Battling Night Terrors.

You may have seen my facebook status the other day on my facebook page, sharing our recent hurdles with Annabelle and what I figured out to be, night terrors. During her sleep at night, she would stand in her cot, 90% asleep, letting out the most horrifying blood-curdling screams. Basically causing me to wake my older daughter to go in & sleep beside her Brother. But in hindsight, it would be the only way she’d get any sleep. Then it was my job to attempt to console an inconsolable 13mth old.

With this being our first experience with battling night terrors and I was pretty clueless about the right and wrong things to do whilst your child is in the throes of their terror. But I did a lot research and I kept reading the same thing over and over again, that “they just grow out of it”. Well, I wasn’t willing to accept that they ‘just’ grow out of it because some people in the articles I read said weeks, some even said months {and beyond!}. But I am one of these people that doesn’t accept being told that there isn’t a solution for something, as I’m a true believer that there is a solution for everything! So I set out to find one. 

I read article after article and read pretty much the same issues each time and the same; ‘they’ll just grow out of it’, each and every time. I had a good think and came up with my own solution. So what epiphany did I encounter? Basically, I made Annabelle a ‘night-time’ teddy and we named him, Raggedy Cat. 

We anointed him her official nighttime guardian and after his first night on duty, we think he ‘s more than able to handle the job. 

His first night on the job {alongside some Lavender oil lightly filling her room} she didn’t stand up in her cot or let out any terrifying screams in the night and even though she cried out in her sleep a few times, it ended swiftly because Raggedy Cat had everything under control. 

Every night since introducing her to her new nighttime friend, the nights have been a lot more peaceful. Yes, occasionally she’d let out the odd cry and moment of
AAAAAHHH from her. But her new guardian of the night has everything in hand and has been battling her night terrors like the champion he is, ever since. 

We seem to have conquered the night terrors and now Annabelle and Raggedy cat go everywhere and do everything together. New Best Buds. We are so relieved that her Night terrors were cured {for one of a better term!} by simply making her a little friend to comfort her in the dark. Sure, he was made by a novice seamstress of a Mum and sure he isn’t the best-looking cat on the block; but she thinks he is amazing and beautiful and that’s the only opinion that matters. 
Have you ever experienced night terrors with your LOs? 


  1. Carin Cullen
    17/03/2014 / 9:34 AM

    That’s a great idea. Ours haven’t suffered with night terrors, “just” really bad nightmares. It’s horrid. Making a new friend to look after your little one is very clever! Hope things continue to calm down now. x

    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:33 AM

      Hi Cara, pleased to hear that your LO’s haven’t suffered with the dreaded night terrors, although the nightmares don’t sound any more fun 🙁 Raggaty cat is certainly doing his job well, so naturally we’re pretty pleased!! x

  2. Sarah Jay
    17/03/2014 / 9:54 AM

    So sweet! Lovely little cat (with great protective skills obviously!) I also love her fluffy bum 🙂

    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:33 AM

      Oh he has mega protective skills. I’m half tempted to sew him up a little shield and sword! lol! x

  3. Mummy Muncher
    17/03/2014 / 2:08 PM

    Aw, how lovely! Made even better by the fact that you made him 🙂

    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:34 AM

      Aww thank you. I love handmade items. And hopefully if he stays intact that perhaps he can be a night time guardian for any future little humans running about ^_^ x

  4. 17/03/2014 / 2:41 PM

    My son has got night terrors too =( He got it from his dad who is still having them.

    Will try to make one for him for his nights to be more peaceful.


    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:36 AM

      Oh no 🙁 Gosh his Dad has them too?! Thats just awful. They must be exhausted :(( Good luck on making one for hun! x

  5. 17/03/2014 / 4:38 PM

    That is such a great idea Debs and look at you sewing genius! Night terrors are horrible so it’s great you’ve been able to calm her and she’s taken to Raggarty Cat. Such a lovely thing to do. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:36 AM

      Thanks Charly, pahahaha! Wouldn’t exactly say sewing genius, I can see him needing a patch up already! LOL! x

  6. Hannah Brooker
    17/03/2014 / 5:55 PM

    Night terrors are awful my son had them for over a year on and off and nothing settled him because he was in such a deep sleep I could do nothing but sit and wait every terror out. I’m so pleased LO has a new buddy and I hope it continues to help her too. That photo btw is a fab reflection on these horrible things x

    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:37 AM

      Gosh, your son had them for over a year! So horrible and waiting for them to end is terrifying. I love that photo too of the little teddy battling the demons of the night.x

  7. 17/03/2014 / 9:24 PM

    Wow – I love that you actually made Raggedy Cat from scratch! So creative! I’m in awe of anyone with more than one child who can also find the time and motivation to actually make stuff – you are my new hero. Great idea for dealing with the night terrors too – she looks too little to understand but I know my 19 month old has been understanding most things for a while now. I’m just grateful that neither of my two have suffered with this awful night-time affliction but its nice to know that there is a way to deal with it. #whatsthestory

    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:39 AM

      Haha, yeah! Took forever and I’m such a noob seamstress that no doubt he’ll need some night guardian surgery for repairs soon! haha. I thought she’d be too young for them, but after some research it seems not. Quite scary really, far too young to be going through anything like that I say. So glad that your two never suffered them! x

  8. Coombe Mill
    17/03/2014 / 9:37 PM

    Raggedy Cat sounds like a great investment. Glad you found a simple and effective solution to trouble free sleeping #MagicMoments

    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:39 AM

      Thank you! I have been wanting to write children books for quite a while and I think Raggaty Cat could be my starting point, lol x

  9. Tina Holmes
    18/03/2014 / 8:30 AM

    My daughter did, she hit and kicked me and just screamed and screamed. It was like she was in a different world. It was so upseting. They did only last about 8 mths and none since, fingers crossed.

    • Deborah Patrick
      18/03/2014 / 9:41 AM

      Gosh Tina, that sounds horrible! Yeah Annabelle looked trapped in horror when we tried to console her, nothing worked until she’d just snap out of it and be all smiles and clearly have no clue what had just went on. For your LO to have them for 8mths is far too long, just glad they are behind her now! x

  10. Victoria Welton
    18/03/2014 / 9:55 PM

    Raggaty cat is a great idea as is the lavender 🙂 Thank you so much for linking to Magic Moments x

  11. BavarianSojourn
    19/03/2014 / 5:04 PM

    Brilliant idea, you are very talented! I remember both of mine going through similar stages at that age, I think their dreams just become a lot more vivid/real to them at that age! x

  12. Bod for tea
    20/03/2014 / 11:07 AM

    You’re so clever to make Raggaty cat! Little Man has had a couple of these episodes but isn’t keen on having a ‘special friend’ yet. Roll on that time so Mummy gets some rest! 🙂

  13. Maddy@writingbubble
    25/03/2014 / 11:32 AM

    Thankfully we’ve yet to experience night terrors with any of our three. Sounds horrible for you all. great idea to make the cat though! glad it’s working!

  14. Emily Foran
    25/03/2014 / 9:25 PM

    What a lovely idea although not sure it would work on my son because when he has night terrors he’s completely delirious to everything around him and luckily remembers nothing of the blood curdling screaming and violent attacks we’ve had to deal with through the night. Luckily he gets them much less now he’s nearly 10 but any change in his temperature is guaranteed to produce one. We’ve also found they can be linked to needing the toilet and often if we guide him to the loo it can help calm him down – crazy & terrifying things!! Pleased you’ve found a way to ease them for your little one! xxx

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