2 year old suddenly afraid to sleep after fireworks what to do?

Christina - posted on 07/16/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello,

My daughter who is 2 years old was an AMAZING sleeper!! She used to tell us that she was tired and would go right to sleep no problem. Recently was the 4th of July fireworks. She was scared of the noise so we stayed in the house so she didn't have to see them. That night we put her to bed and she flipped out!! Saying she was scared. From that point on bedtime is a big issue. We read to her till she is asleep. When she wakes up in the middle of the night we lay on her floor. She has a night light. When we ask her she says she scared of the fireworks. We explained they are over and they won't come back. Need help don't know what else to do to get her to sleep again. She will sleep all night if we are on the floor in her room. I just don't want to make that a habit. Also, she has a big 10 gallon fish tank in her room that also has light.

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Laura - posted on 11/10/2014

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I am in the same boat. My daughter shall be 2 in a few months and is the perfect baby! She has settled her self to sleep and slept through the night since she was 6 weeks and all of a sudden she is a quivering mess when we try to put her in her bed because she was scared by the noise of the fireworks out side. Needless to say i have told her they are finished now and there wont be anymore loud bangs and they cant get her etc but she is literally terrified of it. I dont know what to do. She is fine if i stay in the room until she goes to sleep but i really dont want to get into that. She is well sleep trained and i feel that that would be a major step back for us if we did. any other suggestions?

Jaime - posted on 07/16/2012

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That's too bad about the fireworks scaring her. It might take you a few more months of sleeping on the floor next to her and gradually easing yourself out of there, before she is confident to sleep on her own again. Just remind her that she's safe and that the fireworks can't hurt her. It sounds like you're already doing all that you can to help her and comfort her, so I hope she settles down soon.

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