Great Bedtime Storybooks to Incorporate into your Toddler's Bedtime Routine
One of the most important parts of establishing good sleep habits for your toddler or sleep training a toddler is to create a bedtime routine, and to stick with it. In fact, our Baby and Toddler Sleep Expert recommends starting a bedtime routine as early as possible if you're parenting a newborn or infant.
While there are ways to make every part of the bedtime routine fun, bedtime stories are often a toddler's favorite part. Not only is it a fun time for imaginations to run wild before bed, but research shows that bedtime stories help foster a parent-child bond, help children prepare for sleep, and boost your child's brain development.
So what are some great storybooks to have on hand to read while snuggled up with your child after bath time? I think we all know the classics like Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are. These are some of our favorites that you may not have yet:
1. Llama Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
"In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama's need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama's reassuring message."
2. The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
"All quiet is not created equal. In this irresistibly charming picture book, many different quiet moments are captured, from the anticipation-heavy “Top of the roller coaster quiet” to the shocked-into-silence “First look at your new hairstyle quiet.” The impossibly sweet bears, rabbits, fish, birds, and iguanas are all rendered in soft pencils and colored digitally, and, as in all of the best picture books, the illustrations propel the story far beyond the words. A sure-to-be-a-classic bedtime favorite."
3. Goodnight, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
"Stinky Face always has a lot of questions, and his patient mama always has the right answers! This time, Stinky Face is having trouble going to sleep in his own bed, and asks if he can sleep with her. After all, the water from the drippy faucet could sweep him away at any moment! But just like in previous stories, Mama knows how to reassure her Stinky Face to let him know that she's right there, even when he's sleeping."
4. Goodnight Yoga by Mariam Gates
This is the perfect bedtime book for a family that incorporates yoga into their bedtime routine!
"This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature. Moving from “Sun Breath” to “Cloud Gathering” to “Ladybug & Butterfly” and more, readers learn techniques for self-soothing, relaxing the body and mind, focusing attention, and other skills that will support restful sleep and improve overall confidence and well-being."
5. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
"As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more."