'Stay in bed until you see the sun.'
There's a well-known quote: 'People who say that they sleep like a baby don't have one.' And, though we smile, it's because it's so painfully true. Babies and little ones are synonymous with sleep deprivation.
Yes.. occasionally, you'll discover parents who seem to have a dream child who goes to sleep without any problem and sleeps through the night. But most parents struggle with settling their little ones into bed: or they endure a restless night because their little ones wake during the night and come into bed with them.
The Gro Company
It's something that Gro Australia have realised and have worked to create some helpful products for parents. You may be familiar with their renowned Gro-bag, the newborn safer sleep essential. But the Gro Store offers a full range of beautifully designed, innovative sleep solution for babies and infants.
One of these helpful products is the Gro Clock.
I've been using this with my grandkids and the concept is simple. Set your times for sleep and waking. (You can set these for naptime during the day, too.) The lovely little clock face displays subdued lighting with stars to indicate sleep time. The stars gradually disappear as wake-up time draws near.
Then the sun shines when it's time to get up. I found that my grandchildren were very intrigued with the clock and they didn't take long to understand just how it worked.
There are 3 steps to setting up the Gro Clock system and it's very simple.
3 simple steps
1. Set your bedtime and wake-up time on the clock.
2. Read the bedtime story book that accompanies the Gro Clock. This little picture storybook is a great little starting point for the children to understand the importance of a good night sleep.
3. Remind your little ones to stay in bed while the stars are still in the sky. Once the sun is up on the clock, it's time to get up.
A simple overview clip is provided by the Gro Company to explain the Gro Clock's setup and functions and you can find it below:
There are a couple of other helpful features....
a)The Gro Clock operates on mains supply so you don't have to worry about batteries going flat.
b) The clock also works as a night-light and you can alter the intensity of the light on the clock face.
c) Kids don't take long to pick up on how things work so there is also a tamper-proof lock.. I really needed that with a grandson who likes to fiddle with buttons, switches and any type of technology.
d) You can also set the clock so that a sound accompanies the wake-up time.
e) For those children who are starting to learn about clock times, you can set it up to display the digital time as well.
A wonderful training tool
Now... just a quick note in closing... This isn't going to be an instant fix (although I have heard of parents to report that this was the case for them.) If it works that quickly for you- great!
But, I've found that it works well as a consistent process to train your little ones about a regular bedtime and wake up time. It also encourages them to stay in bed if they do wake during the night.
If you're struggling with sleep issues with your child, I really think it's worth checking out.
The Gro Store also stocks other quality products from height charts to baby calmers, chair harnesses and portable blinds and you can find all these on their Australian online store. I'm going to check out their bedding, too. It's very attractive but comes with attached pillow and zippered sides- helpful for keeping little ones in bed, too. Check our their range.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.