Bedtime can be one of the biggest challenges for all the mummies out there. Whether it’s settling a young baby into a routine or convincing an older toddler that he or she has to go to bed earlier than mummy and daddy, it’s no easy task. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that you can help your child settle down, and a classic bedtime story is just one of them. Here are a few bedtime favourites that will guarantee to have your child’s imagination whirring and send them straight off to sleep, whether they’re breastfeeding or approaching school age.
Where the Wild Things Are
This is an old favourite that proved so popular it was even made into a movie in 2009. Perfect for older children, Where the Wild Things Are, written by Maurice Sendak in 1963, tells the story of a young boy named Max. Little Max is dressed in a wolf costume and is so naughty that he is sent to bed without his dinner. With the help of a little imagination, however, his bedroom soon turns into a jungle paradise, full of the aforementioned ‘wild things.’
This one’s perfect because not only does it excite your child’s imagination, it also sets the scene perfectly and encourages your little one to catch 40 winks! Try to set the scene a little by having your child take on the role of Max – you can get some great bedtime furniture from Bedstar to help recreate the adventures that have been making night times memorable for years.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Written by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury in 1989, this family favourite has been etched into the minds of parents across the globe. It’s great for little ones who learn by association, with songs and sound effects that can be sung to your young child to help improve their cognitive skills. The books tells the tale of a family who set out to hunt bears, only they have to face a number of obstacles along their way, from raging rivers to overgrown grass. With memorable actions and a tune with which to sing along, this bedtime story will not only aid your child’s learning but is also great for a little mummy and child bonding.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The beauty of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is that it can be enjoyed by children of all ages. The book has won a multitude of design awards and it’s easy to see why: with its beautiful illustrations of various fruits that the lead caterpillar loves to enjoy, the book is both fun and visually pleasing. Younger children can play with the different textures of the book, while older children can learn more about the life cycle of a butterfly. Both fun and educational, The Very Hungry Caterpillar tells the story of a caterpillar who spends his days eating himself into a stomach ache – only to turn into a beautiful butterfly. This happy ending will leave your children smiling and give them many memorable bedtimes for years to come.