Bedtime books can be a great way to teach your baby and toddler that sleep is a good thing. It also prepares them for bed so they can relax and fall asleep more easily. Reading to your child is very beneficial at all ages and this is a ritual you can incorporate into your bedtime routine that will last for many years.
Newborns and young babies don’t understand what you are reading but it is good for bonding with the parents and babies love to hear their parents voice with all the different rhythms and inflections. Be enthusiastic when reading to them. The more words a baby hears the better his vocabulary will be when she learns to talk. Babies will begin to respond more and more with movements, coos and smiles as you read to her. If you don’t get a chance to read to your little baby on a regular basis at bedtime because they fall asleep often and everywhere, start when you introduce a bedtime routine around 8 weeks of age.
Between 6 and 12 months is when children get more interested in books and their story. They love the pictures and can turn the pages around 8 or 9 months old. When you read be sure to point out the pictures and talk about them. By one years old and beyond you should have a regular reading routine. Toddles love repetition and love to have you read the same book over and over again. You can still have a variety of books as her favorites will change as she grows.
Some of the favorites bedtime books for young babies are “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown and “Rest” by Elizabeth Verdick. These early books have a lot of rhythmic sounds babies enjoy hearing. For babies and toddlers 6 months and beyond “Kiss Goodnight” by Amy Hest or “Time for Bed” by Mem Fox. You can find these books on www.amazon.con/books Another books that is actually supposed to help children fall asleep has mixed reviews but many parents swear by it. It is called “The Rabbit that Wants to Fall Asleep” by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin for children that can understand verbal language like around 2 -3 years old. It doesn’t have very many pictures and should be read while the child is lying in beds as they don’t need to see the pictures but listen to the words. Mr. Ehrlin says “It’s the verbal equivalent of rocking your child to sleep”. It incorporates relaxation techniques and the child will often fall asleep before you are done reading it. Does this book really work as a sleep aid? Who knows for sure you will have to decide for yourself. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Rabbit-Wants-Asleep-Getting-Children/dp/149617951X to check it out.