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Gro-Clock - Worth every penny
Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer
Member Name: mich3980
Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer
Date: 06/05/11, updated on 06/05/11 (49 review reads)
Advantages: It really works and is so simple to use.
Disadvantages: The book that comes with it could be a bit better
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.
Summary: A great buy for any sleep deprived parent
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