* LIMIT YOUR CHILD'S EXPOSURE: While they may not seem scary to us, young children can find certain books, movies and TV shows frightening. Things like Halloween costumes and decorations as well as the nightly news can also be scary for little ones. Trying to limit the amount your child is exposed to potentially scary (or adult) material can help with nighttime fears.
* USE A NIGHTLIGHT: If your child is afraid of the dark you can use a nightlight or a very dim lamp so that his/her room is not pitch black.
* TALK WITH YOUR CHILD: It's important to be patient and to allow your child to discuss (to the best of his/her ability) what he/she is afraid of, but be careful not to "lead the witness". Allowing your child to talk about what might be scaring them, without letting it become an excuse to delay bedtime, can be helpful.
* REASSURE YOUR CHILD: If your little one is having fears or nightmares, remind him/her that he/she is safe and that you are nearby. Offer to check on your child frequently and follow through on that offer.
* PLAY IN YOUR CHILD'S ROOM: Be sure to spend time in your little one's room during the day so that he/she is comfortable being in there at night.
* USE A TRANSITIONAL OBJECT: Using a transitional object, like a lovey or special teddy bear, can help children comfort themselves when they need some extra support.
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