It is the age-old question, why is your little one afraid of falling asleep, and what can be done to help ease their fears? With Halloween, and darker evenings already upon us, children’s lighting brand GoGlow® has conducted a survey to find the answer, and it is as simple as fears of what is lurking in the dark.
It’s quite a coincidence because my own little 5 yr old son has suddenly started being afraid of the dark. It’s come from nowhere. He is a twin and his brother, with whom he shares a room, doesn’t seem to have this worry at all, it’s quite bizarre really. But it’s upsetting because I can almost feel him becoming agitated when it’s leading up to bedtime and he’s even started saying he doesn’t feel well, this is so he can sleep in bed with us.
Asking 1,000 parents, the survey revealed monsters as the main reason under fives were afraid of the dark (67%). With fears of the dark at an all time high in October when the clocks go back and the nights become shorter.
So as the evenings become darker, it is no surprise little ones imaginations run wild with fears of what hides beneath.
HOW TO BANISH FEARS!
Seven in ten parents make a special effort to walk around their child’s bedroom to prove there are no monsters hiding. With three quarters of children getting out of bed to seek reassurance from their parents, the survey went on to find night-lights were the most reassuring solution that helped stop scary shadows.
If you are looking for a way to ease your little ones fears of the dark, children’s sleep expert and founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic, Mandy Gurney has a fun tip to help:
“If your child is afraid of the dark, offer them the reassurance of a night light to have nearby when they need it. You could even play hide and seek, in the late afternoon, using a GoGlow® torch, so they realise there’s nothing to be afraid of.”
This October, GoGlow® is on hand to help banish monsters. A lighting range with extra sparkle, GoGlow® encourages nighttime know-how and its Night Bright range offers a safe and soothing 2-in-1 nightlight and torch that can be popped down for a night-long glow or lifted up as a torch.
When children are surrounded by their favourite character friends, scary monsters are a thing of the past, so if you would like to banish monsters try either Thomas the Tank Engine or Peppa Pig GoGlow Night Bright.
I will be reviewing one of these lights very soon, I can’t wait to see if it makes a difference to my little boy. We will also be giving one away as a competition prize. More details will follow.
Explore the full GoGlow® range at: www.worldsapart.com
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