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I remember being afraid of the dark. Once.
I stayed overnight at my dad and grandma’s house (which rarely ever happened) and there were bags in the corner that created some very scary shadows for a girl with an overactive mind. Even as an adult, I can remember that night.
Luckily, out of three children, Blake has been the only one to be afraid of the dark.
We don’t tease. We don’t fuss. We don’t make a big deal out of.
In fact, we use these ideas to help kids who are afraid of the dark:
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1. Nightlights. I remember growing up, we had nightlights in the bathrooms at night so you can ‘find your way’ in the dark.
K had a nightlight in her room when she was a baby, and B has gone through a few nightlights in his lifetime.
A fun way to have a night light is to have a marquee light in their room. It gives off less light than the bedroom light and more light than a nightlight. Plus it makes super cute bedroom decor!
2. Twilight Constellation Night Light These twilight constellation night lights are awesome. Kadenn had a ladybug and Blake had the turtle (and I have secretly wanted one for myself!)
3. Flashlights. We have had mini mag flashlights, dollar store flashlights, character flashlights – all kinds of flashlights that I have found B sleeping with on more than one occasion.
4. Flashlight Friends Kadenn and Blake each have one and they loved it. Addy loves them too! They are great cuddly friends that have a flashlight in their tummy so it’s a win win situation for any kid!
5. Leave a light on. You could leave a hall light on or the bedroom light on or both until you go to bed.
We do a mixture of both for Blake. Usually it’s just his bedroom light but there have been nights that both the hall light and his bedroom light have stayed on until I check on him and go to bed.
I turn them off when I check on them and because he’s already asleep, it doesn’t bother him. He usually sleeps through the night, but there have been occurrences when he wakes up and will turn the lights back on.
6. Monster Spray. If it’s monsters that make your child fear the dark, create some Monster Spray by putting water in a spray bottle.
When they see a monster, they can squirt it with monster spray to make them go away!
If your kid is afraid of the dark – talk to them. Ask them what they are scared of and go from there. Chance are, one of the above ideas can help.
It could be shadows too like it was for me. Simply removing items that create scary shadows or using a flashlight to “shine away” the scary shadows work too!
Do you have a little that is afraid of the dark? Have you found something that works well for them? Share it in the comments!