Let’s face it, getting your rambunctious little one ready for bed can be an enormous task even when they want to go bed. From baths to pajamas and finding the right stuffed animal, you begin to feel like more of a wrangler than a parent!
Luckily, there are tips, tricks, and methods to help your toddler go down for the night, and big one is routine. Ensuring that your child sticks to the same routine night after night at the same time can really help reduce the running around or struggling against going to bed – and it can help keep their crankiness at bay as well.
Like with any child, making a routine fun for them helps keep their interest and makes them look forward to going to bed. Making “story time” or “book time” a part of your toddler’s bedtime routine every night helps them look forward to time with you every night before they go to bed. In keeping with that, here are six excellent bedtime books to help your child drift off to dreamland.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.
Illustrated by Eric Carle, this beautiful board book will delight and entertain your child as they get ready to go to sleep. The narrative helps your child develop recognition of basic colors and animals.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The classics are great for a reason. This short poem told from the perspective of a young rabbit who doesn’t want to go to bed provides a fun little hide and seek game with every page.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Beware, you may need to purchase a wolf-suit after introducing your child to this timeless classic! The fantastical story combined with good lessons about mischief will make this a family favorite.
The Going To Bed Book by Barbara Boynton
Fun animals in pajamas and great rhyming will make this board book an instant hit with your toddler. The routine of the animals as they go to bed will help reinforce the routine you’ve established for your child.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
This colorful picture book by the great Dr. Seuss will be certain to engage your child and help them begin to learn small words. The rhyming structure keeps the sounds fun and the wacky illustrations will get your toddler’s imagination going.
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anne Dewdney
With terrific rhymes and a way for your child to relate to the main character, this modern gem will entertain and reassure your child about going to bed by themselves. Patience is a virtue little llama!
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