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Welcome to our large children's alarm clock test 2021. Here we present all the children's alarm clocks that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best children's alarm clock for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a children's alarm clock.




Summary

  • Getting a child alarm clock is worthwhile from the time the child is aware of their surroundings. A children's alarm clock helps them in this process to develop a sense of time in a natural way.
  • Children's alarm clocks are available in different versions so that they can be individually adapted to the age group of the child.
  • While the range of functions of simple children's alarm clocks is limited to a simple clock face, other models come with useful additional functions such as a radio, an integrated camera or a sleep trainer.

The Best Children's Alarm Clock: Our Selection

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a children's alarm clock

What is the difference between a children's alarm clock and an ordinary alarm clock?

Both types of alarm clocks have in common that they show the time on an analogue or digital dial and have an alarm sound that goes off at a set time.

The purchase of a children's alarm clock should not take place overnight, after all, your child should get an alarm clock that suits his or her age and preferences. (Image source: 123rf.com / 94042585)

However, unlike conventional "adult" alarm clocks, children's alarm clocks have special features.

For example, a child-friendly design with colourful motifs, an extra-large clock face or a projection function.

From what age is the purchase of a children's alarm clock advisable?

Infants under the age of 24 months have an abstract sense of time. They do not yet have any feeling for how long a minute or an hour lasts.

It is only between the ages of three and four that children slowly begin to deal with numbers and time.

In this respect, the purchase of a children's alarm clock is worthwhile from the time the child enters kindergarten.

From this age, children learn to develop a sense of time independently thanks to a child-friendly alarm clock.

Decision: What types of children's alarm clocks are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, there are two different types of children's alarm clocks:

  • Analogue children's alarm clocks
  • Digital children's alarm clocks

What distinguishes analogue children's alarm clocks and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Analogue children's alarm clocks have been around much longer than modern digital alarm clocks.

Advantages
  • Ideal for developing a first sense of time
  • Can be used as a learning alarm clock
  • Easy to use
  • Manageable range of functions
Disadvantages
  • Very loud setting, ticking time audible
  • Automatic time change not possible
  • Current time must be set manually

They are usually battery-operated and have a simple dial with the numbers one to twelve.

Many of the analogue children's alarm clocks are also equipped with a snooze function.

What are the features of digital children's alarm clocks and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Digital children's alarm clocks are characterised by a modern, contemporary design and a comprehensive range of functions.

Advantages
  • Different alarm tones provide varied music when getting up
  • Contemporary look
  • Sleep aid
  • Reliable digital time display
  • Battery operation without power from the socket
Disadvantages
  • Battery change necessary
  • Not suitable for small children

They show the temperature and humidity, and also have a date and year display.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate children's alarm clocks

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate children's alarm clocks.

This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular children's alarm clock is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Dial
  • Operation
  • Volume
  • Power supply
  • Range of functions
  • Design

Dial

An important criterion for buying a children's alarm clock is its dial: With analogue alarm clocks, you have to set the time manually.

The dial is usually large and clearly laid out, so that even small children have no problems recognising the numbers straight away.

Such an alarm clock with a large clock face is particularly suitable for small children, as they quickly get their own sense of time thanks to the clearly coloured numbers.

A small dial on an analogue children's alarm clock increases the risk of confusion.

A small clock face can confuse children when learning the time. (Image source: 123rf.com / 117541215)

A young child who does not learn the numbers correctly from the beginning, for example by confusing similar digits such as the 1 and the 7, will also have great problems later in school to "read" the numbers depicted on clocks and watches correctly.

For older children who are already more practised and experienced with numbers, a colourful digital alarm clock with a small clock face is recommended.

Usability

Easy and self-explanatory operation is essential for a children's alarm clock.

Children should be able to switch the alarm clock on and off on their own with just a few simple steps.

Especially for small children, a complicated operation is not recommended at first, so that they can learn the time.

Instead, a child's alarm clock should only have an on/off button and a snooze button for the first few years.

Volume

Another important purchase criterion is the volume of the alarm clock. This should correspond to the individual needs of the child.

For example, if your child is a deep and sound sleeper and does not wake up easily in the morning, the alarm clock should be able to play a somewhat louder alarm tone.

Instead, child-friendly alarm clocks that have child-friendly sounds in the form of swimming fish, waves, horses or jungle sounds are a good choice.

Sleepers with a light and sensitive sleep, on the other hand, need a child alarm clock that has a soft and gentle alarm tone.

Special care should be taken with a classic analogue bell alarm clock. Their alarm sounds are very shrill and loud, so that small children in particular are startled out of their sleep.

An ideal solution for children with sensitive sleep is a digital alarm clock that does not tick loudly at night and does not put additional strain on their sensitive sleep patterns.

The following table shows examples of decibel levels that are acceptable for children's ears and the decibel levels at which their hearing starts to suffer:

Type of noise decibel number
Talking at a normal volume without raising one's own voice the decibel load here is a maximum of 70 decibels., So as a rule of thumb: an alarm clock ringing at a "normal" speaking volume is pleasant for children to hear.
Loud talking with raised voice Here the noise pollution rises to up to 80 decibels., An alarm clock at such a volume is only conditionally recommended for sound sleepers who are not awakened from sleep by the ringing of a quiet alarm clock.
Normal speech is no longer possible permanent sound exposure of more than 85 decibels permanently damages hearing., Experts advise parents not to set even isolated sounds such as an alarm tone louder than 40 decibels.

Power supply

Children's alarm clocks are powered in two different ways: either with batteries or by means of a mains adapter that is connected to the mains.

Both variants have advantages and disadvantages.

Battery-powered

If you choose a battery-powered children's alarm clock, you can expect it to last a long time and save power.

At the same time, with a battery-powered alarm clock you are helping to preserve the environment.

Unlike a mains-powered alarm clock, the empty batteries can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way in the residual waste.

Furthermore, your child will always have fun with a battery-powered alarm clock - even if the power fails completely.

Digital

In contrast, a digital alarm clock is a good choice for your child if you don't want to constantly change the batteries and want to have a low power consumption in the long term.

After all, it only costs one seventh of a cent on average to fully charge a battery.

Range of functions

The range of functions of children's alarm clocks varies greatly depending on the type and design of the alarm clock:

Analogue children's alarm clocks generally do not have as many functions as digital alarm clocks.

They are usually limited to a wake-up and a snooze function. They rarely have an extravagant backlight.

Digital models have a much wider range of functions.

Many of the alarm clocks on offer have an integrated radio or a projection function that reflects the time on the wall or ceiling.

Radio alarm clock

A radio alarm clock is not yet interesting for smaller children, as they do not yet understand its contents.

Such a purchase is only worthwhile when the child starts school. Furthermore, the individual circumstances of a children's alarm clock with radio function must be taken into account.

Such an alarm clock, for example, does not necessarily have the best reception directly at the window near a construction site.

Children's alarm clock with light

A children's alarm clock with light is recommended for children who belong to the visual-visual learning types.

The soft light can help to support the waking process and encourages the children to become more involved with the basic colours and lighting.

Furthermore, such a children's alarm clock with light gives little restless sleepers orientation at night, for example by lighting the way to their parents' bedroom.

Alarm clock with music

Accordingly, a digital alarm clock with music is ideal for little music lovers and children with an auditory learning pattern who respond predominantly to sounds and speech.

Most of these alarm clocks have many different melodies to choose from, so the models appeal to both boys and girls.

Children's alarm clocks with projector

Children's alarm clocks with a projector appeal to visually inclined children who often have problems falling asleep or sleeping through the night.

The images projected onto the ceiling calm the nervous mind and support the natural process of falling asleep.

Design

When it comes to design, it is important to distinguish between boys and girls.

Boys generally prefer to play with cars or balls, while girls enjoy fairytale motifs or pictures with animals.

Design plays a very important role, especially with children's alarm clocks. (Image source: 123rf.com / 101840831)

However, you should bear in mind that children's tastes change over the years.

A children's alarm clock that the boy thought was cool when he was four years old may be long outdated two years later.

Sometimes it is more appropriate to buy a universal, child-friendly alarm clock in cheerful colours during the first years of life.

If in doubt, ask your child which motif he or she likes or doesn't like.

Facts worth knowing about children's alarm clocks

How did the alarm clock come into being?

Until the early modern era, people had no way of telling the exact time with the help of a clock.

Instead, they had no choice but to accept time as a God-given fact.

They could only get a rough sense of time from the rising and setting sun, which marked the transition between day and night.

Night watchmen were common in many cultures, who, instead of an analogue clock, woke up the population at a certain time of day (usually with the beginning of dawn) with a loud hammer or bell strike.

It was not until the end of the 14th century that mechanics became more intensively concerned with time and began to invent the first mechanical clocks.

The artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci is considered the pioneer of the mechanical clock. Long before his time, however, the philosopher Plato built a water clock for the first time.

Da Vinci's alarm clock worked on the lever principle. People woke up because of a lever that pulled their blanket away from them.

Mass production of alarm clocks only came about after the industrial age, at the time of imperialism, when people had to arrive at the factory on time and could no longer afford to forget the time.

How does a child learn to fall asleep at night?

Although many experts would like to give tips on how to fall asleep, children usually learn to fall asleep on their own after a while, without parental care.

Because every child is born with the ability to fall asleep naturally without the compulsory presence of parents.

Of course, small children and babies should ideally be monitored by a baby monitor during bedtime.

After eight to twelve weeks at the latest, however, the baby should sleep in its cot.

If the infant cries or cries, you can take it in your arms and soothe it with gentle rocking movements.

Through such rituals, a child gradually learns to be in a familiar sleep situation in the evening.

For "older" children, certain bedtime rituals are useful so that they can naturally find peace together with their parents.

A story read aloud and tender touches before falling asleep give the child the feeling that everything is fine - even when the parents leave the room to go to sleep and retire to their bedroom.

A child's alarm clock can enrich such a ritual by supporting falling asleep with its soft colours or soothing melodies.

How does a child get up more motivated in the morning?

A few tips - in addition to a children's alarm clock that plays happy melodies - help children to get out of bed more motivated in the morning:

Observe natural biorhythms

The body's own biorhythm decides when we sleep or not.

Sleepers of the "owl" type are considerably more productive in the afternoon hours and in the evening, so that they only find rest at a later hour.

Larks, on the other hand, are considered the well-known early risers, who are active in the morning and then also realise their full potential.

Accordingly, owls tend to get up between eight and ten o'clock. Larks, on the other hand, often get up between six and seven in the morning.

Allow time to wake up

Many a child does not jump out of bed in the morning highly motivated after the children's alarm clock rings.

Instead, they need another five minutes of rolling around in bed to wake up completely.

So it is important to give your child enough time to get up.

A child alarm clock supports this ritual with its snooze function, the duration of which can be flexibly determined.

Considering different sleep needs

Depending on age, a child needs more or less sleep to be rested and fit in the morning. Newborns and babies have the greatest need for sleep.

They sleep between 14 and 16 hours a day. Babies still need up to 16 hours of sleep a day.

The guideline for toddlers between one and four years of age is 11 to 14 hours. Schoolchildren in primary school already manage with ten to twelve hours a day.

For adolescents, the daily sleep time is reduced to a maximum of ten hours on average.

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