Remember sleeping until 10, lazily reading the news in bed, then hitting the gym before meeting your friends for a late brunch? No? Us either.
Ah, babies and toddlers…the human alarm clocks you never knew you needed. Waking up with the birds is definitely a part of having an infant, but for some parents, this alarming trend (see what we did there?) can extend well into the toddler years. But trying to teach a two-year-old to stay in bed until a certain time? It’s no easy feat. A toddler alarm clock may be the solution you’ve been dreaming of.
Whether you’re tech-savvy or looking for just the basics, these six toddler alarm clocks get our vote as the best of the best for establishing healthy sleep routines and getting everyone in the family a bit more rest.
From Baby to Big Kid
If you’re looking for a clock you can use from your little one’s first night at home all the way through the big-kid years, the Hatch Rest+ is your best pick. More than just a toddler alarm clock, this modern multi-tasker is also a night light, a sound machine, a digital clock and an audio monitor all rolled into one. Every feature can be controlled and customized right from an app on your phone, and there’s even an eight-hour backup battery that will keep the Rest+ running in case you lose power. We love the idea of using it as a night light and sound machine in the early years and transitioning the Rest+ to a toddler alarm clock as your little one grows.
Form and Function
The minimal, modern look of the Mella Ready to Rise clock is more than just a nice aesthetic—this toddler alarm clock strikes just the right balance between form and function. It’s easy to program and easy for a little one to understand, using colors and facial expressions to show your toddler when they need to stay in bed and when it’s okay for them to get out. Mella also features three sound options, five night light colors and an alarm function for older kiddos.
The Mirari Ok to Wake clock is well-loved (and well-reviewed) by parents for good reason. It’s super simple to use—the entire clock lights up green when it’s time to wake up, making it a perfect pick for younger toddlers. There’s also a night light option, a nap timer and an alarm clock (with a snooze button!), along with a digital clock and fun animations that your little one can activate by pressing on the “monster’s” toe buttons.
Filled with Features
From an alarm clock feature and lights to stories, songs and more, the My Tot has it all. The clock features five different colors that illuminate for different times—bedtime, wake time, naps, fun/activity time and timeout. There’s both an analog and digital clock and swappable faceplates for a custom look. And if that’s not enough, the My Tot also plays stories, lullabies, white noise and fun wake music. (There’s one story included but you can stock up on others separately.)
Is your little one a fan of Sesame Street? Then this stoplight clock featuring Cookie Monster, Big Bird and fan favorite Elmo is the way to go. The clock uses simple stoplight colors to teach your little one to stay in bed, wake up or sit tight. The basic concept works well with younger toddlers and even some older babies, so it’s perfect if you’re trying to help your younger child with sleep. And if they’re not Sesame fans, not to worry—there are other characters to choose from too.
Hop to Bed
Does some-bunny need a little more sleep? Then bring this cute rabbit clock into your life for a few more moments of peace and quiet. The Bunny Kids clock is packed with features, including things like a 12- or 24-hour display, a temperature sensor, a digital clock and of course a toddler alarm clock and night light. The clock’s screen is activated by sound or vibration (like a clap or a quick tap) and the cute bunny design will capture your little one’s imagination.