I need help moms !

Kayla - posted on 05/03/2012 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I need help moms, My 2 1/2 year old son is all of the sudden afraid of monsters when he goes to his room to go to sleep, I make sure he watches nothing scary, all he watches is Treehouse and Disney, I have not changed his night time routine he has his snack, watches a little tv, brushes his teeth, we read a book, he gets his flashlights and usually he would go on to sleep but the last couple days hes been crying and very scared any suggestions please ???

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Tammy - posted on 05/17/2012

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I tried Monster spray it worked real well. When my boys started to say that the monsters were getting in their dreams I Started giving them a tiny bit of milk and sprinkled a pinch of cinnamin on top that I kept in a small jar labelled DREAM POTION. The two things compined really saved me.

Charmamine - posted on 05/05/2012

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Hi I had a similar situation with my daughter before christmas only hers was she became terrified of the dark. I created games that involved playing together in dark cupboards and corners. As the days went on the areas got darker took her for walks as sun was setting so she was out in the dark and coming into dark house. It might be worth getting old bed sheets and using them thrown over your head and his to play at being a monster show him they are not scary.
If he likes reading my daughter loves 'The Hairy-Scary Monster' by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta ISBN 978-0-19-838773-2.
If he has older siblings or has been playing with other children might be worth trying to find out if they have done or said anything that has made him jump as I find if you make them jump at this age we don't think nothing of it but their brains start thinking about it when they go to bed.
Hope some of this helps

Michelle - posted on 05/04/2012

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I used a "Monter spray" with my boys. I just had a spray bottle with water and a bit of lavender oil in it and srayed under the beds and in the closet. The lavender helps relax them as well.

S. - posted on 05/03/2012

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When my daughter wouldnt believe me that monsters wasn't real, I used to sit a really big teddy in her door way and tell her the teddy wouldnt let any monsters in. My sister told her son that their big dog would eat any monsters up.
I watched super nanny the other day and she had a water spray and said to spray "monster repelent" before bed.

Barbara - posted on 05/21/2012

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Not sure if it would help or hurt, but maybe show him that the muppets on Seseme Street are monsters (grover, elmo, cookie, the furry ones) and they are nice and helpful. Though you don't want him scared of Seseme Street, so I don't know if this is a good idea.

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Keri - posted on 05/31/2012

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Sometimes kids' imaginations just go wild. For a while my son said there were monsters in the dark in his room and we kinda figured out it was just he likes our bed (more comfortable) than his own. For a while he and I did the "monster check" but by the morning he would end up in our room. It does sound like your son has a real problem though. What can he tell you about them - if anything? Where does he think they are? Have you done anything like laying with him until he goes to sleep?

Ladyallwayzz - posted on 05/19/2012

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we sang songs, and prayed before bedtime, as well as read happy storeis. children have active imaginations, and they are always in earshot of someones conversation. lol

Sarah - posted on 05/15/2012

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monster spray works good. i did that for kids i baby sat for a long time ago. you can just put water in it you dont need to do anything special and say magic words. mine isnt really scared of monster yet but knows what they are. i dont let her watch other tv than the kids channels too but on the kids shows they do have the odd spooky things. even on the micky mouse club house they had a monster one day!

Kayla - posted on 05/11/2012

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your so right time has gone by so fast, he will be grown and gone before I know it :( so sad

Lisa - posted on 05/10/2012

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We took our little guys out and bought some fun night lights (these hanging stars from IKEA and a monkey lamp) and ever since then, we really haven't experienced major problems. Sometimes if it is really bad, I would read another book at night and cuddle with them to make sure they are okay. Moms and dads are the best cure no matter what...and really how long do we get to be the number ones that make everything better...life goes by too fast.

Tabatha - posted on 05/09/2012

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I believe a lot of children go through this. My advice is to check the closets, under the bed, behind the door, etc. Anywhere a "monster" could hide. Tell him you didn't find any monsters in his room and if he says he saw one, "scare" it away by doing some silly dance and telling it to go away. I did this for my son when he went through this stage. And, always let him know mommy and daddy would never let anything hurt him. Hope this helps.

Holly - posted on 05/08/2012

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My 3 year old son went through this about 8 or 9months ago! My husband and I started by reassuring him( closing closets, adding a night light, etc). That didn't always work, so we started going to the library and getting books about being scared at night! His favorite bed time story ended up being a book about monsters! I wish I could remember the name of it! That really helped a lot! We would also occasionally tell him that the monsters wanted to be his friend! That also worked! But I think the one thing that worked better then any of the others was allowing one of our dogs to sleep with him! We told him that our dogs would protect him from those monsters! He has slept soundly ever since! Best of luck to you! I hope everything works out!

Kayla - posted on 05/08/2012

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I have noticed that lately that TH has a lot of monsters in their shows, so I try to get him to watch Disney as much as possible but he loves Toopy & Bino, and franklin and all of those shows. I keep a close eye on those shows now when I do see it i turn it off. Thanks

Kayla - posted on 05/08/2012

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I try to ignore him when he talk about Monster in the day times ?? donno if its helping much

Amanda - posted on 05/07/2012

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My son is still scared of the dark but not monster any more. I told him do you want to see what a monster looks like. He said yes. I turned on Monster Quest. They were animals that lived in the woods or sea. He says no monster can come through my wall cause I have a dream catcher. It was really funny. He also loves destination truth. I though that watching the ones with ghost would make it worse but when they found something I just told him that somebody in a bed sheet is scaring them and would laugh and laugh. He even said the other day that ghost hunters need knew jobs cause ghost are not real. Sometimes telling them they are not real and showing them that they are works too. I will say that when my son was about one and half almost two he scared me cause he would freak out at any time of day and say "Mommy mean girl scary girl" and would run and hide in the corner or push is head between my legs. And he wasn't joking I woke up one night to a little girl looking at me with a mean look on her face. I told him to say go away this our house and to stick his tongue and I did the same thing when I saw her and she went away. Not trying to scare anyone but sometimes they do see something that we don't. You have to teach them to stand up. Teach him to yell go away I am not scared of you! My room you can't come in. I did the whole beat up the fake monster and spray but nothing worked till he stood up and yelled. It was empowering to him that they listened. Also try a dream catcher it did wonders to my son not having bad dreams. Oh and treehouse does have shows with monsters in them like toopy and bino, franklin, little bear its every where.

Ashley - posted on 05/07/2012

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My daughter was also scared of monsters. It helped asking her where the monster was (which she pointed to a large stuffed animal) and getting it out of the room. Sometimes I'll fake "beat up" the imaginary monster and that'll help her sleep in her room. And of course always telling her Monsters or Ghosts aren't real when she mentions them throughout the day.

Brittny - posted on 05/05/2012

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my three and a half year old is the same i think it is a faze he wants to sleep in the lounge insted which i feel into the trap of i think just be firm and maybe let him see you check under bed and wardrobe before he hops into bed as once you give into him not wanting to be in there it is extremly hard to break the cycle :) hope it doesnt last to long

Kayla - posted on 05/04/2012

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Thanks so much Moms!!! I will give all your suggestions a try hope it works, wish me luck :)

Sara - posted on 05/04/2012

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My daughter is the same age and she sees monsters and big black dogs or sometimes a man so this is what we do we watch nothing scary before bed and she usually falls asleep while watching her show we have given her a night light and if she wakes up in the night saying any of the above thing I just go an tuck her back in give her kisses tell her I've chased them away and that I will stay with you for a couple of minutes so she believes I did so and by that time she is out again

Kate - posted on 05/04/2012

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Poor little guy. Stacey's suggestions sound really good to me, but if they don't work, maybe you could try the opposite approach. Maybe let him watch Monsters Inc., so he can see that some monsters are friendly.

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