I have always dreaded the night that proves the boy has inherited his fathers sleep disturbances . I’ve always waited for the sound of tiny feet clambering around the bedroom, or loud one way conversations, or a complete panic and a few minutes of petrified between sleep and awake moments, in the night.
Well, apart from a few bad dreams, a few night-time separation anxieties and one way chats and giggles, it’s yet to be proved.
According to BabyCentre http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a558175/toddler-sleep-concerns-nightmares , nightmares in under 4 years olds is unusual. The boy did go through a stage where he would wake after a vivid and frightening dream and was able to recall what he had been dreaming of. Now, they didn’t sound like frightening sleep disturbances, but in his tender innocence I guess they were the most disturbing and upsetting things his little brain could come up with.
Here are the frightening encounters (as far as I could gather them!)
- a cow was sniffing his toe (his left, big toe – this is actually a recurring dream which he still has now but manages to shoo the cow away)
- someone ate all his crisps (my husband had earlier in the day eaten one of his crisps)
- something about purple and counting
- Peter Rabbit (just “Peter Rabbit” sobbed over and over)
- a cow was sniffing all his toes
- there was a bee in his bed
- he lost his big banana and he wanted it back
- he lost his handle on the bus
- he wanted his chocolate cake back
I consoled him with a cuddle and a kiss and back to bed, I consoled myself that if they were the worse things he could think of as happening to him then we were doing ok.