When we first moved into our new house, about seven months ago, our three-year-old starting telling us he was sometimes afraid when he was alone in his room.
My easy fix to quell his fears was to whip up a bottle of "scary spray." I bought a $1 spray bottle from a local value store. I chose yellow, D's favorite color. I filled the bottle with tap water. Then I added 10-15 drops of essential oil. I've use lavender and eucalyptus in the past, as those scents are known to help with relaxation. The last few times, I'm used peppermint because it's the scent he likes the best.
I made a little label that reads "scary spray" and attached it to the bottle.
When D says he is afraid, I go into this room and spray a few squeezes of scary spray in the air. I remind him that because he feels the mist and smells the scent he can know that the scary spray is working. The scent lingers long enough for him to drift back to sleep.
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