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      13.02.2014 12:55

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      Great idea to help littles ones learn to stay in bed

      This is a clock designed to help with sleep training a toddler. The idea is that you set the time you want your child to get up and they learn to wait for this time. When the child goes to bed, you set the clock to be night time and the display turns blue with a large star in the middle and little stars around the edge. Each hour, until the time you have set the clock to turn to turn to the sun, a star disappears until the sun comes out and the display turns yellow. We have found this very effective. The concept of the stars disappearing helps our children know whether it is nearly time to get up or still the middle of the night. There was some resistance to the idea initially but now they are very good at waiting until the sun comes out. The only annoyance is that if they pull the wire out, you have to reset the clock. They soon cottoned on to this trick! It is also useful to know how they have slept. They often tell me, for example, that they woke up when there were 2 stars left and played until only 1 star left and then went back to sleep. They would have no other means of explaining this to me without their gro clocks. The clock also comes with a little story book which didn't really help with getting them to use the clock.

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      15.09.2013 14:58
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      A great idea, but a bit of a pointless gimmick!

      I bought this with high hopes. Have an early riser and it got even earlier in the summer. I have blackout curtains etc and didn't know what else to do, so looked on amazon after seeing this clock advertised in a magazine.

      Like the look and feel of the item, it has good packaging and a nice design but that's where by liking of the product ends. I suppose it does entirely depend on your child and what they are like, but for us, it made bedtime worse and him get up earlier!

      There is a sun on the daytime display and stars and a moon on the night time display. As the night progresses, the stars fade out one by one every hour, which is supposed to demonstrate the time passing throughout the night.

      You have to set the wake up and sleep times on the unit when you first get it. There is also then a separate nap time option for day time naps.

      Although there is a keylock to fix the time settings you have made, my son sussed how to turn the switch off to change it to daytime, so we would spend time messing about at night trying to explain why it was night time!
      In the morning, he flicked the switch again to change it back to daytime when it was still supposed to be night! He also cried that he couldn't see the sun all the time. I don't think the key lock to lock the settings is effective,.

      The story book that came with the gro clock was also poor, it was just a small paper booklet. I think they could have produced a better one for the money the item costs.

      We preserved using the item for almost three weeks, at which point we decided it wasn't helping.
      I think it is just a gimmick.

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      15.02.2012 22:49

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      Great product, helps to orientate the child and provides a nice nightlight.

      We've had the Gro clock for less than a week, and fingers crossed our boy has slept through 6/7 nights! We've had a terrible time recently, with him waking for a number of hours in the middle of the night.
      He's 2.5 and has never been a great sleeper. We night weaned him about a month before hoping that might help and it did a little.
      Our problem was that he wanted us to read/play/take him to the potty/get him a drink etc etc.
      I thought we could give the Gro Clock a Go, the first couple of nights we read him the story and set if for 7, he said goodbye to the sun, he got the idea straight away. 7am was wishful thinking! He didn't disturb us in the middle of the night, but got up before the sun came out. So then we decided to go for 6am when he seemed to wake up naturally, combined this with a star chart and it worked. We're hoping that once it gets established we can creep the waking time forward so we can get a bit more of a lie in!
      Thank you Gro Clock!

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      25.01.2012 12:55
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      An excellent product which benefits the whole family and can be used for years!

      I am a non wicked stepmother, my stepson is four and has had a Gro-Clock for about a year now, however I was only aware of it's existence several months ago. I wish I had known of it sooner!

      The premise of the Gro-Clock is thus:

      Young children often wake up at stupid o'clock and wish to play, watch TV, annex Poland etc while all you want to do is sleep till at least 7am (at least on the weekends). Young children cannot tell the time until they are about 4 or 5, meaning you are destined to be sleep deprived for a hefty chunk of your life, especially if you have more than one child..... but are you????

      The Gro-Clock (made by the same people who make Gro-Bags) offers a simple way to get children to understand the concept of night time and morning time. It comes with a story book to help explain the concept to children (although that book resides at the home of my stepson and I've never seen it so cannot comment on it's usefulness). It is mains powered, has two brightness settings (and a no light setting), and has the ability to store two 'morning' times - so for instance if you want to have one time for week days and one time for weekends or if your children are young enough to be having regular naps in the daytime, a time for wake up from nap time. It has a yellow sun for morning and a blue star (or moon depending on what model you have) with stars around the edge for night time. As time passes the stars gradually go out one by one, which allows the child to see if they have woken in the middle of the night or fairly close to morning. It also has the option to show a digital clock time, so when they get older and start telling time, this option can be used too.

      It has three buttons on the front of the unit, if you know the secret combination to work it (if you are like me and only get to use it every so often without the instructions!) then you can set the time and when it's time for bed, you turn it to night time. There is supposed to be a child lock on the buttons - but not having seen the instructions I am not sure if this is more a case of just pressing certain buttons several times in order to get into the settings to change things, but a word to the wise - if you have a cheeky child who REALLY doesn't like getting up at 7am and would rather divebomb you in bed at 5:30am yelling 'Morningtime!' - put this clock out of their reach as our cheeky chappie knows that he only has to press a button several times to make the sun come up far too early, and then copiously denies having this secret knowledge when questioned.

      As the title says - Perseverence is key! At home our stepson's Mum said she thought it was easier to just let him get up whenever he wanted (not entirely sure I understand why a single working mother would be OK with having a 3 year old waking her up to play at 4:30am every morning but there you go). So for a long time the clock wasn't really being used for it's full potential, he was pressing buttons on it, making it morning at whatever time he liked and not being encouraged to stay in bed until it was actually morning.

      However things were about to change...

      We have him over to stay every other weekend and often take him away for a few days to see his grandparents on my side and on his Dad's side who live at opposite ends of Wales. Before the Gro-Clock came on the scene we would have such a job trying to persuade him to stay in bed at all hours of the night while trying not to wake up everyone in the house. Then last year we had the Gro-Clock with us and we used it. My husband often frets thinking that if his son wakes up at stupid o'clock that we are somehow infringing on his human rights to make him wait till 6:30am/7am to get up, so it took some time to actually get my husband to use the clock properly too. However on the second night I heard him wake up, get up, look at the clock and then go back to bed.... the third night was the same. The fourth night we were back at our house and he fiddled with the clock and proceeded to yell at the bedroom door at 5am until we came out all puzzled and wondering why the clock wasn't working. It was, but idle hands were at work!

      Since then, whenever he stays here we put the clock out of his reach and he waits for the sun to come up before quietly (and I have to say this is amazing that the yelling and shouting has also stopped) coming to our bedroom door to let us know it is morning time. He has also started to do this at home with Mummy - who is most surprised.

      Now to convince my husband to set the clock a little later on weekends, best done gradually, say by 5mins over a period of time.

      Some people have given up with the Gro-Clock after only using it for a short time, but I think that if you value sleep you should keep at it. It does work. We coupled using this with giving him stickers for his reward chart while he was learning to use it so that if he stayed in bed till morning time he would get a sticker with lots of praise.

      The unit itself costs around £40 if bought directly from the company, but can be bought for about £25 or less from Amazon. I would recommend any parent to buy one of these - but don't leave it too late, I've heard of parents using them with children as young as 18 months. The sooner you can encourage them to understand about night time and morning time the better for everyone involved. And even if they dont grasp it fully at 18 months, you've still got plenty of time to try it out and use it until they do get it.

      My tips:

      1. If you buy it - hunt out the best price as it can be a bit dear.
      2. Put it out of reach of tinkering fingers!
      3. Adjust the brightness of the display to suit your child.
      4. Start off slowly, if your child usually wakes up at 5am, initially set morning time for 5am, then gradually set the clock later and later until you reach the time you feel you want your child to be getting up.
      5. When your child is learning to use it properly, make a big song and dance out of them getting it right, positive reinforcement really helps!
      6. Keep using it, once they can tell the time, use it on the clock setting and make the most of the clock.

      I would say the only downside to this is that it is mains powered and doesn't have a battery back up. As we share the Gro-Clock with Mummy, it is being unplugged each time and each time we have to set it up all over again which is a pain. This has prompted us to buy our own.

      But all in all this is a brilliant teaching aid to encourage children to learn about time in the early stages leading up to being able to tell the time properly. Helps to encourage early risers to stay in bed (or at least in their rooms) until a suitable hour.

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      24.01.2012 16:30
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      Worth a go if you have an early riser - after all, you have nothing to lose

      WHAT IT DOES? In a nutshell, it provides a visual aid to toddlers, letting them know whether it's still sleep-time or whether it's okay to start acting like a loon and wake up everyone else in the house.

      FUNCTIONS: Glowing screen shows images of stars and sun to communicate sleep and wake up time
      Stars go out one by one during the night to show the passing of time
      Key lock option
      Adjustable screen brightness
      Option to set two different wake-up times - night time and day time nap modes

      MY EXPERIENCE: Everyone knows babies give you sleepless nights - what nobody tells you before you have a kid (and, oh, how I wish that they had!) is that whilst they will, eventually, sleep through, they can still randomly wake up at 4am and decide it's time to play. Worse still, some parents suffer the indignity of being woken up at 5.30 am with the sort of timely reliability First Capital Connect has yet to establish. Personally, I don't actually have it bad - my 2 year old tends to wake any time between 7.30 and 8am - but you become greedy. You want more time in bed before you have to start building Lego blocks, peeling Playdoh off the walls and pretending to find Peppa Pig scintillating. So, with this in mind, I thought I'd try out the Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer. After all, I reasoned, toddlers are, basically, a bit like puppies - and if you can train dogs to fetch your slippers and a paper, surely you can train a 2 year old to keep it down until the sun comes up.

      So, does it work? Well, yes - it did work for us. My daughter now loves saying goodnight to 'Mr. Sun' and knows 'Mr. Star' is looking over her when she's asleep - and when Mr. Sun reappears, it's up-time. She now tends to play quietly in her cot until the sun comes up, and then calls to us to let us know he's there. It's bought us a little more time of a morning and, for that, we're thankful. I did use it for afternoon naps a few times but just found it wasn't worth it for then.

      HOW TO USE IT: Whether you're using it for a child who wakes up regularly at 5am, or just to have 15 more minutes of a morning, I would advise starting off slowly and building up. The clock comes with a lovely little story book that helps introduce the concept to your child. After one read, my little girl understood what the sun and star symbols meant. When it comes to implementing it in practise, don't be too ambitious. I would advise setting the sun to come up 5 mins after your child normally wakes - so, if that is 5am, they will wake and not have too long to wait before the sun comes up. Then, when they call you, lots of praise. Alternatively, if they wake earlier and are getting fractious, sit in the room with them and remind them they have to wait for the sun. If it seems to be dragging on and you can stand no more, you can press a button to make the sun come up. It won't take long before they get the idea. Don't get them up before the sun appears though.

      Once your toddler has caught onto what the star and sun represent, you can then start setting the wake-up time a little later each day until you achieve your desired wake-up time. Hopefully, if your child just hasn't learned to self-settle (and this is why they wake early), this will soon help them. Some parents who already have decent sleepers may simply want to add an extra 10-15 mins just of a weekend. Another tip is lots of toys in the cot. Sometimes I hear my little girl wake up a good half hour before the sun comes up, but she plays happily by herself. It's really helped me when I'm getting ready for work, as it buys me that bit more time to have a shower etc before I go in and get her.

      I have friends whose lives have been changed (for the better) by this clock. Other people haven't had such a great result - but maybe they didn't persevere enough.

      FUNCTIONALITY OF THE CLOCK: It's not the sort of thing you could work out how to use without instructions. You use one button to scroll through modes and it can be a bit faffy at times. You can also adjust the brightness of the display - and the clock also doubles as a nice little night light. It also has a child lock for those people who need to keep it within reach of little hands! My main gripe with the clock is that it has to be plugged in (there is no battery option). It will save its settings for 3 hours if unplugged - however, I feel they're missing a trick here by not allowing it to work on batteries too.

      CONCLUSION: I've realised that toddlers are always going to wake up early and we can't expect them to wait around for hours - however, this device is certainly useful for re-setting an errant body clock (after all 5am is never acceptable) or buying a bit more time beyond their normal waking.

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      27.09.2011 23:07
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      A great idea and worth a try!

      My daughter was always a pretty good sleeper. Never awake in the night and as for wake up time, 7am was average, 6am or 8am were both rare but not unheard of. Then suddenly, around the age of 2 it all went wrong! 6am became a lie in, 5.30am became the norm and we became a very grumpy household!

      A few of my friends had bought Gro Clocks with very mixed results, some said it was a miracle product, others a complete waste of money (though none of these friends offered to loan theirs out! I think they were all still hopeful!). It was after having a second baby that we decided anything was worth a try. Being up most of night with the baby, then getting up at 6am with a 2 and a half year old was taking its toll!

      The idea of the clock is very simple. You have the option of setting two different times, according to the book these are for daytime nap and night time sleep. In our case it's week days and a little later for weekends!! When you put your child to bed you select which one you want. The clock face glows blue and a large star appears in the middle with 12 smaller starts around it. As time passes the smaller stars go out one by one. This is so if the child wakes up during the night they can see how close it is to morning, if there are still a lot of stars it is still sleepy time!! When it is time for the child to get up the star disappers and the light changes to yellow and a smiley sun appears. The clock comes with a book that tells a story to help the child understand the purpose of the clock. We never really used this.

      I have to say I didn't hold out much hope! We thought that even if it did work, it wouldn't work straight away and that we would be working on it for weeks. We got it all set up and explained to my daughter that she had to stay in bed until the sun appeared. We told her that she could sit quietly in bed and read her books whilst she waited, but that she wasn't to shout us or come into our room. The results were even better than we could have hoped!! We found that not only did she wait for her sun, but that more often that not she actually sleeps longer than she ever did before. It would seem that as soon as she woke she felt she should be up! All we can presume is that now, when she wakes and sees the star is still on, she goes back to sleep! And wakes up in a much better mood than she ever did at 5.30am! And so do we!! And she is always so proud of herself for not getting up until her sun comes on. There are odd occasions where she doesn't wait, but these are so few and far between that we don't mind...and often they are when we have pushed our luck and set the sun to come on a little later than normal! On these occassions she tends to come down complaining that it's not working! I think the key to making it work is to set it for a reasonable time and take it slowly. Initially we set it for 6.15am, we now set it for 7am. If your child is waking at 5am, then setting it for 7am is unlikely to work. They are just going to think the sun is NEVER going to come on. Taking it slowly gives them chance to realise the sun actually comes on quite quickly and therefore are more likely to wait for it. Then once they have started waiting for it you can set it a little later each day.

      All in all I think this is a fantastic idea based on a very simple concept. It's well made and very easy to use, if only it was a little cheaper! The price is definitely worth it if it works for your family, but it's a lot of money to waste if your child is not prepared to comply!

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        30.05.2011 21:10
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        Maybe one day it will work...

        My little girl is now 16 months old. She doesn't really like to sleep... I mean why sleep when there is so many other more interesting things to do. So whilst I listen, (with a set smile on my face) listening to friends purr on about how their child sleeps for three hours in the day and then for a full twelve hours at night, I could actually scream! My little girl doesn't sleep for three hours during the day, we get 45 minutes IF we are lucky and that's on the condition that she has visited the park in the morning! Any night time we are still woken up most nights at least once. She can sleep through the night and has done several times so I know she can do it, but being a breastfed child (although not anymore) she is used to having a lovely warm cuddle from mummy in the night. So anyway... I digress! In the hope of getting Missy to sleep through as the norm rather than waking up as the norm I decided at Christmas to purchase the Gro-Clock.

        The Gro-Clock is from the makers of the Gro-bag. It is the brain child of husband and wife team Rob and Ouvrielle Holmes, who designed all of their products with their own children in mind.

        I bought our Gro-Clock from Amazon and paid around £22 for it, with free delivery. In the box comes the clock, an adaptor, a story book and the instruction manual.

        The clock is mains powered being plugged in by the adaptor. The clock then glows blue. The main screen when the clock is not in use is lit up with the blue light and shows the time. The clock has a daytime and night time mode. The display begins with a sun with a face on it and then when activated the sun disappears and a large star appears with twelve stars around it. These stars disappear as the time goes on, one at a time. When the time arrives that you have set as 'wake up' time, the sun re appears.

        To set the clock and the day time and night time mode it is quite easy. There are three buttons on the clock. One for up, one for down and one for enter. The instructions are very easy to understand and our clock was set up in about five minutes.

        The idea behind the clock is that you read the story that accompanies it, which explains to your child (with a nice rhyme) that you 'stay in bed until the sun'.

        My daughter really enjoys the story and the display of the sun going down and the stars appearing. However she also loves to see the sun reappear! Maybe she is still a little young for the idea to properly sink in, about staying in bed until the sun!

        The night light is good for when I have to go into her room in the night though, giving enough light to tend to her whilst still being dark enough to let her know that it is still night time.

        One of the down sides to the clock is that it must remain plugged in at all times, or you will need to reset the time as as soon as it is swicthed off the time stays at that time.

        I hope that she will get the idea of the clock as she gets older. And she loves the story and the clock so I keep with it. However as a tool to get her to sleep through the night it hasn't worked for us.

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          06.05.2011 15:08
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          A great buy for any sleep deprived parent

          When I was pregnant with my daugher it never ceased to amaze me how many friends, colleagues and even complete strangers would tell me to ensure I stocked up on my sleep now as I wasn't going to get much once my baby arrived. I would smile politely at this advice as I knew this was going to be the case for those initial few weeks but it didn't once cross my mind that I would be complaining about lack of sleep 2 and a half years down the line.

          Don't get me wrong its not all bad my daughter is happy to go to bed at night where I know some children aren't The problem is that she fails to stay there crying out to be resettled in the night and has not remained in her bed past 5.45am since she was born. Perhaps our biggest issue is that once she is awake shes up and ready to chat, play and generally start her day. I could cope with a cuddly sleepy little girl early in the morning but not one that wants to discuss breakfast options and play shop keepers while trying to physically prise my eyes open with her fingers.

          We have tried everything and I mean everything to get her to stay in her bed to a more sociable hour! Later bed times, letting her cry it out, night lights, black out blinds you name it we have tried it! Nothing has worked and in fact some of our tactics have hugely back fired and have made the situation worse. We had just about accepted that fact that she was just always going to be an early riser when a fellow mummy friend recommended the gro - clock to me after she had had success with her daughter.

          I was sceptical at first, mainly because it seemed a bit gimmicky and after mentioning it to my other half he sneered his nose up and branded it a waste of money. At £21 from amazon I decided it give it a go.

          The clock didn't look that special when we opened it but it came with a cute little story about a pig who wasn't getting enough sleep to reinforce its use which I thought was a clever idea. Its made of white plastic with a large screen which displays an image of blue stars to signify night time which gradually go out during the night. These stars disappear to make way for a bright yellow sun which is the childs indication that its time to get up. You can choose the time the sun comes up so you can tailor the process to your own toddler. I began by setting the wake up time for 5.45 initially with the hope that this was successful we could gradually move it to a more agreeable hour. If my other half had had his way it would have been 7.00am from the offset.

          The big kid in me could hardly wait for bed time to arrive but when it did I read the little story book which my daugher found a bit lengthy and showed her the stars on the clock which we both agreed meant it was bed time. I kissed her good night and told her that I would see her in the morning when the sun came up. She seemed to understand and went to sleep ok. During the night we noticed her room had a blue glow which was a bit bright, its worth mentioning that you can reduce the brightness to suit. The light didn't seem to disturb her though. She awoke at 4.40am at which point my partner went in to her and pointed to the clock saying that it wasn't wake up as the sun was not out. She remained in her bed waking again at 5.20am. I really thought that she would be up and awake for the day then but after I went into her and showed her the stars she stayed in her bed. this was itself a miracle as prior to having the clock she would never have stayed in her bed. At 5.45am we were greeted with shrieks of excitement about the sun coming up at this point any doubts as to whether she understood the principles of the clock were firmly diminished.

          The second night was much more successful, she awoke at 5.20am only to request that she was tucked back in as the stars were still out. She stayed in her bed and waited for the sun to come out. At this point myself and my partner were very excited that soon we would get a bit of a lie in. Well we are now on day 7, the clock has worked wonders. My early riser now stays in bed until 6.30 am and if she does stir we hear her telling herself that the sun isn't up and that she needs to stay in bed. I cannot thank the makes of gro - clock enough, sleep deprivation is not a nice thing and has been the cause of many an argument in our house. We are all getting a bit more sleep including my little girl who has had fewer tantrums which must have been induced by tiredness prior to having the clock.

          The gro-clock is a must have for any toddler not getting enough sleep and I would recommend it to anyone.

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            I honestly thought people were talking rubbish when they told me that once I had a child I would never get a lie in again. Don't get me wrong, I knew that whilst my daughter was a baby that any chances of myself and my husband lounging in bed until 8am or even 9am on the weekend were going to be slim and probably never happen but I thought that once she was old enough she would fall into our sleep pattern.

            And she did - between the ages of 2 and 3 my daughter slept soundly until we got up which was always around 8am. Then suddenly over night, she started to wake up at 5am as she wanted to "play" and she would ask if it was "morning" yet too. Having Peppa Pig thrust into your face from a deep sleep was not what either my husband and I wanted at 5am. Who wants to hear "My name is Peppa Pig...OINK" full blast in your face when you were quite happily in the middle of a perfect dream?

            I had heard about this Gro Clocks which were supposed to be sleep trainers. I paid £25 for it from Amazon. It seems expensive but I would do anything not to have to wake up at 5am and not be able to get back to sleep again.

            When it arrived I was impressed with it. It was made from a hardy white plastic and looked like a little alarm clock. The idea behind the Gro-Clock is that it is for children who are too young to be able to tell them time so instead it uses the concept of day and night for time keeping instead. The majority of children know that the sun represents day and the moon represents night.

            Once you have set the clock up, during the day the sun will show and then once nighttime starts to fall the moon will replace the sun. What was really great about this was that you have the option to set the Gro-Clock so that it shows nighttime when it is your child's bedtime and morning when you think it is the right time for your child to get up. Also, the nighttime part of the clock illuminates with a faint blue light.

            This clock really did work. After a week or a little bit less my daughter had the concept of the morning and nighttime again and she started to sleep in as she normally would. She was getting her correct amount of sleep again as I had noticed her getting a bit more tired through getting up early. My daughter loved this Gro-Clock - she really liked seeing the moon and sun change, especially when she was being put to bed.

            I definately recommend it for helping your child to differentiate between the two different times of day and for helping keep them in bed when they should be. 5 Doo Yoo stars!

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              14.07.2010 00:48
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              Great for kids to teach thema about night and day and when they shoudl sleep

              It's funny, but until I actually had children of my own I wasn't sure what people were going on about when they said that most kids would get up early at between 6am and 7am every morning. However, now I have two boys I can fully vouch for this fact from experience. For me, one of the most challenging things is to train a child to sleep at the correct times and stay in bed when they wake up in the morning. This is easier said than done as children seem to have their own ideas on this. In addition I find with mine that they get over tired if left and not put to sleep at their regular time. Basically if your child is up then you are up! It cost me around £25 from Amazn, and it 's well worth it.

              I searched around for a bit there before Christmas to find a product that might aid the sleeping. I found this product called Gro-Clock about half a year ago and have been suitably impressed by it.

              The idea behind the clock itself is relatively simple. It's essentially designed to assist children who cannot tell the time yet as they are too young. However, they do have a grasp of night and day which is a key thing. They know that the moon represents night time and the sun day time. Therefore this clock shows a picture of a moon at night and in the day when woken up the clock turns back to a picture of the sun. The nightime clock illuminates blue while the day time one is blue. You do actually have the option to set an actual alarm clock. You can also
              set the time of both bedtime and the time when the sun comes up in the morning and when the night falls.

              In my personal opinion this product is a great purchase and good value too. It's worth it to try and get your child sleeping properly.

              Overalll, The Gro-clock sleep trainer is great for almost anyone and is highly recommended if you want your children to be able to learn the difference betwen night and day.

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                19.03.2010 09:27
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                The Gro Clock.....



                Jack has his third Birthday in June and still unable to tell the time as a result of this not long ago we were having mornings of 5 a.m starts with him getting out of bed and shouting "Its Wake up Time" when quite clearly it wasn't. I struggled to know what to do as the say in bed routine where I would just put him back in his room every time he came out really didn't work as he was so wide awake and seemed sure it was time to get up.


                So on searching the internet I came across another product from The Gro Company a company with whom I am very familiar with as we often used the sleeping Gro bags when Jack was a baby (which keeps baby covered up and no chance of blankets being kicked off as its just like a sleeping bag) and also the Gro Egg which is basically a room thermometer and night light. So seeing this new Gro Clock I thought it would probably be worth giving it a try. The company as a whole seem like a good one and they have been going since the year 2000 and started with just one family who had an idea and then joined with lots of other families to get together to create items which solve real problems.


                The concept of clock is pretty much a simple one with the idea being that this is a clock for children who are as yet are unable to tell the time but are able to understand that a moon means night time and that a sun means wake up time. So this clock does just that, it shows a illuminated picture of a moon at bedtime and just like an alarm clock when the set wake up time comes round the moon changes to a sunset and then to a picture of a blazing sun.


                It seemed like such a brilliant idea. It doesn't just end at that because there is also a countdown method for if your child wakes up before the sun by seeing how many stars are being displayed around the moon you are able to see how long it is till the sun comes up. Jack is able to count so this he found quite easily in being able to recognise that say for example there were two stars left around the moon then he knew that there was only a short period before he could get up and play.


                Included with the unit is also a board book called "Sleepy Farm". This book works well with the clock as the story is of a lazy pig who is tired all the time and the reason for this is that he goes to bed too late and wakes up too early. So all the animals ion the farm decide to club together and buy him this special clock that will allow him to get to bed on time and wake up at the right time in the morning. It is a very nice and soothing read as it all rhymes and works well when using the clock. Jack liked it as he could spot all the other Gro Company products that are drawn in the book that we own!


                The whole clock is easy to get up and running and although does have a fair few functions is simple to use especially as the instructions that are included are straight forward and clear. There are options to set an actual alarm clock if you so wish but this was not an option that we chose to use. You can set the time of both the bedtime and the time in which the sun comes up in the morning. The brightness of the screen can be adjusted too giving a night light as well as a clock which is handy.


                It is mains powered so no batteries are needed which is a god send as we are forever buying new batteries! Also there is an option to make sure that the keys are in a key-lock mode which is very handy but I would suggest you make sure you set this as Jack once got hold of the unit and was able to get the sun up before it really was time to get up because I hadn't fixed the key-lock. So he came bounding in saying "the sun is up, the sun is up" when it was only 5 .30 a.m.


                The whole idea is a really good one and it does work well in practise. We have used it for a good four months or so but Jack now seems to have fallen into the right pattern and gotten that little bit older where he will happily play in his room for a while if we tell him too. The only downside I can see is the price which set us back nearly £40. I purchased it from eBay and with postage included this seemed to be the average price of a brand new unit. It is a little steep but I guess for a product that will let you have that little bit better night sleep it is worth it. Now that Jack is fine in the mornings I expect I shall be putting it back on eBay myself so that at least I shall get some of the money back.


                All in all I have got to say that this clock was really a worth while purchase even for the high price. It really has seemed to do the job in teaching Jack a more acceptable time to be getting out of bed. The idea as a whole really works and you can tell it has been thought through properly with all aspects which are needed in there!


                Just for the fact that it gave me a better sleep pattern I have got to give this product a 5 out of 5 star rating. I think it is a top product which I will give a HIGH recommendation on. I think possibly getting it second hand would be a better idea as it is a costly item but again I suppose it depends on how much you value your sleep!


                Take a look at the Gro Company website which has all their really good ideas and products which are a must for most families:

                www.gro.co.uk


                Many thanks for taking the time to read


                I do hope that this has been of some help/interest yo you.

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                  24.11.2009 11:30
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                  Really good, but requires parental willpower / patience!

                  Lots of people have been talking about this clock and its concept - which is to encourage your toddler to develop better sleeping habits. In my case, that means trying to get my son to stay in bed through the night, settle himself back to sleep and wake up at a more reasonable time in the morning. The clock does have normal digital clock functionality, but the clever bit is the 2 images it uses, a blue moon and a yellow sun to depict when it's "bedtime" and when it's time to get up. The clock comes with a little Farm Animal Story book which tries to educate your children about how and why you'd use this clock. When we used it initially, my son just didn't understand, and I thought I'd be sending the clock back, but with perseverence, he's finally clicked! At bedtime, my son tells me that the Blue Moon picture means "bedtime" and that he should stay in bed "until the Sun". More often than not, he sticks to it. However, as soon as the sun does finally "appear" - he comes bounding across shouting "Sun, sun, get up, get up" - which is ok during the week, but is a bit of pain, if you wanted a lie-in at the weekends! On the whole, I'd say it's pretty good and more or less achieves what it's designed to do. Only real downside is that it has to be plugged into the power supply all the time.

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                  Day and night sleep trainer.