By: Christa Protano
It was around this time of year (June to be exact) that our first born started to roll over during the night. Just when my husband and I thought we had the baby thing down, we hit the 4-month mark and sleep became one of our biggest challenges as new parents. Fast-forward nine years and those crazy nights seem like a lifetime ago. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is our child’s bedtime routine. He still requests a story every night to help him go to sleep. While we may be reading chapter books together, I'll never forget some of those sweet board books from when he was a baby. If you happen to be in the midst of sleep training, here are four new titles to help send your infant or toddler off to dreamland.
Tired parents will appreciate this cuddly bear’s help for afternoon naps and in the evening. From bath time to “sweet dreams,” babies will look forward to night-night thanks to Panda’s silly googlie eyes. Bonus: each page also prompts a chance to learn a few new words.
Warning: parents, especially those with a newborn, won’t be able to get past this book’s cover without getting emotional. Featuring sweet illustrations of all types of animals, Forever My Baby pairs rhyming text with heartwarming sentiments on each page.
This board book not only serves as an intro to a classic sleep remedy, it also helps with color and number recognition and counting too. Toddlers can follow along with a furry sheepdog as he takes count of ten mischievous sheep. There’s also a surprise search-and-find element for Mr. Sheepdog’s bone at the end.
Sleepy sloths? Yes, please! We can’t get enough of this interactive title that includes a textural element on each page for tiny hands to explore. Kids can follow along as these furry friends get ready for bed, while a sing-song tale lulls them off to sleep.