Do you have a dog or cat? An animal sleeping on the floor of the bedroom is very likely to make a scared child feel like they are not alone and therefore safer.
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My kids went through this and I used to go in and 'get mad' at the monster under the bed and the monster was too scared of me he'd run away!!! My kids also had a night light, music and/or a pet sleep with them too. It was always a short lived problem here
It's taken over an hour tonight to get to go to sleep because she's scared.
We got the big plush tiger from the play room and told her that tigey would look after her. Initially she was really pleased but she still wanted someone to stay with her. It's taken about 7 rounds of her night time light show thingy. I've spent time next to her on the bean bag holding her hand and gone away for blocks of 2 minutes at a time (and that takes some convincing). When I came back the first time she told me that she was scared to tigey's eyes so I turned tigey away from her (he's sitting at the end of her bed and its eyes are just black circles, nothing sinister. It's even holding a heart). The thing is that I can see she's terrified. It's not that she thinks there's monsters in the cupboard, she's terrified of the dark and the shadows and the unknown.
Unfortunately her room is tiny (about 2.7 x 3.5 metres) and no room for a mattress on the floor. (Wait for a new thread from me on how to make space in a tiny room.) We are trying to hold out for a proper single bed because it would take up so much room. There also isn't any room in our bedroom for a mattress on the floor and DD wouldn't accept that anyway.
DH slept on the couch last night.
ETA: No pets unfortunately.
ETA2: She is now asleep cuddling 3 teddies and a giant dora doll.
Last edited by Busy-Bee; 22-09-2014 at 19:46.
OP we have always had to stay with all our kids until they fall asleep until they get to about 5. Really quite annoying at times but just how they are. We also have dogs which are now used to help with the kids going to sleep.
Last edited by Sonja; 22-09-2014 at 20:19.
What about the radio on a talkback station? You know, I have always been afraid of the dark - it's more the silence and what I think I can hear. When DH is away I leave the radio on (even though the kids are here and the dog) and I leave the window open as even hearing the neighbours is comforting. I know it's frustrating but you will find something that works eventually. Good luck.
One of the other things we did was played story CDs. She would go to sleep listening to Kate Winslet reading the Faraway Tree. She loved that for a while (we had to stop it once she refused to go to sleep until the cd had finished).
After some technical hiccups we sorted out putting the speakers in her room and downloaded a Winne the Pooh audio book. It worked a treat!! She was fast asleep in about 15 minutes without a single protest.
The night is still young though and poor DH has spent the few nights on the couch.
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