I love to read and at two years old I’m hoping baby K will enjoy reading just as much as I do. When I was on maternity leave I would read to baby K everyday, as he became more mobile he wouldn’t sit long enough to get through a whole book.
Now that he’s in toddler mode aswell as all the changes to his night time routine – no more bottle before bed, potty training and changing his cot bed into a bed – I’ve been able to reintroduce books to bedtime.
Our new bedtime routine now consists of bathtime, a nice cup of warm milk an hour before bed, one TV show of his choosing while drinking his milk (we’re currently between Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and In the Night Garden) , then around 7:45pm it’s up to bed for a snuggle and story with the hope that he’ll be asleep by 8pm!
So I thought in light of our new routine I’d put together a regular post of baby K’s favourite bedtime books for the month, yes I know he has favourites, so here it is…
The Very Happy Hen Pop-Up Book by Jack Tickle
This fun pop-up book is currently a favourite of baby K’s, discovering lots of farmyard animals springing from its bright colourful pages, this pop-up book tells the story of what all the farm yard animals get up to during the day before bedtime. The bright pop-up animals and pictures are great t keep your toddlers attention as they eagerly turn the page ready to discover what animal will jump out next!
Bouncy Bouncy Bedtime by David Bedford
This is a cute bedtime story involving a fun array of sleepy animals from Hopalots (kangaroos) to Waddlers (penguins) who are getting ready to go to sleep in the big bouncy bed in the sky. The illustrations use soft muted colours to help create a sense of calm and reflect the sleepiness of the animals. The rhyming words within the story allows the narrative to flow which in my opinion creates a relaxing atmosphere which will help your child unwind and hopefully like the animals in the book fall in to a deep sleep.
Mog and Bunny by Judith Kerr
Part of the Mog series, Mog and Bunny follows the story of Mog’s favourite toy bunny and what happens when bunny is accidentally left outside in the rain. The book only has a couple of lines on each page, so is a nice easy read for little children with the illustrations being the main focus. The images remind me of books from when I was in school and are clearly hand drawn which give it a classic feel. This can easily become a book which will follow your child as they grow and become a favourite.
Fox’s Socks by Julia Donaldson
Part of the Tales From Acorn Wood series Fox’s Sock’s is a fun lift the flap book where your toddler helps fox find his missing socks. Written in a rhyming style and with beautiful detailed illustrations Fox’s Socks will keep your little ones attention throughout the whole book. Lifting the flaps and helping fox and his cute mouse friend reveal different items of clothing also helps your child learn and identify clothes which they may find in their own wardrobe.
I Love You This Much by Igloo Books
This book is part of a collection of four bedtime books by igloo books, which uses cuddly bears as their focus characters. I Love You This Much describes all the cute things you can do for someone you love and hold dear, picking flowers from a meadow and making a wish in the fairy ring, this cute book is a lovely way to put your little one to sleep by telling them how much you love them.
What are your favourite bedtime books?