Tips for Selecting a WatchGreat for discreet reminders of important events
By: Renee Mercer, MSN, CPNP
Vibratory WatchesWhy use a vibrating reminder watch?
Vibrating watches help you by providing frequent reminders to use the restroom or to perform other important activities on a regular schedule, thereby lowering the chance of embarrassing accidents. We feature several watches that work well for this purpose. The Vibro-Watch, VibraLITE 12, MeDose, and Rodger all can be set to vibrate at prescribed times, along with typical functions such as telling the time and date.
What should I consider in a vibratory watch?
There are several important features to look for in a vibrating watch, and which you select will depend on your individual requirements. Some of the most important features to consider are:
- Auto-Restart Countdown – Watches with this feature will alert repeatedly at pre-set intervals and automatically reset. The interval must be the same all day. The Vibro-Watch, Timex, VibraLITE, and Rodger can be set on intervals ranging from 1 minute to 23 hours, while the MeDose can be set from 1 minute to 99 minutes.
- Independently Set Alarms – This feature allows you to set independent alert times each day, providing flexibility for irregular intervals or exact times. This makes it easy to coordinate with school or work schedules. The WatchMinder3 accommodates up to 30 daily alarms, the Vibro-Watch allows up to 12 a day, the Rodger Children's Watch allows 8 alarms per day, and the MeDose allows 6 alarms a day.
- Length of Vibration - Vibro-Watch, Medose, and VibraLITE12 vibrate for about 20 seconds, which is generally hard to ignore. The WatchMinder3 vibrates for 10 seconds and repeats the vibration 20 seconds later. The Rodger Children's Watch vibrates for 10 seconds.
- Battery Life – 1 to 6 months, depending upon the frequency of alarms. The Vibro-Watch has easy-open battery compartment; the others require jeweler assistance. The WatchMinder3 uses rechargeable batteries, which are easily recharged via an external clip.
- Size - Most vibrating watches are standard size. The smallest vibrating watch is the Rodger Children's Watch which is designed specifically for children or women with small wrists. However, many children prefer to choose watches based on style and look rather than size, and in most cases the standard size watches work fine. Compliance is important, so choose one your child with enjoy wearing.
This chart can help you choose a watch that will best meet your needs: Watch Comparison ChartDo vibrating watches look different than other watches?
No. Vibrating watches are designed in a variety of styles to mimic more typical, non-vibrating watches. Children’s vibrating watches have bright and colorful designs, while adult versions are sporty, sleek, or professional. The factory-provided watch bands can be replaced with smaller or personalized bands if desired. In general, the faces of vibrating watches may be a little larger and thicker than on typical children’s watches. This is necessary to house a larger battery. The watch face on most of our watches measures about an inch. The Rodger Children's Vibrating Watch face is smaller.Shop Vibrating Watches
Other vibratory reminders
Are there any other reminder devices?Yes! There are several alternatives to the simple vibrating watch.
- The Invisible Clock is a small, discreet, vibratory alert device that can be clipped onto the belt or slipped into a pocket. This is ideal for those who will not wear a watch.
- The Timex watches provide a beeping alarm, which can be easy to miss or ignore in a noisy environment. This may not be acceptable in a classroom setting.
- The WatchMinder3 is a large adult watch with text reminders and up to 30 daily alarms.