Saturday, June 19, 2010

Teach Me Time! Kids Alarm Clock & Nightlight

I like sleep. A lot.

Every parent knows kids and sleep don't go together. But my kids have always been great sleepers until one day the oldest wasn't. Jonah came up with every excuse in the book to start padding down the hall and into our room very, very early. And I mean before the rooster crowed early. Long story short, I needed an answer and boy did I find one.

Wanna hear it? Here it goes...

The "Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock and Nightlight" by Onaroo.

Isn't it beautiful?

It's a digital clock, it's a clock with hands, it's a night light, it's an alarm clock if you're into that sort of thing.

(nightlight mode)

But the most beautiful feature of this clock is that it let's you set it to a specific time for it to do this...

It turns GREEN. And green means "you may now wake up, my child" or, like in our house, it just means GO.

So say you don't want your sweet angel to get out of the bed or come out of his room before a certain time. You set the clock to that time and the blessed thing will turn green at your will. Silently of course, on the off chance your offspring decides to sleep in and give you an extra minute or two. (Hasn't happened for us yet, but a moms gotta dream, right?)

In the box you get three different colored faces, pink, blue and yellow. The instructions were a little daunting to me, as was the back of the clock.

Yep, reading the instructions for this is a must. After the first time you set it, it wasn't a problem. It looks more complicated than it is.

A couple of tips:

-put batteries in the battery back up. My son was so in love with this clock he brought it to us the first few mornings. The a/c adapter comes right out, and after re-setting the clock for the third day in a row I had learned my lesson.

-take it on vacation with you! Vacations were extra early wake ups before we bought this precious device.

-the toe buttons are kinda dumb. One is a 10 minute "snooze" button. (hahahahaha, yeah right.) The other is a voice clock announcing the time in a rather loud and kinda scary voice. My son won't touch that button anymore. Freaks him out.

You can buy this online at or many other websites, (I have yet to see it in a store) for $39.99. You may think that sounds pricey for a clock and I agree, but compared to all the other useless kid/baby stuff that's out there (and I've bought) this was WELL worth it. Save up if you must, sign up for a clinical trial of some sort, donate plasma, but if you need sleep this is your answer.

The Skinny:
I really, really, really, love this clock. It does have many more features than I need, and a few kinda annoying features, but they aren't critical things. I do think it's a little overpriced, but there's not much like this out there, so they got you there. Still, one of the best uses of $40 I've spent in the kid/baby department in a while. Except for diapers, those are nice too.

The judgement: IMPRESSED!

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