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Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer

by The Gro Company
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,700 customer reviews)
RRP: £29.99
Price: £19.95 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Helps children who are too young to read an ordinary clock to understand when it's time to get up
  • Glowing screen shows images of stars and sun to communicate sleep and wake up time
  • Stars go out one by one during the night to show the passing of time
  • Key lock option
  • Adjustable screen brightness
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Product Information

Technical Details
Model NumberHJ008
Item Weight558 g
Product Dimensions22.4 x 16.8 x 12 cm
Item model numberHJ008
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 8 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight998 g
Date First Available21 May 2009
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The Gro-Clock is designed to teach your child a healthy sleep routine. view larger

The Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer

Promoting a healthy sleep routine

We all expect to miss sleep when babies are young, but once they become toddlers most parents would like to start getting them into a healthy sleep routine. A child that sleeps well means the whole family is happier and more energised each day.

Praised by parents around the world

The Gro-Clock is used around the world with great success to train toddlers to stay in bed until the time the parents desire. It's much more than just a clock – it's a whole sleep system. Starting with bedtime, the parent reads the specially written 'Sleepy Farm' book (included) and explains that the child should look at the clock to see all the stars in the sky around the moon.

A perfect night's sleep

If the child wakes in the night, they simply glance at the clock to know what to do: if there are stars showing, they should lie down and relax as it's not time to get up yet, and the stars will keep them company. As the stars count down, they know it is almost time, and then with a big smile the sun arrives on the screen to signal that it is time to go and see mum and dad.

Features and benefits of the Gro-Clock

Two wake-up times
Two wake-up times

The Gro-Clock has two wake-up times so you can set one for the morning and one for afternoon naps.

Adjustable brightness
Adjustable brightness

The brightness on the Gro-Clock can be adjusted to suit your child's preferences, which will change as they age.

Clocks back
Changing time

The Gro-Clock helps your child adjust when the clocks change forwards or backwards.

Book included
Bedtime book included

Included with the Gro-Clock is 'Sleepy Farm', a bedtime book to read your child to help them to sleep.

Box Contains

1 x Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer
1 x Sleepy Farm story book
1 x DC-powered adapter
1 x Instruction manual

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Customer Reviews

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1,539 of 1,552 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To sleep, perchance to dream... THIS WORKS! 9 Nov 2010
By Phoz
This product totally works, my son is only 22 mths old, but 5 days later it had completely changed his waking times from 4am to 6am! And 9 days in, he's now consistently waking up between 6.15 - 6.30am. Below is how I did it -

My 22 mth old son has always been a bit of a challenging sleeper, but recently it was just getting ridiculous. 4am starts told me that something needed to be done (not least of all because my husband was away, so I was doing all the early morning starts!) Anyway, I invested in a groclock after a friend recommended one. I have to say, I was a bit dubious, my son is only 22 mths old, and I wondered if he'd actually understand what was going on.

The first day I got it, we read the accompanying book a couple of times, then I spent 3 x 5min sessions with him running through the demo mode, so we saw the sun wink (bye bye Mr Sun!) and turn into the star (Night night! Sleeping time! - we pretended to go to sleep) then into the sun again (Morning Mr Sun! Get up! Get up! - we leapt up and danced around). We did this until it seemed like he understood what was going on. I ambitiously set the sun to come up at 6am, and waited to see how it would go.

Anyway, needless to say, day 1 he woke up at 4am, I went into his room, sat with him, and just kept saying, no, sleeping time, we need to wait until the sun gets up (I'd put some toys in his cot for him to play with, and I encouraged him to do so). After an hour of this, he was beginning to lose the plot, so I subtly changed the clock to the sun, and waited for him to notice. When he did, I made a HUGE fuss of him - yes, yes clever boy, it IS the sun. Let's get up!!

Day 2, woke up at 4.10am.
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210 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More sleep for everyone! 24 Aug 2009
I bought this a few weeks ago for my 3 year old son who kept getting up ridiculously early, whatever time he had gone to bed. As he has been growing out of daytime sleeps he was getting really tired and bad tempered in the day.
The price nearly put me off but the clock seemed a good design and I decided to give it a try over the holidays. It has worked perfectly. He has enjoyed setting it in the evenings (watching the sun close its eyes and change into the moon) and comes into our room at 7.30am with a beaming smile every morning telling us that the sun has come up. He has always had a night light in his bedroom and this doubles up as that, plus you can alter the brightness.
Setting it up initially was quite straightforward and if you unplug it to move it or to take away on holiday, it retains the settings. The fact that it can also be set to display digital time and has an audio alarm if required means that it will go on to be useful as he gets older.
In summary we are all getting more sleep and are a much happier household!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took some effort, but we''re getting there! 21 July 2014
By Gem D
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It took quite a bit longer to 'train' our little monkey compared to a lot of the reviews on here. For days/a couple of weeks he knew exactly what he was meant to do, but he didn't respect the clock enough to do it!

A while ago we had a problem with him getting up and wanting milk in the night, after consulting Super Nanny we discovered her technique involved being firm and replacing the child back in bed, no matter what the argument. The same worked for us with the Gro-Clock. We decided we'd faffed around with it enough trying to persuade and bribe him, so one morning we just repeatedly replaced him back in bed telling him that this would continue until the sunshine. What resulted was a half hour screaming and crying session, but you know what, he's obeyed the clock ever since. He now realises that he'll just get put back if he gets up. I've even heard him get out of bed, touch the door handle and then think better of it and go quiet, only for him to re-emerge when the "sunshine is up".

Also, we started the process by setting the clock to his normal getting up time. It seemed crazy at first to be setting it for 5am, but it meant that he got the praise and reward sticker which boosts his desire to keep doing it.

Today we got up at 6. Our eventual aim is 6.30 as that's when we get up for work anyway. So we're nearly there.

I can't praise the Gro-Clock enough. It's not a magic solution, but with some good parenting it can be an aid to getting back on track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely idea but v. poorly implemented 16 July 2014
Lovely idea but v. poorly implemented and amazed it's so highly rated.

Mains only, so you need to put it well out of reach of prying fingers. If you or your little one do pull the power, there's no battery backup so you have to reset the time. You will be doing this a lot in the first few weeks, and again any time you take the clock round to Grandma and Grandpa's.

Clock itself is illuminated by what appears to be the carbon arc lamp from a wartime searchlight. You will find yourself hiding the wretched thing behind books or at the back of a shelf just to stop the wash of blue light keeping your child awake.

The interface is positively bananas, a result of the manufacturer reducing the number of buttons to three as a means of increasing both their profit and your frustration. Even today, a year or more on from purchase, we still get calls from baffled grandparents wanting to know how to set the thing up.

No actual clock face. So once your child wants to know how to tell the time, it's suddenly of no value.

Countdown. The stars wink out over the course of the night, but as other reviewers have pointed out, your child is asleep for most of that time. It would be far better for the stars to wink out in the 15 minutes prior to wake up time - even as an option. This and other ideas seem to have simply escaped the developers.

On the plus side, it's not too expensive and well made. But I do wish there were alternatives that took the same basic concept and made it make sense.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and easy to set
Worked from the first night, brilliant and easy to set up
Published 3 hours ago by catherine cessdord
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this clock
Love this clock. It's helped move our 5 am starts to almost 7am. Only issue is that the buttons aren't that straight forward (my other half keeps setting it wrong), think that... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Miss Z J Lahey-James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kids love it
Published 2 days ago by Viv Hogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Our daughter that's 2.5 was waking at 4.30-5.30 and we wanted some sleep as work shifts so gave this a go and after a couple months she's laying in sometimes till 7. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mrs Karen Foreman
4.0 out of 5 stars No more early starts
Great little clock! Now DS understands when it is time to get up by waiting on the sun
Published 3 days ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful product.
Published 4 days ago by Kelly Sim
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome purchase. My son has never slept in longer
Awesome purchase. My son has never slept in longer. He get really excited to go to sleep every night and wakes up in such a good mood
Published 4 days ago by Alan Elsdon-Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars I get to sleep past 6am!! yay!
I bought this for my son shortly after his second birthday, after he decided his new getting up time would b 4am.... Read more
Published 5 days ago by spiderpig
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile investment; well-made, helpful and cute; small programming...
A great invention and it works well, clever that the colors change as well as the "sun mode" changes to "star mode" -- this makes it very obvious when it is day or... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Elena
2.0 out of 5 stars hard to set and when you do it seems to change
This was returned. the clock seemed to never set properly and was too babyish for my kids.
Published 6 days ago by D. Forbes
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