Not being able to see, combined with a vivid imagination, can often cause children to be afraid of the dark. Read below for some creative ideas that can help your child feel safe …
Plant a Fairy Garden outside their bedroom wall
It’s comforting for a child to know that a fairy is living right next to them
Even if you don’t have any garden space outside, maybe create a fairy garden in a pot, or in an old drawer in their bedroom, or you could even use an old Fish Tank or Bird Cage!
Place a Fairy Door in their room
How magical for a child to imagine a fairy can come and go as she wants through a tiny doorway on their wall. Especially at night time when all is dark and still, a child finds it comforting to know that a gentle fairy is able to fly in while they sleep.
Invite a Fairy Under the Bed
In an earlier post – ‘Monsters Under the Bed‘ we shared a beautiful story received from one of our customers who set up a fairy door under their child’s bed as she was afraid that monsters lived under there. Now under her bed is a place of wonder, happiness and sparkles!
Attach a Light up Fairy Door
Kids love twinkles, sparkles and even turning lights on (well ours did). And if you have a child who is afraid of the dark, they feel comforted when there is a light shining in their room at night to dispel the dark. That’s why Night Lights are a popular way include some soft light through the night. And we have a magical version…. a Light Fairy Door!. A perfect way to introduce the magic of a fairy visit plus some light at the same time.
Our Light Up Fairy Door is a Fairy Door that doesn’t just open but it also Lights Up! Powered by tiny LED lights, it uses minimal battery power and doesn’t get hot. Plus the small button-cell batteries are easy to replace and are available from hardware stores.
Relax Before Bedtime
Too much TV, scary shows and scary books can over stimulate a child’s mind, especially close to bedtime. (we noticed our children slept better when we stopped TV time an hour or so before bed). Relaxing activities like bath time, a story, soothing music, cuddles, quiet playtime and even just talking together; are all ideas that can help sooth and relax before bedtime. Giving your child time to unwind and relax before bed is a helpful key in helping them feel at ease through the night.
See What they See
- Listen for the sounds that they hear: Lay in bed with your child and listen. Ask him to identify the sounds that scare him. Sometimes it’s the car racing by, the screeching of a cat or the wind blowing a tree branch against the house. A young child isn’t able to make sense of these sounds when he hears them in the night, and assumes they belong to something scary.
- See their bedroom from their level: Lay on the bed with your child and look around. Is there something casting a shadow on the wall? Is there a reflection through the window? A piece of clothing hanging from a hook? Move it. In the dark these objects can appear scary and be transformed into terrifying scenarios.
- Open the door: Something practical like leaving their bedroom door open, assures them they can always get to you if they need to.
Being afraid of the dark is common for a lot of children and we hope that the above ideas prove helpful to you.
We also have ideas for helping a child sleep in the own bed through the night with our Sleep Fairy post