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Bedtime Reading - How can it help aid sleep?

Bedtime Reading with your little ones

Reading before bed can really help aid your child’s sleep. It can also be a nice way to share some one on one time in a calm way before bed after a hectic day. Use this time to bond with your little one, it will also help make them comfortable and ready for bed.

I don’t know about you, but my children love to tell me about their day right before bed. It is obviously great for us parents to get a run down of our little ones day, however when you discuss events that have happened in their day before they sleep, they can sometimes go to sleep over thinking their day, especially if they have had any sad or emotional moments. Just like we do.

So I always find it helpful to speak about our day and then go on to read a nice book before sleep time. This way they are able to speak about anything they have on their mind and then be distracted by a good book. You can even use the book to help with any issues that may have been spoken about. For example, if your child felt left out at school during playtime, they then discuss it with you and then you read them a book like ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ (a great book about inclusion), this may help them understand their emotion and learn a great lesson.

Books really are so powerful. My personal favourites are -

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae - A great book about differences and inclusion.

The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas - The best book about emotions and how to name them.

The Smegs and Smoos by Julia Donaldson - I love all of her books but at the moment, we are loving this one. It is a great story about acceptance.

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