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Best Bedtime Books for Babies and Toddlers
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October 31, 2023

Best Bedtime Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Best Bedtime Books for Babies and Toddlers

Reading to your child at bedtime is not only one of the best ways to bond with them, but it can also help create a nighttime routine—and maybe even help them fall asleep. This list includes both classics and new favorites that will send your child off to dreamland in the sweetest way possible.

9 Bedtime Stories for Babies

Goodnight Moon (shown here in the Babylist Baby Starter Library collection) is probably the most famous bedtime book ever written. The serene mood of this book is created by the gentle words as well as the classic illustrations, beautifully rendered in a rich, deep color palette. Say goodnight to familiar objects one by one, then off to bed we go. Get this book plus four others in our exclusive box.

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Animals and people alike are all snuggled in their beds and settling down for sleep. The sweet, repetitive rhythm sounds more like a lullaby than a story, perfect for helping restless little ones get quiet and cozy at bedtime.

Time for Bed


The moon makes a great nighttime companion as the child in this story goes for peaceful stroll before bed. The beautiful imagery and lyrical words are soothing, making this book a perfect go-to for a relaxing bedtime read.

I Took the Moon for a Walk


This is a great choice for the spirited child who is obsessed with trucks. (As so many are.) As night falls over the construction site, these industrial locomotives bid goodnight one by one, from the crane truck to the bulldozer. It’s a wonderful bedtime story for any small fan of big machinery.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site


It’s bedtime on an ark filled with animals, and the scenes that take place are warm, whimsical, and gently funny. Sandra Boynton’s cartoonish characters complete their nighttime rituals in scenes that are sometimes familiar, sometimes bizarre—like a pig doing a handstand as a form of nocturnal exercise. This is a great pick for kids who would like a giggle before lights out.

The Going-To-Bed Book


While many bedtime stories are filled with gentle rhythm and rhyme, this book adds an extra element of delight with die-cut pages that transform images of playful farm animals into sleepy, snuggly ones. This bedtime book is perfect for the little farm animal lover in your life (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a ton of different animal sounds for this one).

Night Night Farm


All aboard the Goodnight Train, you don’t want to miss it! As this train wanders through mountains, around curves, over bridges and right on into dreamland, sleepy train sounds set a rhythm for settling down for the night. Hush-a-hush-a-hush-a-hush-a sleeeeeeep.

The Goodnight Train


It’s never too soon to teach mindfulness, especially if it helps little ones sleep. Slumber Sloth shows kids how to relax their bodies and minds, one simple step at a time. And this special gift set comes with the board book, a keepsake affirmation card and a snuggly sloth plush.

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This one’s for the parents! And maybe for the restless infant who does not yet understand profanity. This hilarious satire contrasts the usual bedtime storybook imagery of slumbering creatures with narration that voices the frustration every parent knows. A smash hit, this book speaks to parents who long for a quick and easy bedtime.

Go the F**k to Sleep


Amylia Ryan

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Amylia Ryan is the Associate Editor at Babylist, specializing on the topics of health, wellness, lifestyle products and more. Combining nearly a decade of experience in writing and editing with a deep passion for helping people, her number one goal in her work is to ensure new parents feel supported and understood. She herself is a parent to two young children, who are more than willing to help product test endless toys, books, clothes, toiletries and more.

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