Sure, newborns don’t quite understand language yet, but they do know your voice. After they’ve been carried around in the womb for nine months, their mother’s voice establishes a sense of calm. If you want your new baby to fall asleep, simply read them a bedtime story. They might not understand the premise, but they do understand the sentiment — mommy loves them. Here are seven great stories to tell newborns as they sink into sleep.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go
by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss has a way of phrasing things that’s fun and interesting. His choices of portmanteaus and onomatopoeias showcase his brilliance and whimsy. This particular book lets babies know that they should seek their full potential in life.
Over the Arctic: Where the Cold Wind Blows
by Marianne Berkes
Packed with a wealth of information about the arctic that baby won’t understand until later years, this story is more about the lovely syntax.
365 Bedtime Stories
A bedtime story for every day of the year! Choose from a number of adventures from Disney’s most beloved characters with this classic.
by Margaret Wise Brown
Lull your child to sleep as they say goodnight to the world, one earthly thing at a time. The soothing choice of words reminds baby that although they are asleep, the world continues to spin around them.
The Three Little Pigs
by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps
Simply a classic! The Three Little Pigs tells the story of when good triumphs over evil, leaving the wolf to leave his stomach bacon-less. Plus, it tells a story of the circle of life. Animals eat other animals, unless they can be outsmarted.
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
A story about childhood imaginations, Where the Wild Things Are teaches children not to fear what’s different from them and to accept people (and “things!”) for what they are. A beautiful story of make believe and wonder, the main character goes on an adventure to discover kindly monsters, only to arrive back home with his dinner still hot.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Felicia Bond
This book teaches kids to complete one project before moving on to another. Simple enough, but the adorable imagery and sweet cookie pictures allow you to give your baby an entertaining story, all while learning a lesson.