The following is a guest post from Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. Please see below for more information about Dr. Pieper plus a giveaway! When your child runs into your room in the night chased by bad dreams, he is frightened not only by the bad dreams, which seem utterly real to him, but also by the conviction that he is at the mercy of these dreams. This helpless feeling often makes children afraid of bedtime, with the result that children and parents miss out on much-needed sleep.
toddlers and bad dreams
This week, we're continuing our 2-part series about your toddler or preschooler's nightmares and night terrors. Last week, we looked carefully at nightmares -- when they begin, what causes them, and how we as parents can help our children through them. This week, we're taking a look at night terrors. While night terrors may not sound different from nightmares, in truth, night terrors are quite different, and are far less common. They also tend to be far more terrifying and intense than
As a parent, you've probably had some experience with your baby or toddler waking in the middle of the night. And if you've read many of our Baby Sleep Site® blog articles or free guides, you've likely learned a lot about what can cause night waking: sleep associations, hunger, teething, illness, schedule problems, etc. Here's a night-waking cause that catches many parents of toddlers by surprise, however: nightmares and night terrors. Starting around 18 months, your toddler