my 2yr old is starting to be scared of bedtime.

Janice - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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normaly good going to bed but now says monsters are in his room

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Jojo - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son does the same thing but I find it's his way of getting out of going to bed.

Jaclyn - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son started that after seeing the Playhouse Disney shows and other shows that try to teach that there is nothing to be scared about and that monsters are things like a bears shadow. These shows made him aware that there are things to be afraid of. I watch the shows with him, so I can tell him the message of the show, that the scary item was a shadow and none of it is real. When his first started at 2 he would forget about it after a few days. Now that he is 4 it has been taking him longer to forget about something that frightens him. I just keep reasuring him that he is safe and that the thing he was afraid of is not real, that seems to be doing the job. Boy does he have a great imagination. Good Luck!

Sara - posted on 02/23/2010

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I agree w/ Rebecca here. My kids started freaking out at bedtime at 2 (something about that age where there imaginations start to go wild) 1st we prayed about being scared (we're Christian and I had a very perseptive 2 year old with a vocabulary to boot) Then I sprayed lavender scented spray around the room (monster spray) the lavender (I found) does have a calming effect on extreme nights we even had monster go away lotion (lavender lotion).

Rebecca - posted on 02/22/2010

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my son did the same thing, this is some advice i was given by a PAFT (parents as first teachers) lady: change the room arround/new curtians/new duvet cover/new posters ect.

i changed my sons room around and brought him new sheets and duvet cover and within a week or so i had my happy boy back.

also you could fill up a spray bottle with water and every night before he goes to be ask him to spray away the monsters eg. under bed in closet ect

Lauren - posted on 02/22/2010

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Try to find some way to make monsters funny/friendly(books, videos) and avoid the scary kind. WIth the lights on, before you lay him down, take a trip around his room checking under the bed and in the closet to make sure there are no monsters. Does he have a lot of toys in his room, curtains, or a faux finish on the walls? Some things like these can cast shadows on walls that may make it look like someone/thing is in there with him. Go in his room at night and lay on/near his bed to see if there is anything like that going on.

Chelsea - posted on 02/22/2010

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I would offer him a nightlight and a stuff animal tell him everything is fine there is no monsters ect... and just let him through his fit im sure it is just a phace my son tryed the same thing and when he learn i want going to cave it got over he is almost 2.5. he just told me yesterday that my blow dyer scared him i just laghed i have been using it his whole life kid are so funny at this age good luck

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