My DS is 2 1/2 and this problem started probably two months ago. He says there are monsters in his room and so he doesn't want to sleep in there at night. If does go to sleep in there he will get up in the middle of the night and knock down his gate and come and get in our bed. We don't let him watch scary movies or even talk about monsters so I'm not sure where he got this. So we got him a little flashlight and told him to shine it at night when he's scared and it will keep the monsters away. That didn't work. We put Christmas lights up in his room. That didn't work either. He has hardly ever slept through the night (usually waking up twice a night) and I would like to try for another baby soon, but I do not want to be up with him and a baby and then working 40 hours a week. How can I calm his fears?
DD did the same thing at about the same age. We used "monster spray." In our case it was the same thing as cootie spray and consisted of us making spray noises with an invisible can. You could also decorate a spray bottle and spray it that way too. She also had a guard monster that kept that bad monsters out. Good luck, that's tough.
My DD was also afraid around this age, as her imagination was starting to really grow. I took her fear very seriously and explained that monsters were make believe and that there was no need to be scared. We decorated her room with lights, as you did to make it friendly and not so dark. I also hung a string of bells on the wall behind her bed so she could ring them for good dreams.
Over time we did a few different things. I am not sure which one did the trick, but now he is not so afraid.
Before bed each night we let DS help us check to make sure the front and back doors were locked, that way no mosters could get into the house. We also let him pick out a new small stuffed animal (he picked a bear) and before bed he sits it on the floor by his door, sometimes he sits it out in the hallway in front of his room. We let him pick out a new nightlight. Its the moon and planets and it shines on the ceiling. Even now he sometimes will still ask me if the mosters will get him. Good luck!!!
Cindy(35) DH (39) DS Christopher 3 29lbs 33inches at 3 yr check up.
Ok, so I posted this a couple weeks ago. This issue has now gotten worse. When it's time to get in bed I fight and fight with him to stay in his bed. He cries and clings to me and says he wants in our bed. Since my husband works 2nd shift I started letting Kayden fall asleep with me, then when DH gets home he would put him in his bed. Now this week whenever we try to put him back in his bed he wakes up immediately and screams and fights me and clings to me. If by chance he DOES sleep in his bed, he wakes up 2-3 times a night crying and knocks down the gate to come and get in bed with us. If he sleeps with us he is sound asleep the whole night. Ugh, this is so frustrating.
Poor guy! I've not experienced this, but have read that getting a new stuffed animal, like Cindy said, can help. Let him pick out an animal and tell him that the puppy or bear or whatever he picks will keep the monsters away and keep him safe. Good luck! Shae has plenty of sleep issues (the most recent is insisting on turning her light on at all hours of the night) so I feel your pain.
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