If your child comes to your room in the middle of the night, it may be tempting to allow the child to crawl into bed with you, especially after a nightmare.
That’s not recommended, says the Nemours Foundation, which offers these suggestions for getting your child to go back to his or her own bed:
* Make sure the child understands that you are there if he or she needs you again or gets scared.
* Explain that although the dream was frightening and that it’s acceptable to be scared, everything will be okay.
* Do whatever the child needs to feel safe. Offer a nightlight, or show the child that there are no monsters hiding in the closet or under the bed.
* Soothe the child back to sleep with talk of pleasant dreams, or a comforting blanket or stuffed animal.