The sweetest aspect of this set is the bed time story that comes with it, to explain to children that if they sleep during the night they’ll have more energy to play during the day. For a child that is old enough to understand I think this is a nice way of gently teaching children WHY they need to go to bed.
The only downside about this product for me is that it’s not battery powered. I really wish this was more portable. I’m sure it would be suitable if you child has a bedside table and there is a power point somewhere convenient but I just found that would be one thing that would make a big difference for us. However, if for whatever reason you need to unplug the Gro Clock, or the power goes out, you won’t lose all your settings – the clock “freezes” wherever it was when it’s power supply is cut out, which is handy if the power just flicks off and on or if you need to move the clock from one power point to another you won’t need to reset the time – but if the power goes out for a couple of hours the clock will be a couple hours behind when the power comes back on.
Now for the BIG question…. did it help?
I’m very happy to report that bed times have been much more manageable and we’ve even had nights where she’s sat watching her clock waiting for night time to come so she could go to bed. Which is a big change from a few weeks ago! Which really was pleasantly surprising.
She still cries out for me though as soon as she wakes up, but she isn’t quite 3 yet, so I didn’t have high expectations that it would help her stay in bed longer, because when she’s half asleep she just wants a cuddle, she wouldn’t think to look at her clock. But maybe that will change as she gets older.
Though it could just be a coincidence, she has actually been sleeping better in general lately. Perhaps having a consistent and pleasant sleep time has contributed to that.
Overall, I like the product, it’s a great idea, but I imagine the results will depend on the child.
The Gro Clock can be purchased directly from The Gro Company online.