In the early months with both of my babies, sleep was a challenge. For all of us!
Miss M was not a fan of sleep – day or night. She cried and cried when we tried to put her down and for a long time wouldn’t sleep for longer than 5 minutes. Or at least that’s how it felt.
There were a few things we did to try and encourage her to sleep at night time and we finally succeeded in getting her to sleep through the night and it changed our life, as you can imagine! You can read those tips here.
Of course it’s entirely possible that her starting to sleep better was just an age or development thing and she may have done it on her own. Either way, we were grateful!
These days, both kids sleep really well but Miss M has started waking up between 5.30-6.00am a lot and we’re trying to find ways to get her to sleep just a liiiiittle bit longer!
I remember when she used to sleep til 7.30am and we complained it was too early – those were the days.
It might just be a phase or it might be completely normal. A lot of my friends say their kids wake up at 6-something too so I know we’re not alone.
That said, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to try out The Gro Company Gro-Clock.
The Gro-Clock was designed to encourage kids from 2 years old to “stay in bed until you see the sun!”
The clock displays a blue star when it’s night time and a yellow sun when it’s daytime. So the idea is that if the clock is blue, stay in bed but if it’s yellow, get up!
We can change the time settings to indicate when the clock should change.
Feeling confident, we set the sun to come on at 7.00am and explained to Miss M how the clock worked. She seemed to understand the difference between time to be asleep and time to be awake, all good!
Morning came and she got up at 6.30am – not tooooo bad but not the 7am we hoped for.
We had positioned the clock on the bed head and I think we need to invest in a bedside table and pop it on there so it’s easier for her to see in the morning. I just didn’t want it to be counter-productive and the light to actually wake her up.
We’ve now been testing the clock for a couple of weeks and we’ve had mixed results but over all they’re very good. We’ve only had 2 occasions where she’s woken up before 6.30am and that was when she had a throat infection and woke up coughing. Illness always throws out our children’s sleeping pattern in some way.
Otherwise we’ve had wake ups between 6.30am and 7.15am – we’re slowly edging closer to 7.00am being more consistent!
The Gro-clock includes:
- A lovely bedtime book which helps to encourage children to stay in bed longer
- 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
I think the clock will last us for quite a while because it also has a function for older kids to learn to read the time digitally.
Do you have the solution to getting kids to stay in bed for longer? Or are your kids early wakers?
Disclosure: we were sent The Gro Company Gro-Clock in exchange for our honest review.