In our household, Justin normally does our bedtime routine with Leo but seeing as how Justin has found a new love for golf this summer and I’m preggo and pretty much go to bed at 9pm lol … I’ve started helping out with Leo’s bedtime routine here and there and LOVE it!! I feel as though we have this pretty down pat … it’s a great way for us to take some time in the evening to forget about all of our to-do’s, put our phones and computers down and really take the opportunity to have one on one time with Leo.
Our Bedtime Routine
We start off our bedtime routine with a bath, Leo then still gets a bottle before bed and then we cuddle up in his room and we read him anywhere between 2 – 4 books. If it were up to Leo, he would be happy reading books all night long as he doesn’t like going to bed so we just read him books until WE get tired. LOL!
Some of his old faves from the time he was 6 months old to a year ago are still his favourites … plus he’s picked up some more along the way! Some of his favourites include …
Justin likes to read this book to Leo and they almost read it together every single day.
This has always been one of his favourite books ever since we started introducing him to reading at night!
This is one of Leo’s new recent faves which surprises me because of his age, I thought he would be too young to enjoy it as he doesn’t really understand the book but he loves it because there are images of animals doing human-like things which I guess is funny to kids! This book has actually helped him learn all of the different animals as well!
This was one of MY favourites as a child and I had bought this for Max for his birthday and aso picked up a copy for Leo at the same time to see if he would like it. I absolutely LOVE reading it to him and lucky for me, he loves it just as much! I think it’s meant for older children but he loves to read it every night and he has started running around the house saying “E.T. phone home” and “I’ll be right here” … it’s the best. LOL!
Leo has been struggling with his manners lately so we’ve been working on that and his Nana bought him this Please and Thank You book to help! So far he really loves it and he has really started to grasp the concept of this book which is amazing to see that it’s helping.
This is another book that Leo has loved for a while now, I think he enjoys looking at all of the fun characters within the book!
One of my best friends, Karissa, bought this book for Leo and of course, he loves it because he is finding farting really funny lately, which is great because I think it’s really funny too … and let’s be honest, everyone farts!! When they come out they are hilarious even though you may not want to admit it … lol. I grew up with a dad who told fart jokes and made me pull his finger all the time! LOL!
Leo has also been loving Paw Patrol books, he got these for his 2nd birthday and lately, he’s been asking for Paw Patrol in the morning so we changed up our morning routine a little bit … I make myself a coffee and then we cuddle up on the couch and we read for about 15-20 mins … about 3 books. I love this new little routine of ours because it gives me some snuggle time with Leo and forces me to be off my phone … the TV is shut off and it’s just the two of us.
Actually, I saw this meme the other day which really got me thinking about kids and screen time and how I should be on my phone as little as possible which has also made ME want to start reading again as well. So far we’ve done a good job of keeping Leo out of the habit of playing on our phones and we haven’t handed over an iPad to him yet either … so as long as he is interested in books we are going to keep reading them to him!!
What are some of your children’s favourite books?? Make sure to share them with us in the comments section below!