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This $17 Clock Lets You Give The Gift Of Sleep To An Exhausted Parent

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Oh, hello there, fellow members of the Exhausted Parents Club! What if I told you that there was a magical device you could purchase with cold, hard cash to get your child to stay in bed until a reasonable hour?

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...and kids that *love* it? AND that it's less than $20?

Well, have I got news for you! The OK to Wake alarm clock and nightlight exists ($16.65 on Amazon), and it is here to rescue you from any early-rising tiny human you may share your home with.

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The last seven years of my life have been one nonstop lesson in figuring out how to function daily in the face of extreme sleep deprivation.

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Our family expanded considerably in a short amount of time (four kids in five years, to be exact), and my husband and I have grown more and more open to trying *anything* to get just a bit more sleep. The two youngest boys share a bedroom, and bedtime can best be described as an absolute whirlwind: There’s toy throwing, jumping on the bed, kicking the wall. It’s chaos — and while I’ve tried everything to mitigate the madness, I've resigned to using the “whatever” method, figuring they'll tire themselves out eventually.

So while we’ve kinda given up on bedtime, my husband and I have tried many a strategy to get the kids to sleep in just a bit longer in the mornings. Cue blackout curtains, a sound machine, and more pacifiers, blankets, and stuffed animals than I can count. They've all lent a hand in Operation Get More Sleep, but they certainly haven't fixed the situation entirely. We briefly considered putting an alarm clock in their room, but then remembered that they're 2 and 3 years old — so like most other kids their age they...can’t tell time. (We're tired, okay?)

Thanks to the recent discovery of this clock, though, we've started to spot a light at the end of the tunnel.

A soft green light that radiates from this very clock, in fact.This cute little device has been clutch. You program it just like you would a normal alarm clock, but instead of beeping when it’s time to wake up, the clock illuminates. It turns from white to green, signaling that it’s time to get out of bed (or that it’s “OK to wake”). It does have an alarm function as well, but since our primary mission is getting our kids to stay in bed, we don't use it. I'm sure it'll work double-duty when we need the kids to actually get up in the morning, but that’s a problem we’ve yet to face.Now, full disclosure: This did *not* work immediately. We had to reinforce, and reinforce, and reinforce some more. I even got to the point where I decided I'd throw in the towel and give up hope of ever getting just a few more moments of solid sleep for the next couple years (anyone else have a strong-willed child?). However, just when I thought all was lost — when the idea of ever sleeping past 7 a.m. again seemed but a dream in the far, far distance — I was awakened by a sweet little voice saying, “Mommy, the light is green.”
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A soft green light that radiates from this very clock, in fact.

This cute little device has been clutch. You program it just like you would a normal alarm clock, but instead of beeping when it’s time to wake up, the clock illuminates. It turns from white to green, signaling that it’s time to get out of bed (or that it’s “OK to wake”). It does have an alarm function as well, but since our primary mission is getting our kids to stay in bed, we don't use it. I'm sure it'll work double-duty when we need the kids to actually get up in the morning, but that’s a problem we’ve yet to face.

Now, full disclosure: This did *not* work immediately. We had to reinforce, and reinforce, and reinforce some more. I even got to the point where I decided I'd throw in the towel and give up hope of ever getting just a few more moments of solid sleep for the next couple years (anyone else have a strong-willed child?). However, just when I thought all was lost — when the idea of ever sleeping past 7 a.m. again seemed but a dream in the far, far distance — I was awakened by a sweet little voice saying, “Mommy, the light is green.”

HE FINALLY GOT IT.

Quick: Someone get me some wood to knock on!I don’t want to jinx it, but these habits seem to be sticking. And it's why I'm here to tell you that you, too, should try giving this affordable, adorable clock a shot if you've found yourself in a hopelessly exhausted place. There are two things worth noting: The clock is USB-compatible, but doesn't come with a cord or plug, so you'll need to have those on hand. It also doesn’t come with batteries included, so you'll also need four double-A batteries in order for the clock — despite it needing to be plugged into an electrical outlet — to be programmed and work.Even given these minor inconveniences, I’m still extremely glad that this clock is in our hands. It’s simple to program, super cute (it comes with two interchangeable faceplates; we chose the bug but the flower is adorbs too), and also works as a nightlight. It’s a winner.
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Quick: Someone get me some wood to knock on!

I don’t want to jinx it, but these habits seem to be sticking.

And it's why I'm here to tell you that you, too, should try giving this affordable, adorable clock a shot if you've found yourself in a hopelessly exhausted place. There are two things worth noting: The clock is USB-compatible, but doesn't come with a cord or plug, so you'll need to have those on hand. It also doesn’t come with batteries included, so you'll also need four double-A batteries in order for the clock — despite it needing to be plugged into an electrical outlet — to be programmed and work.

Even given these minor inconveniences, I’m still extremely glad that this clock is in our hands. It’s simple to program, super cute (it comes with two interchangeable faceplates; we chose the bug but the flower is adorbs too), and also works as a nightlight. It’s a winner.

So go ahead, give the gift of sleep and put the OK to Wake clock in hands of someone you love. Even if they're your own hands. Get it from Amazon for $16.65 or Jet for $26.38.

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Rhianon Hoffman is a stay-at-home mom of four young boys based in Brooklyn, New York, who blogs regularly on her site Brooklyn Boy Mom.

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