10 Best Kid's Alarm Clocks | March 2017
- has an am-pm indicator
- can project just the time if needed
- alarm only lasts for one minute
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- can be played with like a toy
- articulating arms and legs
- easy for kids to turn on themselves
- usb powered with a battery backup
- separate light and alarm settings
- helps kids sleep independently
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- large time and date display
- 12 and 24 hour formats
- shows the temperature
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- built-in snooze function
- also available in other characters
- increases in volume until turned off
- enticing animations on the screen
- can run on batteries or usb power
- alarm is gentle yet loud enough
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- interchangeable faceplate
- five illumination color choices
- analog and digital time displays
|Brand||My Tot Clock|
Becoming A Morning Person
Waking up from sleep before your body deems it necessary is, by definition, unnatural. We need sleep, and our bodies should be trusted to tell us how much sleep we need and to provide us with just that amount. Unfortunately, that's not how civilization operates, and if you want your children to be functioning members of society, they're going to need to learn that horrible trick of forcing their bodies awake against their natural will.
Even morning people don't like having to wake up early. I consider myself a morning person, albeit one who stays up too late every night. This has been the case since I was a kid. I'd be up all hours under my blankets with a book and a flashlight, or a CD player spinning my favorite music. Then, I'd miserably open my eyes the next morning, wanting nothing more than to go back to bed. But I'd get up, and within just a few minutes, I'd be alert and excited to start the day.
Getting your kids from a state of sleepy grogginess to a place of wakeful readiness is what the alarm clocks on this list are all about. They all operate on preset alarms with snooze options. When you set the clock properly and designate a time for the alarm to go off, it will do just that, rousing your little ones from bed with lights, or sounds, or both.
What makes these units specifically good for kids is a combination of their functionality and their design. They are incredibly easy to set up and use, so you can teach your kids how to set their own alarms once you've done it for them once or twice. This means one or two less things for you to worry about at night and during the morning rush.
The design element makes for an alarm clock that your kid will actually enjoy using. So long as the design in question suits his or her style, you can rest assured that he or she will get up just fine. This kind of training will last their whole lives long, making them more productive, more reliable members of our little culture.
Children are reactionary creatures. If you pinch a child on the arm, she'll say ouch. If you pinch an adult on the arm, he'll wonder why you're pinching him, withdraw his arm suspiciously, brood over whether he deserved the pinching, bring the incident to his shrink, talk through the moment of the pinch and trace it back to his relationship with his father, undergo hypnotherapy to relive a pinch he received from a giant Donald Duck mascot as a three-year-old at Disney World, and assess the complicated feelings of abandonment and betrayal that resulted when his father didn't protect him from this duck monster.
In other words, if you put an alarm clock in your kid's room, and he or she doesn't like it, they'll let you know it right away, and you'll probably have a harder time waking them up than you did before.
As you evaluate the kid's alarm clocks on our list, I'd encourage you to start by looking for a design that the kid in question would actually want in their room. A child who loves Star Trek, but hates Star Wars, for example, would disdain that BB-8 alarm clock with all of his might. I could see him pitching it violently across the room the moment it tried to wake him.
Keep what you know about your kid and how his or her room is currently decorated in mind before you take the plunge with a given clock. Don't stop there, however, because a knowledge of your kid's waking habits will help you out here just as much as your decorating prowess will.
If you have a kid that needs one good jolt to get out of bed and that's it, then your life is all peaches and cream and the rest of us wish plagues upon your house. Any old noisemaker ought to do the trick for you, but the rest of us need a little help. Should you know your kid to be a visual learner, or someone who's lured by flashing lights and colorful screens, grabbing an alarm that lights up along with its sounds would be significantly helpful.
Counting Hours Through The Years
Mankind's evolution into a beast that needed to wake up before his body wanted him to do so coincides with the development of farming techniques and the care of animals. Cows, for example, need to be milked much earlier than your body needs to wake up. In those times, man relied on animals like the rooster to call out the break of day, and then upon one another to wake up the family.
Fifteenth century Europe saw the development of simpler, more accurate alarm clocks that laymen and servants could easily operate. In the 17th century, alarm mechanisms gained popularity in more and more household clocks, and production maintained a straight, analogue course until well after the second world war, when split-flap flip clocks became increasingly popular. These gave way to the introduction of digital alarm clocks in the 80s, the technology of which still dominates the market.