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Top 10 Best Books for Bedtime Routines

The bedtime routine can be a challenge if kids are in no mood for sleep, refuse to go to bed or wake up throughout the night. But these brilliant bedtime books, which include gentle sleepy stories for little ones and advice books for grown-ups, will allow you to find a reliable solution for getting your child to sleep.

1. Goodnight Moon

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Margaret Wise Brown

This classic bedtime book was published over 65 years ago, but its enduring appeal as a soothing, winding-down story persists. Join a sleep-resistant little bunny as he says goodnight to all the objects in his room. This story gently signals to little ones that it's time for sleep, and they can say goodnight to the objects in their own rooms, knowing that the world has gone to sleep and they're not missing anything!

2. Sleep Solutions

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Chireal Shallow

Drawing on CBT and mindfulness, this book moves away from outdated approaches, aiming to ensure instead that your little one feels comforted and loved as they drift off to sleep. It teaches parents how to become experts in resolving sleep problems by helping them to identify why their child has trouble sleeping and then apply new techniques for communicating and reducing their baby's anxiety.

3. Spot Loves Bedtime

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Eric Hill

Children will love hearing this reassuring story before they go to sleep. Much-loved little dog Spot loses his teddy - how will he sleep now? This book will comfort and delight children, and will make them feel like it's time for sleep themselves.

4. Bedtime Lullabies

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Nicola Baxter

This gorgeous book and CD feature four fun and soothing songs, including 'There were Ten in the Bed' and 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear'. The repetitive structure and softness of the music, along with the delicate and dreamlike illustrations of the book, are perfect for helping little ones nod off.

5. The Gentle Sleep Book

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Sarah Ockwell-Smith

This indispensable guide for parents can help you resolve many of the challenges that children present during the bedtime routine. From bringing a newborn home to when your little one is settled in at school, this innovative and insightful book uses cutting-edge research to provide a gentle, no-tears approach to handling a variety of sleep issues, such as night waking, bed-wetting and much more.

6. Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

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Joyce Dunbar

Little bunny Willa is scared that if she goes to sleep, she might have a bad dream! She asks her older brother Willoughby for some help. Thankfully, wise Willoughby is just the right person to tell her all the happy things that will be waiting for her in the morning. A spellbinding read from a much-loved author, children will love hearing this sleepy story before bed, and can drift off thinking of wonderful things.

7. Teach Your Child to Sleep

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Millpond Sleep Clinic

The highly-acclaimed Millpond Sleep Clinic has a 97% success rate in resolving children's sleep problems. In their illuminating book, discover how to get your baby or child to settle and sleep through the night with step-by-step advice. It covers common sleep problems, including night feeding, waking in the night and more. The gentle, persuasive and reliable methods will help you see rewarding results within 2-3 weeks.

8. Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems

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Dr. Richard Ferber

Dr. Richard Ferber shares invaluable advice to help your baby, toddler or child get a refreshing, full night's sleep. He explains how your child can enjoy their bedtime routine, self-settle if they wake in the night, sleep peacefully all night long and more. With a clear and reassuring approach and lots of advice, this is a must-have for parents who want their child to sleep more soundly.

9. Let's Go to Sleep

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Maisie Reade

This beautifully-illustrated story is perfect for children who struggle to drift off. It includes five simple, effective steps to help ease your child to sleep, with techniques that gently encourage deep breathing and relaxation. Follow Mama Bird through the magical Forest of Dreams as she leads a crew of drowsy animals on a gentle journey to sleep. You can even personalise the text with your child's name!

10. Owl Babies

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Martin Waddell & Patrick Benso

This classic children's book has been a family favourite for over 25 years, and with good reason. It features the beautiful story of three little owls waiting for their mother to come home. Full of charm and gorgeous illustrations, this is sure to be returned to again and again, and has been described as 'a perfect bedtime story'.

Children's books about routines

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Sleep Solutions by Chireal Shallow
  • Spot Loves Bedtime by Eric Hill
  • Bedtime Lullabies by Nicola Baxter
  • The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith
  • Tell Me Something Before I Go to Sleep by Joyce Dunbar
  • Teach Your Child to Sleep by Millpond Sleep Clinic
  • Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Dr. Richard Ferber
  • Let's Go to Sleep by Maisie Reade
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benso