All the time, busy moms ask me for my favorite books for babies and toddlers to read before bed. When we read books together at night, everyone knows it’s one of my favorite parts of our day. It was very important to me to find a good collection of books for Riley to read at bedtime because that’s how I like to end my day and I really enjoy the quiet before going to sleep after a busy day. As soon as she was born, I read her one book before she went to sleep. Then we worked our way up to more. During the last 10 months, we’ve been reading 5 books a night every night. She’s now at 2.5 years old, and we’re still reading that many books a night. Then again, I love reading, so I don’t mind it taking up a lot of time or taking longer. I love talking about our favorite bedtime books because it’s one of my favorite parts of the day and it’s helped us build a calm, easy bedtime routine.
No, I can’t. Nah. But I think our bedtime routine at least helped her get to sleep. It was a lovely way to end the day, too. People who did bedtime even if it was someone else’s job. She knew what to expect and would get mad at grandma when she tried to skip it. Riley has been excited about the reading part of her bedtime routine since she was about 6 months old. If it was over as a baby, she would get very angry and try to ask for one more book. As a toddler, though, she is always excited about books and will try to ask for one more. First, let’s talk about the books you can read with your baby or toddler. Then I want to give you some tips and tricks for adding books to your bedtime routine!
Best Bedtime Books For Babies & Toddlers
In the beginning, I usually chose short bedtime books for Riley because she didn’t have a long attention span. I also always chose books that had some kind of sleep or bedtime element because I wanted to send all the good sleep vibes out into the world.
Those little bedtime board books were so cute. I thought they were great because they were short and easy for her to read. For her to start to understand the concept of “going to bed” and just how it fits into our day and what to expect.
The Baby Goes Beep
There is no doubt about it. She and I both love this one. It goes through baby’s day and then it ends with baby taking a bath and going to bed at the end of it. This is a very simple story that helps them connect to the things they do every day and bright, bold colors! As soon as she started reading the book, it was so much fun. One of my favorite bedtime books for babies is even… I had been reading this to her a long time before she was born.
Good Night, I Love You
Love this author’s books and the illustrations are always cute. They are always so cute! The book is great for babies and toddlers because it is simple and easy for them to understand.
A Book of Sleep
A short, beautiful book about how different animals go to sleep. My daughter used to love this when she was a baby. We got it from the library a lot, but I only recently got back in when she turned 2. It was even more fun to talk about the different animals and how they sleep with her.
The Going To Bed Book
The whole family loves Sandra Boynton, and I’m sure everyone who has kids does, too. A book about these animals getting ready to go to bed is on these board books. These silly animals even work out before they go to sleep. With time, it was more fun to talk about how the animals were being silly than when she was younger.
During this book, Riley always laughs. This is one of our favorite snuggly bedtime stories, and we always read it together. An adorable and cozy bedtime book for your little one! Added: We still read this at 2 and she knows it by heart, and she does all the kisses to me that make my heart melt.
I love this short, sweet book, and my husband used to read it to Riley before she went to bed. It was a favorite of his. It’s a sweet story about how many little hugs a baby gets from her father in a day. It ends with goodnight hugs for the little one. Also, I’m pretty sure that around her second birthday, she learned how to read her numbers thanks to this book and Mommy Hugs.
As you can see, Sandra Boynton is a big part of our bedtime routine when it comes to reading books to our kids. This bedtime book is all about getting those jammies on. Putting them on is the main thing. She might not like to put her pajamas on, but she likes to watch the animals put their pajamas on.
This book has just gotten better with age — it’s been such a fun read for her as a toddler and we do our little pajama time shimmy and I love hearing her say “iiiiiiiit’s pajama time”
Goodnight Moon board book
A bedtime book that kids love! This has been a favorite bedtime book for a long time, from when I was a baby to when I was two years old.
Llama Llama Nighty Night:
This book is great! Catchy and cute rhyming book about bedtime that makes sure you know what your child is doing before going to sleep. We love this bedtime board book!
Time For Bed:
Love Mem Fox’s books? This one is a must-have for bedtime! Because it’s a well-known book, she has grown to love it even more as she gets older.