Review: KID’Sleep Wake-up Time Indicator for Children

What time does your tot drag you out of bed every morning? I know when mine does precisely — 7:30 a.m. A new clock in our home has brought a sense of normalcy to our sleep.

Photo of the KID'Sleep clock in daytime with a sleeping and jogging bunny faceplate displayed on its front.

The KID’Sleep clock with sleep/wake-up faceplate attached. Link

The KID’Sleep clock by Claessens’Kids serves two roles. For babies, it is a night light, displaying a cute illuminated cartoon image of a baby bunny sleeping on a hammock under the moon. (See photos at bottom of article.)

For toddlers, the clock is a way of conveying a wake-up time before they understand how to tell time. An illuminated scene shows the bunny sleeping in a bed. At a preconfigured time, that image goes dark and another above it lights up to show the bunny trotting along wearing a backpack in daylight. An optional bird chirping alarm can also play.

How We Use It

My 3-year-old daughter has gone through three wake-up phases.

1) Cry-out for Mom and Dad. By default, we woke up when she did. That lasted until around the third birthday, most recently waking up between 6 and 6:30 a.m. every day.

2) Cry-out and we shout back that it’s not time to get up yet. One of three things then occurred: she went back to bed and lay there talking to her stuffed animals, she played with her toys until we got up, or she came into our room and jumped on our bed.

Then this summer we got spoiled. As the sun rose later, so did our daughter. This taught me that when she sees sunlight peeking out around her blackout curtains, she has programmed herself to jump awake. But then the ending of Daylight Saving Time ruined our blissful mornings.

3) Obey the bunny. When the KID’Sleep clock arrived, I told my daughter that she’ll stay sleeping when the bunny sleeps and get up when the bunny wakes. She loved the idea.

I set the wake-up time for 7:30 a.m., knowing from this past summer it was a plausible target.

After a week’s use, she consistently stays in bed until the bunny wakes. To my surprise, she doesn’t sit there staring at the clock. She lies back down and closes her eyes and sleeps for stretches of time, occasionally rechecking the bunny’s status. On the second day, I learned to turn off the audible alarm because sometimes she’s asleep when it goes off. Bingo!

If this magical pattern doesn’t hold, the bunny will still serve to indicate when it’s okay to wake up Mom and Dad. Oh how I would love to see a custom faceplate designed featuring sleeping and awake parents.

Five Minute Setup

The unit is comprised of conjoined large and small baby blue plastic circles shaped somewhat like two cheese rounds turned on end. The large circle has a 7-inch diameter and displays the bunny. The smaller circle has a 2-inch diameter, with a digital clock and controls. Configuring everything is simple.

1. Position one of the two bunny faceplates onto the clock face and twist an inch clockwise to secure it. Each faceplate has a nubbin in its center for easy pick-up and turning.

Store the unused faceplate on two hooks located on the back of the clock.

The bunny is lit by two tiny 0.6 watt (0.05A , 12V) light bulbs which, after a full night in use, leave the unit’s exterior still cool to the touch. The clock comes with two bulbs already installed, and two spares in the packaging. Replacing the bulbs requires a screwdriver.

2. Plug in the power cord. The clock doesn’t have battery back-up, so save time by plugging it in where you plan to use it.

3. Set the time and the alarm. One button scrolls you through the hour and minute placeholders. Two other buttons increase or decrease the number.

Because this is a European clock, time is told in 24-hour format. So 1 p.m. is 13, 2 p.m. is 14, 3 p.m. is 15, and so on. If you have military or health care experience, this is old hat, and probably preferable (my wife’s brain thinks in 24-hour format). If not, it’s no big deal because you primarily use the digital clock to configure the wake-up lights.

Close-up photo of the clock's control panel switch and its icons.
4) Flip a switch to one of four settings indicated by icons:

  • Power symbol: ON/OFF
  • Star: Nightlight setting (both lights on)
  • Star with Moon: Wake-up setting (one light on, alternating between wake and sleep images).
  • Alarm clock:  Same as the wake-up setting, but with a mild bird call alarm.

5) Whether in night light or wake-up mode, the parent turns the unit on at bedtime and off in the morning.

Improvements

The clock’s one failing is its ineffectiveness for use with daytime naps. It would require setting a new wake-up time each day, once for a nap and again at bedtime. A handy improvement would be an extra button you click to set a temporary nap time. Say, if it worked in 15 minute increments, you could click it four times and the waking bunny would appear in an hour. But, our naps never had a stringent wake-up time, so this is a minor feature request.

Buy It

The KID’Sleep hails from Switzerland, but is brought to North America by way of Arf Kids in the United Kingdom. Arf ships to the US and Canada, complete with the proper AC adapter for our electrical sockets. It wouldn’t normally come with the correct adapter; Arf Kids swaps the default adapter for the correct one when it ships to North American addresses.

The clock sells for £35 and £6 shipping. Today’s US dollar value brings that out to $83.59 (see Yahoo’s currency converter). Normally I might think that a little pricey and curse the American administration that put our dollar in the toilet. But then I remember that kids usually begin learning to tell time around age 5, meaning the KID’Sleep stands to get 3 to 4 years use from one child. Or, to put it another way, when used as a wake-up tool for 2 years, that translates to as many as 730 blissful mornings. What’s that worth to you?

The Bunny has Landed

The clock has added an element of tranquility to bedtime. When I turn it on, it first functions as a night light as my daughter falls asleep, but because the bunny “interacts” with my daughter as a wake-up messenger, it’s something more. We don’t talk about “the clock,” it’s “the bunny.”

The bunny is sleeping with her and the bunny is waking her up.

One of the evenings when I checked on her before I went to sleep, I found myself standing in her room staring at the soft glow of that sleeping bunny. Maybe it was due to the artwork being so cute, but it was a pinch-me moment. A few years ago I was some schmoe and now I’m a father with a happy, healthy 3-year-old daughter who is sleeping soundly in the soft glow of this bunny.

Photo of the KID'Sleep clock showing a lit half-circle with a bunny sleeping in a bed.

What are you looking at? You should be sleeping!

Photo of the KID'Sleep clock showing a lit half-circle with a bunny jogging with a backpack.

Time to wake up!

Photo of the KID'Sleep clock showing a full circle image of a bunny sleeping in a hammock.

Night light mode.

Photo of the backside of the KID'Sleep clock showing a faceplate stored on the back.

The clock’s backside has clips for storing your unused faceplate. The clock can also be wall-mounted.

[KID'Sleep was provided to Thingamababy for review by Arf Kids at my request. I profiled KID'Sleep here last year, leading off the article saying, "I don't know if I need a KIDS'Sleep clock, but I want one." Well, obviously I still wanted one and now realized the need. What a difference a year makes.]

Comments

14 Responses to “Review: KID’Sleep Wake-up Time Indicator for Children”

  1. Coco Bean says:

    This is something we need. Unfortunately, we are in wake-up phase 1. Our child will drag us out of bed as early as 0530. Sometimes even earlier.

    Not sure if obeying the bunny is possible but it may be worth a try.

    December 14th, 2007 at 10:38 am

  2. Mama Peach says:

    Hmmm you almost have me convinced. We are also currently in Wake-up Phase 1. How long does the nightlight stay on after you set it?

    We currently have a pretty great routine established and I am hesitant to change it. We use the Fisher Price Flutterbye Projection Mobile (which we can no longer find here in Canada – I live in terror of that thing breaking). We turn it on when it’s night-time, it runs for 16 mins. Miss Peach will hit the button to turn it back on if she is still not asleep by the end of the 16 minutes. In the mornings, as she is slowly waking, she will turn the projection monitor on and often doze herself back to sleep.

    As we are nearing the 21/2 age marker, I could definitely see how this type of clock would be beneficial in the months to come. I would be interested to see how you feel about it in a few months time.

    December 14th, 2007 at 11:03 am

  3. KGS says:

    This is a great idea! I may try to build my own version with light timers for, ahem, less than $84 (although I’m sort of in love with the sleepy bunny graphic).

    December 14th, 2007 at 12:57 pm

  4. Bev says:

    (do they have a version for puppies?)

    December 15th, 2007 at 9:37 am

  5. Tara says:

    LOVE this! My daughter consistently wakes me up on the weekends. I’ve tried to explain to her that she needs to stay in bed until Mommy comes to get her but it hasn’t sunk in yet. If I close her door, she stands at her door and yells for me. Lots of fun.

    December 16th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

  6. Jan Bay says:

    That’s so cute! I don’t think it will keep my little ones in the bed, but I think that they would like the night light.

    Jan from http://www.unique-baby-gear-ideas.com/

    December 17th, 2007 at 8:45 pm

  7. meredith says:

    We bought this back in August and could not be happier with the amount of sleep we have made up for in that time.

    HIGHLY recommended.

    December 18th, 2007 at 9:58 am

  8. scurvyann says:

    boy oh boy – this is JUST the thing we’ve been looking for. thankee, thingamababeee! i just ordered it and can’t wait – the boy’s up daily before 6, and, well, we’d rather NOT be!

    December 19th, 2007 at 8:15 pm

  9. Sue says:

    LOVE this clock. Bunny gets up at 7:45 at our house. Great idea – absolutely recommend it – took our son 2 days (age 3) to get used to waiting till the bunny gets up before making noise or getting up. Worth every dime.

    January 24th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

  10. Janice Doyle says:

    A must buy!! We have ours a year now & can safely attribute weeks of extra sleep to it!! We have a very clever but totally crazy 3 1/2 year old who loves his bunny rabbit and always waits for him to wake up!! Won’t leave his room!!

    April 14th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

  11. Happy Happy mom says:

    I have this clock and agree TOTALLY that it is so worth it. We incorporated in around 2 1/2 years old and it has worked wonders!!!

    July 14th, 2009 at 6:28 am

  12. Cathy Fraser says:

    I bought one afew months ago. I cant recommend it enough!! My 3 year old son used to come in at 6.30 with VERY cold hands and put them on my back!! He now stays in his room (sometimes snoozing, sometimes playing with toys or reading a book) but only rarely coming in to us and we just need to say “the bunny isnt at the top yet” and he goes back to his room!!
    He is now asking what we will be doing when the bunny is at the top so he can find out what we are doing the following day. It isnt the clock…its the bunny!!

    July 28th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

  13. Suppamamma says:

    Based on these reviews I bought this clock…but I am quite disappointed. It is not possible to set bedtime and wakeup time…so it seems one must set it everyday…that’s a definite bother for us…any tips?

    August 24th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  14. AJ says:

    I don’t what to say. I wrote that you turn it on at bedtime, it activates at the preconfigured wake-up time, and then you turn it off for the day. I think that’s how most people need it to function.

    Why would you want to preconfigure the bedtime? I suspect in most homes, the bedtime may be at a set time, but the actual time kids get into bed will vary by minutes, a half hour, sometimes longer. So it’s simply part of the bedtime routine for the parent to turn on the device when bedtime begins.

    August 25th, 2011 at 4:12 pm