any ideas how to help my 4 year old dd who is having nightmares every night about 'a big massive spider walking into my room'? any attempts at reassurance etc are not working, and she is so scared she says she is trying to stay up all night with her eyes open so she doesn't see the spider. we have tried leaving lights on etc . help and advice greatly appreciated - we are tired and its horrible to see her so scared
Just after DD1 started having nightmares (younger than your DD IIRC though) my friend gave her an artic fox stuffed toy...'foxy'... Foxy slept with DD1 and frightened the monsters etc away - he was very fierce to anything scary, got very cross with them for scaring her and he looked after her at night ...he used to talk to me - almost unbelievably it worked ...she believed it and her nightmares stopped. When DD2 started having nightmares 'foxy' came out again....and worked the same magic... Maybe worth trying?
We got my DD a dream catch at that age, told her it catch all her bad dreams, she believed it.My DD was also very scared of spiders so we made some 'spider spray' that would keep spiders away, that seemed to work.