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

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

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Drawing on CBT and mindfulness, this book moves away from outdated approaches, aiming to ensure instead that your little one feels comforted and loved as they drift off to sleep.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'.

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    Richard Ferber (MD)
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    Dr Richard Ferber has been helping families sleep soundly for over 30 years. Now he shares his essential advice and proven techniques to help your baby, toddler or child get the best night's sleep. He explains how to help your child: enjoy his or her bedtime routine; fall asleep quickly and easily; self-settle if he or she wakes in the night; sleep peacefully all night long; and go down easily for daytime naps. Ferber's approach is clear and reassuring, and includes guidance on schedules, bedtime routines, naps, feeds, problems with colic and daily rhythms as well as a gentle 'progressive waiting' routine to help your child self-settle. He also offers advice for older children experiencing sleepwalking, sleep apnea, bed-wetting or night-time fears. Internationally renowned for its practical advice and concrete solutions, this book is a must-read for every parent who wishes their child could sleep more soundly.
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    Margaret Wise Brown
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    Although Goodnight Moon was first published more than fifty years ago, it has become an enduring bedtime classic.

    Young babies will adore the simple rhyming text and the repetition of the words as the little sleep-resistant bunny whispers goodnight to all the familiar objects in his room. This is the ideal story to add to your bedtime, winding-down routine.

    Fans of Goodnight Moon will also love Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.
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    Nicola Baxter
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    This delightful book and its accompanying CD feature four fun and soothing songs, including the ever-popular 'There Were Ten in the Bed' and 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear'. The lullabies range from the short and sweet 'Sleep, Baby, Sleep' to the longer and more elaborate 'Wynken, Blynken and Nod'. The repeated structure of the rhymes makes it easy to adjust their length as you read to small children, depending on how sleepy they are. It is perfect for lulling little ones to sleep. Sleep, baby, sleep, Your papa guards the sheep; Your mama shakes the dreamland tree And from it fall sweet dreams for thee, Sleep, baby, sleep. Sleep, baby, sleep, Down where the woodbines creep; Be always like the lamb so mild, A kind and sweet and gentle child, Sleep, baby, sleep.
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    Sarah Ockwell-Smith
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    There are few things as challenging as a young child's sleep - or lack of! This book from the founder of BabyCalm, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, is an indispensable guide for parents, whatever challenges they're facing with their child's sleep.

    From bringing a newborn home to when they're settled in at school, this unique and eye-opening book sheds new light on common sleep problems and, using cutting-edge research and anecdotal information, provides a gentle, no-tears approach to handling a host sleep issues including night waking, bed-wetting and much, much more...

    Perfect for both expectant and exhausted parents, with the help of The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith, sleepless nights will be a thing of the past.
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    Millpond Sleep Clinic
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    The highly-acclaimed Millpond Children's Sleep Clinic has a 97 per cent success rate in resolving children's sleep problems. Discover how to get your baby or child to settle easily and sleep through the night with step-by-step advice that gets right to the heart of the problem. From your child needing a feed in the night to night-waking, this book covers a range of situations, using gentle and persuasive methods. Adapt the programme to your circumstances and see good results in 2-3 weeks.
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    Written by the much-missed Eric Hill, Spot Loves Bedtime is a reassuring story that children will love to hear read aloud before going to sleep.

    One of the most famous dogs in children's books, Spot is getting set to go to sleep but then he loses his teddy. What will he do without him.

    With its bright artwork and gently told story, this chunky little board book is perfect for sharing.
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    Chireal Shallow
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    The Gentle Sleep Solution shows you the powerful yet gentle way to help your baby enjoy a good night's sleep. Drawing on CBT and mindfulness, this new book moves away from outdated approaches to ensure that your child feels comforted, reassured and loved as they drift off to sleep. This supportive guide, written by psychologist and CBT psychotherapist Chireal Shallow, teaches parents how to become experts in resolving their child's sleep problems. You'll first learn how to identify the underlying reason for your child's troubled sleeping by reading their behaviour, then apply new techniques for communicating and responding to reduce their anxiety and allow them to fall asleep independently. Offering an alternative to controlled crying, this approach gives your family a calm, happy and gentle bedtime. Positive, uplifting and nurturing, The Gentle Sleep Solution will give you and your baby the confidence you need to sleep soundly.
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    Maisie Reade
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    If your child struggles to drift off at night, Let's Go to Sleep is the answer. This beautifully illustrated story is the only book you need for calm, relaxed bedtimes, night after night. Let's Go to Sleep is specially designed to soothe your child to sleep, helping them wind down and relax at the end of the day. Including five simple and effective steps to help ease your child to sleep, this lulling story features techniques and prompts that effortlessly encourage both reader and listener to breathe deep and dream. So enter the magical Forest of Dreams and follow Mama Bird as she leads a drowsy crew of animal friends on the gentle journey to sleep. Book features: - Opportunities to personalise the text and include your child's name in the story - Cues to help readers slow down and use their voices more effectively for bedtime - Deep breathing embedded in the narrative to maximise relaxation for both adult and child
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    Martin Waddell & Patrick Benso
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    Coming in a cute, smaller format, this is a classic children's book about three baby owls waiting for their mother to come home.

    Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson, the book is full of charm and style and is sure to be returned to again and again. It's even been described as 'a perfect bedtime story'.

    A family favourite for nearly 25 years, the little board book here is accompanied by a beautiful little soft toy of a baby owl.