Friday, 22 June 2012

Bedtime books

We've been making a conscious effort to have a more rigid/ sequential bedtime routine for Chubs, so help her wind down at the end of the day. We've tried a few times before but it's never really worked. I think it's really important to read to your children every day, but whenever I've tried before she just grabs at the book and rips the pages or crawls away and it all gets a bit awful.

We had been consideing buying Chubs a fold out foam sofa, and we did today. The great thing was she was happy to sit in it! I spent some time sitting in it 'reading' and she's reasonably happy to sit there fore a few short books now. Yay!

We've also tried to clean Chubs' teeth before but without much success. It usually involved a lot of fussing, chewing on the toothbrush and non spitting, but I think she's finally got the hang of it.

I'm so excited about having bedtime stories now, so I thought I would share what we read on this blog. Feel free to leave your reading list in the comments too!

Bedtime books 22 June

Monday: The Biggest Bed in the World by Lindsay Camp, Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughan and Pamela Lofts, I Love My Mum by Anna Walker and Time for Bed by Mem Fox.
Tuesday: Dear Greenpeace, There's a Whale in Emily's Pond by Simon James, Sebastian Lives in a Hat by Thelma Catterwell and Kerry Argent and Time for Bed by Mem Fox (again...)
Wednesday: I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit by Pamela Allen, When Grandma Came by Jill Paton Welsh and Sophy Williams and Time for Bed yet again
Thursday: The Biggest Bed in the World again, There's a Whale in Emily's Pond again and Time for Bed again again again!

So our bedtime routine is clean teeth (something we've been trying to do for a while but she's just been crying; I don't think she knew what was going on.). After teeth it's stories on her new special chair, then off to bed for a feed. She falls asleep on our bed, then I move her to the cot. She stays there until about 11ish then comes into our bed for the rest of the night. Getting her to sleep in the first place had been a bit of a challenge for both of us, but we're all glad that we've found something that's working.

What bedtime books did you have at your house this week?


  1. It's hard to start the reading routine but they do eventually get it. It seemed easier with my first; my second used to chew books and rip pages but, over time, it got easier! I always loved the Mr. Men series for reading - pictures on one side, text on the other so it makes it really easy to read to the little ones. Enjoy story time! :o)

    1. Thanks Andrea, we're using mostly board books for the time being. She just won't stay still - this girl is meant to be moving!!!!!


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