I’m a big fan of adding music into everyday life! Music can help in so many different situations. It can turn mundane activities into fun activities. Everyday routines can become precious bonding opportunities and lasting memories. I love being able to add music to routines to liven them up.
Bedtime routines are a wonderful way to do that. The importance of bedtime routines for young children has been long documented and researched. It can be such a special time for you and your little ones! Besides a consistent bedtime, maybe choosing a couple books to read, bedtime prayers, songs and lullabies can really add to the bedtime routine. My two year old loves to pull out song books from his book basket at bedtime. His current favorites are Tingalayo (Raffi), and Five Little Monkeys (Eileen Christelow. While neither of those are lullabies, we sing them like lullabies.
If you don’t have a special lullaby, here are some of my favorites. Check out this post I wrote about choosing a lullaby for your child. If you would like to combine books and lullabies, there are some wonderful lullaby books available with beautiful illustrations.
Over the Rainbow (Judy Collins and Eric Puybaret)
My children have become very interested in everything Wizard of Oz related in the last few weeks. This classic song from the Wizard of Oz is a beautiful song, and this book is beautiful! The book comes with a cd recording.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Iza Trapani)
This song is such a popular song with little ones, and perfect to sing at bedtime!
When You Wish Upon a Star (Judy Collins and Eric Puybaret)
This book comes with a cd recording, just like Over the Rainbow. The illustrations in both books are beautiful!
Do you have any favorite song books, or lullaby books for bedtime?
P.S If you love lullabies, check out some of my lullaby posters I’ve been working on. I’m working on a special project for my boy’s room.