If you have been with us since the beginning of the baby years, then you may know that we have always had trouble with J & sleep. N seems to be a bit better but we would like to nip it in the bud before he gets to J’s age and is still having sleep and bed time issues which is a nightmare to deal with every night with one child, let alone two.
Both boys tend to usually get up between 6am & 7am though sometimes it is much earlier. We all know that an early day equals grumpy parents and grumpy children, especially if they have given up napping too like mine have. N goes to bed at 6.30pm and J goes at 7pm so he has that extra half an hour with full attention on him, as we did have jealousy issues when N was born (not that they have disappeared any!).
We have tried pretty much everything with J over the last 3 years and barely anything has actually worked, so I was delighted for us to be able to review The Gro Clock from The Gro Company as I have heard good things about them. We already have a Gro Egg bedroom thermometer so we know that they are quality products, but did it work with going to bed and getting up?
The Gro Clock has a few functions; it is a night light, an hourly count down timer, and it can even be used as an alarm. When the child goes to bed the clock turns blue and a star face appears to indicate that it’s night time, and gradually the stars around the edge disappear, indicating the hours and counting down to morning time when the clock turns orange and the sun face appears again, meaning it’s time to get up.
You can set the clock to your own bed times and get up times so it is personal to your child, and then you can also set it to come on automatic or you can do it manually with your child. We chose to do it manually as J likes to say goodnight to the face on the clock – I like this feature as it is friendly for the child and they can relate to it like J does. It did take me a few times to get used to selecting the different functions, but it’s easy to remember now.
The Gro Clock also comes with a small story book about a pig who slept all day meaning he went to bed late and was grumpy all day, so his friends bought him a special clock. Yes, you guessed it – a Gro Clock! This is a great addition to be able to read at bed time, so again the child can relate to it.
J did quickly learn that it was bed time when the clock turned blue and that orange meant it was day time, though at the beginning he did still come in our room in the middle of the night on occasion. He did get the hang of it eventually though and these instances have become less. Hopefully we can get N used to it too, and we can have a lie in just that little more often…
Our rating – 4.5/5
I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.