B is going through a stage where he is scared of monsters coming into his room at night. It is effecting his sleep and making our bedtime routine so much longer. It is so hard to walk out of the room at night knowing he is scared to be in there alone! I was hoping it would be a short phase that would correct itself but after seeing that it was slowly getting worse I knew I had to do something about it. I’ve seen the idea of making monster spray in many of the parenting books but I always thought it sounded so silly. In fact, I wasn’t even considering trying it until my good friend recommended it to me and told me it worked for her and everyone she knew.
I put water in a special cup while B wasn’t looking and made the labels for the spray bottle. We poured it in together, put some beads in the bottle (just a random extra touch) and talked about how monsters are scared of this spray and once we spray it they will never come back.
The first night I thought “What am I getting myself into?” because he sprayed the whole house. It took FOREVER! I also made the mistake of telling him the spray made monsters disappear so then he thought everything he sprayed would disappear and kept saying “Watch out for the spray so you don’t disappear. At that point I just focused on how the spray scares the monsters and they never come back. It was worth the big production because IT WORKED! I left the spray on his dresser as a reminder and he still talks about it. We’ve only had to spray one other time. My friend said that every now and then her boys still get scared and she uses the spray for them.
I’m SO happy this worked for us! What are some other ways that you have gotten rid of monsters in your home? B is still scared of the noises outside at night (cars on the road etc.), any ideas for this?