i USED TO SUFFER FROM BAD DREAMS (sorry i wasnt yelling)...and my son suffers from them too.. We both do the same thing. We get our toughest toys (such as the bulldog idea), and place them strategically round the room as "guards". It helps reassure him that he is protected in his own room.
Your child must have a vast imagination, because people like that are the ones affected the most by dreams. See if there's something you can do during the day to enhance her imagination, such as pretend play, or even inventing a pretend friend. Drawings work especially well. It helps her filter all those thoughts on paper. Do not let her watch TV 2hours before bedtime, make her read nice books (minus the villians), or color quietly. Let her take a bath while having bath toys to play with. Play Barbie with her and have a "bedtime' scenario, or dolls or whatever. Then while tucking her in, check the closets, under the bed, just in case
at 12:06 AM on Aug. 31, 2009