The 2 year sleep regression and fear!
Posted by Sandy on Thu 07 Nov 2019, 10:34
My eldest has just turned two and has seemed to be one frightened of so many things, beeping sounds, loud noises, the dark, spiders and is waking at least 3 times a night. We have got him a night light and I explain that he shouldn’t be scared spiders won’t hurt him ect. It’s very odd as before he was pretty much fearless, he loved the fireworks last year and never batted an eyelid at anything really but now he seems always on edge. He has terrible nightmares and I just wanted to know if anyone else experienced this and have any tips at all?x
RE: The 2 year sleep regression and fear!
Posted by Kate on Fri 08 Nov 2019, 12:47
In my experience as an older mum of 3 children, I think this is very normal. My son went through a stage of being very scared of snakes, he also had nightmares about them. Sometimes these things become a habit very easily. Also, if they've been to playgroup/ nursery and one of the other children has said they're scared of spiders/snakes then that can influence your child too. Keep reassuring your son at bedtime that no harm will come to him. If he wakes at night, go to him, reassure him and maybe stay with him until he goes back to sleep then leave the room. Don't make the mistake of putting him in your bed with you because that also becomes a habit and it will be very difficult to get him back into his own bed. They do grow out of this stage and I think it is just a 'stage'... they are becoming little people and finding their own identity... what influences, and what doesn't, so all these phases in a child's life are perfectly normal.