Updated – we are sharing the best toddler alarm clocks 2021 edition!
We have 4 kids and I am happy to report, somehow we managed to survive the toddler years! When our third child became a toddler – we discovered the miracle of toddler alarm clocks.
Best Toddler Alarm Clocks
I first shared about our love of alarm clocks for toddlers in 2012. Each year we hear from so many parents on how our review of kid clocks is helping their littles one stay in bed. We love hearing from you guys and are happy to update this for 2021!
Help Keep Kids in Bed with a Sleep Trainer Clock
Using a clock for toddlers made such a huge difference, why hadn’t I not known about these! As a working mom, I can’t stress enough the importance of good sleep and a great morning routine.
Self care is so important for us moms and these clocks can help.
Here are our picks for Best Toddler Alarm Clock in 2021. Keep reading to get the full run down on info about each specific kids alarm clock.
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Digital Mom Top Picks for Best Toddler Alarm Clocks 2021
This year, we have new alarm clocks for toddlers that we are excited to share. When we started this list in 2012 – the tot clocks were almost toyish. Now they are modern and feature technology that parents will appreciate.
So which is the best toddler alarm clock? Here are our picks for Best Toddler Alarm Clock in 2021. Since each parent has different needs, wants and budgets. Because of this, we have 5 categories to sort our top picks, but keep reading as we deep dive into more different toddler clocks, their features, reviews and more!
Best Toddler Light Up Alarm Clock
First on our list of alarm clocks for toddlers is the Little Hippo Mella Ready to Rise clock.
We have named this Digital Mom’s Best Toddler Light Up Alarm Clock again for 2021. With an affordable price point and features that parents appreciate – this tot clock is an all-around winner.
Little Hippo Mella Light Up Alarm Clock – Ready to Rise
This adorable designed clock isn’t just your typical kids alarm clock, it can also be used features a sound machine, night light and nap timer (that can be used for time out!)
Toddlers are all kinds of crazy. The good news, if they learn to get a little more sleep – that will give mom and dad more sleep as well! We all know a well rested toddler (and well rested parent) is the best!
On top of all of that, it is an Amazon choice for kids clock to stay in bed. If you are looking for a toddler stay in bed light lock, Mella may be your answer! With nearly 9600 reviews on Amazon, rated 4.5 stars – many agree with me! I guess I’m not the only one who thinks the Mella alarm clock for toddlers is awesome.
Here are some of the many features of the Mella clock:
Alarm Sounds – Choose from 3 child friendly alarm sounds.
Kids Night Light – Features a night light to help any kids that are afraid of the dark.
Sleep Sounds – Mella is also a sound machine featuring 3 sleep sounds to choose from: white noise, ocean and lullaby.
Color Clock – Using Red, Yellow and Green – the LittleHippo Mella clock teachs your child when to rise, rest and play.
Durable and Safe – LittleHippo created the device to be child safe.
Time Out Timer – You can use Mella as a time out timer.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee – Little Hippo offers a one year warranty and 100% satisfaction.
Best Sleep Training Clock – Overall Value
We have named the popular Ok to Wake clock Digital Mom’s Best Sleep Training Clock – Overall Value.
Ok to Wake Alarm Clock & Night Light
The Mirari Ok to Wake Alarm Clock & Night Light is a light up alarm clock for toddlers.
Help Little Kids with Time
It features a color changing night light timer teaching children to stay in bed longer in the morning so parents get more sleep (at least that’s the plan!). Set this bedside alarm clock next to your child’s bed and let sleep training begin.
A few things else to note about the OK to Wake alarm clock
Affordable Toddler Clock – The Okay to Wake clock is definitely one of the more affordable clocks, typically less than $30.
Night Light for Toddlers – This clock features a color-changing night light that teaches children to stay in bed longer so families get better sleep!
Suggested Ages – 2-5 years old. If you are looking for a longer lasting clock, check out the Teach Time Clock below.
Sleep Training Clock for Toddlers – Your tot will know when it’s ok to way by the clock glowing green. Then your child can get out of bed.
Fun and Animated – OK to Wake features an alarm clock with snooze, convenient nap timer, interchangeable faceplates, and fun animations that give this personality!
Easy for Parents – This is clock is designed for easy use for parents to program.
If you appreciate design, then you will adore the Miko Dream toddler alarm clock. With an animated face, this clock has a plethora of features.
Miko Dream Toddler Alarm Clock
Innovative design, quality built and awesome when helping in training little ones to wake up and know when to stay in bed.
Dual Alarm Setting – One feature that parents will love is the dual alarm clock settings. Having dual alarm settings will be appreciated if your toddler has a different weekend schedule than school day.
Fun Expressions – The clock face is like an emoji! If you wake up the clock, it will pop up pretty cute expressions, which creates a playful interaction and makes fun with kids.
Nightlight – Adjust the clock’s brightness to use this as a warm nightlight fo your toddler.
Favorite NEW Clock
Our favorite NEW clock for toddler in 2021 is the Little Teddi trainer.
This new design is already popular among parents with over 1k reviews and 5 star rating.
Little Teddi Trainer Clock
The Teddi Trainer clock wants to help you create healthy sleep habits for toddlers. When it it is time to wake – the Teddi toddler clock shows an awake face.
Time to Sleep – Time to Wake
Same when it’s time to sleep – Teddi features a sleeping face. This create a clear directive to help teach your toddler and with creating sleep patterns.
Priced under $40, the Teddi trainer clock is a solid choice to consider.
Best Long-Term Investment
We have named this Digital Mom’s Best Long-Term Alarm Clock for Toddlers.
For long term value – you can’t go wrong with the Amazon Echo Dot for kids!
Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition
While not your typical kids alarm clock, this is a device that you can use for the years to come. The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition not only make a great kids alarm clock, but also comes with the perks you know of the Echo Dot and more.
Not into tigers? The Amazon Echo Dot for kids also comes as a PANDA!
The Echo Dot kids edition works with any age child to adult, but Amazon made this with children in mind.
Kids Echo Dot Vs Amazon Echo Dot
The difference with the kids edition Echo Dot and the traditional Amazon Echo Dot is this comes with a 2-year no questions asked warranty. If it breaks, they replace it. Yes, if your kid throws their echo dot and it falls and breaks, Amazon will replace it.
This keeps them in bed until the alarm goes off. Of all of the toddler alarm clocks that we have listed – if you want a clock that will last your child thru toddlerhood, the Amazon Echo Dot will be it!
Amazon Echo Glow
Connect the Echo Glow multicolor smart lamp to your Echo device, and you can ask Alexa to change the color, adjust brightness, and create helpful routines. You can also control it with a tap.
Great for Toddlers
The Echo Glow also works like a toddler alarm clock, where you can program when the light comes on!
Multiple Uses for Smart Home
We have multiple Echo Dots and an Echo in our home and use them daily. (Make sure you learn how to use the Echo intercom feature – you will tahnk me when the kids are older.) This is definitely a tech home device that we recommend. The variety of services that this little thing does is amazing – far beyond just a clock.
Toddler Sleep Training
Sleep training your toddler? We’ve asked moms for their toddler alarm clock reviews and recommendations to give you the best advice in regards to purchasing an alarm for you child.
These range from digital clocks that talk to night lights that have faces that tell your kid when it’s okay to wake and get out of bed.
Toddler Sleep Training Technology
Technology has now invaded the toddler space (and baby space!) The Hatch Baby, Amazon Echo and Urban Hello REMI are good examples of how smart home devices are being designed to help your baby and toddler sleep.
If you are interested in tech and using it for parenting, these are great examples of products that do that.
One of the hardest parenting challenges was when I had to get the kids to child care and we had a strict morning routine. After finding a kid-friendly alarm clock, we were able to help teach the kids when to sleep and when to get up with the clocks.
Best Night’s Sleep
Alarm clock sleep worked amazing for us in helping create a productive and efficient morning routine. As a working mom, every minute was critical – this simple purchase and element to our mornings was a game changer.
These sleep clocks to help your kid with sleep training and making your toddler clock schedule work.
Favorite Clocks for Toddlers
Which of these toddler alarm clocks is your favorite? What tips for toddler sleep do you have for other parents? Leave your tip and favorite in the comments!
Lights and Sounds
Help teach your toddler how long to stay in bed when it is okay to get out of bed and some toddler alarm clocks even have a timeout time with lights, sounds and more.
These toddler alarm clocks serve multiple functions and are essential during these trying years. Find one that will be the perfect addition to your kid’s room.
Something to note. If you need a baby gift for a baby shower, or birthday gift for a toddler – give the gift of sanity, consider one of the above clocks for kids. The kids will love it and even more so, the well rested parents!
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep & Kids Alarm Clocks for Toddlers
We hear you, and have answers to your most frequently asked questions about Toddler Alarm Clocks. Let’s get into these and answer some of your FAQs.
Do toddler alarm clocks work?
YES! Toddler alarms work great. We have successfully used with 2 out of 4 of our kids. Our first 2 children, we would have used but it was early internet days and we had no idea a toddler wake up clock existed!
Where to buy toddler alarm clock?
We are Amazon people and buy everything but groceries on Amazon. So just use a link above to buy one of the clocks.
What is the best alarm clock app?
For adults, I would use the alarm clock app that comes with your phone. If you are looking for a toddler alarm clock app – check out the Hatch clocks listed above. You will want more than just an app to help keep your child in bed.
When should I start using a toddler alarm clock?
As you sleep train your toddler and transition him or her from the crib to a big boy bed (or big girl bed), it’s time to introduce the alarm clock. We are big believers in each child will have their own way of learning and with that, you have to adapt how you parent each kid.
How much sleep should a toddler get at night?
According to Sleep Foundation, here are the recommended daily hours of sleep needed for toddlers and preschoolers. Toddlers defined as ages 1-2 years old should sleep 11-14 hours a day (this includes naps.) For preschoolers, defined as 3-5 years old should sleep 10-13 hours a day.
Mella vs Hatch – Which is better sleep training clock?
While this is a personal preference in the choice between the toddler clocks Mella vs Hatch – I would go with Mella for toddlers. The Hatch clock is great but think it would best serve kids rather that tots. The Mella is made for helping toddler sleep train and features a cute smiley clock face that is better suited for tots.
Transitioning your toddler from a crib to a bed? Check out these toddler bed ideas.
Last updated: 1/13/2021 featuring the best-rated alarms for toddlers in 2021. This post was originally created in 2012. Each year we revise this post to include the most relevant and up-to-date products to help you in your search for the perfect kid’s clock.
Best Toddler Alarm Clocks is part of the Digital Mom Blog TODDLER TALK series