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Book Review: Your Own Big Bed

If you’ve been searching for a book that can help encourage your toddler or preschooler in making the transition to a big bed, Your Own Big Bed, written by Rita Bergstein and illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung, might just be what you’ve been looking for! This book has a simple and easy to understand message about growing up and the author has a very gentle, mothering tone that is almost lulling.

What I like about this book is the positive message it sends about transitioning from the crib. So often, books like these focus on the negative:

  • that it will be scary to sleep alone in the dark
  • it will be a big adjustment from sleeping in mommy and daddy’s bed
  • or the “monster” topic comes up

This one doesn’t try to persuade the child that it’s better to sleep in his own bed…it shows that there’s a natural progression for animals and humans alike as they get bigger.  This book describes the evolution from birth to being carried around, taking first steps, sleeping in a crib and finally sleeping in a big bed. The whole process is natural, something that everyone does. I think that is pretty comforting for young children.

If you’re looking for a book that will convince your child that his big bed is just as good as mommy’s bed, or shows how children should stay in bed at bedtime and during the night, this will probably not satisfy your need. This book illustrates the sequence of getting to the big bed (which is on the very last page), rather than focusing solely on sleeping in the big bed. But it will certainly be helpful to supplement with other books on the subject.

I would recommend this book for 2.5 and up.

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