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Disney Princess Talking Alarm clock
For a little princess who prefers to be woken gently, and for a great little gimmick, we like this.
This is almost certain to appeal little people (dare I say girls) who like the Disney princesses.
The clock itself is pink (naturally) with a small digital face sporting a picture of belle, blue buttons and a little tray for the obligatory jewels. Sitting on top of the jewel tray is a star shaped mirror surrounded by small lights. Excellent- just perfect for looking at yourself as soon as you wake up, should you want to do so.
**Using it **
The full, not child friendly, instructions are on the back of the box. A word of advise; do as the box suggests and keep the box because you will probably need the instructions at a later date.
Insert 3x AA batteries (screwdriver needed) and prepare to be baffled.
There are instructions for setting the date, time and alarm, all of which do require an adult because there is lots of pressing and holding of the blue set and mode buttons.
The easiest bit, and in fact, the only bit I think young children can master is the activating and deactivating of the alarm. To stop the alarm, all they have to do is press the button to the up position.
**Its all set up, so what does it do?**
This is the bit we like. Get the clock up and running and all set up for the alarm to go off, and when it gets to the specified time, the lights light up, and the princesses gently entreat you to wake up. So much nicer to have these well modulated voices uttering one of the 6 pre set phrases than having a harassed mum shouting that its time to wake up. The princesses are
apparently kinder, saying as they do things like Good morning! Rise and shine!, Goodness! Would you look at the time!, Come on little princess, time to get up.
With the lights on and the princesses talking to you, waking up becomes almost a pleasure.
**Other bits of information **
This is not suitable for children under the age of 3 years because of small parts although I cant see any small parts; it all looks to be one thing to me.
The clock comes with a 12 month guarantee and although its not specified, I assume you have to keep the packaging and the receipt for this to be valid
Website for more information is www.disney.com/princess
**What we think of this**
I think its a real gimmick, but little miss thinks its great. She used to hear my alarm clock shriek into action followed swiftly by myself shrieking into action,but she now relies on the princesses. They actually talk quite softly so I dont think the clock would work as an alarm clock for me, but for little lady, she loves the fact that the lights flash and she can look at herself when she gets up (she is only 5, plenty of time to learn that first thing in th morning is not a good look!).
Being pink, the clock coordinates perfectly with the rest of the colour scheme in her bedroom and being Disney, she likes the fact that she knows who the princesses are.
The only disadvantage is that the digital screen is small, and also that it is digital. I would far prefer it had it been analogue, but there again I suppose its useful to learn the time in another format.
So, for a gift for a little girl who likes the princesses, this is a good idea. Its quite expensive at £19.99 but I have recently seen them being sold in Ethel Austin for £8, so it wont break the bank, and you can feel you are giving something they will like, which I useful, and almost educational.
Thanks for reading.