Anxiety can make you sleep more

When your child is afraid of sleeping alone

Growing independence is sometimes frightening - especially at night

With the second year of life, children become noticeably more independent, but still need the reassurance of their parents when they move away from them and try new things. The urge for independence often alternates with a strong need for closeness and security.

The safer and more cared for your child during the day, the less they are afraid of separation in the evening and at night when it is bedtime. The experience of being secure helps the child deal with possible fears. They know that they can rely on their caregivers.

Especially at night, the fear of being alone and separated from their parents can easily gain the upper hand in small children. So it is not unusual at this age when a child suddenly finds it difficult to fall asleep again or wakes up at night and calls for the parents. Many a child, who had already reliably slept through the night in their little bed, suddenly crawls under their parents' duvet at night on a regular basis.

In this phase, cuddly blankets, teddy bears or other dolls have a special meaning for the child and are his constant companions because they are, as it were, objects of reference that facilitate and bridge the time of being alone. The children talk to their cuddly toy, tell him about their experiences - and so can calm down. Sometimes a little light can help with the fear in the dark nursery, or the door is ajar so the child knows that someone is nearby.

How pronounced these nocturnal fears and their possible effects on sleep behavior are, however, varies from child to child. Even among siblings, there can be clear differences here.