Tips for toddlers and bad dreams/nightmares? DD1 (2.5 years) has woken up crying in the middle of the night for about the last week. Managed to get her to tell me why she was so upset and she told me she was scared because a car was chasing her???!!! (she also said the same thing during the day yesterday while playing but didnt think much of it, just thought she was playing)?? Short of telling her there is no car and shes ok I dont know what else I can do
Poor little thing... Its freaked me out a little tbh.
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29-10-2013 22:46 #1
Toddler with bad dreams/nightmares??
29-10-2013 23:10 #2
When the kids have bad dreams we just comfort them and reassure them it wasn't real. When they calm down enough we talk about something nice (seems to help them focus on something else) and stay with them till they are just about asleep.
The next day we'll try and pin point what has upset them. Not actually ask them, just if they mention something about it or if they see something on TV.
Hope that helps a bit. It's horrible when they have bad dreams.
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29-10-2013 23:20 #3
I agree. Dd1 used to do this and it turned out one of her DVDs she watches was giving her nightmares. It looked all innocent and all, G rated, but it was enough to give her nightmares. It took us ages to work that out. We had to really *listen* to everything she was saying and read between the lines.
30-10-2013 04:30 #4Senior Member
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I just say "you're having a dream, you're safe here with mummy", and give them cuddles. Not much else you can do really.
30-10-2013 07:09 #5Senior Member
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A friend of mine sewed buttons to her DS's pillowcases and told him that if he was having a bad dream to push the button to make them go away. It worked for him! Took him a few years to grow of it.
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