We started a bedtime routine for Douglas and Arthur when they were around 12 weeks old. Although timings and the way we do things might have changed, bedtime stories are still a big part of it. After the somewhat chaotic bath time /dressing/milk-drinking/tooth-brushing routine, we dim the lights. The boys then go into their cots for a few of their favourite bedtime stories before lights out.
Now aged 20 months, we have found a few books have become firm favourites. They are generally all board books that last a few minutes each. The boys seem to prefer 3 or 4 short stories to one long one where they lose interest. Board books are great as they’re sturdy, but also the pages are easier for toddlers to turn themselves, which Douglas and Arthur are keen to help with! Here are some of our favourites and why:
No Bed Without Ted by Nicola Smee
I’m sure most parents of toddlers can identify with this story – a child who won’t go to bed until they have their favourite toy! There are flaps to open, which Douglas and Arthur love helping with.
Panda’s Pyjamas by Richard Dungworth
This is a really sweet story about a little boy and his Ted helping a Panda find some pyjamas ready for bedtime. The illustrations are lovely and colourful.
Rosie’s Hat and One Ted Fell Out Of Bed by Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson is arguably one of the most popular children’s authors, perhaps most famous for The Gruffalo!
We follow the story of Rosie’s Hat through the years and its many incarnations, as a frisbee and a dog’s toy, to name two! Will Rosie be united with her hat? You’ll have to read to find out!
Incorporating counting throughout, the toys come to life while Ted’s owner sleeps, helping him get back into bed! A great story with a happy (and sleepy) ending.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
This book has sold so many copies, I can’t think that there are many parents out there who don’t own it! It is just such a charming tale and really taps into those new mummy emotions so watch out if you read it as a first-timer! Arthur has started doing some of the actions now, which is so cute to watch!
Books are such a lovely part of our evening routine and I think they really help the children wind down ready to sleep.
What are your children’s favourite bedtime stories?