Waking At Night
Children usually wake up in the night with night mares or just wake and want to come in
with the parents to sleep in the night. This is usually more frequently from 2 to 4 years
old. They would like someone else there to comfort them and it can be a parent or a
sibling. It is our job as parents to feed, clothe and keep them safe. The question is how
we reassure them that we will keep them safe. Some parents will just call out and the
child will go back to sleep. Some parents go in the childs bed till they go back to
sleep. Some children come into their parents room and the parent takes them back into the
childs room until they go back to sleep. Some parents let them stay in their bed.
Some pull out from underneath the bed a pallet with pillow and blanket for them to sleep
on beside their bed. If does not matter how but it is our job to do it. Decide how you and
the child want to function and be consistent. Dont let them in one night and not the
We also have some children who get up and roam the house, light the stove, or go
outside the front door at 2 in the morning. It is OK to lock your child in their room if
they are roam. They are safer locked in their room rather than getting into trouble.
Reverse the door knobs so that the lock is on the outside. You do not want them to
accidentally lock themselves in their room anyway. Or just buy a hook/eye lock and put it
on the door to hold it shut. If the house catches fire, they will not get you, you will go
get them. And if their door is closed the smoke will not go into their room and they will
be saved. If you have a problem with closing the solid door and they climb over the mesh
gate, get dad to buy a "back door screen door" and mount it in their door with
the wood door swinging one way and the screen door going the other way.
Night Terrors are a different problem. They
start screaming in their sleep. That is a sleep disorder just like sleep
walking, talking in the sleep, bed wetting, and bruxism (grinding teeth in the sleep).
Night terrors lasts a few months to years and goes away. They are not emotionally
disturbed and are not having a night mare. They are actually still asleep. When you go in
there they do not know you are there because they are still asleep even with their eyes
open. Just wake them up and put them back to sleep.
(p.s. One parent told me their 3 year old came in on them when they were doing certain
activities in their bed. They did not notice since they were busy. The child climbed up on
Daddys back and said "giddy-up horsy." MOST embarrassing. Keep your door
locked during that stuff. Then open it up after and let them have access to their safety