My daughter has reached the age where she is scared of the dark. She still sleeps in a crib (we are hoping she can sleep in there until next summer), but she screams to the top of her lungs if we put her in there and she is not asleep. We usually have to rock her to sleep or lay with her on the couch until she falls asleep, and then move her to her bed. Sometimes we will let her cry it out, and she eventually falls asleep, but we would love to try some other things to see if they work better. I hate to hear her screaming!!! : (
As much as people tell me not to put her in my bed, I can’t help it! I know I am not supposed to let her sleep with me, but my motherly instinct kicks in, and I just want to protect her. She will only be 2 once!!! When she is 16, I will miss these days. : ( And, I hate to admit it, but I feel a little guilty for the whole situation. My whole life, I have been deathly scared of people sneaking into my house in the middle of night and killing me. When I was in college and before, I would check locks and door handles numerous times before I could go to sleep every night.
She doesn’t sleep with us every night, but she does about once or twice a week. I asked her last night why she didn’t want to sleep in her bed, and she quietly whispered, “There are monsters in my room.” Even after me going in there, turning on the lights, opening all doors and drawers, and looking under the bed, she still wasn’t having it. One of her biggest “monsters” we have found out is Pete, the cat off of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
After a little bit of research, I found out that this character was not meant to be scary, and he really isn’t on the show. But, for some reason, lots of kids are terrified of him.
My husband and I are going to attempt to try a few things to calm her nerves and fears. I will keep you updated on the progress of our attempts.