Berenstain Baby Bears My New Bed

Friends B needed in her crib these past few weeks: Duck, Duck 2, Elephant, my old bear named Bear, her Bear, and a Bunny. Oh, and a blankie, her pillow, and her quilt. Needless to say, she was in tight quarters filled with some excellent company.

When she moved to her big girl room last year, we left the extra twin bed in there. We’ve napped on it a couple of times when she was sick, and she’s jumped on there many times to escape a diaper change. (Because who has the time to lay down for 30 seconds to get new pants?)

We went to the library last week and picked up The Berenstain Baby Bears My New Bed. Since she’s nearing the old age of 2, we’ve been trying to figure out how to make the whole transition easy on her (and us!)

Fast forward to yesterday (before we even read the book…)

B jumped on the twin bed before her nap and pretended to sleep and “snore.” I pulled the sheets back and joked, “What, do you want to sleep in here today?”

She said, “Yeah.” And she did.

I was left peering through her doorway in awe. “What just happened? Isn’t this supposed to be hard? Is she actually sleeping? Is she tricking me?”

Same story last night! What a big girl! We’re thrilled (and still a bit confused), and we love that she loves the big bed. Imagine having bars and stuffed animals all around you for weeks, and then, suddenly, you can move. Sweet toddler freedom! And for us, no more lifting 30+ lb kiddo over the side of the crib! B won’t be whipping her leg over the side of the crib in an effort to help one of us lift her! Safety! Woot!

When we sat down to read our library book yesterday, I couldn’t help but laugh.my new bedLittle Bear starts out telling his (rhyming) story about how his crib was more than enough– it kept him safe, he could stand, throw his teddy bear and his Mom would come in. He was happy in his crib! Little Bear begins to realize that he’s much bigger, and that his “…crib’s no longer big enough for me and all my toys and stuff.” Little Bear must be B’s spirit animal/book character. Eventually, he noticed a “grand new, brand-new bed,” just for him. Suddenly, he looked smaller & older at the same time. Just like B.

To caretakers of bed transitioning toddlers everywhere… B only looked at the cover of this book before deciding she wanted the big bed, so I’m 90% convinced this book is magic. 😉

The Berenstain Baby Bears My New Bed
The Berenstains
Random House

Hello Ninja

Empty paper towel rolls & empty gift wrap rolls are perfect to use as a ninja stick. I have two brothers, and when we were kids we’d “hi-ya” each other with ninja sticks, so of course, I had to introduce B to the joys of a ninja stick. We’ve tried to use empty toilet paper rolls, but those aren’t very effective if you want a good chop. Gentle jousting and chopping with frail cardboard tubes… oh what fun! fullsizerender-23Ninja has a busy day chopping, shopping, and practicing stealth moves swinging through the jungle. He cuts his cat Louie’s hair ninja style, dances, prances and trains the king of France (lucky Louie). This rhyming board book would be a great addition to your little ninja’s bedtime routine– they’ll be dreaming of chopping and dancing all night long.

It’s also a good addition to your tot’s bookshelf if you have a pet who can relate to Ninja’s patient, go-with-the-flow pal Louie who knows how important it is for his ninja to get a good night’s sleep (so he can get some rest, too.)fullsizerender-24

Hello Ninja
ND Wilson/Illus. Forrest Dickison
Canonball Books/Canon Press

Sleepyheads

B has been a big fan of bedtime music since she moved into her crib. Her music machine plays a selection of soft, calming lullabies and now, more often than not, she sings along with her own toddler words…loudly.

“LAA-BA-BA-DA!”

(Husband & I are currently questioning how much longer she will “need” her music…)

Cue Sleepyheads, a calming bedtime book with soft, dark colors to help put your little singer in the mood for sleep.

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In this peaceful, rhyming board book, your little one gets to peek at nine animals asleep in their own special place. A bird in her nest, a bear cozy in his cave, and, near the sleeping cat, the family dog prefers a comfy rug beside the fireplace. While gently reading Sleepyheads to your special sleepyhead, you can almost feel the quiet. Hopefully, your little one won’t be able to resist settling down.

Fingers crossed for you, friend.

Sleepyheads
Sandra J. Howatt/Illus. Joyce Wan
Little Simon

Sleepy Puppy

When your tot just wants one more snuggle…

When your tot’s lovie is nowhere to be found…

When your tot isn’t quite ready to quit playing…

They’ll be able to relate to these sweet puppies in this board book.

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Sleepy Puppy is a story about several adorable, wide awake puppies who have been told it’s bedtime. Each page has a different puppy with a different reason they can’t go to bed just yet: one puppy isn’t done playing, the next is thirsty and needs one more drink, one puppy even needs to make sure there aren’t any monsters hiding under the bed. With reasons that will eventually align to your growing tot’s bedtime protests, this is a great story to read to your little one who isn’t quite ready to give in and warm your heart by saying a sweet, “Nigh-nigh.”

Sleepy Puppy
Sterling Children’s Books

Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish

Do you ever feel like you’re the last to know about something? You feel like you’re the last to know, but when you get the news you’re not the least bit surprised– because somehow you feel like you already knew about it? Has that ever happened to you?

That’s how I felt when we found this book the other day. B and I were gently flipping through the board book racks at our library (well, I was, she was more interested in pulling them out and putting them on the floor, as one does) when there he was– suddenly on the floor and fast asleep in his green seaweed bed.

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What a lovable little guy! This rhyming story is all about the Pout-Pout Fish’s bedtime routine, and the casual way he swirls around his little sea home of soft blues and greens is utterly soothing. He brushes his shockingly white fish teeth and washes his face with sponges. He finds his little lovey, settles in for a story of whale songs and makes a wish on star fish. This is a wonderful book to snuggle up and read to your little one (possibly over and over).

We are so glad to have finally met Mr. Fish, and looking forward to many more encounters.

Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish
Deborah Diesen/Illus. Dan Hanna
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

My World My Words

November. The holiday shopping season is upon us!

I’m always looking for new, good board books, and I ran into this one on Chronicle Books‘ website. It looked like a great Christmas gift for B. So, based on hope and a beautiful description, I ordered it.

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*sigh* It’s delightful. It’s delicious. It’s de-lovely!

After flipping through it, I couldn’t resist. I had to give B a peek. Your little one gets to join in the fun of toddler Bobby’s day– from breakfast & playtime to exploring outside. Words like spoon, together, throw, water, stroller, and tree are described. Bobby’s day ends with seeing the moon, putting on pajamas, and of course, bedtime. There are colorful tabs on the side of a few pages, and each one signals a different part of Bobby’s day.

My World My Words is loaded with first words that your little one will love to learn, and the adorable illustrations will help them match the picture to the word.

No question, it will be read again and again after December 25. It is a gift, after all.

My World My Words
Marie Fordacq/Illus. by Peggy Nille
Twirl Books/Editions Tourbillon/Dist. by Chronicle Books

 

Night-Night, Forest Friends

All it takes is a particular shout, movement, or look from B. We know exactly what she means. Little ones don’t need to speak sentences to tell you what they’re thinking, and this is an accurate sample of what B is thinking (most nights) at 7:00:

I’m so excited!
Chase me, Mom!
Ah! Dad! Don’t tickle me!
I’m hiding my face. If I can’t see you, you can’t see me!
Come get me!
I’m never sleeping, ever! Ever!
THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE!

Then, after all of that so-much-fun wild horseplay, it’s time to start winding down and grab a calming, nighttime book.

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Night-Night, Forest Friends is soothing. It makes you feel like you’re part of it– relaxing in your human den with your little cub, snuggling and getting ready to go to sleep. We quietly read the rhyming words and guide ourselves through the forest to see the animals cuddling up for bedtime with their families. We whisper, “Night-night, bunnies. Night-night, bears.” Cuddling B and reading this cozy book is a wonderful way to end the day.

You can find more from Annie Bach– one of our favorites is Monster Party! (Sterling).

Night-Night, Forest Friends
Annie Bach
Grosset & Dunlap

DINOSAUR vs. BEDTIME

A new blog. A happy blog. A happy place to talk about our favorite board books. Our little girl recently learned how to walk, so now she’s able to grab a book, stumble-walk over and say, “Eh?”

A request I’m happy to fulfill. Especially when it is DINOSAUR vs. BEDTIME by Bob Shea.

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It is SO much fun to read out loud– I mean, when the first page just screams, “ROAR! I’M A DINOSAUR!” you can’t read it in any other voice but a dinosaur’s. That first page also gets you a look from a kid who’s thinking, “What the…”

This book is about an unstoppable little dinosaur who conquers everything he encounters during his day. He ROARs his way through a pile of leaves, ROARs away talking grown-ups, and ROARs through his dinner (a nice & neat bowl of spaghetti, which he gives a good Chomp! Chomp! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!)

By the time you find out if dinosaur conquers bedtime, your baby is left wanting MORE… or by that time has started roaring, because hey, Mama’s doing it.

DINOSAUR vs. BEDTIME
Bob Shea
Published by Disney/Hyperion Books