My 10 yr old daughter often gets in our bed during the night. She says she is having bad dreams. I’m not sure I believe her. She loves our bed and sleeping with us. How do I stop this cycle?
The experts will tell you to immediately get up and walk her back to her bed, multiple times a night if necessary. Tuck her in and let her be alone in her room until she goes back to sleep. Eventually, she’ll be able to soothe herself back to sleep without getting in your bed.
But in this case I’m not sure it’s going to be enough.
I’m afraid you may need to purchase a foam topper and heated mattress pad for her bed. The idea is to make her bed more comfortable than your bed. If she has a cozy nest to sleep in she’s less likely to want to get out of her bed and into yours. This is especially true if she’s not having bad dreams as you suspect. You also might offer her a reward for those nights she doesn’t crawl into your bed.
Wishing you better sleep,
I have had the privilege of sleeping in Tired Mom’s bed, and it is the most comfortable bed on this planet. I sometimes go lie on the bed just for fun when I visit her house.
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