With 4 children and 2 working parents, let’s just say finding the best kid alarm clocks was a priority this school year. Here is what we found to be the best clocks for kids!
Waking Up the Kids
Our kids growing up (such a wonderfully sad thing!) This year, with all kids doing virtual learning and 2 parents working full-time at home, we had to set some goals to help this house function.
The biggest help for mom to function and get this house rolling in the morning is having the kids be able to wake up on their own.
Waking up the kids is a process and figured if we can just get them out of bed on their own that would save this mom at least 15 minutes in the morning.
I wish I could say this was an absolute solution to waking up the kids. Kids will be kids and things happen – they didn’t come with instructions, that’s for sure. That said, for the majority of the time, having an alarm clock for the kids that wakes them up is a time saver and awesome for productivity.
Best Kid Alarm Clocks for Waking Kids Up in the Morning
We are a big fan of alarm clocks around here. Our kids are tweens and teens now so this alarm clocks for kids list will help your kids get out of best.
If you are looking for toddler alarm clocks – we have a post dedicated to helping your toddler stay in bed.
Let’s look at our favorite kid clock picks and help you find one for your kid’s nightstand.
Amazon Echo Dot – Favorite Kids Alarm Clock
First on our list of best kid alarm clocks is what we now use in all of our kids’ bedrooms – though, one teenager requires a second alarm clock that I will share about as well.
The Amazon Echo Dot is our favorite kids alarm clock for MANY reasons. Not only will it work as an awesome digital alarm clock for kids it can do many other things like using Alexa as an intercom and reading ebooks to our kids.
Amazon Echo Dot’s affordable price point and the ability to do more than act as a smart clock to wake up the kids makes this the best value and our pick for best kids alarm clock.
Digital Clock Face
A newer feature on the latest release of Echo Dots is a digital clock face on the Amazon device. In previous models, the smart speaker looked well, just like a smart speaker.
Amazon wised up and added the clock and this makes it even more of an awesome kids alarm clock because the kids can visually see the time, rather than asking “Alexa, what time is it.”
Tips for Using Alexa as an Alarm Clock
A few tips for using Alexa and the Amazon Echo as an alarm clock:
Create a Sleep Schedule
Use the Amazon Alexa app to create your schedules.
Loud Alarm Sound
Set the Echo’s volume level to volume 10.
This maybe the features that makes this the best of kid alarm clocks because you aren’t limited to the amount of wake up alarms you can set with the Echo Dot!
Unique Alarm Clock Sounds
Check out the Amazon Alexa routines in the app to create unique alarm clock sounds. One our kids wakes up by dogs barking. The dogs barking makes our dogs bark, which adds another wake up alarm to help him get out of bed.
If your child doesn’t like a sudden alarm sound to wake them up – you can set a wake up light alarm. You have the option to choose which color to wake up with and also if you want to wake up with light with no sound, or with sound. (You can also just set to wake up with alarm sound only, no light. )
It lights up acting as a touch sensitive night light. With 3 brightness levels, find the best night light for your kid.
The Time to Wake Kid Clock also features a sound machine. You can choose from 17 soothing sounds for your child to go to sleep from. The sound machine feature can be set to turn off automatically with an auto-off timer, or play the sounds the entire continuously.
Here are the sound machine sounds of nature that this clock can play: thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, frog, cat, sheep cow or duck.
The Hatch Restore alarm is the ultimate bedside tech! Featuring a sound machine, smart light, personal sleep routine, sun rise alarm, wind down option and bedside reading light - this clock is chock full of features.
Better Than Discovery Kids Alarm Clock
The Discovery Kids Alarm Clock is a popular clock for kids as it has several cool features. We bought this for our boys a few years ago for Christmas and while this clock had a ton of great features - it ate thru batteries so quick that it made it impractical. (There isn't a cord so it's operated by battery only.)
Rather than the Discover Kids Alarm Clock, consider these projection alarm clocks.
A feature that is loved by The Discovery Kids Clock is the projection of stars on the ceiling of your kid's room. This kid clock offers the same but also spins offer a 360 degree spinning case that will project stars and spin for your child to watch as they fall asleep.
Project Stars on Ceiling (and More!)
Using 10 color LED lighting effects and 6 optional projection films, you can choose different options for this projection alarm clock and what it projects on to the ceiling.
Another feature is that you can use the clock as a speaker with built-in aux port or using bluetooth.
Here are more features that you will love about this projection clock:
Affordable Price - This kid alarm clock is the slightly cheaper than the Discovery Kids Alarm Clock, offering more features and better rating!
Rechargeable Battery - While the Discovery clock runs by battery only, this clock features a rechargeable battery. You can plug the clock in and use while charging - or unplug and utilize just the clock's battery. This is helpful if you don't have a plug and want to keep it in a certain spot.
Kids Night Light - This also works as a great night light for your kids room.
Wake up with light. This is new to me but so cool! These clocks are known as a sunrise alarm clock.
The light simulates sunrise allowing you to wake with light that replicates morning sunshine. The alarm lights up at 10% brightness gradually moving to 100% light. You can set the time that this happens, anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. This kid clock light feature is like being awoken by the sun.
Great for Kids and Heavy Sleepers
This Sleep Aid digital alarm clock is designed for heavy sleepers and kids.
With 7 natural sounds, you can wake with light and a soothing sound.
Dual Alarm and Snooze
Set 2 different alarms. You can opt to snooze allowing 9 extra minutes of sleep.
Other features that this kid clock offers: FM radio, 7 different alarm sounds, works as a night light or reading light as well.
Radio Alarm Clock for Kids
Yes, radio alarm clocks do exist. In the digital world filled with Spotify and other streaming services, we still have this technology called radio.
This may date me, but who else grew up with a bell alarm clock? Featuring a twin bell and fun retro look - this kids clock will get the job done, old school style.
Analog Bell Alarm
While not the modern, sleek smart alarm clock - the bell alarm clock for kids will do the job. Rather than a digital clock face, teach your kid to use analog alarm clock.
Great Alarm for Heavy Sleepers
While the bell clock may lack technology, it does offer a great feature if your child is a heavy sleeper! The bell clock alarm is loud offering a bell sound to wake your heavy sleeping kids up. Don't let the pink color throw you!
This bell clock alarm is available in multiple colors.
Molly is the founder and editor at digitalmomblog.com. 4 kids call her mom and her husband calls her an Insta-story over sharer. She is an Ennegagram 7w8 who believes in the power of grace, Jesus, sweet wine and funny memes.