How do i get my 5 yr old to sleep in his own bed?

CATHERINE - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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He use to sleep in his own bed but my nephew started to scare him bout da boogie monster so now hes afraid to sleep on his own in the dark..

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Thelma - posted on 10/20/2009

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Try leaving the light on in the beginning. Also, utilize a night light. Keep encouraging that "you're a big boy" mantra to reinforce the positive action of sleeping by himself also. Best of luck!!

Paula - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hmmm...all the suggestions I have for you! I'll try not to take up too much space with them all.
1.) Monster spray- We used to take like air freshener with a home made label on it then every night before he went to bed, if my son felt as if he needed it, I would go into his room, yell at the monsters, spray the spray (making sure that my son knew it was sprayed) paying close attention to the areas he thought the monsters were, then we talked about how they were gone because the monsters can't stand the spray. They smell it and run as far away as they can...even if we can't smell it, they will.
2.) Take a stuffed animal or two and stand them "guard" by the closet, the window, door, where ever the monsters are or come in through. Let him pick who he thinks will protect him best and talk about how the animal or toy is going to protect him all night long.
3.) I used to lay down with my son and curl up with him until he went to sleep then I would crawl out of his bed and do what ever until it was time for me to go to bed.
4.) the obvious...get a night light.
5.) sit down and watch Monster's Inc. with him. Talk about how the monsters are really nice and are just doing what they need to in order to survive (of course put it in terms he will understand). That helped my son, too :D
6.) You can always make up some other means of repelling monsters, a means that works for you guys. In the end, it's all what works best for him :D Good luck!

Vivian - posted on 10/19/2009

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Get him a night light. My daughter used to sleep in her own bedroom when she was 1 yr. old as she got older she started to understand about monsters and such. So we got her a night light and ever since then she's been great!!

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Shirin - posted on 03/10/2014

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Ok guys i tried everything as possible you can imagine but seems like nothing is working out .He would wake up in middle of the night time and just and come to our bed I don’t know what to do no more

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I just replied to a similar question by Talisa.

When our daughter won't stay in her bed, we go to her - but make it clear that we are returning to our own bed later. Sometimes she can only go to sleep if there is light in her room, so we leave the door open and hall light on.

Hope he settles down soon!

Michelle - posted on 10/21/2009

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Try a small lamp in the room or install a dimmer on the light switch. And if he is afraid stay with him until he falls asleep for a while and in a few months the fear should start to fade [unless the scary stories continue] I would lay next to my kids, or sit on the floor next to the head of their bed and read quite a few books. Not only did it relax them, it also increased their vocabulary and both of my kids began reading very early in life. My daughter was 3 and my son had just turned 4 when they began reading the Bob Books independently . I would also sing them numbers (just count with a lullaby tune) and abcs. It may sound silly but with their body relaxing their brain picks it up extremely quickly and as a result my kids were both doing math at 3 and my son was singing the tune of the abc song at 6 months old and by 1 he could enunciate most of the letters as well. Usually during the reading or singing they fall asleep. Then you quietly leave the room and enjoy the silence :) By the way that bedtime routine not only helps them to go to sleep without a battle, it also increases their intelligence and ability to learn dramatically. My children are now 8 & 10, they are both in the gifted program and they are both straight A students. Hope this helps you!

Christina - posted on 10/19/2009

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"Monster Spray" worked for my niece. Just buy a spray bottle, fill with water and write MONSTER SPRAY on it. Make a big deal about checking for monsters and spraying under the bed and closet to keep the monsters away. Then plug in a night light and leave the spray within reach in case he thinks he needs more.

Dawn - posted on 10/19/2009

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What about a night light? I use to do a boogie monster search with my little one each night we would look under the bed with a "special" flashlight and look in the closet and the drawers, I let him take the flashlight to bed and if he gets scared he can turn it on to check.. Also what if you leave the light on until he falls asleep and then turn it off. Also when he has a bad dream talk to him about it as your walking him back to his room.

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