I know people that let their kids sleep in their beds and I know people who do not. We do not let the kids sleep in our bed, but lately my daughter, who is 4, is getting scared at night and wanting to sleep in our bed.
She has been coming in our room sometimes 5 times a night, upset and not being able to sleep. It’s starting to drive me crazy and I am not sure what to do. She comes in, very upset, saying that she is scared. I make sure she does not need to go to the bathroom because that sometimes wakes her up. Then, I walk her back to her bed, tuck her back in, give her a kiss, and talk to her for a few seconds. I tell her it’s the middle of the night and we are all sleeping and everything is okay. All this started a couple of weeks ago. We leave the closet light on and leave her door open, but it does not seem to be enough. This is killing me since I am finally through the baby stage and use to getting my normal sleep. Waking up in the middle of the night is causing me to be cranky during the day. Should I give in and let her sleep with us until she is out of this phase?
When I put her to bed she complains she is scared and she wants me to sleep with her. She will not even go upstairs to get her PJ’s on anymore by herself. I was a great sleeper before kids. I did not sleep well while I was pregnant and nursing and I have finally caught up on my sleep. Having her in my bed will keep me awake and I do NOT want to be in a bad mood during the day because I did not get good sleep but I also do not want her to feel scared. She is fine during the day and never mentions the night, but I can tell she is tired towards the end of the day.
I normally do not let the kids sleep in bed with us, but after waking up in the middle of the night 3 or 4 times, I’m considering just letting her get into bed. I really do not want to get into the habit of doing this because I am afraid it will make it worse when we do make her go back to her bed. She is upstairs sleeping in my bed right now and I will move her back to her bed before I go to sleep. Am I doing the right thing?
If you have any advice, please comment below. I am willing to try anything!