2 year old scared to sleep!!!!!!

Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 2 in a half year old got an elmo toddler bed back in June. He absolutely LOVES it and has been sleeping great in it. All of a sudden he's been terrified (just starting 2 nights ago) I would do the usual nightly routine.... Dinner, bath, read 3 books, rock him in the chair, and in bed by 8:30. (keep in mind that I have a 9 month old daughter to give her last feeding to and put her to bed as well) So as soon as he falls asleep on me I put him into his bed and gently close his door. As soon as he realizes I've left he starts screaming at the top of his lungs saying "no mama" over and over again. Then he starts banging on the door!!! All I want to do is cry because I don't know what to do!!! So I HAVE to go up there and hug him or something because this is night time now, I don;t want neighbors or whoever thinking crazy thoughts. So when I go up there hug him, and ask him wants wrong he says "i scared"... and says "mama bed" ...ughhh....so of course feeling awful already and feeling his heart race as i'm hugging him, I of course bring him in with me. (my husband works out of town) ...so I tell him okay we have to feed your sister and put her to bed first, then we go night night. This has become a disaster at night, and I need some ways to make him feel safe at night. I've tried reading to him, he has an awesome night light that he's always loved. I was thinking of putting some batteries in this thing that he has that puts images on the ceiling, but I think he might be too old for that. I'm clueless.. so if anyone has any suggestions PLEASE share. Thank you!

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Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009

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Yeah.. I took him upstairs into his room in the daylight and he said it was a loud noise... and he immitated the noise. Its actually the pipes in the ceiling making a loud noise because its the cross way between the bathroom and his room (its connected) and I've actually heard it before while rocking him to sleep. So I guess i'm going to start by getting him something to block it out like light music or something. If that doesn't help I talked to my husband about switching his room into the guest room. Thank you..you're so right about asking them, because even though some toddlers can communicate just a little bit, they still find a way to put it into words... and we did just that :)

Casey - posted on 09/18/2009

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it sounds like he had a nightmare but if your not sure ask him why is scared? he can tell you. when my niece did this i asked her what made her scared and she said the Shadow on the wall so i sat in her closet and when the lights went off i could see the shadow it was a stuffed bears shadow that was distorted. i hope this helps

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