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DS3 scared of the dark. DS1 needs the dark to sleep. They share a room. What in God's name should I do?

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Spidermama Fri 10-Jul-09 22:10:23

DS1 is 9 and needs dark to sleep. He shares a room with DS3 who is 7 and scared of the dark. He wants to have his side light on but I have vetoed this saying I'll leave the hall light on and the door open.

DS1 says it's still too much light.

The argument is still ongoing up there and it's after ten now.

What would you do?

PacificDogwood Fri 10-Jul-09 22:12:28

Gosh, tricky one.... the only thing I can think of is eye mask for your 9 year old?
Improvise with a scarf or something over his eyes?
Good luck.

MarmadukeScarlet Fri 10-Jul-09 22:12:35

Flight mask?

Thandeka Fri 10-Jul-09 22:13:17

eyemask?

mini toylight keyring or something?

Spidermama Fri 10-Jul-09 22:15:15

I have given him a flight mask tonight. He shouldn't have to wear it. That said I wear and eye mask and ear plugs in bed every night.

I think it would be much healthier for all if the 7 year old would get over this fear of the dark. I'm losing my empathy since he pillaged then squirted my lip gloss all around the shower room sink.

Sawyer64 Fri 10-Jul-09 22:17:08

My DD's are a little like this,I have put them in bunk beds,and the one who wants the light has a Nightlight that is a Torch and a clock with a light.I put a bookcase up against the bed,so the top shelf becomes her "bedside table".She has all the light she needs up there without it bothering anyone.

Alternatively,you can get bed tents from Ikea quite cheaply which keeps them in the dark.smile

Spidermama Fri 10-Jul-09 22:20:28

Great idea about bed tents.

sanae Fri 10-Jul-09 22:20:49

Oh dear, sounds familiar - have had this with my DDS. Haven't really got an answer i am afraid. We did what you are doing - left hall light on with door open a crack. Time seems to have helped, DD2(8Y) now is much less worried about the dark, but last year I was up and down the stairs sorting the disagreements out.

cornsilk Fri 10-Jul-09 22:22:11

Put ds3 to bed first with the light. When he is asleep put ds1 to bed without the light. When they are both asleep turn on the nightlight.

Sawyer64 Fri 10-Jul-09 22:23:50

I also used to put those stars that are illuminous all round the walls and ceiling for my son,that helped too.

JudyBlume1019 Fri 10-Jul-09 22:25:01

twilight turtle is amazing

KTNoo Fri 10-Jul-09 22:29:03

My ds used to say he was afraid of the dark, but even if we left the light on he still didn't sleep well. Eventually we moved him in with dd and he slept fine, in the dark. The distraction of having someone in the room with him seemed to make him forget the initial fear iyswim. Is there something you can distract your ds with without having to leave light on? e.g. some kind of comfort object, or even torch for under bedclothes in case he needs to see.

cuppateaplease Sat 11-Jul-09 17:56:35

Ds doesnt like the dark and we used to have to leave the hall light on. however we got him a new cheap argos bedside clock with large (cos he's short sighted) green luminous numbers on.
This actually gives off enough of a green glow that we no longer have to leave the light on yet isn't too bright to be a nuisance

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