Looking for suggestions on how to calm down Toddler Anxiety

Lynn - posted on 11/14/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




I need help. My almost 3 year old daughter is starting to drive me crazy. For the last 2 months, she has had problems going to sleep. She keeps on tell me that she is scared, and that she can't go to sleep in her bed. I have had to lay down beside her for a few minutes, and that sometimes works. Other times, though, it can take up to 90 minutes past her bed time for her to finally settle down enough to go to sleep.
I am looking to see if anybody has suggestions on how to get her to calm down before bed, so this can stop soon, and I can go to bed on time.


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DeZ - posted on 11/17/2010




A routine works for me...... bath, lotion, p.j.s, stories, hugs and kisses, and lights out. (leaving on his night light)

Judy - posted on 11/15/2010




Not to toot my own horn, but I made a CD of storiesfor kids who don't nap, Many of the moms at the school where I teach have been using them at bed time, with miraculous results. Try checking out a story CD from your local library and see if that helps, of course they don't last more than 10 minutes or so (which is why I made one over an hour long). You could also try making a cassette tape of your own reading books, and have that play in her room at bed time. If you want to check our my stories go to the web site NaptimeNanny

Lorrie - posted on 11/15/2010




Enjoy this video link. Something similar might work for you. Otherwise, just have a good laugh, you deserve it!

Katherine - posted on 11/15/2010




I've been looking this up. Apparently sleep deprivation can cause this kind of anxiety. My 5yo still is afraid to sleep by herself and she never gets enough sleep. Just speculation.

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My 2 year old son recently had problems with going to sleep because he was having nightmares every night. He thought that there was something scary coming in his room. So I found him a small keychain flashlight (the kind you have to squeeze to turn on, so it wouldn't get left on all night) and let him sleep with it. Every night he grabs it and tells me "The scary goes away." May be worth a try.

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