Afraid of the Dark

Night time and a vivid imagination, can often cause children to be afraid of the dark. Read below for how fairies can help your child feel safe.

Plant a Fairy Garden outside their bedroom wall

Afraid of the Dark

It’s comforting for a child to know that a fairy is living right next to them

Even if you don’t have any garden space outside, maybe create a little fairy garden in a pot or around a tree stump.

Even inside their bedroom, use an old drawer, an old Fish Tank or Bird Cage.

(Our Facebook Page and our Facebook ideas Group have lots of ideas for creative places that fairies can move in!)

Place a Fairy Door in their room

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How magical for a child to imagine that a fairy actually visits them through a tiny doorway on their wall.

Especially at night time when all is dark and still, a child can find comfort know that a gentle fairy is able to fly in while they sleep.

There’s a Fairy Under my Bed

Monsters Under the bed

In an earlier post called ‘Monsters Under the Bedwe shared a beautiful story received from one of our customers.

Her child was afraid of imaginary monsters under her bed and her mum needed to go through a timely ordeal every night to ensure they weren’t there.

This mum decided to set up a fairy door under her child’s bed, complete with fairy lights and now under her bed is a place of happiness and sparkles!

Attach a Light up Fairy Door

Pink light opening fairy door

Kids love twinkles, sparkles and even turning lights on (well ours did).

And if you have a child who is afraid of the dark, they feel comforted when there is a light shining in their room at night to dispel the dark.

That’s why Night Lights are a popular way to include some soft light through the night. And we have a magical “fairy version” …. a Light Fairy Door

Our Light Up Fairy Door is a Fairy Door that lights up when the door is open. Powered by tiny LED lights, it uses minimal battery power and doesn’t get hot. Plus the small button-cell batteries are easy to replace and are available from hardware stores. 

Relax Before Bedtime

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Too much TV, activity and stress, can over stimulate a child’s mind, especially close to bedtime.

Relaxing activities like bath time, a story, soothing music, cuddles, quiet playtime and even just talking together, are all ideas that can help sooth and relax before bedtime.

Giving your child time to unwind and relax before bed is a helpful key in helping them feel at ease before they go to bed.

See What they See

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Listen for the sounds that they hear: 

Sit on the bed with your child and listen.  Ask them to identify the sounds that scare them.  Sometimes it’s the car racing by, the screeching of a cat or the wind blowing a tree branch against the house.  

A young child isn’t able to make sense of these sounds in the night, and assume they belong to something scary.

See their bedroom from their level: 

Look around in the dark with your child and look around.  Is there something casting a shadow on the wall?
Is there a reflection through the window or some clothing hanging from a hook? In the dark these objects can appear scary.

Open the door:

Something practical like leaving their bedroom door open assures them they can always get to you if they need to.

Being afraid of the dark is common for a lot of children and we hope that the above ideas prove helpful to you.

We also have ideas for helping a child sleep in the own bed through the night with our Sleep Fairy post

Plus our Monsters Under the Bed post might also be helpful.

For lots of other ideas, see our post on how to use your fairy door

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