S loves her books.
She has a small collection of books in her cot and often falls asleep holding one.
A week or so ago, I decided to change our bedtime routine. We’ve always done stories throughout the day whenever she waved a book at me… but now, on the nights when she doesn’t need to be hosed down in the shower before bed, we sit together on the beanbag and read as many books as she wants (as well as through the day as well, obviously).
These days our bedtime routine looks like this: we sit on the beanbag
and read some books together. Then I’ll say “shall we go and get ready for bed and read some more stories?” To my amazement, every time I say this S will turn around and give me a cuddle, ready to be carried upstairs. Once upstairs, we put her PJs on and she gets into her Grobag, and we read the books from her cot, in whichever order she chooses: Pop-Up Dear Zoo (with mostly empty boxes and escaped animals), Spot Loves His Mum, Peekaboo Baby, Orange Pear Apple Bear, Yak Yuck, Dear Santa. Sometimes Oh Dear if we’ve brought it up with us. Then I give her a million kisses and tell her I love her, and pop her in the cot. No fuss, no crying, no noise. I go downstairs, and she lays down and goes to sleep. Just like that. She also seems to sleep a lot more soundly than before and doesn’t wake in the night so often (touch wood).
I’m definitely buying S lots of books for Christmas this year. Stories seem to be the way forward here!