how do i get my little girl melissa to sleep in her own bed all night?
User - posted on 03/11/2010
I like the idea of the sticker fairy. Personally I don't agree with looking to check there is nothing there, as this may reinforce the idea that monsters may exist. Make sure that she's not over stimulated before bed by watching tv or reading something too exciting. Also check that her nightlight doesn't cast weird shadows onto the wall.
Marcy - posted on 03/11/2010
Turn it in to a game. Turn off the lights in her room (except a nightlight) and give her a flashlight. I'm not sure how old she is but if she is old enough do a check list of all the places she thinks the monsters are hiding in. Check each place and the mark it off your list but keep the lights down low or off.
Also, you could buy her a new blanket to put ove the bed. After she checks all of the moster hiding spots she can cover up with her Magic Monster Protection Blanket...
Sarah - posted on 03/11/2010
Tell her there are no such things as monsters except maybe elmo and oscar, get down and look under the bed with her, check the closets together so she can see there is nothing there, use a night light, close the window shades or curtains so she does not see shadows on the wall, I got my daughter some glow in the dark stars and put them on the ceiling for her to see, and last but not least, I told her if she slept in her bed all night the sticker fairy would bring her a sticker and put it under her pillow, I bought cheap stickers and tattoos and then made a sticker book for her to keep them in so she could count how many nights a week she slept in her own bed. So far it is going well.
Kimberly - posted on 03/11/2010
all you can really do is try and be supportive without letting her walk all over you. No one likes it when their child is scared and cryin but you know for a fact that there are no monsters. You just have to put your foot down. The first few nights especially are the hardest and the longest. You just cant give in, be firm and keep putting her back in to bed. Ive always had a thing where i will let my kids cry it out for about 15mins if they are still crying i will bring them out reasure them for bout 5 mins or so and then put them back into bed. it can be a long and tiring process but its always worked out in the end for me. hope this was helpful
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