The Sweetheart alarm clock from Sonic Alert ($42.95) looks sweet with its pink heart shape, but it may be one of the most jarring alarms we've heard -- not only is it extra loud (113 decibels), but it includes a 12-volt bed shaker. To rouse really sound sleepers, place the clock out of reach -- so your child can't hit the snooze button. Also available is the Sonic Bomb, with all the same bells and whistles (and the same price) but a more neutral look, so guys will like it, too. (Note: You can adjust the decibel level.) Buy it at www.sonicalert.com; see how it works at www.youtube.com/sonicboomclocks.
-- Dianna Hunt