How to Choose a Children's Alarm Clock
At some point your child will be old enough to begin learning to tell time. Some children's alarm clocks can help with this process. Of course, these clocks can be quite functional in helping your child get up on time and in learning to be a bit more independent. On the other hand, some of the fanciful designs can appeal to their imaginations and personal interests as well.
On this page we will show you some popular children's alarm clocks that are available and give you some tips for picking one out.
If you decide to purchase a children's alarm clock, there are just a few things to think about before buying. Here are some ideas:
If you're buying a clock for a child between 3 and 5 years of age, you obviously want to be sure the device has no small parts that could be a choking hazard. You may want simplicity, durable construction, and bright colors. Some of the alarm clocks on this page are perfect for young children as they provide a specific cue to let them know it's ok to get up, even if they can't yet read the time.
For any child, you want to be sure there is no lead paint, cadium, or other hazardous materials. If your child is, or will soon be at an age to begin learning how to tell time, there are clocks that can provide interactive games to accomplish this.
Many kids want an alarm clock that reflects their interests. For instance, if your child is a Dora the Exporer fan, such a design would be treasured.
- Analog or Digital
For young kids, you may prefer an analog clock to assure your child learns to tell time but for other kids a more modern, adult looking digital clock may be preferred.
- The Alarm
The alarm needs to be considered. You may want the option of using music to wake versus just an alarm. Some clocks will offer connectivity to a music player and others may have a built-in clock radio. Having an alarm with a progressively louder tone is generally preferred by kids as they mature. Adjustable volume allows you to set the alarm based on your child's sleep habits; louder may be required for heavy sleepers, but softer may be preferred by kids who need a more gentle start to their day. Like adults, kids may also like having a Snooze function.
- Other Features
Some children's alarm clocks offer a projection light which will project the time on the wall or ceiling, making it easier to view. Certainly a night light is also handy with many young kids. For those alarm clocks that also function as a clock radio, a sleep function can allow your child to fall asleep with music which automatically shuts itself off.