The Gro Company Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer £14.99 (Prime) / £18.98 (non Prime) at Amazon
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The Gro Company Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer £14.99 (Prime) / £18.98 (non Prime) at Amazon

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Found 26th Mar
The Gro Company Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer
Promoting a healthy sleep routine
We all expect to miss sleep when babies are young, but once they become toddlers most parents would like to start getting them into a healthy sleep routine. A child that sleeps well means the whole family is happier and more energised each day.

Praised by parents around the world
The Gro-Clock is used around the world with great success to train toddlers to stay in bed until the time the parents desire. It's much more than just a clock – it's a whole sleep system. Starting with bedtime, the parent reads the specially written 'Sleepy Farm' book (included) and explains that the child should look at the clock to see all the stars in the sky around the moon.

A perfect night's sleep
If the child wakes in the night, they simply glance at the clock to know what to do: if there are stars showing, they should lie down and relax as it's not time to get up yet, and the stars will keep them company. As the stars count down, they know it is almost time, and then with a big smile the sun arrives on the screen to signal that it is time to go and see mum and dad.

Features:
Glowing screen shows images of stars and sun to communicate 'sleep' and 'wake-up' time
Includes fun bedtime story book
Stars go out one-by-one during the night to show the passing of time
Key-lock option
Option to set two separate wake-up times
Adjustable screen brightness
Silent operation
Optional audible alarm feature
Mains powered (included)
Suitable from age 2+ years
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Would recommend this to all parents whos kids wake up at the crack of dawn. Went from a 5am wake up to 7am in a few weeks. Heat added as it was a life saver in the mornings!
Agreed, a baby won't care or heed this.

This is for 2.5 year old's and up from my experience.
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Would recommend this to all parents whos kids wake up at the crack of dawn. Went from a 5am wake up to 7am in a few weeks. Heat added as it was a life saver in the mornings!
stoneblade1 h, 30 m ago

Would recommend this to all parents whos kids wake up at the crack of …Would recommend this to all parents whos kids wake up at the crack of dawn. Went from a 5am wake up to 7am in a few weeks. Heat added as it was a life saver in the mornings!


Bit of a long reply a bet but can you please say how you implemented it and also what age was your little one. Just ordered one for my 17 Month old.
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I was looking to buy one for a 19 month old.... But since I blacked out the windows 3 nights ago he's sleeping til 8.30-9
Does this product work with babies?
Got one for my 3 year old. It comes with a small story book which is about several farm animals, most are happy apart from Percy Pig who goes to bed too late and wakes up too early. The other animals buy him a Gro Clock, and now he goes to bed when the stars come out and wakes up when the sun comes out and has a lot more energy and is much happier!

You set the clock to star mode when it's your kid's bedtime. And then when it reaches your set time (7:30am for us), it turns to sun mode. So during the night or early morning, your kid can look at the clock and see the stars (which glow blue - you can set the brightness) are still out, so he should go back to sleep. Then when he sees it showing the sun (which glows bright yellow), he knows he can wake up.

It's worked well for us, actually he tends to get up about 15 minutes before sun mode triggers but that's fine, and better than when he was waking up 1 or 2 hours earlier.

I think your child needs to be old enough to have the story read to them and understand it, so probably wouldn't work with babies.
Edited by: "RickyL7" 26th Mar
Agreed, a baby won't care or heed this.

This is for 2.5 year old's and up from my experience.
A panacea for some (including some friends of ours), but hasn't made a blind bit of difference for us - our little lad is two and a half now.

He was obsessed with it initially, but more to the degree that he liked to stare at it as opposed to staying quiet when waking before the 'sun' shines! Now, he pays it little to no attention and generally wakes up around 6am. How much of this is because he stirs when the boiler starts up in the morning (in the kitchen below his room), I'm not sure. If it ever gets warmer this year, perhaps we'll find out!

My concern is that there is scientific evidence that blue light can affect sleep. Is this part of the problem, I wonder, as even on the dimmest setting, the backlight is pretty bright?
It really does depend on the kid... We lucked out. With our eldest it worked perfectly, with our second it wasn't working well so we moved them in to the same room and the eldest kept the youngest in check. We've now got them in bunk beds and they keep an eye on our third for us

The major gripe is kids pulling the plug - and they've had so many years now it should have been redesigned ages ago... So, due to lack of innovation I wouldn't recommend buy it.
Interesting reading the post. I was going to buy one for my 9 months old but after reading on here I think I'll wait another year or 2. Thanks HUKD this time I didnt end up spending!
My eldest has this, really good
ceanth2 h, 8 m ago

Does this product work with babies?


If they understand the concept of staying in bed quietly until the sun rises on their clock, then yes. 😁
Throbbo1 h, 15 m ago

A panacea for some (including some friends of ours), but hasn't made a …A panacea for some (including some friends of ours), but hasn't made a blind bit of difference for us - our little lad is two and a half now.He was obsessed with it initially, but more to the degree that he liked to stare at it as opposed to staying quiet when waking before the 'sun' shines! Now, he pays it little to no attention and generally wakes up around 6am. How much of this is because he stirs when the boiler starts up in the morning (in the kitchen below his room), I'm not sure. If it ever gets warmer this year, perhaps we'll find out!My concern is that there is scientific evidence that blue light can affect sleep. Is this part of the problem, I wonder, as even on the dimmest setting, the backlight is pretty bright?

You can turn the blue light off completely, we did as it was too bright at lowest setting.
GeordieAffy20143 h, 26 m ago

Bit of a long reply a bet but can you please say how you implemented it …Bit of a long reply a bet but can you please say how you implemented it and also what age was your little one. Just ordered one for my 17 Month old.


My son was somewhere between 2 and 3 when I introduced this. For us, it took time, no pun intended, for the concept to be understood, but I agree with the others here it is a great product that worked for us.

My son saw the stars and could then see how many left "till the sun comes up".

He is 4 now and no longer uses it so in our case it was only used for best part of a year but for us it was a great first step to better sleeping patterns.

He no longer requires it and taking this away did not cause a reversal in habits.

Maybe I'm not the brightest person, but I found the menus quite difficult to set and alter but once you get the knack, it's fine.
The_Hoff3 h, 5 m ago

Agreed, a baby won't care or heed this.This is for 2.5 year old's and up …Agreed, a baby won't care or heed this.This is for 2.5 year old's and up from my experience.



Agree, my daughter starting following it religiously from around 2- 2.5, she's 4.5 now and will still stay in bed until it comes on, she got quite annoyed at me when I forgot to set it.

- I should add, we have blackout blinds which may also help, if she could see the literal sun come up she may be less responsive to the clock. she really likes it's though, I think it's because she knows the rules - it gives her permission to wake me up once it's on, and I've got no excuse to stay in bed because 'the sun's on my clock'.
Edited by: "blueincubus" 26th Mar
Throbbo2 h, 56 m ago

A panacea for some (including some friends of ours), but hasn't made a …A panacea for some (including some friends of ours), but hasn't made a blind bit of difference for us - our little lad is two and a half now.He was obsessed with it initially, but more to the degree that he liked to stare at it as opposed to staying quiet when waking before the 'sun' shines! Now, he pays it little to no attention and generally wakes up around 6am. How much of this is because he stirs when the boiler starts up in the morning (in the kitchen below his room), I'm not sure. If it ever gets warmer this year, perhaps we'll find out!My concern is that there is scientific evidence that blue light can affect sleep. Is this part of the problem, I wonder, as even on the dimmest setting, the backlight is pretty bright?


The blue light in the clock, isn't the same as the blue light emitted by LED displays and even they're only a problem as we hold them 12" from our eyes and stare at them for longer than we should.
Had this for a few years now and still works perfectly on my 6 and 4 year old. They know that when the sun comes up, then that's the time to get up.
The only negative about it is that it's not hugely intuitive to set - my wife still doesn't know how to set it even after about 4 years!

Still, it's a fantastic purchase.
mine hadnt long been 2 by the time he understood the concept, we went with the approach that he cant get out of bed until it turned yellow, rather than the sun coming up. On a few early occasions he got out of bed so we banned Paw Patrol on those days and he quickly got the idea! So definitely recommend rewarding them at least early on.
lutin27 m ago

Had this for a few years now and still works perfectly on my 6 and 4 year …Had this for a few years now and still works perfectly on my 6 and 4 year old. They know that when the sun comes up, then that's the time to get up. The only negative about it is that it's not hugely intuitive to set - my wife still doesn't know how to set it even after about 4 years! Still, it's a fantastic purchase.



I've found it quite easy, but my in-laws are completely bewildered by it, they don't even have to change the wake up time literally just turn it on, but for whatever reason they struggle, so yes it does appear to be a bit confusing for some.
It’s a great tool.

I set the time to come on at 07.30 for school days and I set the other time selection to 08.30 for weekends & holidays (I think it’s meant for daytime naps).

Works a treat!

Very rarely get pestered by my girls before the sun comes up.
Started using this out of desperation with our first daughter who went from getting up at 5:30am every day to 4:30am when the clocks went back, even a few weeks afterwards it was still 4:30am every day without fail... This make a noticeable difference within a few days, and within a few weeks she was reliably using it to know whether to get up or not. Now she's 4 she still waits for the 'sun' to come up every morning. On the other hand our second daughter has pretty much completely refused to acknowledge its existence.

I've always felt that if this could be set remotely by smartphone etc it would be about the best thing ever made. But it's potentially a lifesaver (trust me!) and well worth a go at this price as they should sell easily enough for a tenner on so on gumtree.
Edited by: "Fatal.Swan" 26th Mar
Took us a while to get benefit from this - worked best from 2/2.5 years old onwards. Works a treat now (with a 3/4 year old)
bit hit and miss with my terror but his sleep did improve a week or two after having this. now he wakes up singing twinkle twinkle little star at the top of his voice. marginally better than crying
Didn’t do anything for my little boy, but nothing has! Worked a treat with my little girl though, she stays in bed until the sun comes up now
Cheers OP, just what this pair of tired parents were looking for!
Waste of time for my two, I swapped for Brandy
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Results may vary but for me this click has been a lifesaver. Mine used to be up at 5am often and after a few days of using this clock he now stays in bed until 7:30.

He still wakes up earlier but patiently waits in bed playing until it turns yellow and he shouts "Daddy the clock says I can get up now"
Thought about getting one of these as a gift for someone but it's a shame it doesn't have numbers, you'd think they'd have added it as a revision by now.
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