Getting my children to sleep past 5am has always been the bane of my existence.
Like seriously – 5am child!? UNACCEPTABLE.
I did a lot of research before buying a Gro Clock (from The Sleep Store), and when my daughter was 18 months old, I put one in her room and started the conversation going about staying in bed.
The way the Gro Clock works, is that it is a blue star “at night” and a yellow sun “when it’s time to get up”.
It’s a visual aide to help your child understand sleep and awake time.
There are two settings, a daytime nap mode, and a night time sleep mode. So you can use it for two separate sleeps without having to change the settings all the time.
It is ridiculously easy to set up too – much easier than other sleep clocks I’ve tried … I’m a moron, so if I can do it, so can you.
It comes with a cute story book, in which its message is “stay in bed until the sun“. I read my daughter this before bed each night and explained she needed to stay in bed until the sun came up on her clock.
When my daughter was 18 months old, it didn’t really work for her; but I continued with it in the hopes that she would eventually pick it up.
At the age of 2, after 6 months of training, she finally got it.
When my daughter was 3, I gave my son (who was 18 months at the time) her Gro Clock. She actually started waking at 5am again, so I ended up going out and buying another one.
My boy took 2 nights of sleep training, and he understood it immediately. Not sure whether that is a second child thing, or a boy thing haha … but he figured it out faster than my girl at that age.
UPDATED to add: my kids are now 7 and 5 and the Gro Clock works brilliantly. We still use it, and instead of using the “Day Mode” for nap times, we use it for Weekends.
So I 100% recommend this product to all Mum’s trying to get their toddlers to stay in bed a wee bit longer.
I have trialled both the Momo Sleeping Monkey and the Sam Sleep Clock, and would recommend the Gro Clock over them.