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Nightmares - thoughts, suggestions, or commiseration?

February 14 2012 at 6:24 PM
Ariadne  (Login ariadne2)


We've been having problems on & off with ds #1 waking up in the middle of the night hysterical. Lately, it's more often than not & dh ends up sleeping in his room.

We're not sure what to do. We don't want to end up in a situation where ds #1 starts to want & expect daddy to sleep with him, but OTOH, he's waking up hysterically scared, so we aren't going to ignore him. We do wait a little bit to see if he'll self-soothe & drop back to sleep but that's almost always not the case. Last night, dh waited even longer than normal, but no go.

Is there even a solution to this? Night lights have been a bust b/c they create shadows, which he's afraid of.

Will he just outgrow it?

On the plus side, a la the recent snoring thread, I'm sleeping better with dh otherwise occupied but I know long term it's not a good idea. happy.gif

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  1. How old is he again? - BBG on Feb 14, 2012, 6:35 PM
    1. He turned 4 in Nov. - Ariadne on Feb 14, 2012, 6:52 PM
      1. Oh, no, I don't mean that kind of talking - BBG on Feb 14, 2012, 7:03 PM
        1. No, I understand - Ariadne on Feb 15, 2012, 7:32 AM
  2. Make him something. - cotton on Feb 14, 2012, 6:54 PM
    1. Yes! That's it, that's the sort of thing - BBG on Feb 14, 2012, 7:05 PM
    2. Thank you, cotton! - Ariadne on Feb 15, 2012, 7:31 AM
  3. Oops double post - cotton on Feb 14, 2012, 7:41 PM
  5. no solution.... but my DD gets scared and just comes to sleep with us... - Andrea on Feb 14, 2012, 8:35 PM
    1. Aw! - Ariadne on Feb 15, 2012, 8:35 AM
  6. I really like BBG's and Cotton's replies - Bethlyn on Feb 15, 2012, 6:24 AM
    1. Thank you! - Ariadne on Feb 15, 2012, 8:37 AM
  7. Lots of fears here lately - shayrose on Feb 15, 2012, 9:01 AM
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