I used these a few years ago for my first 2 children, and initially they worked well in teaching my kids to stay in bed until the sun came up. However the clock stopped keeping time properly and i was forever adjusting it every few days. Only writing this review now as i wanted to see if there were any improvements as I'm looking for a new clock for my 3rd child, but might try Sam the lamb/sheep clock.
Gro clock was losing power intermittently and then wouldn't turn on altogether. This is what was wrong...
That little plug that plugs into the back of the clock turned out to be faulty. Good thing hubby checked it with a multimeter before I tore the clock apart. We just MacGyvered a replacement bit Frankenstein style, and now its better than it's been for months, no longer randomly switching off and losing time.
You can also just purchase a 6v 200Ma DC power supply from a hardware store for less than $15 if you aren't trying to fix it at midnight or don't know about working with electricity.
All round my daughter LOVES her Gro clock and it ha...s helped her regulate her sleeping hours a bit. I did find the program a little complicated, but once I understood the concept ( my kid was not getting out of bed in the morning which is the opposite reason to why most people buy these) it got easier.
Purchased at Facebook for A$45.00.
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We love the gro company and use a lot of their products. The room egg thermometer is great, the blackout blind is great, and I was hoping this clock would be great too. Unfortunately I found the box and advertisement abit misleading. I assumed that the yellow sun would be on the screen during the day, and the blue star on the screen during the night (which then changes to the sun when it was wake up time). This is not the case. The blue star is displayed during the day and night. The sun is only displayed at wake up time for 2hrs. This confuse...s my son. My son is 3 and asks me to display the sun during the day as it is daytime outside. This clock was expensive and is causing confusion. From my experience I do not recommend. I will be looking at other brands
LauraSouth East Queensland, QLD
We used this for about 6 weeks and it seemed great, then it started to lose time. The alarm wasn’t coming on because it thought it was still 6:50 when it was actually 7:15 etc. We reset all the settings, and then it started to turn the alarm on early? No idea what was going on with it. It would still say it was set for 7:00 but the light would be on already when it’s own clock said 6:30. Made no sense. To answer other questions you can have the light on with a choice of brightness all night if you want, or off completely which was how we used i...t. Maybe others who have had issues with losing time were also using it with the light off? Of course that shouldn’t affect it, but it’s strange so many people have had similar problems when others have had none. Such a shame because it was great when it was working how it was supposed to!
Great concept terrible manufacturing
Within 6mo bits from the screen started to disappear until it was no longer working. No matter what we tried nothing would work. There is no warranty - esp after it had worked for about 6 months. Now we don't even know the best environmentally responsible way to dispose of it. Very sad.
Purchased in January 2017 for A$50.00.
Eight Homes are amaizing.And very reason is their very professionalism in handling Customer issue.I had a minor issue and I was rude and bit aggressive.
But in manner how Stephanie handled my complain,I apologized and asked her if I can re-start fresh.
She is very focused and I do realise that she must run into customers who can be difficult.
I like to thank Stephanie for a smooth transition towards settlement.
Purchased in October 2019 at Eight Homes for A$300,000.00.
Good idea, poor quality
We loved this to start with and our son learned to wait in bed until the sun came up. However like several other reviews have stated, parts of the display started disappearing after 6 months. We took the clock back for a replacement and were told our unit was the only one they’d ever seen with this fault (which clearly isn’t true, reading these reviews).
The replacement clock had exactly the same problem, and again the store expressed surprise. This time I didn’t bother getting a replacement.
In short: good idea, but very disappointing quality especially considering it’s not a cheap item. I definitely wouldn’t get another one.
Did not work for us..
This is the last resort of trying and hoping it will work for my child, but unfortunately outcome is still the same "early riser". My little one manage to figure out how to change the time and so he can see the difference pictures on the screen ( sun and the star). I think it need to build/ design better to outsmart kids..
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Would be great if not for low build quality
We have two of these, one for each child. When they work they're awesome, but they've also suffered numerous problems around both LCD display and power connectors.
The first problem, on our first clock, involved one of the eyes of the sun vanishing and failing to work, so from then on the Sun only had one eye. This was of increasing distress to our child, who wanted to know when it'd be fixed. We arranged a fix with "the hospital" (ie. the retailer) who (after photos and a lengthy explanation) required us to courier it back, and then mailed us...a replacement. The time in between, without a clock at all, made bedtime even more complicated than a sun with only one eye. Since then, the replacement clock suffered a frayed cable from the power supply, which we replaced with an old one from another product, that happened to fit, found lying around the house rather than go through the replacement process again. Our second GroClock, for the other child, has also suffered LCD problems, although in that case it's primarily been with numbers on the clock display (which means little to our child at this point) so it's gone unnoticed. Most recently, the plug in the back of the clock has become unreliable which means that when it's pushed in fully, it's disconnected, and so it has to be pulled very slightly out in order to work. The concept of these is great, but if our kids weren't already hooked on them then we'd not bother with them because sadly the build quality seems atrocious. If you plan to buy one anyway, I'd strongly suggest purchasing from a local retailer from whom you can rapidly arrange same-day replacements without needing to rely on a courier service that can mean being without the product for days or weeks at a time while the bureaucracy gets sorted out.
Purchased in December 2016.
Our child has a bed time routine, he is generally in bed regularly by 7pm.. As soon as he was able to go through the night without feeding and was able to understand the concept, we used it. we have used it every night with no problems for over 2 years. There was a period of time when he was being toilet trained when we stopped using the gro clock and he would get up at 4am to use the toilet. After he was toilet trained fully, we restarted the clock setting it to 6am and it worked. It's a clever concept and is worth persevering with .The Gro clock coupled with a regular bed time, means a restful sleep for everyone .
Worked for our kid
Our kid was waking about 4-5 times a night at 18 months. In conjunction with refusing to take him out of his cot, I bought this clock and explained to him that he can't get out of bed until the "yellow sun". It took him about two weeks of fighting it... "no clock, no clock!" to get used it.
He slowly began sleeping more. He's almost 2.5 years old now. He still occasionally wakes at night but he looks at the clock and settles back down. Pressing the button is our new bedtime ritual and he loves saying goodnight to the sun and the star. The accompanying story book was useless in the beginning, but he enjoys it now.
I find the times very easy to program and the clock easy to use.
Baby loves Mr Sun!
We got the clock after 6 months of suddenly not sleeping well after 11pm. We haven’t managed to sleep until Mr Sun to appears but we have noticed she doesn’t wake crying, she talks to Mr Star instead. She’s only 2 so we expect this will take a while but here has been a definite improvement!
This has never worked for our son in terms of getting him to sleep in longer. But he got used to the ritual of putting the stars out every night so we continued to use it.
After about 12months the wiring started fraying and poking out of the cord where it plugs into the light. A look on thier facebook page to message them about it showed that it's a common problem. They sent another for free, however a few more months later this is dying too.
As our son is now 4 and knows his numbers we bought a regular alarm clock for the nights the gro cl...
Difficult to program, didn’t keep to time (ran fast)
I found this clock very difficult to program. Once programmed and working it then gained time, waking earlier and earlier each day. It just ended up confusing my son. Other cons with the design: blue night light and no back up battery. Only used for a week then ended in the bin. Unfortunately I had brought the clock ahead of time as I had heard how great it was so it was out of warranty.
Worked for early wake up
I have only had the clock a few months but am soooo happy it has changed my daughters wake up time from 4am back to 6.30am. Took a couple of weeks but my daughter who has only just turned 2 totally understood the concept. My husband did the set up and sets it every night and did say it’s a bit complex but totally worth it for the extra 2.5hrs of sleep every day.
Great concept but clock screen lasted less than 1 year
The concept of this clock is great. It allows you to teach your child that they need to stay in bed/when it is appropriate to wake up.
-I do not like that the nighttime colour is blue. I have read that blue lights are not ideal to have in your bedroom.
The manufacturers warranty only lasts for 1 year (typical?). That’s about how long the digital time lasted on my clock until parts of the numbers disappeared. When I spoke to a representative about this, she seemed not to care that the time was not working and only that the colours were still functional.
When you pay upwards of $60 plus tax for a clock, you expect it to work for longer than one year.
Questions & Answers
Gro clock has been working fine for months; over last three days set the clock on the "sun" time to activate the clocks sunrise for the next morning at 0730 hrs. However the next morning the screen is still showing 8+ stars and has the blue nigh time screen.Suggestions please ? Thank you
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