I’m pretty sure that this is a stage that most children go through, although I don’t remember Curly ever being frightened in the night. With Curly once he was asleep, he was asleep until the morning. Just recently Little Bean has been waking in the night more and more frequently and crying out “Mummy, I’m frightened . . .” and it’s horrible to not be able to take her fear away. The really hard part is that she doesn’t really say what she is frightened of other than ‘her bedroom’. I ask her what it is that she doesn’t like about her bedroom, I suppose for her age she has quite a big bedroom but it’s very girlie and pretty. It isn’t dominated by big pieces of furniture to cast nasty shadows. She doesn’t complain that she is frightened of monsters or anything like that, she just cries and cries that she is too scared to go to sleep. She has never been attached to one particular teddy, she just sleeps with a bundle of them which she changes nightly and listens to various CD’s.
When she was a baby right through to perhaps 9 months ago she slept totally in the dark but then she was given a colour changing night-light and now she always sleeps with that on but I sometimes wonder if this was a bad move as they can create odd shadows on the walls. A few nights ago I was up with her from 2am to 5am and I was shattered the following day.
She sleeps in a junior bed so unfortunately I can’t snuggle up with her to help her fall asleep I just have to drape myself across the side of the bed in a very uncomfortable position and get cold. I don’t know what else to do, if you have any hints or tips ANYTHING is worth a try for the sake of a happy girl (and a not-so-tired Mummy!).