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27 September 2012

Bedtime Bears Keep Monsters At Bay

When Jamster was little he would have terrible nightmares. Dreams of monsters and beasts would haunt him and disturb or delay his sleep each night. Being a mum this was concerning to me as a lack of sleep meant a grumpy boy during the day and I didn't want my little man to be upset by horrid thoughts.

Firstly I removed anything from his room that I thought may upset him, the soft toys that to a toddlers mind might be a little scary; the lions and bears. Next I would leave the light on in the hall throughout the night with his door open slightly wider so he wasn't frightened by the darkness. Thirdly I looked into his diet, made sure the story books we were reading before bed weren't making him worry and I reassured him that I was always there to protect him and that monsters weren't real, just made up.

None of my attempts really worked so I decided to try something a little different. We snuggled up on the sofa in a blanket and put on a film. Monsters, Inc.

This Disney movie has funny monsters in it... it makes them appear friendly, silly and entertaining. It implies that monsters are infact afraid of people, even children!

Jamster LOVED the movie and he still does. We popped to the Disney store and picked up a large Sully from the movie (his favourite character) and placed him by Jamster's door. This was to ensure Jamster was safe as Sully would of course keep other monsters away. He also picked up a miniature version to snuggle up with at bed time. From then he seemed to settle back into a peaceful bedtime routine again.

Sweet dreams!

This is our entry into the Warren Evans competition


1 comment

  1. I have been thinking about trying Monsters Inc with my three year old who is starting to be scared of monsters at night.

    Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on sleep and bedtime - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x


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