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#1 MsLaurie

Posted 23 October 2019 - 09:57 AM

Last night I went in to check on DD, nearly 5, at about 2am (after being up feeding the baby). She was half awake, eyes sort of glazed, surrounded by soft toys in various states of dress ups- like her teddy was wearing a hat and bunny ears, and a doll had a big bow clip on. I quietly told her it was night time, took everything out of the bed and she just lay straight down and went back to sleep.
This follows on from a week or so ago when I heard something on the baby monitor and went to look, and she was chatting to the various toys and had a tea party ready to go, at about 11pm. And earlier in the week when I went in to check she was sitting up in bed, wearing layers of necklaces and fairy wings at 4am! Again, was very quiet and compliant when I took everything off and said it was sleeping time, lying straight back down.

Is this a bit like sleepwalking? Or some kind of 3D dreaming? Has anyone else had this, and is it a problem? She hasn’t seemed tired the next day...

#2 cvbn

Posted 23 October 2019 - 10:26 AM

My Twins used to get up and play together, at night. They stopped once school got going (around 5 1/2)

I am not sure if they did it in their sleep? I used to leave them to it as I had a baby.

They were always early to bed so I figured they coped with it, always seemed fine the next day.

This was 15 years ago now.

Sorry not to be more help.

#3 Kattikat

Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:35 PM

No idea, but just wanted to say that is totally gorgeous and hilarious x

#4 Jenflea

Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:45 PM

That's the cutest thing I've heard in a long time.

#5 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:48 PM

I checked on 5yo DD last night before I went to bed, thought things didn’t look right, had a closer look and saw she had put a crown on. She’s a very deep sleeper, so didn’t wake up when I took it off. I’m not sure when she put it on!

#6 Paddlepop

Posted 23 October 2019 - 08:00 PM

Is there a family history of sleepwalking or any other type of sleep disturbance?

#7 gettin my fance on

Posted 23 October 2019 - 09:08 PM

When DD was <3yo we would hear her laughing and laughing, we'd go in and she'd be sitting up, sometimes eyes open, sometimes closed, talking gobbledygook in a conversational way interspersed with the most beautiful laughter.

Like you OP, we would just settle her back down (very easily done) and back to a deep sleep.

#8 DM. 2012

Posted 23 October 2019 - 09:24 PM

I wouldn’t be too concerned.  I think they just wake up and feel like playing, so just play.  Last year my son (6 then) woke up in the middle of the night and but stickers all over his school bag.  There have been some other things I can’t think of right now.

#9 elly35

Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:28 PM

It sounds like she is just playing except for when you said her eyes are glazed over. Both my kids have had night terrors- even though they were sitting or standing and talking to me (and tantrumming) with their eyes open it was this that told me they were asleep.

Edited to add it sounds like you are taking the right approach by resettling her quietly. If she is asleep she won't remember it in the morning. With my kids they outgrew it. It was more likely to happen when they were short of sleep

Edited by elly35, 24 October 2019 - 09:31 PM.





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