Just when you think you’re done with being woken up by your baby in the night, the older ones start waking up.
Because it’s always something– a need for the potty, thirsty for water, etc.
When it’s a bad dream, though, it’s even worse. You have to address the emotional concern, rather than just a trip to the bathroom to alleviate a physical issue.
Here’s what has worked for us…
Don’t watch scary shows or read scary books before bedtime. Duh.
Stick with the same bedtime routine. Routines always help everything, in my opinion. Consistency breeds comfort.
Read a book that teaches your child about bad dreams. Here’s one:
Address your child’s concern, if possible. If she thinks there’s a monster under the bed, remove the monster before she gets in! You can just shoo the monster away. My 4-year-old still talks about the one time months ago that her Uncle Adam got rid of the monsters in her room. It was very memorable to her.
Make monster spray (so easy– spray bottle, some water, a drop or two of essential oil, and then a fun label with stickers). If you want specific instructions, Pinterest has tons of ideas.
Give your child a Meekle Mate. Meekle Mates are adorable little creatures that eat all the monsters and bad dreams while your child sleeps. His mouth opens and closes to keep all the invisible monster dust in there. They come in two designs and are available for $19.99. My daughter loves hers and she says it protects her every night. I like how it comes in a nice sack with a story of how it works, PLUS it’s great for traveling. Meekle Mates are the brainchild of a mom who struggled with how to help her son cope with bad dreams.
What are your favorite tips for helping your child overcome scary dreams or nightmares?