'Kidsleep' Sleep Aid

4 / 5 (Review rating for 'Kidsleep' Sleep Aid
Score: 4 / 5

Arf Kids

Around £35

Blooming Marvellous

Good Points:
  • Very effective
  • Easy to use
  • Easy-on-the-eye design
  • Works as a night light
  • A choice of pictures
  • No moving parts so completely silent
Bad Points:
  • Quite expensive
  • An analogue clock would be nice
'Kidsleep' Sleep Aid

Verdict: Expensive for what it is but great value for what it gives you.

As DadCafe has not yet made me a millionaire, £35 is a sizeable chunk of my pocket money, especially for what looks like a glorified nightlight. On the other hand, there have been many early mornings when I would have paid more than that for the chance to have a rare lie-in. I'm thinking of all the Sundays and 'morning-afters' that have started abruptly with an energetic scream and a toy in the face. At the risk of sounding like a TV ad, not any more now that I've discovered Kidsleep.

The basic concept is that you use this clock to help train your child to develop acceptable sleeping habits. The disadvantage of doing this with a traditional alarm clock is that if they should oversleep the noise would wake them. Not so with a pleasant picture which illuminates silently when it's time to wake up. An alarm clock which promotes oversleeping - brilliant! Aimed at children two and above, it may take a short while for them to fully get into the swing of things. In our case, our child picked up the concept straight away. Clever chap, I thought, until the following few mornings when he continued to wake up early to tell me that it wasn't time to get up yet because the bunny in the picture wasn't awake. Hmm. To his credit, however, he was very patient in waiting for the Kidsleep before heavy-duty playing and this gradually led to his eyes opening later and later. It was not long before the rabbit was walking in the sunshine before our guinea pig was walking in his pyjamas.

Popular with all the family, the proof that the Kidsleep works is that in writing this review I actually had to think hard back to what it was like being woken up, rather than doing the waking up. If you're the opposite and have forgotten what a lie-in is, this is for you.