NIGHTMARES WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS
No matter how small a baby is, he is very likely to dream at night. Small children dream more than adults, and so often dreams and nightmares occur. Even the best sleepers will overcome it.
Experts assume that even a baby in the womb can already dream. Because babies and small children sleep more often than adults in the REM phase, they also dream more than adults.During the REM sleep, the brain is active and processes a lot of information, which is crucial for the development of a child.
Nightmares come from a month or 9 more times, but especially children from 2 years old can suffer from it. Nightmares are very normal and belong to development. But a scary dream can be so terrifying for small children that you want to do something like parents.
- Calm your child If your child is old enough, you can explain that it’s a dream and not really.
- Your child is in panic. Take that seriously, but do not be in fear. So do not hunt ghosts, search crocodiles under the bed or stop dragons in the closet. That just causes additional fear, because you confirm that they are real. Explain that it is night and so the ghosts and dragons sleep too.
- Do not leave the children’s room until you are sure that your child is restful and can sleep.
- Give your child something that makes him feel like he can protect himself at night. For example, a hugging bear watching over him, or a flashlight to look in the dark. Also a night lamp that can keep your toddler handy works well in this kind of situation. We have put the best and most beautiful night lights in front of you.
- Make a dream trap together and hang it over the bed.
- Let your child draw a drawing about the dream and shred or burn it. Make a nice ritual, for children over 3 years that works very well!
- Talk to sleep before the day. That way, you will find out what your child is wrong with, or it has made something annoying. Also come back to arguments and collisions. Explain that it was very annoying, but it has been done well and that you love a lot of your child.
- Teach your child the difference between reality and fantasy. This can be done with reading books , for example.
- Let your child discover that the night is not scary at all. Go together once in the dark, make a campfire, look at the stars.