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The top 10 bedtime stories to get your tot to sleep

It’s official, whether or not it’s read by Tom Hardy, bedtime stories are proven to help your tot unwind before bed. Yet according to new research by Time 4 Sleep, these are the 10 ten children’s books to help your little one’s drift off.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) 

You were probably read this classic by your own parents, but your little one will love watching the newly hatched caterpillar eat his way through all kinds of food. 
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Harry Potter (1997) 

It might not be one for your toddler, but as soon as your child is old enough, they will love the magic of Hogwarts! 
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The BFG (1982) 

Let your little one fall in love with Roald Dahl’s imagination and Quentin Blake’s illustrations with this classic tale, where little Sophie enters Giant Country with the Big Friendly Giant. 
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Goodnight Moon (1947) 

This cute bedtime story was also chosen by Supernanny Jo Frost as one of her Best Bedtime Reads. This cute classic helps your little one un-wind with the bunny, saying goodbye to familiar items one by one. 
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The Gruffalo (1999) 

Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s The Gruffalo is a classic, selling 13.5 million copies across the world. This cute rhyming story will soon become a hit with your toddler. Get ready to read it again, and again, and again… 
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Winnie the Pooh (1926) 

These beautiful stories will take you back to your own childhood. A.A. Milne’s characters are timeless, and 90 years later, little one’s are still falling in love with Winnie the Pooh. 
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Llama Llama Red Pyjama (2005)

Another rhyming story, Llama Llama Red Pyjama is fun for your little one to listen to, and for you to read aloud. Telling the tale of Baby Llama, who starts to worry as soon as his Mama leaves the room at bedtime, this will (hopefully) bring a more peaceful bedtime, whilst giving you a laugh along the way. 
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Where the Wild Things are (1963) 

The perfect read for your little monster, Where the Wild Things Are tells the story of Max, who gets up to so much mischief he is sent to bed without dinner. Max then enters a world of Wild Things, before sailing home to where someone loves him. 
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Guess How Much I Love You (1994) 

The perfect story to accompany a bedtime cuddle, you’ll love the idea behind this cute book, as much as your tot will love hearing it. 
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The Cat in the Hat (1957) 

If you were read these as a child, we’ve got news: Sam-I-Am still loves green eggs and ham. A good one to have on the bookshelf for when your little one is old enough to start reading himself, he’ll love the rhyming words. 

Yet when look into the slightly more serious side of the benefits of the bedtime story, it seems that more than half (54%) of parents believe reading to their children before bed is the most important part of their child’s nightly routine.

Hypnotherapist and Author Dipti Tait said: ‘Storytelling is very important for the brain too. The brain, regardless of age, enjoys a good story as it activates our imagination. When we begin reading tales of adventure, fantasy and mystery to our children, this creates a positive pathway for the brain to follow. Once we drop into sleep, the brain naturally falls into REM, the dream state, so quite often the storytelling helps the child begin the REM process and often encourages sleepiness.’

How many of the books mentioned above does your little one have on their bookshelf? Let us know in the comments below.  


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