Books & Reading

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Bedtime routines

Hi! I have a 15 month old girl and she has been given a bottle in her crib to help her fall asleep. I’m trying to get away from that. I’m thinking of trying a new routine like a bath then a bottle and read to her then brush her teeth and put her down but I’m curious as to what everyone else does. I really want to incorporate books because she won’t let me read to her unless she has a bottle

  • Sanam

    My son is 20 months and has refused any other type of sippy cup. Our routine is read two books, bath, bottle during bath, then brush his teeth and then he goes to bed. He used to get a bottle during his nap also, but we cut that one out. I prefer he gets a solid serving of milk at least once a day. My doctor said it was fine as long as we brushed after. Good luck!

  • J

    we had to switch up the order of things so he wouldn’t fall asleep while feeding. it took a few days but he adapted.

2.5 yr old isn't asleep.

So my 2.5 yr old has always gone to sleep like clockwork. Even tonight right on cue he declares bedtime and we went through his ritual and said goodnight. But tonight he keeps getting up. He's not fussing or making noise. He is just sitting quietly in his room reading with the light on. If I go in he turns the light off and gets in bed. Then he is up again 5 minutes later. I am just really ... More

  • Cathy

    I think he might be going to bed too early? He just might not be tired. My son is two months younger than yours. We have a bath at 7. In bed by 8. Asleep by 9. Remember, the older they get, the less sleep they need. Also try to keep him active in the afternoon to help him crash. He could also be awake since it’s still light out.

  • Amanda

    @ Cathy I was going to push his bed time back but he stopped napping altogether. Does your son still nap? We have an hour of quiet time in the afternoon instead now. I don't think it's because it's summer. He has blackout curtains in his room because it kept him up when he was younger. Update: he did it again. Did not nap today either.

Reading books

my 17 mo refuses to let me read to him. Once he sees a book he will look at it and try to tear at it or eat it and will not stay still for me to read. He will also take the book away and throw it! How can I get him to sit still so I can read to him

  • Kristen
    Apr 01

    Some babies just aren’t into it. There other come a time they will be ready. My son is just now starting to like us reading to him and he turned 2 in January.

  • Stacey
    Apr 12

    If we are reading a story that is not interactive (lifting flaps or doing actions) we give our son a "distraction book". Usually a feel the things book that has things he can touch and play with while we read the actual book we picked to read.

Won’t let me read books

My 2 year old always says “no mama, no book” when I open a book. He will do his best to close it (including sitting on it if I resist). He always wants to to play cars or something else, which I’m cool with, but you know, all the blogs and guidance say read to your kids daily. I’ve tried reading aloud while he plays as well as just sitting silently with a book, but it’s as if he is jealous of t... More

  • Tracy
    Mar 28

    Make sure that you are demonstrating that reading books is something that adults do for entertainment, meaning don’t read books on your phone. Get real ones and read them while he plays. Magazines count too because honestly small kids don’t play long enough for you to get through more than a page or two. Also spread his books around the house. Have some in his room and in the living room. Make ... More

  • Karla
    Mar 28

    Don’t force it, if you do, he might end up resenting it. Reading a book is not about the act of reading, it’s about the interaction and learning language. So if he doesn’t want to do it, that’s fine. Look for other activities that promote interaction and communication. If he wants to play with cars, play with him or broadcast what he is doing. Broadcasting is a great way to promote language de... More

Books about going to preschool?

We are sending our daughter to preschool this fall. I thought it would be good to start talking about it with her now.Do you have any recommendations for books that talk about going to preschool and what it’s going to be like?

  • Nana
    Mar 03

    Kissing Hand but read it with a tissue. Practice group time by setting all of her stuffed animal and baby dolls in a circle for a story and a song. Make sure you are exposing her to crafts and used to playing with friends. Make sure she is obeying and listening first time to you. It keeps your child safe if they quickly listen.

  • Sara
    Mar 06

    "Llama llama misses mama" is the best!

Dinosaur books that won’t give my child nightmares??

Bonus if they’re board books. They must exist. Everything we’ve gotten so far is scary as (bleep).

  • Adora
    Feb 28

    Dinosailors and Dinosoaring by Deb Lund, Down at the Dinowash Deluxe by Tim Myers, There is a whole series called How Do Dinosaurs books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

  • Julie
    Feb 28

    Thanks for the awesome suggestions everyone!!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Feb 25

Books for pregnancy

Hi. Which are your Top 5 books about pregnancy or early steps? I am a nerd and my wife is pregnant. I’d love to read and know more about what’s happening 😀 Tks

  • molly
    Feb 25

    Having read all sorts of books I now feel I wish I had only read two- 1. Dear Parent, Caring for Infants with Respect by Magda Gerber 2. Elevating Child Care by Janet Lansbury.

  • Jess
    Mar 07

    The Mayo pregnancy guide is great and it’s a great idea to read a breastfeeding book for support, just don’t try to fix and correct her if she’s struggling. My husband did that and I know he was trying to help but it made me want to stab him a little bit 😂

Best Books For 1yr old

Any ideas and where I can buy them?

  • Diana
    Jan 16

    My child is now two and the books she keeps returning to are the board books I bought on a whim at the local dollar store. I also buy from thrift stores, garage sales, etc, and just wipe down every page with disinfectant wipes. Try your local library to find the authors / types of books you like, then you can find good prices online and already know that you like the story.

  • Teresa
    Jan 18

    A current favorite in our house is Sheep Go To Sleep

Any book to stimulate my baby?

Hi everyone! I’m ISO some books to stimulate physical, mental, and social to my baby girl. She is almost 5 months old. Thank you in advance!

  • Michaela
    Jan 05

    I think reading anything is great for baby’s development! But board books are the best route right now since she’ll be grabbing at them and you don’t want the paper pages to rip. My LO likes to go over to his book shelf and take all the books off it, so I always take the cue to read them to him. He grabs at whatever book I have so I just pick up a new one and start reading it. Right now it’s a ... More

  • Cristy
    Jan 05

    My daughter loved/loves Pat the Bunny. At first it is more of a read to them and then as they get older they model the activities. Super cute and fun.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Jan 03

Toddler tantrums

My 10 month old has started throwing tantrums when he doesn’t get his way/what he wants. Does anybody have any good books suggestions on how to handle these? He seems so young to be having these... I felt very prepared for the newborn/infant stage but I thought I had more time before these started so I’m feeling very overwhelmed. TIA

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 03

    I’m not big on books but “zero to five” is a great book on that age. And following “zero to three” on Facebook is super educational.

  • Elle
    Jan 04

    Ditto @mamanukesyopolo

Parenting or Mom podcasts/book suggestions?

Looking for suggestions on any general books on motherhood (I have a 2 year old) - supporting the whole parent - (I am not looking for sleep training, or discipline etc) - something for ME. Also, any recommendations on podcasts? Thank you!

Christmas books

What are your favorite Christmas books for kids? We are no longer using board books and have such a huge section at our library for picture books. I want to get some today.

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Dec 20, 2018

Parenting books

Does anyone know any non religious parenting books? I have the The Danish Way of Parenting which is great just looking for more reads.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 28, 2018

    Awesome. And which two exactly are the last ones?

  • Winfred
    Dec 28, 2018

    Haha yeah that was worded oddly. “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” by Dr. Laura Markham and “Simplicity Parenting” by Kim John Payne M. ED

Toddler books

Please let me know which books are good for toddlers to identify letters, numbers, shapes, animals, etc...

In search of a story

Is there a story we can tell kids whose moral is you do not hit/hurt others? I have noticed my 3 yr old is more receptive to the ideas told in the bedtime stories. I am not aware of and unable to come with a story to tell him why hitting others is a very bad idea. Thanks.

  • Santosh
    Nov 28, 2018

    The apples story sounds like fun, thanks for sharing :)

  • B
    Nov 28, 2018

    Hands are not for hitting worked for my niece. Bought it on amazon.

Big sister books?

Does anyone have any suggestions for big sister board books or books about a new baby on the way? Thanks!

Book Recommendation

I just finished the novel The Golden State, by Lydia Kiesling and recommend it to any parent of a toddler (or anyone who wants to relive the emotions of being a toddler-parent). The plot is a slow build, but the author really captures the conflicting feelings of love/annoyance/boredom/joy that come with spending days alone with your child. More

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 06, 2018

13 yr old hates reading

I didn’t read much with her when she was young big mistake on my part. She is 13 now and hates reading . I’ve tried everything . She has a horrible habit of even skipping the directions and assuming she knows what to do instead . I even get her books she would actually enjoy from the library and I try to look at them with her . Nope didn’t work. Ugh I give up! She is around family that read and... More

  • Jen
    Nov 19, 2018

    Audible audio books

  • David
    Dec 04, 2018

    Any possibility of struggles with dyslexia or other struggles? Maybe the dislike of reading stems from it being a difficult thing and finding a solution for that may open up the activity as being more fun?

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 02, 2018

Gift Ideas

My daughter will be 15 months this Christmas. Any good gift ideas? Best toys that help her learn? Favorite books? Thanks!

  • Jay
    Nov 03, 2018
  • Tyson
    Nov 08, 2018

    B Toys have some great stuff for this age. Amazon or Target. Great company, too.

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