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“Studies show that children do not fully understand the concept of time until around 8 years old.” The next time your toddler wakes you up at 4 in the morning because he thinks it’s playtime, maybe this statement will shine some light on why. A child’s non-adherence to time often spills into the adult’s life too, making parents lose precious hours of sleep or work because they need to attend to their meddlesome children. You can’t simply explain to a child that it’s bedtime (many have tried), however a child learns from their environment… and the Mella tries to be that environment.

The Mella is a smart clock that anthropomorphizes the concept of time… in short, it’s a clock face with a literal face! Designed to become the child’s friend, the Mella, through example, shows the child when it’s playtime and when it’s sleepytime. The face on the clock ‘falls asleep’ when it’s nap-time, giving the kid context as well as a companion to sleep with. The child, over time, begins to understand that he/she must sleep when the Mella is asleep, and must wake up when the Mella is awake.

The Mella was created in part to help children grasp the concept of time, but it was also designed to give adults an extra few hours of sleep! Parents can configure the Mella to their convenience, allowing the adult to communicate to the child through the friendly medium of the clock. Along with its cute expressive face, Mella comes with a color-altering halo-light. The light not only works as a night-lamp, it also plays a role in helping kids understand the significance of color. The yellow light indicates to the child that it’s okay to be awake, but nap-time isn’t over yet. As soon as the light turns green, the child knows that they can get out of bed. Perfect for getting children to follow YOUR schedule, the Mella is ideal for naps, time-outs, or even indicating playing times. Its sleep-sound generator and soothing night lamp work along with the cute LED display face + clock to put the child to bed when you go to bed… Go ahead and get that extra hour of sleep and thank me in the morning!

Designers: Stephanie Lai, Dennis Liu & Eran Weinberg of Little Hippo

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Set the desired sleep time and every night, MELLA will go to sleep with your kid. MELLA sleeps through the night so your kid knows to stay in bed.

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Good things come to those who wait! Half an hour before the wake time, MELLA will display a playful expression and glow a yellow light. Teach your kid to play quietly and wait patiently until the light turns green!

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Set the desired wake time and MELLA will greet your kid with a smile and glow green. It’s time to start the day!

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Choose from five soft night light colors to keep the bedtime monsters at bay!

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Choose from three relaxing sleep sound options to help your kid fall asleep quickly: rain, white noise and ocean.

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