Yes, I know, it has the Princesses on it, but believe me, it’s the best fifteen bucks we’ve ever put in Disney’s pocket. For Frannie’s birthday we bought this alarm clock from the Avon catalogue, and it’s worth every penny. Now of course, any digital clock would do, although this one does have the cool feature of lighting up when tapped on top — which is also good because it doesn’t brighten the room at night unnecessarily.
The first thing I did once the gift was opened was print a digital-looking number 7 on a piece of masking tape and stick it under the hour spot on the clock. We gave Frannie strict instructions that unless that number says 7, it is in fact not time to get up yet, and there is no point asking. This idea could also be adapted for an analog clock (and let me tell you, as a teacher I see firsthand the lack of experience kids have with analog, yet of course my kid’s first clock is digital. Another ‘do as I say, not as I do’ suggestion!)
It took a couple of tries for Frannie to realize that the location of the 7 is important (i.e. 5:27 is not wake-up time) but now we can count on her to call out (at 7:00 on the dot) “IT SAYS SEVEN!” If only Maggie were old enough to work with this. I wonder if they make a crib-mounted version?