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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...
We purchaced a Gro Clock to help our 24mt old who was waking anywhere between 5am and 6am to stay in bed a little bit longer, and give her a visual cue to let her know it's ok to get up now. She has quickly fallin in love with her sun and star clock and happily announces the sun rising at 6am. She also really enjoys the little story book the comes with the clock.
I was desperate to love this product and if it had been designed better, I would. It took all but a few days for our daughter to figure out how to deacitvate the lock out mode (Hold...ing down a button for 3sec) and make the sun rise anytime she likes. The power cord to the back is also just a plug rather than being hardwired into the clock, meaning inquisitive toddlers can easily pull the power cord out and put it back in to make the sun come up. Once your toddler figures this out the product is virtually useless. I wonder if the Gro Company did any R&D on this product before putting it on the market, because surely if they were designing a clock to be put in a childs room it would be sufficiently toddler proof? All they would have to do is remove the buttons off the front and onto a remote control which can be stored out of reach and hardwire the power cord and this product would have got 5 stars from me. As others have said, a battery back up would be handy as well. My toddler loves it, cute graphics, nice story book To easy for toddlers to tamper with, power cord can be pulled out, expensive
Good idea, poorly executed
Recommended to me to transition my 2.5yr old into a bed.
The idea was great, she was very excited about saying good night to the sun and understood not to get up until the sun did. On the first night, she was too impatient to wait for the sun and pressed buttons until she made the sun come up (by disabling the 'key lock / child lock') - way too easily done.
My toddler has now worked out to pull the plug out and put it back in (or turn the power switch off then on) to make the sun come up. This product is designed for toddlers and is clearly...
Good product, needs battery back up.
This is a great product for helping early risers, our son is 2 1/2 and with the lighter summer mornings started getting up earlier and earlier, with the Gro Clock he won't get out of bed until 6.30am and gets really excited when he sees the "sun" picture come up and comes to tell us all about it! My only problem with this product is there is no battery back up - he loves it so much that he often disconnects the power cord out the back to he can sleep with the clock in his bed, and this completely resets all the settings, so the next morning he gets up 6am or earlier.
Helped us get a sleep-in in the mornings (if you call 6.30am a sleep in!).
Needs battery back up so that even if disconnected, still works.
A Great product that I thoroughly recommend
Such a simple idea, but so very effective.
Each of my children have one in their rooms. They love that they can see how many stars are left and decided whether to go back to sleep or play quietly in their bed ( usually on 1star).
It's especially good for keeping day sleeps consistent. Both of my children sleep 2 hours a day because of it.
Easy to set up & use. Easy for the kids to understand a visual cue like this. Variable light levels.
A battery back up would be a big help. Light level randomly resets to 0 every so often and needs to be reset to preferred setting.
Absolutely fantastic for early rising toddlers!!!
Our toddler has always been an earlier riser and to be honest that fits in well with our lifestyle/work but about two months ago she started getting up too early, approx 5.15am.
So I got out her Gro Clock and set it all up. Explained to her that if she wakes up and the sun isn't up yet, that it is still sleep time and she needs to go back to sleep. Well, she has been so good with it since. Every morning when she wakes up she yells out excitedly that her sun is up, lol! We have also noticed she is sleeping in later on some days now too, probably because she is waking at 5ish, seeing the sun isnt up and going back to sleep.
What an awesome invention!!!
Help keep kids in bed!!!
overall i would say the Gro clock has been benificial to us. i think our son was a little young to understand it at first (2 years) but definately by 2.5 he understood and it was a great way to teach him to sleep in later than 5.30am!!!
that you program what times work for you and you can program 2 different settings for day sleeps. also like it has a parent lock so that little fingers cant change the time.
the light even though turned down is quite bright. also our son is just on 3 and has learnt that if the parent lock is on if he just unplugs it and plugs back in then it disarms the lock and he can turn on the sun. a wall mounted clock would be good.
This clock is a fantastic idea, especially for us Queenslanders who suffer children's body clocks waking up with the sun at 4.15am!! The idea is that the clock has a dim blue lit face with a moon and stars on it for when it's sleep time. You can adjust the timer so that at the appropriate time, the moon and the stars change to a smiley orange sun and the child knows it's ok to get out of bed now.
This has been semi successful but a bit perseverance with the child and taking them back to their room if they want to get up while the moon is sti...ll on display it should hopefully work. Our 3 year old was very excited about the smiling moon and stars and sun so that's half the battle won. The clock comes with a children's story book so they get the idea behind the clock's characters. Easy to program. Looks nice. Our three year old is excited about it The blue light is a little bright and can make it a bit difficult for her to go back to sleep when she wakes up. We have solved this by putting a slightly higher pillow next to her to bock direct light in her face.
Questions & Answers
Our gro clock keeps turning yellow before the set wake up time. We have followed the instructions exactly and every morning our clock has been set for 6.10 however my son comes out at 6 and the yellow sun is already on. We tried locking it last night.
Not sure what we are doing wrong?
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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