cranky babyAs a parent, you most likely hear a lot about the importance of reading to your little one. They say that even before a baby can talk, they are learning to put words together. Reading can help your little one to learn how to put words together more easily, and it may encourage them to have a love of reading books as they grow into toddler hood and beyond. As a parent, you should also know that there are many other reasons you should consider reading short stories to babies.

Reading Rocks

Who doesn’t enjoy curling up with a good book? Chances are good, you have done it a few times yourself. It can be a great way to relax and escape from the world. It can help you step outside of the box so that you can rest easier when it is time for bed. Your baby is no different. They have stress during the day as well. They get cranky when overstimulated. A good story can make it all go away. They may not understand the meaning of the words, but they can relax when they hear your voice.

Reading at Nap Time

sleeping baby in crib

Nap time and night time is usually rough with a child. They have a hard time winding down at the end of the day, the same that you may. Reading can help to put them to sleep at night if you make it part of the routine. At bedtimes, you can give them a bath, brush their teeth, put on PJs, snuggle up in bed, and read a story. You can make it all a part of a routine that starts as soon as dinner is finished. An older child may also appreciate a few minutes of television before a bath or somewhere in between. If your baby is simply taking a nap, a shorter story should be enough to do the trick; especially if they are noticeably cranky and in need of a nap.

One thing you should also remember is that their favorite cuddly bear or favorite blanket will be most effective as a cuddle buddy if you choose a comfortable bed for them. Some parents even choose to go with a higher priced bed since it can promise the most comfort. You can take a look at 5 of the most expensive baby cribs on this baby comfort site and compare them to others that may be more affordable to see which is right for your family. From there, you can also learn other tricks that people use to get their kids down for naps and bed.

Tricks to Nap Time

sleepy babyOne of the best things you can do to ensure a happy nap time for your baby is to ensure that they are happy and well fed before nap time comes around. This means that some little ones will want a good bit of attention before nap time so that they can play hard and many parents plan a big lunch right before it as well. A clean diaper will then also be a great thing before they go down for naps and bed. Ensuring the room that your little one will nap in is quiet and darkened will also make it easier to rest. You should also take the time to know their sleepy signals so that you can plan nap time accordingly. If your child does not like nap time and they are old enough to understand you; you may also consider telling them they do not have to sleep, but need to sit and look at a book in their room. Toddlers will often agree to not sleep, but soon fall asleep as they sit in a quiet space.