Free booklet up for grabs in libraries

Published on: 02 May 2017

A FREE booklet which helps parents get their child to sleep is up for grabs in libraries in South Gloucestershire.

The Bath, Book, Bed booklet features top tips and advice from TV parenting expert Jo Frost as part of an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.

Jo says reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod.

Bedtime routines are associated with improved sleep in young children and benefits include earlier bedtimes, a shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep, less night-wakings and sleeping for longer. 

Bedtime reading has the added bonus of feeding a child's imagination, creativity and confidence. Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t - and the gap only widens as they get older. 

Mother of Sophia, aged two, said: “We visit the library every week and choose books which I read to Sophia before bedtime. I believe that reading to Sophia everyday helps her language development and greatly helps with her creative play.”

Downend librarian Helen Egarr said: "The library has lots of lovely picture books for you to choose from and they are all free to borrow. There are no library fines for children and no charge for any damage to books taken out by children under five."

Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary to find your nearest library or go to www.booktrust.org.uk/bathbookbed to download the booklet and get more practical ideas and tips for making stories part of your child’s bedtime routine.

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