Top Picks for the Best Baby Bedtime Stories

By Misty on in Baby Sleep Products Bedtime Stories with 8 Comments

Top Picks for the Best Baby Bedtime Stories
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It’s a brand new year and a new year always makes me think of ways I can introduce new things into my baby’s life. I thought this year I would start off by sharing some of my favorite bedtime stories that I’ve read to my own kids and maybe it will spark some new ideas for bedtime stories you can introduce to your baby. Reading is so important as your baby grows and bedtime stories are the perfect time to get them started in their love of stories.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

One of my all time favorite bedtime story books to share with my daughter, Goodnight Moon is a perfect little poem and is set in the pages of wonderful illustrations that your baby will love. Now that my own daughter is over a year and can be a bit more interactive with her books, we try to find the objects in the pictures (like kittens and mittens). She loves to hear it at bedtime, but I also love that it’s helping me to teach her to recognize objects as words.

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

If you aren’t familiar with Sandra Boynton, you really must get to know this book series…now! these are the little square board books that just about everyone owns. I received a set of her books at my baby shower and I’ve been reading many of them to my daughter since she was just a few months old. Because of the material it’s printed on, you won’t find your pages torn or damaged in anyway from exploring fingers of a young baby. The story itself is really silly, with animals following a funny bedtime routine and finishes up with everyone going to sleep. This book should be a regular item in your baby sleep routine.

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

This is another fantastic book, but I will say my own daughter didn’t quite get into this story until she was almost a year old. By around 10 or 11 months old however, she loved it. Like Goodnight Moon, where we could search for objects, this book let’s us identify animals in the zoo. As the zookeeper walks around the zoo telling all the animals “goodnight”, a monkey is following in behind him with the keys he stole and letting the animals out…and headed for the zookeepers home. It’s a great story for kids and is short enough to hold their attention span. This is one I’m sure will be read well into the pre-school years.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jerry Pinkney

Everyone knows the story of Twinkle Twinkle Little star. It’s a classic and timeless nursery rhyme but the illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful and make the story that much better. My baby daughter will sit on the floor with this book and just turn from page to page looking at the pictures or will bring it to me so she can snuggle up in my lap and will sit through the whole story without moving. This is one of those bedtime story books that you will enjoy reading slowly and just enjoying the quiet moment reading to your baby.

I’ll See You in the Morning by Mike Jolley

One of the hardest things for your baby to understand and cope with is being away from you while they sleep. This book has such a loving message for your baby, reassuring that you will be near and always there to protect them, even as they sleep.

Bedtime Stories! Old Owl’s Fairy Tales for Children by Alice Cussler

I am old fashioned and generally I prefer to have a physical book in my hand to read to my baby. I will probably never stray from that feeling, however, there is one book that I really must share in this list that is only available through digital means. This book I bought through Amazon Kindle and is the book we read when we are traveling and don’t want to bring along books or if we are away from home and my daughter wants a story. This book is sweet, the stories are short, the pictures are adorable and is a fun bedtime story book if a digital format is up your alley.

Happy reading and sweet dreams!

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  1. Andrew Ben Richard

    January 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm · Reply

    I don't have a baby because am just eighteen years. But i love children and amazing books. Nice article i love it.

    1. Misty

      January 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm · Reply

      Thank you Andrew. Well, hopefully one day...many years from can come back here and gain some good information when you have a sweet sleeping baby.

  2. jenn alex brockman

    January 14, 2014 at 2:48 am · Reply

    One of our favorites is called Good night, Stinkyface.

    1. Misty

      January 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm · Reply

      Oh I haven't checked Stinkyface yet. haha That sounds fantastic. I will have to go pick that one up and see how the daughter likes it.

  3. Bonnie Gean

    January 14, 2014 at 4:25 am · Reply

    Believe it or not, even when baby grows up to be 35 years old, the child (adult) never grows out of the need to snuggle and be close to mom. At my daughter's age, she still loves the idea of sitting in front of the television to snuggle next to mom. Even though there isn't any book involved, I believe her love to be close stems from the early days of bedtime stories. I cherish the younger years we had together, but I look forward to the recent times we've shared together, too.

    1. Misty

      January 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm · Reply

      That's wonderful Bonnie. Before my own mom passed away, I definitely was still a snuggler. I remember, even in my 20's, sitting on the couch, under a blanket with my mom, watching Moonlight. She had a mad crush on the main actor and it was such a great time to spend with her...crushing on boys together. :)

  4. Mel Day

    January 14, 2014 at 7:44 am · Reply

    Reading with young ones is such a precious time and builds all sorts of wonderful things - love for stories, words and imagination as well as comfort, security and joy. I love story time before bed with my nephews.

    1. Misty

      January 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm · Reply

      Mel, that's exactly right. Your nephews sound like some lucky little guys to have an auntie like you to read with them. Keep on feeding their growing minds!

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