One of the things people would always ask about when Pepper and Cherry were babies was how I coped with the lack of sleep.
I have to confess, I slept really well!
When they were born the girls were put on a feeding schedule and in between feeds they slept, and slept and slept and slept. I would get up in the night, feed them and they would drift back off to sleep. They woke at 7AM for a feed and then went back to bed until 10. Every day without fail.
They pretty much stuck to the same schedule until they were one year old.
I had it made.
Then Lola was born and I really got my comeuppance. She never ever slept, neither day nor night.
How she survived is anyone’s guess. I was zombie-like and my memories of this time are hazy.
Once she approached 18 months she started sleeping much better for one reason or another, although it is still a struggle to get her into bed and a battle to get her to stay there for any length of time.
I believe if they didn’t share a room the older girls would still be enjoying long lie ins but with Lola up and about at the crack of dawn they are always disturbed. Some mornings her cheery little face can pop round the door at 4AM, and that is just torture. Especially when the baby is up a lot in the night, I find she wanders through just as I manage to settle him.
I jumped at the chance to try out a Gro Clock from The Gro Company, could this be the key to enjoying long lazy lie ins once more?!?! (Miracles do happen?)
I am a massive fan of The Gro Company. We have used both the Gro- swaddles and the Gro-bags with all babies and they are a life saver. Jasper sleeps in his Gro-bag every night and without it I feel our bedtimes would fall apart!
The Gro-clock is a nifty little gadget and it also comes with a book to read to the children, explaining how the clock works with a very lovely story based around farm animals, which are a huge hit with lots of children so I loved the concept there! Once you have it all set up you can send it off to sleep at bedtime. The on-screen sun yawns and off he goes to bed and is replaced with a starry night sky. Throughout the night the stars ‘count down’ until morning and disappear one by one. You also program the ‘wake-up’ time and when this is reached the last of the stars goes away and the sun comes up, signalling to the children morning is here and they can get up.
That’s the idea anyway, so how does it work in practice?
I have since realized we should have set the clock at say, 6AM and slowly edged towards the 7AM jackpot. We went in hard straight away though and 7AM was the time we set it at.
Pepper and Cherry at 4 years old loved the idea straight away! They were excited to use the new clock and eagerly got into bed to say goodnight to the sun. Lola always needs a bit more persuading to join in with anything but she didn’t need too much coaxing before she got swept up in the excitement.
The first morning resulted in tears as Pepper pressed the ‘wake-up’ button before the last of the stars had gone away, poor Cherry was devastated as she had ‘looked forward to watching it all night’. Night two we made sure to re-iterate no one should be touching the clock through the night.
This was much better, Cherry got to see all the stars vanish and greet the sun before happily getting up.
A week on Lola is struggling to wait for the last 2 stars to go before getting up, BUT she is staying in her room so that is a huge improvement. I can cope with a 6:30 start.
The clock feels nice and sturdy, which is a must for a product being used around small children. The instructions where easy to follow and it is so simple to use. You can set two different ‘wake-up’ times, for example an earlier one for the weekdays and a longer lie in at the weekend. I wonder if setting it for 11AM would work for my kids? Maybe something to work towards.. You can also set an audio alarm for the days when you can’t be getting up late, haven’t tested this feature as my girls have been eagerly watching the display so no need!
I would definitely recommend the clock for children that are early risers, those early starts can be so hard for parents and also hard on the children. Without a good night’s sleep they can become grouchy and unable to make it through the day without nodding off, having a knock on effect on the quality of sleep they get the following night. The Gro-Clock could be the answer for many families.
Though I was sent The Gro-Clock for the purpose of review, all opinions are my own.