I like to recommend a bedtime story as part of a bedtime routine – it is never too early or late to start reading to your little ones. Here are some of the benefits of bedtime stories:
Calms and relaxes before bed: Books are a quick and easy way to relax your baby/child before bedtime. I notice with my twins, once I begin their bedtime story they immediately relax – no matter what chaos was happening 5 minutes ago!
Encourages Imagination: Visualisation is an important part of increasing your child’s imagination. Therefore, picture books can play a huge part in a child’s imagination.
Increases Vocabulary: Your little one will come across characters and words in a book exposing them to language they may not typically hear on a daily basis.
Provides structure to the day: A book at bedtime is something that can be incorporated into a daily routine. It doesn’t have to be a long story, just a few pages each night will be something your child can look forward to as part of their bedtime routine.
Quality time with parent: That valuable one to one time with a parent will provide an opportunity for connection and slowing down after a busy day – benefiting both the parent and child!
Some of the firm favourites in our house:
- The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
- The Mog Collection by Judith Kerr
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
- The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Owl Babies by Martin Waddel
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Winnie & Wilbur Collection by Valerie Thomas