Review: The Gro Company’s Gro-Clock

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A few weeks ago I posted on my Facebook page/Instagram that, at 6:30am after a 5:45am wake up call from my son, I’d ordered a Gro Clock. This was in hope of regularising our morning wake up.


The response from this post was one of interest: people who had tried it and it had/hadn’t work as well as people being interested because they contemplated getting one. With this in mind, I thought I’d review how the Gro Clock had fit into our lives and its affects.

th-2The theory behind the clock is that it will indicate to your child when it is time to get up. The screen glows either blue with stars (for night-time) or yellow with a sun (for morning) as also features a digital clock so that it is adaptable as your child gets older.

I’d been debating buying one for a while. A close friend used one with her son who is only 6 months older than Little L and it worked a dream. My reason for holding back on buying one was that our mornings had been fairly consistent. Any time between 6:30 and 7:30 our son would rise and pad into our room, climbing into bed and snuggling up for morning cuddles. I could deal with that. 6:30am plus seemed to be reasonable for a three year old. My friend and I had discussed it and I had obviously jinxed myself…

“I don’t know if we need it, our mornings aren’t too bad.” I said. 

After that fateful day, our mornings changed…5:30am, 7am, 6:30am, 6:45am, 6:15am, 7am and so on. I was struggling with the inconsistency and, as my pregnancy developed, sleeping was getting more and more difficult. So one Thursday morning when he woke at 5:45am and I was bleary eyed, Amazon Prime got the better of me and I’d ordered a Gro-Clock by 6:30am.

By the time I’d picked our son up from his first day of pre-school on the Friday, I had played about with it and got it set up in his room. The clock comes with a lovely little book “Sleepy Farm” which is designed to explain the clock and encourage them to stay in bed longer. It tells the story of a group of farm animals, including a pig who doesn’t sleep when he should and misses out on fun as well as being rude and grumpy. The other animals save money in a sock (My assumption is the only reason for this being that it rhymes with clock) and by the pig a Gro-Clock to help him.


So how did it work for our son? Quite well actually! I set the clock for 6:45am. My reason being that I get up for work about that time, three days a week. So, as much as I’d like to set it later, I couldn’t justify making the boy stay in bed when I’m pottering around getting ready for work.

He woke on the first morning at 6:43am and shouted that he needed a wee…despite that he still wears a night-time nappy. Ugh! The positive I took from this was that he was it was still “night-time” and didn’t get out of bed or his room. I took him to the loo and by the time we got back, the sun was up. He was happy. For the second night I got wise and left a potty in his room. I told him that if he needed a wee he was to use the potty and then get back in bed. I figured we were making steps towards being nappy free on a night as well as during the day. Again he woke just before 6:45am, used the potty and then the sun had come up…so of course, his tiny, three year old mind thought that if he had a wee, the sun came up – doh! Day three…

“Mummy, I’ve had a wee in the potty but the sun isn’t there! The sun isn’t there Mummy!!!” He shouted from his room. 

“That’s because it’s still night-time darling. Go back to bed.” I said. (Even thought it was 6:30am and not really night-time.

“But I had a wee in the potty!” 

“The two are not associated!!!!! (As if he knows what that means – ha ha!) 

Since then, I’m pleased to say that the Gro-Clock seems to be doing it’s job. Little L doesn’t leave his room before 6:45am and I’ve even taken to changing the setting to 7am on my days off which doesn’t seem to affect him. Yes, he sometimes shouts from his room but i’ve actually found that if I ignore him and pretend to be asleep, he shuts up and plays in his bed until the sun comes up. I make sure there is a drink of water (in an spill proof cup ) and some books by his bed for those occasions. 

I have to say that I think some of it comes down to the child’s personality, our little man is bright as a button but I’m still not sure how much common sense he has. I know of children that would just leave their room regardless of the stars or sun, that just leave the time out space when they are put in it etc. Little L doesn’t do that, if you asked him to go to the Time Out space, he stays there till he’s spoken to. Some say he’s just got respect and well behaved…I don’t know whether he’s just not thought on to try and leave yet!

Overall, I feel that the Gro-Clock has had a positive effect on our mornings. I am pleased that our bed is no longer invaded by a wriggling, kicking small person before 7am…well until December when Baby 2 arrives!

UPDATE! (February 2018)

We are eight months into using the Gro-Clock (wow, I can’t believe how fast time goes these days!) so I thought I would give a little update on this post. I was enjoying the extra sleep that the Gro-Clock was giving us, and had even managed to move the “morning” time to 7:30am – living the dream – but I was sure that when his baby sister arrived, Little L’s obedience to his “special clock” would go out the window. Well, I’m pleased to say that it hasn’t! Eight months on, we are still using the Gro-Clock and it is still working. It’s even gone with him when he went to stay at his Auntie’s house. Mostly Spud, his little sister, falls back asleep after her 6/6:30 feed so it’s really nice that I can cram an extra hour of sleep in there before our son arrives in our room. It’s also really handy knowing when you’re going to be woken up actually. The only thing that would make the Gro-Clock better, in my eyes, would be an App that you link up so you can control it via your phone.

Have you got a Gro-Clock? Does it work for you? I’d love to hear your experiences! Comment below or find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Note: I have written this post to be informative to my readers. It is not connected with the Gro-Company or any other businesses mentioned. 


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About Becky Roversi

Previously the writer of Educating Roversi, Becka is a 30 something Mum to two and has an addiction to mugs, Disney, pyjamas & stationery. Welcome to the Bubble!
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8 Responses to Review: The Gro Company’s Gro-Clock

  1. Life as Mum says:

    Ah these are fab, we reviewed one and really liked it! #KCACOLS

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  2. aliduke79hotmailcom says:

    I wish they had had these when Booey was little lol. I would have been a much happier mumma!

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  3. queerlittlefamily says:

    Definitely, something I’ll want to get my bubby when he’s older. #kcacols

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  4. Ooh I read this with interest. I want to try this once Jacob is old enough. the 5.30 wake ups we’ve been having are killer! He’s too little to understand yet though #KCACOLS

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  5. MummytoDex says:

    Aww this made me so happy! I was laughing my head off reading about him associating the wee with the sun! What an absolute sweetheart!! So glad you’ve found it’s working for you, I had heard great things about it. Dex is still super tiny and in his cot bed and I must admit I am looking forward to the days he comes to bed for snuggles, although knowing him, he’ll just get up and put the TV on in the lounge (we’re on one level), he already knows where the button is, but can’t quite reach it…yet!


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  6. Got one and i bloody hate it! You need a degree to set the thing and it doesnt work. B just wanders out of his room and tells me the sun isnt up at half 6. Sigh. I’ve given up and accept the earlyish morning and cuddles. thanks for joining #KCACOLS

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  7. Never tried a Gro Clock, I love the Gro egg and bags though. We’ve had no problems with our toddler’s sleep on the whole, it’s baby number two who’s been a nightmare. Up at 4am most days. So glad this worked for you, all the best with Bubba 2 x #kcacols

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  8. kateliliblog says:

    I had one for my daughter it worked for her to know when it was night time and morning time but I wasn’t really strict with it if she was up she was up but that’s easy to say she was a straight 7.30pm-7.30am every day for ages. My son is another kettle of fish and wakes anywhere between 5 and 7 am. Yawn! #KCACOLS

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