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    • #172474

      My very bright and imaginative 7 year old has recently started asking things like “what can I do to make sure I dont have bad dreams?” And during the day asking “this is real life, right?” So I think her dreams are so vivid that she has a hard time mistaking dreams from reality.
      Anyway, any suggestions on resources or tricks that worked for you on this topic would be welcome.

    • #173663

      Sounds like a future physicist to me! I would suggest telling her to eat all her fruits and vegetables, because sometimes an upset stomach or indigestion can be the cause, and also write this down on a list of questions she can ask her doctor on the next visit.

    • #173834

      When my son was having trouble with bad dreams, I bought a dreamcatcher for his room. It made him feel better that the dreamcatcher would capture the bad dreams and only allow happy dreams.

    • #174061

      maybe check on (and decrease) how much “screen time” she is getting

    • #176584

      I think your child is dealing with stress from an overactive imagination. I’d consider giving them something that comforts them before sleeping, like a “monster repellent spray” that’s just filled with lavender and sleep-inducing essential oils!

      • #268879

        I totally agree….

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        That’s a good idea. 🙂

    • #229829

      My 4 year old has very bad dreams as well. I have reduced the amount of screen time and watching tv. That has done the trick for the most part. Also, she picked out a nightlight and has “monster spray” and those things have seemed to help tremendously!

    • #268847

      Turn the pillow with good dreams side up. It helps!!

    • #270102

      Or dream catcher

    • #341515

      I think a little trick like putting something beside her pillow and say it will drive all the dreams and nightmares away…

    • #342549

      same here

    • #342640

      my kids learning histories at bedtime

    • #343038

      sweet dreams with my kids

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    • #343935

      My grandmother use to put a bible under my pillow and I quit having bad dreams.

    • #344538

      am sleep with my kids and learning for sweet dreams

    • #345702

      sweet dreams with my baby

    • #346402

      am take hot milk for sweet dreams

    • #346867

      pray with them

    • #347742

      My daughter is 8 (almost 9) and has had, and continues to have, night terrors and sometimes just bad dreams. We asked her doctor and the only response we got was, “stop giving in, it’s become a routine for her”. I’m not sure I agree with that. We have tried lots of different things and I’m kind of at my wit’s end. She ends up sleeping on a “bed” on the floor of our room.

    • #348551

      am take sweet dreams in the day with my kids

    • #349580

      I tell my daughter dreams are a movie in her head

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    • #351798

      I told see the dreams one it will come true

    • #352337

      We do chamomile before bed

    • #354529

      it helped my daughter to say she was seeing a movie in her head

    • #354597

      great ideas

    • #354683

      Aww thats so scary. Mabey shes experiencing her first lucid dreams.

    • #355426

      Mi kids are 3 and 1 and I think I have not yet experience this with my 3 yr old one. Not sure what I would do.

    • #356218

      I make my kids hot water and lemon squeezed in it with a touch of sugar as a “magic” Power drink to help them back to dreamland

    • #356222

      sweet dreams mid nigths

    • #363707

      I try to tell my daughter to imagine something fun she likes to do or want to do before she goes to bed, in hopes, she will dream about that instead of something bad.

    • #369329

      When my 4 year old has bad dreams that wake him I have to comfort him remind him it was just a dream. It happens for us if he watches something too scary

    • #373600

      Great ideas.

    • #377018

      when my son would have bad dreams and wake up, he didn’t want to go back to sleep. So, I went and got a spray plastic bottle, filled it half way with water, and added a drop or two of blue food coloring. I gave it to my son and told him it was a special spray to keep away monsters. His eyes got big as saucers. He sprayed under his bed, by the window and in his closet, then he sprayed at the bottom of the bed. He asked if he could keep it next to the bed, just in case. He actually slept through the night! He swears the monster spray works. You could add a few drops of lavender essential oil to it, or whatever scent you think you’re child would like.

    • #380788

      Your child has a well-developed imagination. What is your child watching? What kind of cartoons or movies? You may have had stressful situations. My children can come up with things that don’t exist, sometimes it scares me.

    • #380999

      there are some nice, helpful ideas here

    • #381066

      This is very helpful.

    • #381402

      My daughter had a spray, with flower smell and when she was afraid in the evening we spray a little bit of this Elves spray and it helps her.

    • #375431

      Thank you for sharing.

    • #389068

      I thins you are right

    • #389194


      Sometimes things they watch could cause nightmares. Maybe try finding something calming to do before bed. You could try maybe doing something like puzzles or read a book that is calming.

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    • #396920

      My oldest struggled with this, we adjusted bedtime. Seemed to happen when he was overtired. Hope you can figure it out!

    • #397367

      Brilliant ideas! Thank you!

    • #398162

      No sweets before bed like juice candy cakes anything and no scary movies or shows. I pray with my daughter and tell her God is bigger than our fears and we dont need to u have fear.

    • #408650

      My dad created “Monster Spray” when I was a kid. It was hair spray with a printed label he made but it always worked to get rid of the bad dreams!

    • #408651


      Love all these ideas. I also had very vivid dreams as a kid. I still remember some of them!

    • #413315

      We make sure that one of our children’s are a “protector” and will guard the child all night long. Also we told our third child to call on his guardian angels to come and keep him safe.

    • #414191

      awesome information thank yall for sharing!

    • #415091

      love this thread!!

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    • #422587

      we put a star projector and a cd player with soft music in my sons room and that seemed to help

    • #423302

      great info

    • #423361

      great info

    • #423554

      great ideas here – thanks

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    • #423712

      I have seen how the love of God is shown to us even when we pray and so much when we pray. When you pray you are invoking the One who created you and asking Him to being there as you lay in your sleep. In the book of Psalms in the Bible Chapter 4 verse 8 says, “I can lie down and sleep soundly because you, LORD, will keep me safe.” I highly encourage you and your child to do this together. On your own, privately, then go pray to ask God if there is something He wants to show you. If it’s a lifestyle choice, a habit, a relationship, or lack of one, He will guide your heart to notice it. I will be praying for this.

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    • #426962

      Pray before bed time no sugar or adult movies and limit screen time forsure.bedtime routine and lay with him or her until they fall asleep

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    • #437477

      Best way we handle this situation is talking about it (dreams) and having pleasant conversations/praying before going to bed.

    • #437539

      helpful tips!

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    • #438037


      It’s crazy. I can still remember some nightmares I had as a young kid.

    • #438565

      I agree. Dreamcatcher great idea.

    • #440172

      the best , love this

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    • #442349

      We use dream catchers

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