Recently my SS3 has been waking up around the same time every morning like between 2 and 4am. Screaming and crying for daddy. So daddy wakes up and takes him to the livingroom to cuddle and watch cartoons until SS calms down, while I make him a sippycup of milk. after a cartoon or two we put him back to sleep and usually he just falls back asleep for 3 or so more hours. But I was just wondering if there was anything else we could do to keep him from waking up screaming? We think hes having nightmares because when he wakes up crying he says hes scared. He thinks theres a monster in his bedroom. We have countless times explained that monsters are not real that it was only a bad dream. We turn the lights on look under the bed.. closet etc.. He still wakes up every night scared.
We don't know what else to do. We keep the room pitch dark (blankets over the windows) because he wakes up as soon as a little light comes in through the windows. I thought about a nightlight but I figured if a little window light would wake him up then how is a night light supposed to keep him asleep?
I'd just like to hear how you all handled nightmares and monsters with your child or stepchild?