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Monday, April 22, 2013

Books and Bedtime Routine

As my son lays cooing on the ground, wide awake, while my eyes cry out for sleep I am inspired to write about books and a bedtime routine. Obviously, my routine isn’t working that great because I am still awake. However tonight is an exception because he has a bad cold and is having a hard time breathing... so he gets to call the shots tonight.

I like the short and sweet books. The ones that are actually built around a baby’s attention span, about 1 second per page and they are the kind that you can read a few books without creating an hour long routine.

Here is our bedtime story books.

First we start with Snuggle Puppy his all time favorite. He face lights up the moment I begin reading. This book is really great because if he starts crying on a long trip if I start reciting the book from memory he will settle down.

This is the version I grew up with...
And I just found it on Amazon so I
may have to buy it!
Then we enjoy a Bible Story from The Beginner Bible. I choose this Bible because I have fond memories of growing up reading this Bible. It is an easy reader type Bible so you can read it to your kids, but once they can read they can also read it themself. Since I was little they have printed a new addition. I don’t like it as much as the original, but it gets the job done.

And finally we end with the Going to Bed Book, which is just the perfect book... as it has the a great combination of humor and serious. Their bedtime routine includes going to exercise, brushing teeth, and rocking to sleep on the sea.  

I really feel that Sandra Boynton has a gift when it comes to her boardbooks. The simple rhymes make them fun to read and easy to memorize, and her illustrations... they are absolutely adorable they totally make the book.

What is your bedtime routine? Do you have any favorite books?


  1. Oh my gosh! We have an extensive bedtime routine, but she will always go to sleep if I do it! Good Night Moon has always been a staple. We also read form the beginner's bible (Love the pictures! So funny!), Psalm 23 by Tim Ladwig (she LOOVES this!), and A Comer by Ana Zamorano which I got for free recently and is in Spanish. She almost has it memorized and has learned many Spanish words!
    Of course we always have the other bedtime routines included:
    Bathtime, brush teeth, night time lotioning (Shea Butter and glycerin smothered all over her), dress into pajamas, story time, prayers, then choose a color of Twilight Turtle (which makes stars on the ceiling), kisses, "good night", "I love you". I haven't really had trouble having her go to sleep. =D

  2. PInned this!
    PS I do a Friday Linky party if you want to link up!

    1. Thank you so much! I will come check out your link party! Theresa :-)

  3. Fab routine - it's never too early to start reading.

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Friday Baby Shower , Alice x

  4. I totally agree about the Beginner's Bible. I think it is criminal that they published a new one by the same name with a completely different author. It is so NOT as good as the old one. I really think Karyn Henley (the old author) should somehow get rights to her old text and republish. It really makes me mad to have to go hunting for the old one, but I did and I'm so glad. It really was just so much better.

    I haven't seen either of those Sandra Boynton books you mentioned. I'll have to check them out for our new little one! Thanks, and I hope you get some sleep! :)
    Tina @ Mommynificent

  5. I loooove Snuggle Puppy too. :) Such a sweet book and message "I love who you are, I love what you do..."

  6. We love Snuggle Puppy and The Going to Bed Book, too!

    Thanks for linking up at The Tuesday Baby Link Up!


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