Over the Summer when we transformed Olly’s cot into the cotbed, Olly found the freedom of getting out of bed on his own very liberating. He would come into our room and sneak in to bed at all hours and to say it was getting exhausting taking him back into his own bedroom in the middle of the night, is an understatement. Luckily for us, The Gro Company came to my rescue and invited us to review the Gro-Clock, a sleep trainer for little ones.
The Gro-Clock is a very useful tool for Parents to introduce to their little ones to help them understand the concept of time and when it’s the right time to wake up. There are two modes; daytime naps and night time which can both be set individually to encourage little ones to sleep longer.
Olly doesn’t really nap in the day anymore so we have been using the Gro-Clock at his bedtime and so far, we have had many successful nights sleep. When it’s bedtime, Parents can set the time that you want little ones to get up and it will store the time in the background whilst the stars are illuminated in blue. The sleeping stars indicate bedtime and a time for sleep. Round the edge of the clock, mini stars show up on the clock face and count down until it’s time to get up. There’s also the option of displaying the digital time for little ones who are learning to tell the time. When it’s time to wake up, the star disappears and the sun comes up. The clock face shows a smiley sun and tells little ones that it’s time to get up.
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t set the key-lock function so Olly was able to get up in the middle of the night and play with the Gro-Clock until it showed the sunshine on the clock face. I have since learnt how to enable this mode so that I don’t get a wake up call at 3:15am!
Features we love
- We really love the friendly looking star and sun faces on the Gro-clock. Olly knows what each face represents and will stay in bed until the sunshine comes up most mornings.
- The clock face has an adjustable brightness setting which means you can have the Gro-Clock as light or as dim as you prefer. Olly has his quite bright acting as a night light in his room.
- The key-lock function is a brilliant addition to stop little fingers playing with the clock.
- The Gro-Clock has silent operation however there is an optional audible alarm which we have yet to try out.
- The Gro-Clock uses mains power so you don’t need to replace the batteries when they run out.
Included in the box with the Gro-Clock is a children’s picture story book. The book tells little ones of the tale of the grumpy pig who doesn’t get much sleep as he wakes up through the night. It’s a story that little ones can relate to and encourages them to stay in bed until the sunshine comes up.
We have been using the Gro-Clock for the past couple of months and have had many successful nights sleep. At the beginning of the review period, Olly did wake up throughout the night but we encouraged him back into bed and reinforced the message that he was to stay in bed until the sun came up.
We have incorporated the setting of the Gro-Clock into Olly’s bedtime routine and Olly will now set the Gro-Clock to night-time mode and then jump into bed. I think it’s definitely helped him take ownership of the clock and is attributed to how well he’s taken to it.
You can also download the Gro-Clock reward chart to encourage little ones to stay in bed each morning which is available here.
As a parent who used to be frequently woken up in the night by a toddler, I would most definitely recommend the Gro-Clock. Olly has taken to it really well and he will (mostly) stay in bed now until the sunshine comes up. Don’t tell Olly but we change the time the sun comes up on a weekend to sneak in a bit of extra sleep for us all, hurrah!
The Gro Company Gro-Clock is available to buy online at £24.99
Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.