Please can I have some more sleep??

So my 4 year old has had a clock in his bedroom for a while now. I decided to get one when he started getting up at 5.30 am because he didn’t know if it was morning or not. It was a basic design and basically the light went out when he could get up. Needless to say it devoured batteries and if you didn’t click it back on when we tucked him in then it wouldn’t be on and we would be awakened again at 5.30. Not the ideal solution.

With all this going on I looked at different options and found the Gro Clock. Made by the ‘Gro’ company of which a lot of you will of heard of with their sleep bag range and portable black out blinds, I knew it would be a quality bit of kit.
The premise is if the suns on the dial you can get up and if its stars it’s still night time. Throughout the night the small stars tick down around the big star which you could explain to your LO if you wanted to.
It comes with a fab story book about a lazy pig who doesn’t sleep which is perfect in explaining why its important to sleep and the concept of getting up once the sun is on the dial.

The best bits for me?

  • It plugs in!! No need for hundreds of batteries!
  • It’s a fun way to explain night time.
  • It’s bright enough to be used as a night-light.
  • I get more sleep time!!

See the Gro clock and the rest of the range from the Gro company here:


nb: I was sent this product to review but all opinions are truthful and my own.



Mummy I have wee in my pants…..

So I was quite late in potty training my boy as we were moving house, I was pregnant, he was moving school, basically a top list of reasons the advice says not to do it!.

We eventually tackled it just before he turned 3. Well one year later – all sorted I hear you say…. NOPE!

I frequently get a shout of ‘a little accident’ or ‘little dribbles’ in my pants mummy – grrrrrrr. I started thinking that as he wears night time pants still it must be a mixed message as to when you can and can’t wee in your pants.

At the time I couldn’t even contemplate night time training too however! As some of you know he has just turned 4 and Z has decided he doesn’t want to wear these any more. I’m happy with that. We’ve invested in 2 terry towelling bed sheets that are really effective (only £11.99 each from Linens Direct!) and we cracked on 1 week ago. All in all it hasn’t gone too badly, on two occasions we had an accident before I went to bed but then was ok for the rest of the night, one night it was 4am and a couple of times it has been first thing. I’m following the advice of a wee before bed, ‘lifting’ before I go to bed (although often i’m stripping beds then too) and trying to wake him before he wakes naturally so he doesn’t have a sleepy wee but I’ll be honest it’s quite hard going and I feel my motivation and enthusiasm slipping already…

What advice have you lovely mums and dads got for me before I wrap him up in plastic and be done with it?!?! (Only kidding!)