DD will be 4 in December. She was a shocking sleeper as a baby but in the last year she is usually managing to go to sleep on her own and sleeping through the night about 4 nights out of 7. The other nights she would just wake up and want her teddy or a drink.
Lately though she says she is scared and if she is left alone will just cry (and I am not one to let young children cry). This is not just when she goes to bed but during the night when she wakes up. She is still in a toddler bed so there is no room to snuggle in next to her, there is only a beanbag on the floor.
I have asked her what she is scared of and the only answer I can get from her is "the shadows" or "the dark". I asked her if she was scared of monsters and she said "no, there's no such thing as monsters" so all I can gather is that what ever she is afraid of is more general rather than something specific. The thing is, I remember being scared of the dark as a young child and being dismissed by my parents and the persistent feelings of absolute terror so I am reluctant to tell her to just suck it up.
We have tried night lights and even sleeping with the light on but that doesn't seem to work. She usually ends up in our bed but that means either an uncomfy night for DH and me, or DH sleeps on the couch which isn't really idea either. We've also tried rewards from stickers to big ticket items but is hasn't worked.
Any ideas on how to help her get through this????