Our little ones can develop many fears in their lifetime, and most of them usually start around the toddler years. Here are some of the most common toddler fears and how you can help your tot overcome them.
Some of us are still scared of the dark, but for our toddlers it’s the fear of the unknown. A good way to help your tot overcome this fear is letting them switch on and off the lights around the house. Once they understand and feel a little more in control, they will understand that there is nothing to fear from the dark.
The fear of monsters is mostly as a result of thoughts that anything could be lurking under their bed. While we know that’s not true, it doesn’t stop our toddlers believing that monsters are very much real. Treat your tot’s concerns very seriously and help them to prevent any possible monster visits. Check the bed, cupboards, whatever it takes, to make your tot’s bedtime routine easier for you and your little one.
Extreme weather can even scare us sometimes, so no wonder our little one will want to take cover during a thunderstorm. The best way they can overcome their toddler fears is by helping them understand the weather and may be even enjoying it. Sometimes a weather chart can help them know what’s going on and prepare for what’s ahead.
This can cause problems for both parents and tots, especially interfering with our little one’s sleeping patterns. Bad dreams can result in your little one not wanting to sleep by themselves. The best way you can help your tot overcome this fear is by tackling it head on. Most toddlers are unable to verbalise their nightmare but will express their distress in different ways. Comfort your little one with their favourite blanket or stuffed animal, and reassure them that they’re safe and that you’re always there to help.
It’s understandable why our little ones can be scared of costumes, because they don’t understand them or know who is behind them. Like with monsters, toddlers have vivid imaginations and can think of anything when they see a big scary costume coming towards them. Don’t force interaction between your child and the costume, instead ask the person in costume to take off their mask, so your little one can see that there is a person underneath it. Another great way to help your child overcome their costume fears is by dressing up in some costumes with her.
Most of these fears will disappear in time but in the mean time make sure to cuddle your little one until they do.