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 $45.00.
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!
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..
Purchased in April 2019 at Baby Bunting for $59.00.
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.
Was brilliant until blue screen started flashing green
The gro clock was very useful. My 4 year old used to get up at the crack of dawn but after explain the gro clock now only gets up when the 'sun is out'. However we've had it about 3 months and during the night it randomly flashes green which totally freaks my son out so think we are going to have to stop using it. Haven't had it long so feel it is a waste of money. However when it was not flashing it was really useful.
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...
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!
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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