Top tips for a good bedtime story

Since my children were young, we have always loved a good bedtime story in our household. Now that the technology is around us, my kids have evolved as well into watching stories on YouTube through the comfort of their iPad. I want to get back into a proper bedtime story as I love the memories of us cuddling in the bed while I read my kids a story. It’s nice to have that good quality time with my kids and memories to treasure as they grow up so quickly. I went online and looked into what makes the perfect children’s story and found this Infographic so I thought I would share it with you.

The books that made the list:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969)
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (1994)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (1960)
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
  • Where’s Spot by Eric Hill (1980)
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922)
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr (1968)
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (1999)
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (1982)
  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (1992)
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (1989)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1901)
  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton (1982)
  • Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by David McKee (1989)
  • Curious George by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey (1941)
  • Paddington Bear by Michael Bond (1958)
  • Llama, Llama, Red Pyjama by Anna Dewdney (2005)
  • Not Now Bernard by David McKee (1980)
  • There’s a Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone (1971)

This infographic is very informative and it certainly gives me an idea on how to make our bedtime story interesting again without using the iPad. I have also ask my fellow bloggers of their tips and here they are:

Victoria from Lylia Rose said, Letting them choose the book so you know they’ll love it and listen 😊

Lauren from that little outfit said, We love to make bedtime stories one-on-one special time with mummy or daddy so the kids get excited about going to bed for a story!

Katie from Mummy’s Diary said, Use books that get them involved. This is a good one it asks the child to press the dots and then on the next page they’ve disappeared or you’ve turned the lights out! it’s called Press Here

Victoria from Married Meeples said, I’d say it depends a bit on the age. Mine are still very little so the shorter the better especially with the sentences 😅. The toddler is at the stage where he likes to repeat what I say so the shorter sentences helps him maintain his flow without stressing him out at night.

Han from Daddi Life said, I love bed time stories. My trick is to start the story really getting into character and then as they start to wind down/fall sleepy (usually book 2 onwards), I then start to reduce my volume until I’m literally whispering the book. Seems to work a treat!

Becky from Simple Parenting said, Be absolutely as interested as they are in the story and it will shine through in your voice and enthusiasm is so infectious.

Hayley from Devon Mama said, Different voices! I can still remember my dad doing all the voices to me!

Erica from the incidental parent said, My two have an almost 5 year age gap, we sit on bed together and I read one story then my 7 year old reads to his younger brother. It’s really nice and a lovely way for them to bond too

Kelly from kelly Allen writer said, Reading together in a big bed. Get all cosy and snuggly and keep the books coming!

Chantelle from bilingual kid spot said, Make bedtime stories a part of your nightly routine from a very young age. This way they get used to it and you are setting your child up for a lifelong love of reading 🙂

Lianne from ankle biters adventures said, Introduce books you used to love from your childhood – my two love it when mummy gets her old books out

Jo from a rose tinted world said, Bedtime stories about bedtime! If my little girl sees her favourite characters preparing for bed, she wants to copy them and go to sleep too!

Louise from messy little monster said, Introducing puppets or other props that go with the story can be a lot of fun.

Sundip from mummy owl said, In addition to all of the great suggestions above, I found that books with interactive features, such as different textures to touch and feel, lift the flap books, and noisy books really piqued my baby’s interest (who is now 7 months old). For bedtime, we dim the lights, make a calm and relaxed environment and read in a quieter tone voice, and do this routinely every day so he recognises that it’s time for bed. One of our favourite bedtime stories is Night Monkey Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson. It includes lovely rhymes and teaches the difference between day and night (my baby used to have his mixed up!) as well as accepting and embraces differences – the two monkeys couldn’t be any different but become the best of friends.

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