November 28th, 2012 by Behaven Kids
One of the best benefits of working for Behaven Kids is the fact that I learned about The Sleep Fairy early in Myles life. So thankfully I haven’t really had a battle with getting him to stay in bed at night. Rather my issue has been him getting up too early in the morning (i.e. the middle of the night). So when the opportunity to review a Zazoo clock, I jumped at the opportunity as the photo clock is made to grow with your child (nothing like getting to test something with both a 2 year old and 7 year old).
The main reason most parents would purchase the clock is the “don’t get out of bed – mommy is still sleeping” (my own wording of course) function, although it has several other functions – it’s an alarm clock, digital photo frame, and MP3 player too.
In our household – we were going to use the clock first to keep Myles in bed! I wasn’t sure how well it would work – as the concept seemed so simple (letting kids know if it was time to get out of bed using a photo) but as I’m getting tired of 5:30 mornings – I was willing to give it a shot.
I am one of the least technical people out there (I hate setting things up!) but thankfully it was very straightforward. Honestly, you can just take it out of the box and plug it in and pretty much go (other than setting the day and night times).
It comes with options for night time & nap sleep settings but since Myles attends child care while I’m at work – I just set it up for night time. How it works is pretty simple – a screen that shows a picture (either a pre-programmed one or one that I upload from my computer) that clues Myles that he is supposed to stay in bed and another photo that shows when it’s time to get up. We chose the dinosaur pre-programmed options and plugged in the times – and away we went. At 7 am, the photo on the clock switches from a sleeping dinosaur to an awake one – a simple sign to Myles that it’s okay to get out of bed. And wouldn’t you know – it works like a charm! Myles is obviously too young to read a clock, so it’s an innovative solution to figuring out how to let him know if it’s too early to get out of bed or not. Yeah!!
Other than the “it’s too early to get up” function – the Zazoo clock has a few other features, including the fact that it is a digital photo frame. It comes equipped with a memory card, so all you have to do is hook the frame up to your computer and viola – family pictures for your child to look at! Eventually we added photos to the clock and both of the boys love to stand in front of Myle’s dresser and point out different family members. And most importantly to Reece– it plays music (what good is an alarm clock that doesn’t?!) It comes with 11 songs built into the memory, along with the ability to download more music to memory card. You can play the music through the speakers or headphones (a feature I love – if I hear a Justin Beieber song one more time I might scream!) The clock also comes with a cute little remote to control the music and photos, that while too advanced for Myles – is perfect for Reece.
I was also impressed with the durability of the frame, it’s definitely a kid-friendly design that will hold up to a few drops by a little one.
The only thing that I would love to see is more plain color options – I think that the clock would “grow up” more easily with a child (into pre-teens, etc) if you could get a plain black, blue, purple, etc one. Plus for moms like me who like things to match in the bedroom – plain colors are easier to incorporate than themes. They do have some really cute options though, including the blue peace sign one that we reviewed and a yellow fish one!
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