If you follow my blog, you’ll be well aware of the dreadful sleep problem I’m periodically afflicted with: namely the Devil Pixie – so-called for her disregard for mummy’s need of the zzz’s. As she turned one, we felt sure things must now surely change; when she reached 18 months, I was certain we were about to turn a corner…
Before she hit two, in fairness there was a marked improvement. ‘Was’ being the operative word.
We had a good run of perhaps six or eight weeks where all was well. Hurrah! Long enough to lull mummy into a false sense of security. And then – BAM. We were back to square one with wakings three or four times during the night. Poor me.
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Anyway, I’m pleased to say I appear to have resolved that not inconsequential issue. And in the end it was actually quite straightforward:
I simply got a bit tough.
(Not that tough – I’m a believer in gentle parenting.) By then, Pixie was old enough to understand what I was saying to her, and though she resisted, when I told her mummy needed to go back to sleep and Big Teddy would look after her, lo – she accepted it!
My next battle was dealing with the 5.30am starts. Admittedly there was the odd 5.50am; but basically Pixie was getting me up slightly before what I deem acceptable, even for a small child.
So when I contacted Gro about their Gro-Clock which is designed to combat this common toddler problem, I was delighted to be sent one out to trial.
The product arrived several weeks ago and I’m only now writing my review. Why? It’s simple really: I wanted to be sure of a fair review, and as my lovely daughter has clearly demonstrated, she is fickle of nature. Also, I shan’t lie, I dared not believe it could work.
The concept is simple: the clock plugs into the mains and displays a picture of a sun. Come bedtime (or naptime, for which there’s a handy function if your child naps in a bed, unlike mine), you press a couple of buttons to bring the stars out: the sun gives a cute little wink goodbye, and the clock turns blue. You’re left with one large star in the centre of the clock face, and several smaller ones around the outside, which disappear as it nears the time you’ve set for the sun to ‘rise’ again.
Here’s how we got on…
Week one: Fail.
Morning Eight: Fail.
Morning Nine: Fluke?
Morning Ten: Fluke…?
Morning Eleven: Fail…
Until I remembered we’d had a power cut. I checked the time and – it had apparently worked after all!
Each time I went to Pixie and the star was still showing on her clock, I’d make her lay there until the sun rose. I stayed with her, but I refused to play or take her out of her Grobag or play. And over the course of those first two weeks, I was amazed by her progress.
When we had another fail at the weekend I was gutted. I’d been planning to write this post and I was so hoping for a positive result. And then hubby informed me that the clock on my phone was running slow – I went into Pixie and the sun was up! I was disproportionately thrilled!
Since then I’ve been waiting for a slip back into her old ways but, as yet, there has been none.
I’m delighted and surprised. I think that actually, she was totally ready and just needed a little prompt to help her. And that’s exactly what the Gro-Clock does. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I was lucky enough to also be sent the Gro Anywhere Blind to review, which you can read about here.
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