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

Open the Barn Door…

Yesterday, B & I went for an adventure out to the farm to try to catch a ride in the tractor with “Pop” (my Dad) who was busy planting corn. When we got out of the car, I noticed two big, cuddly looking orange cats loafing in the sun.

Quietly, we tip-toed around the car (they’re not tame.) As they were approached by a friendly tot with open arms (“Hi tat! Hi!”) the cats shuffled through the grass and escaped right under the barn door. Rats! (Or, more appropriately, “Cats!”)

love taking B to the farm now that she’s a little older. There are so many things to see!barn doorThe farm in this board book has lots of animals for your little one to discover– a cow, a pig, a little chick, a pony, yellow ducklings, a goat (chewing on the laundry!), a happy dog, cats, a rooster, and an owl. Behind each flap, littles will find animals after hearing what they say– maybe it’s “mew-mew” or “cock-a-doodle-doo.”

Open the Barn Door… has long been a fave of B’s. How could it not be? With hiding animals under liftable flaps, soft, pretty colors, and lots of animal noises, I’ll bet the little ones in your life would love it, too.

Open the Barn Door…
Text Penguin Random House/Illus. Christopher Santoro
Random House

Dancing Feet!

Okay, I’m going to start this post with a few lines from the book Dancing Feet!

“Tippity! Tippity!
Little black feet!
Who is dancing
that tippity beat?

Ladybugs are dancing
on tippity feet.
Tippity! Tippity!
Happy feet!”

  1. Do you want to snap your fingers to the beat?
  2. Do you suddenly want to “tippity” on your own feet, or start moving to the beat in any way?

We do. We can’t help ourselves. This book has movement.

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This rhyming, jiving text makes for a fun story time. You get to use silly descriptions of dancing like stompity (of course, a happy elephant), creepity (a beautiful caterpillar), and clickity (a lizard). You can almost hear the animals dancing to the beat while you read this book. At the end, children show they can dance like the animals (and if your little one is old enough, they can, too).

I’d be willing to bet that you’re already familiar with the awesome work done by illustrator Marc Brown. The happy, colorful collage artwork in this book complements the text perfectly.

Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown have another board book together called Farmyard Beat.

Must…order…

Dancing Feet!
Lindsey Craig/Illus. Marc Brown
Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books