA All-in-One Clock
Using fun colors and facial expressions, this all-in-one clock from Little Hippo does it all: sleep trainer, nightlight, alarm clock and sound machine. Available in arctic blue, blush pink, bright purple and new color tropical teal.
Available at littlehippo.com, $49.99.
Telly the Time Telling Clock
A fun face and the option of switching between digital and analog are just a few of the reasons why your kid will enjoy having Telly the Time Telling clock on his bedside table. There's also a quiz mode that asks kids to move the hands to the time requested, and digital display lights up at night to keep a kid company.
Available at amazon.com, $24.92.
OK to Wake Clock
This best-seller helps teach young kids about when it's okay to get out of bed. The 4.5" bedside clock glows green when it's okay to get up, a snooze option, a nap timer and fun animations. It's a snap for parents to program and the new version comes with a USB cord for homes equipped with USB wall plugs.
Available at amazon.com, $27.99.
BEDDI Charge Clock
This all-in-one alarm clock from BEDDI not only has a night and mood light, but it also has a charger so your kid can have her bedtime playlist at the ready. The alarm has a dimmable light, a snooze button, and three USB ports.
Available at wittidesign.com, $24.99.
Pam the Penguin Clock
Zazu kids’ newest friend Pam the Penguin is a perfect intro for your youngest early bird. This one comes as a sleep trainer, wireless speaker and nightlight all in one. She turns green when it’s time to get up, you can choose your own color nightlight (multi-color, pink, white, blue or red), and you can play songs from Zazu’s carefully curated playlists.
Available at amazon.com, $49.95.
These friendly robots not only give kids a lesson in telling time—old school style—but the bright colors and geometric design are an easy way to add a stylish feature to your little one’s abode. They are also ideal for light sleepers because the clock operates without the usual tick-tock sound.
Available at amazon.com, $15.95.
We love this classic clock from Land of Nod. It comes in two colors (ivory and soft gray), and the traditional design will add charm to any room. The black numbers on a white face are easy to see, and there’s even a real hammer to ring the bell in the a.m.!
Available at crateandkids.com, $35.
Unicorn Alarm Clock
A little magic never hurts when it comes to the morning wake-up call. Made from soft silicone and plastic, the large digital display and easy-set buttons are perfect for kids who are just beginning to tell time. It features the time, day, month, and the face lights up in four different glowing colors.
Available at potterybarnkids.com, $39.
LEGO Minifig Clock
With so many different characters—Batman, Darth Vader and more—there’s a Minifig alarm clock for every one of your LEGO-obsessed kids. 9” tall, with movable arms and legs, the LCD digital screen is easy to read, and there’s an easy alarm/snooze setting.
Available at amazon.com, $39.99.
This alarm clock, affectionately known as Clocky, rolls away so that your child has to go and find him to turn it off. Talk about a wake-up call.
Available at amazon.com for $39.99.
— Gabby Cullen & Christina Montoya Fielder
Editor’s Note: All items were available for purchase upon publication.
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