Does this sound familiar? You put your child in bed and not ten minutes later, they come downstairs telling you they can’t sleep and they are afraid. Being afraid of the dark is common among kids. There are many ways that you can help them get over their fear of the dark and sleep better at night. Here are five creative ideas for helping your child overcome their fear of the dark:
1. Dim the lights.
For most children, a nightlight won’t be strong enough. You don’t want to leave the overhead light on because it may make it harder for your child to fall asleep and stay asleep. A good in-between solution is dimming the lights. If you don’t want to install a dimmer on the overhead light, try finding a table light that already has a diming feature. This is a great solution to your child’s fear of the dark!
2. Let them know they are safe.
Another way to help your child conquer their fear of the dark is to help them realize that they are safe. Open the closet and say, “See, just clothes here.” You can also have them check under the bed and behind doors so that they can see for themselves they are safe. They will be able to fall asleep much easier at night knowing that they are safe!
3. Monster spray.
A really fun and creative way to help your child feel better in the dark at night is to use monster repellent. You can either buy one or make it yourself! If you make it yourself just put water in a spray bottle and tell your child you are going to spray for monsters. They will have so much fun scaring the monsters away and will fall asleep easier knowing that no monsters will scare them tonight! Use our Melody spray to give the room a fresh, monster-free scent.
4. Utilize stuffed animals.
A great way for your child to get over their fear of the dark is to let them sleep with their favorite stuffed animal. Being able to hold it close to them at night will make them feel more at ease. The more comfortable they feel, the faster they will fall asleep and stay asleep.
5. Give them a flashlight.
If your child is afraid of the dark, one way you can help is to let them keep a flashlight next to their bed. The fun part of this is that there are some really cool flashlights out there that they can pick from. Anytime that they feel frightened in the dark they can turn on their flashlight to see that everything is okay.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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