10 Best Kids' Alarm Clocks For Easier Wake Ups Or Stay In Beds


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We all know how difficult it can be to get the kids out of bed, especially when they reach a certain age.

If you value your own morning routine (and your sanity), it's could be prudent to invest in a good alarm clock, which will do the job for you. Besides taking on the responsibility of waking up your child at the given hour, alarm clocks can help instil healthy sleep schedules, reduce sleep anxiety and induce a deeper and more beneficial night's rest.

Modern alarm clocks also come with a host of other handy features to make waking up that bit easier. They can be used for children as young as two years old, though with children this young you may be better off getting an 'okay to wake' sleep trainer clock, which can be a good means of training little children to understand when is the appropriate time to get out of bed (even if they don't always work in practice).  

The most effective way to get your child up at the right time will depend on their age, schedule and temperament. We've gathered together a range of great alarm clocks for kids of all ages with different features so you can find the perfect one for you. Or for more time-telling gadgets, take a look at the best kids' smart watches!

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Kidadl's Top Pick

Whilst all the kids' alarm clocks on our list come highly recommended, the Mella clock had to be our top pick - it's got everything you could ever want from a child's alarm clock in one sleek package.

1. LittleHippo Mella Ready to Rise Children's Clock And Sleep Trainer

LittleHippo Mella Ready to Rise Children's Clock And Sleep Trainer‍.

This Mella clock form LittleHippo isn't cheap, but you get a lot for your money. It functions as an alarm clock, sleep trainer, night lamp and sound machine all in one. The cute little face (in both senses of the word) uses colours and facial expressions to indicate when it’s time to go to bed and when it's okay to get up, allowing you a little extra precious recuperation time in the morning. The ring around the face can be programmed to shine one of five different colours at three different brightness levels, providing a comforting night light that will turn off automatically at a set time. And if that weren't enough, there are three sleep sound options to soothe your child to sleep. Sturdy, beautifully-designed and amazingly practical, this clock is well worth the pennies.

Main Features

  • Price: £44.99
  • Age: 3+ (though nightlight/sleep sound options can be used from birth)
  • Sleep trainer with facial expressions and colour indicators
  • Digital display
  • 5 nightlight colours
  • 3 alarm sounds
  • Silent countdown for timed activities
  • 5 brightness settings
  • 5 volume settings
  • Made from child-safe ABS and silicone
  • Mains and battery operated

Best For Tweens

2. Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels

Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels.

This ingenious little alarm clock/robot hybrid may just become your tween's new best friend (or enemy). Built on two wheels, the clock will allow your child to snooze it once when it goes off before it jumps off the bedside table and rolls, still beeping, around the room, forcing them to get out of bed to catch it and turn it off. With a super loud beeper, light up feature and plenty of characteristically robotic sounds, this is one of the most creative and effective wake up calls you can give your child.

Main Features

  • Price: £39.99
  • Age: (we recommend) 5+
  • Digital display
  • Rolls away on wheels (on carpet or wood)
  • Lights up in dark
  • Snooze 1-8 minutes
  • Battery operated (4 x AAA)

Best For Under 5s

3. The Gro Company Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer

The Gro Company Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer.

The best kids' alarm clock for children under five had to have a sleep training feature. This one from The Gro Company is a tried-and-tested family favourite. The simple, child-friendly design comprises of a face that switches between a sleepy star and a happy sun in order to help children understand when it's time to sleep and when it's okay to wake. There's the option to display a digital clock as kids get older, too. The clock even comes with an accompanying picture book that encourages children to stay in bed longer - a nice touch.

Main Features

  • Price: £27.62
  • Age: 2+
  • Digital display
  • Star/sun graphics indicates sleep and wake-up time
  • Stars go out one by one to show the passing of time
  • Includes storybook
  • Mains powered

Best For Heavy Sleepers

4. Geemarc Sonic Bomb Junior Alarm Clock With Bed Shaker

Geemarc Sonic Bomb Junior Alarm Clock With Bed Shaker.

If you've got a deep-sleeping youth who struggles to get out of bed in the morning, this bomb-themed alarm clock will certainly get the job done. The alarm itself is a whopping 80 decibels, and also emits a bright flashing as it goes off. As if that weren't enough, the clock also comes with a vibrating bed shaker pad which can be placed under your child's pillow to really give them an extra jolt. Sometimes you've got to be cruel to be kind.

Main Features

  • Price: £26.99
  • Age: (we recommend) 11+
  • Digital display
  • Extra loud 80-decibel alarm
  • Additional vibrating bed shaker
  • Minute snooze
  • Adjustable volume
  • 4 alarm settings
  • Compact and travel-friendly
  • Battery operated (2 x AA)

Best For Toddlers

5. Skip Hop Dream and Shine Sleep Trainer Nightlight

Skip Hop Dream and Shine Sleep Trainer Nightlight.

Skip Hop is always a safe bet if you're looking for good quality, beautifully-designed products. This little cloud may not be a clock in the traditional sense (toddlers can't tell the time anyway), but it still lets little ones know when it’s time to get up and go to sleep. Colour cues in sleep trainer mode indicate when it’s time to sleep, almost time to get up and okay to get up, the sound machine plays one of two calming sounds or a lullaby and the whole thing functions as a bedside lamp with three brightness settings. And it looks so cute, too!

Main Features

  • Price: £18
  • Age: 2-9
  • Plays 3 tunes and 2 soothing sounds
  • Sleep Trainer Mode shows red, yellow and green lights to indicate when to get up
  • Night light with 3 brightness settings
  • Automatically turns off after 20 minutes
  • Battery operated (4 x AA)

Best For Teens

6. i-box Wireless Charging Radio Alarm Clock

i-box Wireless Charging Radio Alarm Clock.

This multi-functioning alarm clock is a bit of a show off, with a multitude of special features that tech-savvy teens, in particular, will be sure to appreciate. On a base level, it allows your child to set two different alarms (no more sleeping through school time!) and will wake them up by playing their favourite radio station. On top of this, it also functions as a wireless Bluetooth speaker with 6W speakers that your teen can hook up to their phone or tablet and a wireless charger. All of this bundled together in a chic, budget-friendly package. Win.

Main Features

  • Price: £39.40
  • Age: (we recommend) 13+
  • Digital display
  • 2 alarm setting
  • FM radio
  • Wireless Charger
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • LED display with 5 levels of brightness
  • 12-month warranty
  • Power lead included

Best For Light Sleepers

7. Newgate Charlie Bell Echo Alarm Clock

Newgate Charlie Bell Echo Alarm Clock‍.

The ticking hand on this traditional analogue clock is completely silent and there's no luminous light-up display to speak of, making it the perfect choice for light sleepers. The retro style is perfect for tweens and teens who want a more mature style and there are six great vintage colours to choose from. It doesn't have a snooze button, but the clock needs to be picked up to be turned off, and this, combined with the loud, tinny alarm bell is probably enough to wake your child up properly first time around.

Main Features

  • Price: £22
  • Age: (we recommend) 11+
  • Analogue display
  • Silent sweep movement reduces ticking noise
  • Vintage style
  • 6 colours
  • Battery operated (1 x AA)

Best For A Gentle Wake Up

8. Lumie Sunrise Alarm

Lumie Sunrise Alarm.

A gradual sunrise alarm clock is a lovely way to ease your child into wakefulness without the unpleasant jolt of a traditional alarm. This one gets progressively brighter over the course of a 30-minute period, mimicking the rising sun and allowing your child a more natural, stress-free start to the day. If you're worried this method may be a little too gentle (read: ineffective), there are also five wake-up sounds to choose from, which will sound after the clock has reached full brightness; we liked the twittering birds. This clock doesn't come cheap, but compared to a lot of other clocks with a gradual sunrise feature, this one's actually on the budget end of the price spectrum.

Main Features

  • Price: £40
  • Age: (we recommend) 8+
  • Digital display
  • Gradual sunrise feature
  • 5 wake up sounds
  • 6 light colours
  • Snooze
  • Volume control
  • 3-year guarantee

Best For Teaching The Time

9. Lorus Time Teacher Beeping Alarm Clock

Lorus Time Teacher Beeping Alarm Clock.

Gifting your child a clock that also helps teach the time is a great way to get the most for your money. This Lorus battery alarm clock is a great educative tool: the simple face features large, easy-to-read numbers, and a colour-coded and numbered centre that will help young children decipher the time. The sweeping second hand means no annoying tick will keep them up at night and a little button-activated light enables children to read the time in the dark.

Main Features

  • Price: £14.92
  • Age: (we recommend) 3+
  • Analogue display
  • Time-telling pointers
  • Beep alarm
  • Snooze
  • Battery-powered

Best For Families On A Budget

10. HENSE Large Digital Display Alarm Clock

HENSE Large Digital Display Alarm Clock.

This simple kids' digital alarm clock is great value: it's got everything you could want in an alarm clock and is really simple to use, all for a great price. The large screen features a bold typeface which is super easy to read and the digital format makes it easier for younger kids to tell the time. It doesn't illuminate too brightly in the dark (ideal for light sleepers) but a button on the top lights up the screen for five seconds so it can still be read at night time. The beeping alarm speeds up if not switched off; handy for waking up heavy sleepers.

Main Features

  • Price: £13.99
  • Age: (we recommend) 5+
  • Digital display
  • Lights up with button
  • 6 minute snooze
  • Travel friendly
  • Battery operated (3 x AAA)

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families and children of all ages. If you liked our guide to the best kids alarm clock, why not take a look at our pick of the best kids' walkie talkies? Or, explore something different and check out our guide to the best kids' tricycles.



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