Child Sleep Solutions (cont.)
And one more important sign that your child still needs a daily nap: you desperately need the break to recharge your own battery and be a better parent.
And you are right, during sleep the brain sorts what has been learned during the day and creates permanent files. Without adequate sleep, memory fails, and new information can be lost. A good night's sleep is critical for clear thinking and all that a young child has to learn.
We are back to a daily naptime and bedtime routine. But the key is -- A PLEASANT, JOYFUL ROUTINE THAT YOUR CHILD LOOKS FORWARD TO! OK, yes, I was yelling, but it's that important!
You child should be looking forward to your routine. Include lots of bedtime reading or storytelling since it helps relax a child. Also, you don't have to announce that it's naptime or bedtime -- just gradually go about the peaceful process.
Fear of the dark is one of the most common childhood fears, and for most of us it lingers even as adults. Think of the fact that all scary movie scenes occur in the dark. You can help make the dark less mysterious with occasional fun activities like building a campfire or having a candlelight dinner or reading by flashlight.
You can give your child stuffed animals to sleep with, a small bedroom pet like a turtle or fish, and a bedside flashlight to help her feel safer.
Since the creatures that scare your child are imaginary, you may be able to banish them with a spray bottle of "monster remover" or a magic wand.
The good news is that he's NOT frightened, NOT dreaming and NOT awake! He's kind of stuck between two sleep stages and not aware of what is going on and won't remember it.
The best thing to do is keep him safe, try to guide him back to bed, shush him a bit (Shhhh Shhh) and wait it out. Most kids outgrow these over time.
If your child is healthy, growing well, happy and hitting normal childhood milestones, I wouldn't worry at all. But prepare yourself. This can (and likely will) change at some point. So stock up on your own sleep now!
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