How to help your toddler after a nightmare

Posted this in my other site and thought some Mommies might want to read this here too!

Go to your toddler when she cries out. Physical reassurance is important, so hold her or rub her back until she calms down. You may also want to make sure her favorite stuffed animal or toy is tucked in with her and double-check that the night-light is on. If you bring your toddler into your bed to comfort her, be aware you could be creating a habit that’s hard to reverse.

Talk to her about the nightmare if she’s old enough to understand what you’re saying. But keep in mind that “it’s only a dream” won’t be much consolation, since at this age she doesn’t grasp the difference between reality and dreams.

Have a great week!