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Wonderful concept, great for sleep training, front clock (analog) an issue
on December 18, 2013
I ordered two clocks for my 3 year old twins, prior to transitioning them to toddler beds. Upon shipment I noted one analog clock did not work and returned to Amazon with no issues. Received second clock.
The light portion of the clocks is amazing--it really made things easier for my kids. Many reviews describe the business of the buttons on the back, and while there are many, the directions make it easy to use. I love that the clock has a separate setting for overnight and nap. This is a feature other clocks were missing, and it makes a huge difference for ease of use (not having to reset each time they sleep). Using blue for sleep and yellow for wake was very intuitive for my kids: they immediately associated it with the night sky and the sun. Perfect. This clock also works with batteries only, which was a must for my son who loves buttons. It enabled us to put it on a high shelf, away from small hands.
After two weeks, we noticed the clock we kept was not working in the front (the light, digital clock, and all other features were fine, just the analog portion was not working). One day later, the newer clock's analog face stopped as well. Further, even though we keep the lights off during the day, the batteries die after about two weeks. Best to plug in if you can.
PROS: great system, battery option, lots of buttons but easy to figure out. Extra features like music and time out light.
CONS: drains batteries fast, analog clock just does not work
For the price of the clock, I really expect all the features to work consistently. I'm willing to look past the battery issue because the light is on all night. But the thing should work. I'm keeping them because the pros (helping my children, and ergo me, sleep) outweigh the cons, and I'm not sure I'd be happy with a clock that does less. I just wish the analog face worked, so we would have the added benefit of learning to read it.
UPDATE: After several weeks of ownership, one clock started flashing numbers after I changed the batteries. I contacted White Dove directly. They got right back to me, and walked me through addressing the issue. I took that opportunity to clear up a few of my technical questions. First, we've been switching the clock off during the day, and it's not clear this causes issues. We did it primarily for my son's clock, to avoid draining the batteries even faster. This apparently can affect the performance of the analog feature. Additionally, though I didn't think this was clear when I purchased it, you really aren't supposed to rely on battery-only for any length of time. The batteries drain even faster than we realized (we've been changing them when it stops completely working). Using battery-only can affect general performance issues, like the analog, but also the time keeping of the digital clock and other functions. We have noticed both the battery-only clock and the one we plug in lag behind on the digital clock, probably due to a combination of using only batteries and switching it off. White Dove reported using batteries can cause a general decline in performance as the batteries die quickly.
All of this said: we still use them happily. If you want to sleep train and can look past the general functional issues, I'd get it. It's not a perfect product. But the features are better than the other ones out there. And if you have a toddler who is going to play with it, try to take it apart, etc (like I do), you can make it work with a big package of batteries. It's the best choice for that scenario.