Hi everyone, welcome to another Pram Jam post. My last one was about springtime and even though the weather is still not very springy, and the sun isn’t always out, the days are definitely getting that much longer. I don’t know about you but it’s getting harder to sleep in when the daylight starts creeping into my bedroom so early. Of course, a sensible person would just go to bed earlier but it’s also staying light further into the evenings! Aargh!

David – sleep + tired = grumpy sourpuss!

Are you getting enough sleep? Are you becoming little Miss/Mr Grumpy Pants and keeping everyone up?! Well then, perhaps we should look at some books about bedtime. As you can imagine there are literally hundreds of Junior Kindy and board books in our collection relating to bedtime, so this will be just a random-ish sample (there are heaps of fantastic titles I’m sure to miss).

Cover Image for Baby bedtime
Cover Image for Time for bed, Daddy
Cover Image for B is for bedtime
Cover Image for Sweet dreams, baby
Cover Image for Who is sleeping?
Cover Image for Spot says goodnight
Cover Image for Yawn
Cover Image for Good night, Peter

With 400+ “bedtime” related titles you may think that they are going to be much the same, story wise, but there is a surprising variety of themes and subject matter. We have stories about: following a bedtime routine, or not following it; can’t get to sleep because … ; have to stay awake because … ; what happens after bed – dreams and other adventures; and so on.

The last book listed above, Good Night, Peter, is a perfect example of someone taking the time to sit down and have a good think and come up with a delightful little story about a very specific topic – moving into a new room and being alone at night for the first time.

Peter Rabbit shares a bedroom with his three little sisters (Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail) and Mrs. Rabbit (Peter’s mum) decides he has gotten big enough to have his own room!

Good night, Peter, it’s time for bed and time for a new room.

But it’s a bit big,
                   and quite,
                             and scary.

- blurb on back of book

Of course, a bedtime story about, er … bedtime, might not be quite enough to get a good night’s sleep going for bub or parent at the moment.

Let’s look for some help from our Family and Parenting collection:

Cover Image for The baby bedtime book : say goodnight to sleepless nights
Cover Image for The little elephant who wants to fall asleep : a new way of getting children to sleep
Cover Image for The sleepeasy solution : the exhausted parent's guide to getting your child to sleep : from birth to age five
Cover Image for The no-cry sleep solution for toddlers and preschoolers : gentle ways to stop bedtime battles and improve your child's sleep

As always, I try to finish off these posts with a suitable rhyme. Avoiding one or two obvious choices, how about this ye olde lullaby …

Hush Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird don’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’s gonna to buy you and horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down, well you’ll
Still be the sweetest little baby in town.