Review: Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Classic Sleep Trainer
Sleep is for losers… said no one… ever! I love my sleep, my god I NEED sleep! Pre-kids I was a 10 hours a night kinda guy and now I’m still in need of a good 8… but probably average about 6-7 hours now thanks to the Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Classic Sleep Trainer … or as we call it in our house, ‘The Rabbit Clock’.
The boys were bought this clock at Christmas by Aunty Helen (with a gentle prompt from Daddy!) which was perfect timing as we had gone through a period of poor sleep with Haribo, which I wrote about a while ago in the ‘Cooking on Gas’ blog. We set the clock up and tried to do the whole ‘training’ spiel with the boys, but to no avail. Needless to say I was sceptical that it was going to work, so pretty much gave up immediately and fortunately for us the problems seemed to stop anyway and we returned to normal sleep routines.
We kept the clock going as a night light (and secretly hoped they’d train themselves… they didn’t).
Fast track a few months later and the boys decide that waking up time is now 6am and would come running into our room to let us know just that. It was killing us. Trying to get them back into bed when it was light outside was a nightmare… screaming, crying… the lot!
After about 2 weeks enough was enough and I decided we were going into serious rabbit clock training. I geared myself up mentally for the early morning tantrums and drama that was coming our way for the duration of training (I was expecting weeks)… it took 2 days… TWO DAYS!
Haribo got it straight away and has stuck to it for the last few months! I’m pretty sure Jay still doesn’t really get it, but luckily he’s a follower so stays in bed until Haribo makes the first move (that is if Jay isn’t already in with us… he isn’t sleeping well at the moment but that’s a whole other story for another day).
How does it work?
It’s really simple! Firstly, find the perfect spot in the room to set it up. It requires plugging in so it needs to be close to a socket and for us because the boys share a room it needed to be in a high place so they could both see it from their beds, so we keep it on the tall chest of draws.
It then has 3 settings; the normal clock and light on, the timed sleep and an alarm function. We use the timed sleep setting which was really easy to navigate getting set up. This function allows you to set the time you want the rabbit (aka the children) to get up. We originally set it at 6.45am because Craig thought I was being cruel making them stay in bed any longer, but have since stretched it out to 7am (which I haven’t heard him complain about yet).
So, when the kids are going to bed the light projects behind the image of the sleeping rabbit. As I mentioned earlier, it acts as a great night light too and has 3 intensity settings, depending on whether your child needs a nightlight or not. I found putting them to bed it seemed dark so had it on full blast but when I went into the room later it looked like Blackpool illuminations, so now we keep it on the lowest setting and that’s enough for us.
At 7am (or your selected time) the light changes and projects the rabbit wide awake (and outside randomly?) which tells them it’s OK to get up now… and if your house is anything like ours, you know when the rabbit has woken up because of the herd of elephants heading across the landing!
I was worried the poor kids where just sat for hours waiting to get up, but I think over time they no longer just sit watching it, instead going back to sleep or resting… but lets face it… I’m asleep until 7am now, so who really knows [cares] what time they woke up 🤷🏼♂.
Overall, I think this is a great product. It takes some patience and consistency from the parent to get it going, but well worth it in the end. We got ours as a gift, but it retails at about £29.99, which I personally think is reasonable given it is used every day in our house and I envisage using it for some time to come.
Over-share time… but you’ll thank me for mentioning it I’m sure… once the routine is in place, it means you can get some much needed morning ‘parent’ time in, safe(r) in the knowledge that you’re not going to get caught out (unless you go past 7am but that would be a rookie mistake)! Now if that doesn’t sell the product to you, I don’t know what else will? 😜🤣
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