How to get your 7year old to sleep with the lights off....

Shana - posted on 05/04/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daugther cries everynight it's time to go to bed....I dont understand, I leave the bathroom light on how ever thatis not enough.

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Candi - posted on 05/06/2010

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I think we have tried everything on the market with my kids. My son was never afraid of the dark, but he kept 2 nightlights plugged in that only came on in the dark. Now he has a turlte aquarium in his room that has a light on it for the turlte. My daughter has a nightlight that shines stars on the ceiling. It is a handheld, small nightlight and automatically turns off after 30 minutes (bought at Wal-Mart). My other daughter had a fishtank in her room that also had a light in it. Maybe an aquatic animal with a tank light would be the solution. Just a suggestion

Shana - posted on 05/06/2010

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Sue--I love that idea. I must try that also! I am @ the point to where I will try anything. I need sleep. With my 7 year old afraid of the dark she only whine and cries until she wakes up my 11 month old and then my nights rest is all over! Thanks so much.

Sue - posted on 05/04/2010

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For my son I went to the $2 junk shop and got one of those battery powered press lights! Its just enough to add a dim light to the bedroom but not enough to keep the whole house awake! We still use it now (he is 9) in the hallway for the middle of the night toilet stops.

Connie - posted on 05/04/2010

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it is completely natural for a little one to be afraid of the dark for a time. i have 4 girls from 15 to 5 and my little one has a light that has a timer that we turn on at night along with at least 2 night lights that stay on. all my girls went through it in various degrees and they all grew out of it. i did not force the issue and it not being a big deal seemed to help ease fears more than anything. good luck and God Bless!

Shana - posted on 05/04/2010

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I think I might try the funk flashlights first. I also have a 11 month that I have to get to bed also, so her going to sleep on time without crying all night will help me get Liv to bed on time. It's only me at home and of course they both want you at the same time.

Alison - posted on 05/04/2010

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What about getting her a toy with a light (glo-worm) that she can take to sleep with her? Or take her shopping for a special night-light - my nephew has one with Diego on it and it makes music for about 5 minutes and projects Diego on the ceiling. We also have a Twilight Turtle that projects constellations on the ceiling.

If all else fails, I might just lay down with her for a few minutes until she feels settled and secure. My mom did this with us a lot and it has in now way prevented me from being a good sleeper as an adult. ;)

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