I’ve been spending time in Seattle with my sister, Meaghan, and her 9-month-old baby boy. It has taken me back to the days when my babies were little like this — the incredible cuteness, the busy-ness, the messy mealtimes, the crawling, the crying in the car, the snuggly post-nap cuddles, the outings timed around nap times, the Ergo carrier, the exhaustion, the bliss… what a beautiful season of parenting life it is!


Meaghan asked me for suggestions for bedtime books — board books in particular, because she said her baby is constantly grabbing at the pages, so the book needs to be sturdy. I explained that I always chose the more poetic, calming books before bedtime — books that lull to sleep rather than excite or engage. Many of my suggestions were new to her, so I thought I would share a list of our favourite bedtime books we’ve loved over the years. (These also make great gifts for new babies!)

Bedtime board books to lull your baby to sleep:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Time For Bed by Mem Fox
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Choo Choo, Clickety Clack by Margaret Mayo
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

For more book recommendations, check out the following blog posts: Favourite First Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Children and 30 Favourite Picture Books for Toddlers. I’ve also shared lots of book recommendations in my ‘At Home with Kids’ eBook