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Gro-clock Sleep Trainer | Review

I don't know of many parents who haven't heard of the Gro-Clock. It's been something I always wanted to use, but wasn't sure if it was just hype or was actually the miracle everyone made it out to be.
The Gro-clock is a sleep trainer, aimed at ages 2+ with it's main purpose being to teach children the time, and when it's time to wake up or stay in bed.

Features include:

  • ​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 (weekday/weekend or night-time/day-time nap)
  • Adjustable screen brightness
  • Silent operation
  • Optional audible alarm feature
  • Mains powered (adapter included)
  • Educational option of showing digital clock during the ‘stars to sun’ countdown
  • "Mr Star" night time graphic

We found it quite difficult to set up, and still have to check the manual when changing the settings. We have been using this for a month or so now, and haven't yet seen any changes in Harry's sleep habits. 
He understands how the clock works but it hasn't been enough to get him to stay in bed that little bit longer, or to understand when it is ok to wake up.
Despite this, we are persevering, and can definitely see the potential and advantages of the clock.
A few things to consider:
1. Make sure the clock is placed high on a shelf. Harry has found this quite easy to use and un-set despite the key-lock. 
2. Run it alongside some kind of reward system. This is something we are now going to try now, and wish we'd done from the beginning. We think that it would have worked better for us if Harry had a sticker chart or similar running at the same time from the start.
Despite the fact that it is taking us longer that we thought to benefit from the Gro-clock we would still recommend it, simply because it is a great product and the concept is really clever. Although if I could change anything it would be for it to be easier to set up and to control.
I think we have mainly struggled because of Harry rather than because of the product. 

Gro-clocks retail for around £20-£30. See here for online stockists.

We were sent the Gro-clock for the purpose of this review.