my 2yr old is starting to be scared of bedtime.
Jaclyn - posted on 02/25/2010
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
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
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
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
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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