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Thunderstorms

How do your toddlers handle thunderstorms? We had one move through the other night around 3am and I spent almost 2 hours with Jordan. I just had to rock her through the whole storm because she was scared. Do your kids react that way? How do you handle it if it's at night?

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There's one of the perks to having a deaf baby! Wink DS1 on the other hand can obviously hear the thunderstorms. When he was this age he wasn't too afraid of them. Often he'd actually sleep through them. As he's gotten older though he's started to get more afraid. I try to make it seem fun instead of scary. I usually take him to the window to watch the lightning and listen to the thunder. Confronting it and acting like it's all really exciting seems to help him. Of course he's 3.5 so I can reason with him a lot more.

Have you tried putting on a radio or a loud fan or sometime if a storm is coming? Maybe if you have something going to keep her from waking up in the first place that will help? Or if she does wake up, turn something on and try reading a story or something to get her mind off the outside? Good luck. Stuff like this can be so hard to deal with because they just don't quite understand at this age.

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Daisy has never woken to thunder and we even had a few bad storms in the last couple months. I guess with big brother and sister she's used to thunderous noise. Smile

If she did, I'd prob end up doing the same - rocking her through it....

She was afraid of the train for a little bit but now is excited to hear it come by - after we created excitment around it so i totally get what Tonya is saying...

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We've had loads of thunder storms (especially the last couple nights) and Beni has never woken (because of them) and doesn't seem to be afraid when they happen when she's awake either. I guess one small blessing for us!

But if she were afraid, I would certainly just comfort her through it.... what else can you do??? Thankfully it doesn't thunder every day, huh?

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Keaton doesn't tend to wake up during a storm and the ones during the day don't seem to bother him. My older boys are a different story. They can get pretty worked up. My oldest has a hard time because he was old enough to remember the hurricanes hitting us in FL. The year before we moved, we had 2 hit us in 2 weeks. We ended up with 3 trees down (one on our garage and one that came through our bedroom ceiling and landed on our bed). He was 5 at the time. I honestly think the younger boys feed off his anxiety. I just try to distract them when a storm comes through. Giving them a special treat like cookies or ice cream definitely helps distract them Wink

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So far no problems here but I expect that will change at some point.

My DD went through a scared phase but she seems to be good with it now.

Sometimes when we have a particularly loud one my DS#1 or DSS#2 will come down but generally all it takes is a hug, kiss, some reassurance and a little cuddle and they are back to bed.

Sorry Jordan had such a rough time with it. Some kids get more upset by them than others. Lots of snuggles her way!!

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Thunderstorms are a way of life over here (they normally happen daily during the summer), so the kids are all very used to them. I think you did the only thing you can, though, giving her lots of snuggles and comfort. Maybe you could make a fun game out of the thunder, like every time you hear it, go "Boom!" and laugh and throw your arms up and out wide. If you make it fun, she won't have too much anxiety over it.

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We sleep with white noise machines. Nothing wakes my kids up.

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Actually, we use white noise too but sometimes the thunder is so loud that the kids will wake. But it really needs to be loud to get through the white noise.

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We use white noise too but we have some loud storms around here. We are surrounded by fields and I swear the lighting is within a few miles sometimes! She's sort of going through a phase where she is afraid of all kinds of noises. Even things that aren't that loud in the house (a big truck driving by, a dog barking in the neighbors yard). I'm not sure why she is so anxious about it all of a sudden but she seems genuinely upset by them. She covers her ears and whines or cries. Sad

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We get loud storms too. We're right on Lake Ontario. Often I will take pictures off the wall if I know one is coming, since the house shakes. I just crank the white noise and my kids seem to be deep sleepers.

Sorry she's so upset though! Not sure there's much more you can do other than what you're doing.

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My kids sleep like the dead too. We use white noise in the babies room, but none of our kids have woken up from a storm yet, they are frequent here in the summer, and we get the house shaking variety.

I'm sorry she gets so upset my them! Now, this is purely anecdotal and I am in no way saying that she has anything like this ~ But my cousin was extremely sensitive to noise as a small child (storms, parades with fire engines would make her freak out etc) and it turned out she has a sensory processing disorder. Her parents worked with a specialist and had specific ways of handling situations with loud noise, and it worked wonders. She eventually totally grew out of it.

I hope the storms stop and that she grows out of it quickly!