Best Bedtime Story Apps for Kids

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In today's fast-paced world, getting a good night's sleep can sometimes be a challenge, not only for adults but also for our little ones. Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue with a plethora of apps designed to help kids relax, unwind, and drift into a peaceful slumber. These bedtime apps offer a variety of features, from soothing sounds to enchanting bedtime stories and meditations, all aimed at creating a serene bedtime routine for your child.

In this guide, we'll explore some of the best apps that provide bedtime stories for kids, helping them develop their imagination and ensure a restful night's sleep. Say goodbye to bedtime battles and hello to sweet dreams with these calming bedtime apps for kids.

1. Bedtime Stories - Stella Sleep

Bedtime Stories - Stella Sleep is an app to help parents establish an effective bedtime routine for their kids and is full of soothing stories, music, and ambient sounds. Stella Sleep is an app to help soothe and relax kids. The app contains lots of sound-based content to help kids sleep, with more added regularly. The app includes specially written stories, music, lullabies, and background sounds. 

Devices: iPhone, iPad

Download on iOS

2. SmartDreams Bedtime Stories

SmartDreams Bedtime Stories uses AI to create unique, personalised bedtime stories accompanied by vivid illustrations. Children’s love for reading will grow through this app which has endless story possibilities. The app is safe and uses only the child’s first name to start the personalised story. They can then choose from a wide selection of fun characters, fantastical worlds and foods to generate an individualised tale to read. Each story delivers valuable morals and lessons that your child can learn from through customised, colourful artwork and animal noises. 

DevicesDownload on iPhone and iPad

3. Nighty Night - Bedtime story

Nighty Night is one of our favourite apps for young children. The app is a bedtime story for toddlers that shows a number of farm animals going to sleep. The appeal of Nighty Night! is in the beautiful illustrations and the soothing tone of the narrator, the simple storyline and all the unexpected things animals do as they fall asleep.

Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

4. Headspace for Kids

Headspace offers a dedicated sleep section featuring guided meditations, soothing sounds, and relaxation exercises  to wind down babies for sleep. Headspace recognizes the importance of mental well-being for kids and has introduced special editions of its meditations, along with breathing and visualization exercises tailored to young minds. The app includes a comprehensive sleep section specifically designed for children aged five and under, six-to-eight, and nine-to-12. Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk and an expert in tranquility, gently guides your children into a state of serenity, helping them relax and sleep soundly.

Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

5. Calm for Kids

If you can’t decide between a sleep story or bedtime app, this could be the app for you. Yoga and Montessori teacher Christaine Kerr, founder of Calm for Kids, leads takes your kid through a story meditation with soft, sleep-inducing music playing in the background. One of the key features of the app is sleep stories. There are over 100 bedtime stories for adults designed to help users unwind and fall asleep. It’s meant for kids ages 12 and below, but you may find yourself falling asleep to the app, too.

Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

6. Moshi

This all in one app contains soothing audio stories (with narrators like Goldie Hawn), meditations, music, and white noise. Each audio journey is carefully designed with sleep in mind. As stories progress, they’re read slower and sleepier and background noise quiets, and music tracks gently fade to avoid abrupt silence. It’s free to download, and a premium subscription unlocks new and additional content and allows users to download tracks and use the app on up to three devices.

Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

7. Relax & Sleep Well

What sets the bedtime stories for adults available on Relax & Sleep Well apart from other apps is the narrator. Glenn Harrold is a famous hypnotherapist with decades of experience in changing people’s behaviors, who brings his hypnosis skills to sleep health via the app. It’s like a free hypnotherapy session, with recorded meditations that lull you to sleep, while also training your brain to relax before bed. You're given four free hypnosis sessions to see if the app works for you, but you'll have to purchase more meditations after that.

Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

8. Relax Melodies

This app aims specifically to help people sleep. It comes with a library of sounds, music, and white noise. Relax Melodies also features guided meditation, bedtime stories, and breathing exercises. People using Relax Melodies can set themselves a reminder to use the app. There are a handful of free sounds and meditations for users to try with optional in-app purchases.

Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

9. Daniel Tiger Day and Night

Bedtime preparation is about routine. This sleep app from PBS Kids helps your kid develop the habit of getting ready to sleep and go to school in the morning. With songs and games, your kid helps Daniel Tiger take a bath, brush his teeth, and pick out what PJs to wear before he hits the sack. There’s also a calming bedtime story, told and sang to your kid as they assist Daniel with floating through the clouds.

Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

These are some of the apps that you can try if you struggle with your nightly sleep routine. Whichever selection you choose to go with, there’s no doubt that the nostalgic comfort of a calm voice telling you a story before bed will be a welcome addition to your evening routine.
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