Monday, 17 August 2015

Gro-Clock: Review

I am always on the look out for little bits of kit that make life with a toddler that bit easier.  From a foldaway potty to a foldaway pushchair, I am on it.  So when I saw a Gro-Clock in my local Boots store, which promises to help with your child's sleep, I thought I'd give it a go and see if it had any effect on my three year old.

Whilst my daughter has never been a particularly bad sleeper, over the last few months she has been waking up earlier and earlier. 6am, I can just about cope with.  But 5.30am? That to me is technically still night-time.  

The premise of the Gro-Clock is that young children cannot yet tell the time, so the clock consists of a sun and stars electric face that you program so your child knows when it is time to wake up and get out of bed.  

You program a bedtime, say, 7pm, and a big star appears on the clock surrounded by 12 other stars.  You then set the clock to the time you want your child to wake up, say midday, only joking, say 7am, and then as the night progresses the stars slowly disappear and a sun appears at 7am. This teaches your child that if they wake in the night or early morning, they can check their clock and know if it is time to get up.

Now, to be completely honest, this is not going to change your early riser or poor sleeper into a 12 hour sleeper overnight.  This is not a miracle product.  But, this product is great for introducing the concept of night and day and when to actually get up.  The clock comes with a little story that you read to your child so they understand a bit more about the clock and how it works. 

When we first got the clock, for the first week my daughter stayed in bed once or twice until 7am and the rest of the mornings she just ran into our bedroom at 6am shouting she 'hadn't waited for the sun' (sigh).  But, I have persisted, and now for most mornings, she will wait until she sees the sun appear to come into our bedroom. 

I never chastise her for getting up too early before the sun, but, if she manages to go back to sleep until the sun appears, she gets lots of praise and  we make a pretty big deal of it that she is such a big and clever girl for looking at her clock. 

The clock has some lovely extras, such as the ability to have the clock having a digital time displayed for older children, and you can also adjust the brightness of the clock, from none at all to a bright night-light. 

I don't think I could be without our Gro-Clock now and I would highly recommend it for toddlers. The clock has really come into its own with the lighter mornings. Yes, my daughter does still get up way too early some mornings, but then the mornings she waits until 7am? Well they are just amazing! 

Thanks for reading, 

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