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Terrible design, unintuitive to all but the kids
Setting the clock and wake-up time is amazingly unintuitive compared to products from Apple that we are all now well used to. But the thing that really detracts from this product is that unless you religiously lock the keypad (fairly complicated in its own right) every night at bed time, the kid only has to press one button on the thing in the morning when they wake up at ridiculous-o'clock and the screen turns from blue to yellow with a bright sun face winking at them, signalling that it is time to run yelling into mum & dad's room. The sun hasn't actually come up and fades back to the overnight blue star within 15 seconds, but that brief yellow face is as good a green light for the kid.
Settings were invented by a Chimp
My daughter and I loved the way the clock gently transitioned from the sunny Sun to starry Star. My daughter smiled and I nodded reassuringly. It was all downhill from there as the alarm beeped away at 2am for the next 2 days. By the 3rd night I'd given up trying to work out how to turn the alarm off and half the other changes I needed to make this clock functional and now it resides, part of the landfill at our local dump. This over priced light bulb simply adds to the frustration in the day of typical time poor parents. I'm going back to a good old night light that worked well for my other two children.
I was hesitant due to some reviews, i tried many other solutions (baby gates, black out curtains) but after my 3rd child copied the others in leaving room as soon as they woke i thought id try it for myself. Brought 3 one for each kids room and shocked and amazed it works! I wasnt sure if just a phase as new to them but so far a month in and they never leave room untill it turns yellow. As a previous review mentioned it is bright but that a positive for me as my kids dont like dark rooms we used night lights before now dont need to. only minor thing is as soon as you unplug it the clock turns off and time stops so when plug back in its yellow but mine haven't figured that out. Shame dont have battery option
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Life is so much better - we can sleep again.
The Gro Clock was a savior for our little one - ok I really mean for us. She adapted so quickly and was so proud she waited until the "sun came up". We were having 5 or 5:30 wake ups, now she sleeps until 6:20 every morning. The only times it's failed is after a blackout when we've forgotten to reset it.
We really miss it when we are camping.
Never tried it for naps.
Only negatives are:
- Slightly difficult to use interface, but you get used to it fairly quickly
- No battery backup
We don't find the light too bright, but I can underst...and that some might. We keep if on a high shelf so it's not shining right onto her face though. Best advice is to gradually change the time so they adjust slowly. Also, we don't change the time for weekends.
Great concept, but...
It's too bloody bright!!!
We've had the clock for over two weeks now. My 2.5yo son gets the concept of staying in bed until the sun on the morning, but for daytime naps it's not working as he dropped his nap but he just can't wait for the sun so he climbs out of his bed when he is ready.
The brightness! Seriously Gro Company, the brightness on the clock needs to be addressed. I hate light in rooms at night and I knew this would shine some light but I didn't think it would be this bright. It's on #1 and it's still too bright that when my boy...
Helps toddlers sleep through
We had a perfect sleeper until age 3, when Our daughter started waking up in the night and calling for us. It was a shock to the system so we searched for ideas to help us. One was to cut the time of her daytime naps. The other was to get this clock so that she could tell the difference between night and day. She loves it and sets it in the night so she can watch the sun turn into stars. Generally this has worked a treat and she has started to sleep through. We've also been teaching her not to call out when The stars are on, though she sometimes still does.
2 kids differing results
We purchased this clock for our first child (daughter) and honestly it worked great! She was and early riser 4:30 onwards plus getting up multiple times during the night. The first few nights we set the wake-up time for 4:30 and celebrated the clock changing colour with her the we gradually pushed the time out to a more reasonable hour. If she ever got up we simply told her we'd take the clock.
Our next born (son) however doesn't care too much for personal possession nor is he too fused with the clock changing colour. He sort of adheres to the...
Great helping tool!!
First of all - let me make it clear....this clock will not make your kids sleep better or longer, you have to teach them :) But it sure is a great help to explain to a 2 yr old when it is ok to get out of bed in the morning! Many times my LO will sleep pass his wake up time but the other 50% of the time he will come in our bedroom 7:01, so I know he's been awake and waited for the sun :)
It's very simple and once you've had it for a while, easy to use. Definitely read the instructions...
The little story about a grumpy sleep-deprived pig is also cute. An easy read. All in all, a gret product worth the money if bought on sale :)
Good Concept - Needs Fine Tuning
The concept is a good one and within days my 2-year-old knew to wait until the sun came up. However it is the brightest light even on the lowest light setting and the setting that is one below that is off - you can't see the picture of the star or sun without shining a light right on it. It has been waking our son up due to the brightness.
Edit: We gave up and just turned the led off altogether, it's super hard to see what you are doing if you need to change a setting but it still works and our son still knows not to get out of bed until the suns up. I rate it.
Do not buy if you travel - Broke 2 times while traveling
Besides the fact that it is a bit complicated to set, once set, it worked nicely with our kids. However, the 2 times we traveled with it, it broke!
We are from Montreal and travelled to Portugal. We used it with an adaptor, and it stopped working (only electric device that broke during thath trip). We decided to buy another one. Then, we traveled to Cuba (same electricity as Canada). When we plugged it, it stopped working again! I wrote the company and they did nothing. Just saying you should not travel with it. If so, they should write it in big. They did not offer any compensation. Now I need to buy another clock but will NEVER buy a gro clock again.
Works a treat for us.
We started using this when my son was just over one year old. He is now nearly three and he grasps the concept really well, and he does not dare to leave his room before Mr Sun comes up! We keep it out of his reach so he can't touch it or change it. We have just started using it for naps too. So glad we got this! It doesn't keep him asleep but it has helped him get into a routine and be calm knowing when we will let him get up.
Terrible waste of money
Just a complete waste of time. The concept of was very easy for our nearly three year old to grasp so we were hopeful for no more 5am wakes. However the button lock function is activated/deactivated by pressing only one button for a few seconds. On the SECOND NIGHT my daughter worked this out and now simply overrides the key lock function, presses the button to bring up the yellow sun and proudly marches into our room stating "the sun's here now - time to wake up.' Worst $55 I ever spent.
Don't buy this product!
We bought this when my daughter was around 2. It appeared to work but to be honest it was the same time when clocks were going back to regular time. In the summer months she is now back to 6am wake ups! A number of my friends have given up on the clock too!
I wouldn't buy this again.
Love it! Minor problems
This a great clock for my son. Since a very young age we have always encouraged my son to stay in bed until 7, so when he was about 18 months and started waking earlier and earlier everyday we had to do something. Thankfully even before the clock I could always tell my son it wasn't time to get up yet and he would lay back down (not always go back to sleep though). This clock has been so great as now even if he wakes before 7, he just lays in bed til the sun comes up. It is so much nicer to him calling out "Mr. Sun, Mr. Sun" rather than a cry. ...The biggest problems are that the light that is on overnight (blue stars) is really really bright and the first night we had it my son was up a couple of times just due to the light. The next day I found the setting for brightness and turned it right off so now he cannot see the stars overnight which sort of defeats the feature of seeing them count down. Also there is no battery (RIDICULOUS!!) so if the power goes out overnight then the clock wont turn on in the morning and you have to reset the time over again. It really should have a backup battery supply.
Good idea except it lights up the room!
This clock seems to work for most children but even on the dimmest setting it was so bright it lit up my son's room. He went from waking at 5.30-6am to waking at 4-5am as he'd wake and see the light and think it was morning even though he knew the sun wasn't out yet.
My son learnt very quickly that the stars meant sleep time and the sun meant morning.
It was far too bright and he woke up even earlier from the light in his room.
6.30am is better than 5am!
After a few long weeks of 4 & 5am wake ups we were ready to try just about anything to get more sleep! The clock has helped us greatly! Don't get me wrong, we still wake to call outs at 6am but we are able to demonstrate to our two year old that it isn't quite time to wake up yet as the sun hasn't come up on his clock yet. It's like having an independent third party who he can't question! It can be frustrating though when he wakes at 6.50am and the wake time is set to 7am...we'd prefer a remote so we can say, yep, great job, you're allowed up r...ight now! And same as when he wakes at 6 but then resettles to 6.45am but the (clock) sun still isn't up! And battery back up would be great for when little hands can't resist the urge to touch the clock & accidentally unplug it from the power. The added bonus that it can also be a night light. Simple, easy to use, helped our son resettle back to sleep when waking early in the morning or waking early in a day sleep. No back up battery. No remote. The book (which is advised as a selling point) is cheap and flimsy. For the price of the product, the quality of this book could be greatly improved! Expensive.
LOVE IT, BUT CRITICAL FEATURES MISSING!!
We bought this for our 3 year old who kept getting up through the night not knowing if it was morning or yet. Also, in summer she was getting up at 5am once twilight started. We have used this for her to tell when it is ok to get up or make noise. She knows that she must wait until the sun comes up before she comes out of her room. It is great that she can see the stars counting down and can know whether it is nearly "sun up" time, or still sleep time. If there are one or two stars left on countdown, then she knows she can read or play quietly ...until the sun comes up. Most mornings, we hear her door click exactly when the sun comes up - like she has been waiting patiently. This is also fantastic to take on holidays for when the light in the room might be different than home and both our 4 and 7 year olds body clocks can get out of whack. They know when it is time to get up. It allows our 4 year old independence and stops the all night wake ups. Great to take on holidays. It has been a real positive for us in keeping our little one in bed for longer. My daughter loves to watch the clock go to sleep, and then the sun come up. Ok, so the big gripe that I have (and this is a real design flaw in my view) is that there is no battery back up. This is not all that important until we have a blackout - as we regularly have where we live - through the night and the clock doesn't keep counting down. Hence, it is no longer serves it purpose once it has lost power and has to be reset. Also, I wish that the screen was able to be dimmed more as it is quite bright in the room and I have to turn it well away from my daughter's face so it isn't shining on her. This kind of defeats the purpose as she can no longer see it!
Waste of Money
This clock is way to expensive for what it is. I was dissapointed by the cheap quality of it when I got it out of the box. In addition:
- No battery option only plug in
- Easily manipulated back to being the sun by my own toddler!
- Dont like the navigation of the settings.
I wish I had read other reviews before I bought this but I was looking for an "easy" answer. If you are reading this and thinking of getting one - go buy some blinds for kids bedroom instead! Or go to bed earlier so you can wake with the sun like mine does :) Just dont go wasting your money you will regret it.
The sun and moon are cute.
Great idea, but wrong colours!
Blue light suppresses melatonin, the stuff we need to sleep. The clock concept is great, but it actually stimulates and disturbs sleep instead of encouraging it. Kids get the "wait for the sun" concept, but their sleep patterns are being disturbed. If they can get the colours right, this would be a great product.
Kids love the concept
The blue light is a poor choice and actively disturbs sleep
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Waste of money
After paying $79 for this clock, my 3 year old daughter was really excited by the idea of saying good night to the sun (to the point she asked to go to bed early!) so when I explained the starts and the time, and that when the sun comes up she can get up she was super eager. It took her 2 mins to work out that touching a button brought the sun back.... Activating the 'key lock' worked a treat the following night - for 1 night! the very next night, she has worked out how to take the key lock off and turn the sun on.
for $79 I expected more tha...
Questions & Answers
Why does my grow clock not count down properly. When I go in in the morning there is still like 4 stars left even after the alarm to wake up has gone off?
Does anyone else’s clock loose time? I’ve only
Had it set up for a week and every night it has lost time so it never turns to sunlight in the morning as it’s saying that it’s still the middle of the night! I’m disappointed in this product seeing as I had heard such good things about it and it wasn’t cheap at all :(
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