Three year old says her toys are talking to her

Mallory - posted on 09/10/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




It only happens at night when I'm tucking her into bed. It started about two nights ago, she constantly says that her stuffed animals are talking to her and shaking their heads at her. At night, she's terrified to be in her room. I made her sleep in her own room the first night thinking she was just doing it because she didn't want to go to sleep. I kept an eye on her during the next day and she's fine with being in her room alone in the day, but at night it's pretty bad. She slept with me last night because she was crying when I put her to bed. Just tonight, she told me to get rid of all her stuffed animals, and I did. It took two garbage bags. She was very grateful and said, "Tank you, tank you!" and gave me a big hug. I've been worrying and I can't find any help on the issue. I was wondering if anyone has had the same or similar issue with their child and how it was solved.


Chet - posted on 09/11/2014




At three children can have very active imaginations. Unfortunately, they can have a difficult time controlling their imagination, and trouble separating imaginary from real.

As an adult, you can control your thoughts from going in a direction you find upsetting. You can rationalize scary or upsetting thoughts as impossible or unlikely if they do creep in, and you can calm yourself down. Those are skills you that come with time though. A child's brain has to mature to do those things.

This is really just a variation on "monster under under the bed" or "bad guy in the closet" fears. It's very common.

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