Recently I had an opportunity to present "Going to Bed" books to a group of parents who have toddlers, babies, and a few preschoolers. Throughout the storytime, the group discussed the bedtime issues or ideas that were presented in each book.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen is a great book to think about the overall "going to bed" routine. Is it simple? Regular?
A challenge every night?
Brush Your Teeth, Please A Pop Up Book. This book addresses the brushing your teeth routine in a very fun way. When is the appropriate age to start brushing your child's teeth? And, watch out for what your child is drinking....juice, milk, or water. You want your child to go to bed with clean healthy teeth.
Flora's Blanket by Debi Gliori is a great book to address the favorite toy, blanket, item of clothing that goes everywhere and what to do when it goes missing. It's fun to reflect on what is your child's favorite item. Also think about what was your favorite item. Mine was a soft yellow blanket.
Goodnight Sigmund by Nancy Coffelt is a great book to talk about some of the games and routines children enjoy just before bedtime. In this particular book the child is looking for his kitty bedtime. This book is much like a quiet hide-and-seek.
So, when you are reflecting on the going to bed routine, and it is exactly that, think about the wonderful moment of bonding it can be for a parent and child. Snuggle up, turn the lights down low, read a good book, listen to some soft music, and off to sleep.
For those of you struggling with the bedtime routine, don't give up! Visit your local library to get some encouraging parenting books which discuss the "going to bed" routine and challenges.