Babies: Bedtime & Bathtime

For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books
For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.

babies-bedbathtime

Baby’s Bath by Judy Nayer**
Goodnight Faces by Lucy Schultz**
Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton*

Early Literacy Tip

You don’t actually need to read books aloud to your children in order for them to benefit. Simply looking at and talking about books helps children love them!


Flannelboard: Shape Game

Since we were talking all about getting ready for bed and sleep, I decided to use one of the stars from my “Four Little Stars” set. Parents immediately got it and I threw in a surprise song of “Twinkle Twinkle” once I revealed it.

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Cheek Chin**
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear**
  • Tick, Tock**
  • Tiny Little Babies**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
For this storytime, I had a co-worker come and in and observe how I do baby storytimes. I feel like I’ve grown so much in the past six weeks, I’m really glad she asked later on in the session rather than at the beginning. I introduced one of my best bounces this week: Tiny Little Babies. The group really enjoyed it and I think it reinvigorated storytime!

Thursday morning
We had a great session today. I love the book “Baby’s Bath” — each tab helps to turn pages. A lot of babies were turning their own pages for this one. And “Goodnight Faces” is such a crowd pleaser! I really think that peek-a-boo/mask/mirror books are some of the best things for this age group in storytime.

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