We were recently sent a Gro Clock from The Gro Company to review…but before I get on to that, let’s just talk about one thing…
It’s kind of overrated these days isn’t it? I’m an insomniac, so sleeping through the night has become a kind of miracle for me. I give myself a mental high five when I wake and it’s after 5am. In my head I’m like “You’re a hero! You did it!’ What a feat that is.
But on a serious note, a full night’s sleep becomes a thing of the past when you add children in to the mix. Trust me. I love my little darlings to death but if there’s one thing they are notorious for, it’s waking up WAY too early in the mornings! Thankfully the Gro Company have come to my rescue with the innovative (and quite genius) Gro Clock which is perfect for sleep training.
Riley used to be so good at sleeping and I thought he would be an exception to the rule, but my smugness may have backfired as he and Harry now wake up earlier than ever. I blame Mother Nature with her silly British summer time and lighter mornings.
The truth is, I have never been much of a morning person and as a sufferer of CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) my body clock is all over the place. I’m a night owl, strangely, it’s when i feel most calm and focused so give me late nights over early mornings any day.
Anyway, I digress, back to the Gro Clock. As with many of The Gro Company’s products, the Gro Clock is designed to help little ones get a better night’s sleep and it’s a really useful tool for introducing them to the concept of time. Any product that promises a little more sleep is a winner in my eyes!
The Gro Clock is one such item. It uses fun images of the sun and stars to communicate to children when to go back to sleep and when it’s time to get up. The latest version has a new feature allowing parents to choose whether or not to display the digital clock, so for older children, they can begin to learn digital time.
What’s in the box?
1 x Gro Clock
1 x Sleepy Farm Bedtime Story Book
Setting the clock’s time is actually really easy but somehow I managed to miss a step during the initial setup and it took me ages to figure out why it wasn’t working properly. So, my biggest tip would be to read the instructions carefully and slowly to make sure you complete the necessary steps in the correct order.
The Gro Clock has two independent “getting up” modes, one for night-time sleep and one for day-time naps. There are different setup instructions for each of these, so again be sure to read the instructions through carefully to be sure the clock is setup correctly.
How it works
When your child goes to bed you simply push one of the buttons on the clock and the yellow sun will wink, fall asleep and then gradually be replaced by a glowing blue star. There are 12 little stars around the face of the screen which gradually disappear throughout the course of the night and act as a sort of countdown. Come the morning (the preset “getting up” time), the blue stars will fade and be replaced by the yellow sun again, indicating to your child that it is now ok for them to get out of bed.
It’s a pretty simple concept for them to understand – the stars mean it’s time to sleep and the sun means it’s time to wake up.
The Gro Clock also comes with a beautifully illustrated book for parents to incorporate in to their child’s bedtime routine. It tells the story of a group of farm animals and one in particular who is a grump during the day because he doesn’t get enough sleep at night. The other farm animals give the pig a new clock and tell him that he must go to sleep when the stars are out and not wake up until he sees the sun. By doing so, he gets plenty of sleep and is then a much happier and fun pig. It’s a really cute little story and the boys have enjoyed reading it every night.
We’ve also been using the free reward chart which you can download here and the boys get stickers every morning if they stay in bed until the sun comes up!
- Glowing screen shows images of stars and sun to communicate ‘sleep’ and ‘wake-up’ time
- Includes fun bedtime story book
- Stars go out one-by-one during the night to show the passing of time
- Key-lock option
- Option to set two separate wake-up times (weekday/weekend or night-time/day-time nap)
- Adjustable screen brightness
- Silent operation
- Optional audible alarm feature
- Mains powered (adapter included)
- Suitable from age 2+ years
- Conforms to highest applicable British and European Standards
- Educational option of showing digital clock during the ‘stars to sun’ countdown
- “Mr Star” night time graphic
- Beautifully illustrated bedtime storybook
- RRP £29.99
If your little one is having a tough time sleeping through the night on their own then the Gro Clock is just what you need. The fun and friendly design will help them to distinguish between night and day and reinforces the importance of getting a full night’s sleep. What’s more, with them tucked up in bed for the long haul you’ll be getting that extra shuteye that you need too!
Riley and Harry have always been really good at going to bed but it’s been fun for them incorporating the clock and the story into their bedtime routine. They both understand that if they wake at any point in the morning and see the blue stars, then they need to go back to sleep or play quietly and wait for the yellow sun to appear. Touch wood they have both grasped this concept with ease and using the Gro Clock as a sleep training tool seems to be working extremely well for us as a family. There’s been no 5am wake ups since we began using the Gro Clock and it’s definitely a product i will be recommending to other parents!