84 Sweet Bedtime Poems Your Kids Will Love

Are you looking for a way to make your child’s bedtime more special? Would you like to add some warmth and love to the end of the day?

If so, this article is for you! Here, you will find a selection of sweet poems to read at bedtime that your kids will love.

These bedtime poems are perfect for adding a layer of comfort and joy to your child’s routine.

So, settle in, read on, and find the perfect poem to make your little one’s bedtime even sweeter.

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Sweet Dreams Bedtime Poems

Welcome to our collection of sweet dreams poems for bedtime. Here you will find a range of soothing and calming poems that will help you drift off to sleep. Enjoy!

1. Just Like the Moon

       by Anonymous

Just like the moon is bright

You become what is of light.

You came to show me to love right

These are moments I will always write.

Just like the moon you rule with ease

Bringing me freedom, love and peace

And a heart with emotions that never cease.

I love how we love and also tease.

Just like the moon the white ruler and Queen

I will love you and be your King

I swear by the finger with the ring

My love has just my heart for you to sing.

2. A Million Smiles

       by Anonymous

I hear myself with the shelling of the night

Break into a million smile

Thinking and sinking into ocean thoughts

You as a life jacket, you as a thought.

Whenever the wind breaks on my roof

It brings your scent and kisses like rain

It blows whispers of your name as my sweetness

So I find a reason to live above the clouds

No matter what thick blackness covers my room

My heart is full of light for you

Showing me moons and stars of you.

Know tonight’s, you will be the sun.

3. This Is Not the End

       by Anonymous

We started with fresh mornings

Streaming through our lips

We touched forth our hearts

And laid our words with the sun.

We may have called today by its name

When goodbye found our ways

Know it is not the end

For my heart still beats for you.

Starlight hold these skies

But not my goodbyes, at least until rain comes.

So while the night covers this day

Now, this is not the end. I love you all night.

4. You Are a Startled Star

       by Anonymous

I want to be your blanket

Covering the troubles from you

Touching your fears like the bed

Gossiping with the sheets

Echoes of your heart.

I want to be your light

Guiding you through the night

Telling you I exist to chase your fears away

To right your wrong turns

To open your heart and let the love into mine.

I want to be your sound

Whispering past your ears, fixing words into your soul

Saying love, love, love. I want to be your sweet night love.

5. Reminiscent Nights

       by Anonymous

It is that time again

Where the cricket wakes to its morning

And the butterflies slowly disappear.

It is that time again

where the clouds become same with darkness

and the waters warm with my love.

It is that time again

When my arms longs for you

My lips are hungry to feed into yours

It is that time again

When my love grows deeper

To break boundaries

It is that time again

When my memories remember only you

When my thoughts are with a sun of you

It is that time again

When I say what I always say

But from the heart.

I love you baby even tonight.

6. When the Whole World Sleeps

       by Anonymous

During the dark time of the day

I know it is night for me to find alone

To think of the kisses of the day

To wish to be held by this time.

When the world sleeps, you come in my dreams

Always showing the deep part of your heart

Telling of love

Whispering of laughter.

I want our shadows to feel each other

Let their weight be felt like you’re here

Come to me so we make magic happen

As I call you my girl

The light of my world.

7. Dusk

       by Anonymous

As the night skies keep the stars in sigh

My soul has become with yours a romantic light

To think of you is a curtain in my wind

When on my mind is you I find.

To be with you is always a desire

So I love and feel as I try to retire.

The moon is just a phase to rid me your face

I know its radiance will heal this solace.

The easiness of this feeling makes me smile

And how I want this to last longer than a while.

This cool breeze brings thoughts so lovely

Knitted in my mind to look beautiful.

To this night that homes my silent night

Know that I want you to have a goodnight.

8. When Night Finds Us

       by Anonymous

In the midst of all we sought

In love or sweetness.

I didn’t think twice about you

You became a wonderful story

That the night aches to tell

With sweet candles or fun

Love notes dispersed

I like the water that holds us tight

So we flow in this love

Emotions outpoured and fears found

We are imperfect to live but flawlessly in love.

When night finds us

Let us be wrapped tight in each other’s arms.

Let us love willingly.

9. The Warmness of the Night

       by Anonymous

I have tried to express my feelings

In the waking of the day.

I have caressed your face in the heat of today,

Most times at night I feel the flutter of my heart.

I have always shone you how I feel

It is like how proud the moon sits for the skies

And the stars are in the splendor of my emotions

Tickling the skies

And showering light to those finding the dark.

I always made a beautiful decision

Of making a life with you,

No stutters find my heart

No matter the blackness of the night.

Just so this night

Know it is not different from what I have always said

I will love you in the morning or at night.

I will let your emotions show me the light.

10. To the Glowing Moon

       by Anonymous

I have given my whispers to the wind

To wish you a good night with love.

I miss the beginning of today

When our lips talked with one another.

To the glowing moon

I see a reflection of your beauty

A soft teary eyes hosts your image

And wish my hands would touch you.

To the glowing moon

I say it how my heart prays for it

For your arms to envelope into mine.

For our hearts to beat and lie side by side.

11. You are Only Mine

       by Anonymous

Mine forever, that’s true.

You and no other, that too.

I don’t mind giving my everything to you.

To secure and protect you, girl.

You are always on my mind.

Even when there’s no cloud left in the night.

Oh girl! You are only mine.

Goodnight, my baby.

12. Goodnight Kisses

       by Anonymous

You are my sunshine

You are my moonlight

The one that lights up my beaten-up body.

That the stars in your eyes

Are forever a guide

To my wandering heart.

If you don’t mind, beautiful,

Receive my goodnight kiss to you

With bursts of joy

For me, darling.

13. Strength

       by Anonymous

Your eyes call on me

To hang on for dear life.

You know I have been through hell;

Made it back safely in your arms

Where serenity lies,

And strength,

The energy that envelops

From your eyes.

I won’t bail on you.

Goodnight, honey.

14. If I Were Your Blanket

       by Anonymous

I wish I were your blanket,

So I could cuddle with you all night. I wish I was a pillow,

So you would rest your head on me

If I were your pajamas, you’d hug me so tight

I wish I could be your sheets

Just to tug with you all night long

But since I can’t be any of these things

I hope to dream with you every day,

Just to wake up in a happy mood every morning.

Sending warm goodnight kisses to you.

15. We Make the Perfect Team

       by Anonymous

I know I don’t express my feelings quite well

But that doesn’t mean I don’t cherish or value what we have

I am a typical guy that’s too afraid to say how much you brighten my life

I feel more than lucky to be called yours

In so many ways, I don’t think I deserve someone so perfect

But I know we make the perfect team

I love you and have a splendid night ahead.

Funny Bedtime Poems

These funny bedtime poems are sure to bring a smile to your face! Perfect for winding down before bed, these fun rhymes are sure to make you giggle.

1. Meet Me in The Dreams

       by Anonymous

Good night and sleep well!

Hope you have dreams as sweet as I am!

As cute as my face is.

And as adorable as the person I am.

I know I am so charming that you can’t stop thinking about me

But just sleep now to meet me in the dreams.

2. Night Time

       by Anonymous

Don’t waste night time thinking about your lost past.

Don’t waste night time planning your future.

Better kill some mosquitoes with that time

So that you can sleep better. Good Night.

3. Are You Asleep?

       by Anonymous

Hey you, Yes you darling, holding the phone.

You are asleep? No? Ok, good.

Cause I want to say good night before your eyelashes hug each other tightly.

4. Be My Wife

       by Anonymous

I send you bouquets of flowers

To decorate your room with.

Here are bars of chocolates

To drive away pangs of hunger

If you are still bent on seeing the flowers and chocolates

Wait till morning to buy them yourself.

Good night, twinkle star!

Before I would be able to fully enjoy the morning and afternoon in your company

The killjoy night emerges with much forcefulness

To grab you home.

How I wish I have made you my wife already

Just to shame the selfish night.

Please be my wife soon.

Good night, dear.

5. Guardian Angel

       by Anonymous

Send me a text if a nightmare kicks in and you cannot sleep at night.

I will be your guardian angel.

Have a great time sleeping, dear.

6. Sleep Tight

       by Anonymous

The sun is red, the sky is blue, I cannot stay happy, without disturbing you.

Nights are black, and milk is white, this line means nothing.

I wish you sleep tight.

Goodnight, my love.

7. I Fell for You With My Phone

       by Anonymous

Oops! Ouch, I fell from the bed

Trying to reach for my phone just to say sweet dreams to you

I fell for you with my phone, and now we are fallen-things in love with you.

Good night and sleep tight.

8. Sweet Dreams Airlines

       by Anonymous

Welcome to Sweet Dreams airlines.

We’ll be shortly arriving at Dreamland.

Fasten blankets, puff the pillow, close your eyes and get ready to doze off!

Good Night!

9. Just Kidding

       by Anonymous

Good night!

May you be safe from the ghost under your bed!

Also, don’t look at the window at night.

There may be something!

I am just kidding, my love!

Have a sweet dream, my love!

10. Habit

       by Anonymous

Let the most beautiful dream come to you tonight

Let the sweetest person come in your dream tonight

But don’t make it a habit

Because I’m not free every night

Good Night!

11. Original

       by A.O. Taner

A very original good night wish

only for you beware of cheap duplicates

I’m the only authorized dealer for good night wishes.

Good night, Sweet dreams!

Short Bedtime Poems

Welcome to this collection of short bedtime poems! Here you will find poems that are perfect for reading to children before bedtime.

1. Good Night, Empress

       by Anonymous

Listen to the coordinated sound of my heartbeat

Written boldly in letters meant for your eyes alone.

I miss you and that settles it

For I will be right there by your side

Before the breaking of the dawn.

Good night, empress.

2. Lovely Night

       by Anonymous

Close your eyes my baby,

It’s time to rest your head,

I love you oh my baby,

It’s time to go to bed,

In bed we will hug,

It’s gonna be so snuggly,

In bed we will snug,

It’s gonna be so lovely.

3. Good Night My Sweet Love

       by Anonymous

Alone in the night, I realize

In your absence, who can disguise?

Or replace you in my eyes?

None! Don’t be surprised!

Good night my sweet love!

4. Everything for You

       by Anonymous

When I sing,

I sing for you.

When I dance,

You’ve got my twists and thrusts.

When I moan,

It is for your pleasure, baby.

You mean the world to me.


5. For the Owner of My Heart

       by Anonymous

During my night walk I heard someone talking to me

The moon told me to look for the owner of my heart

I arrive to your house now

And I feel like wishing a good night to you, my love.

6. Resting Time

       by Anonymous

On the off chance that they see any sobbing

That ought to have been resting,

They pour mull over their head,

What’s more, take a seat by their bed. Goodnight

7. Good Night and Better Day

       by Anonymous

As the day into the night fades,

Your worries too find a better place.

Let the stars shower you hope,

And give you the strength to cope.

Night is the time your mind and body sleeps,

For a brand new day that simply leaps.

8. A Shiny Good Night

       by Anonymous

Feel your heart,

As you shut your eyes,

Sleep more tight,

As I say good night,

All the stars which are so bright,

Forget all the worries and fright,

Stay calm, because its night,

A very sweet good night!

Good Night

Romantic Bedtime Poems

This selection of romantic bedtime poems to help express your love and affection in the most beautiful way before you drift off to sleep.

1. I Wish We Were Together Tonight

       by Anonymous

We can face time, we can talk all night,

But all I want is to hug you and let you know,

That you mean the world to me.

We can tweet or talk on Facebook,

But I wish I could give you endless kisses.

We could Instagram and we could text,

But more than anything, I wish we could cuddle

And snuggle all night with no shred of worry.

Goodnight, princess.

2. I Won’t Stop Thinking of You

       by Anonymous

Roses are red

Green is the color of health.

Thinking of you calls to vision

Romance, passion, and desire

And tonight, as you prepare to sleep

I want you to bear in mind

That I won’t stop thinking of you.

Good night.

3. While You Sleep

       by Anonymous

Your adorable snores fill the air,

I hope your dreams are soft and pleasant

Don’t mind me, continue to rest,

for the night was dark and deep.

There are many things I need to do,

all while you sleep.

I hope you don’t notice me gone,

I’m just in the kitchen, slaving over the stove,

making your favorite meal.

I hope the sweet aroma awakes you,

but don’t wake just yet.

The tea still needs to steep,

and I have many things I need to do,

all while you sleep.

I have to run to the store,

and shop for your gift.

You deserve to be spoiled,

you’ve been doing so well these past few weeks.

I hope this present I have for you,

will give your spirits a lift.

I’m back home now.

Don’t worry, I won’t make a peep,

but I’m so excited for you to see

all that awaits you, while you sleep.

4. I Love You

       by Anonymous

Widely awake, I’m drowning in fume

Deeply asleep, is that you presume?

No. I’m still enchanted by your perfume

Earnest in waiting for the night in bloom

So that I can wish upon the stars in gloom

For you to be with me in my lonesome room.

I miss you. Goodnight, my love!

5. Good Night With Care

       by Anonymous

In the softest night

Free winter rises

Maiden blossoms sincere

Weary blossoms adhere

Winter grass is near

Naked tenderness is here

With tired kisses in the air

Goodnight springtime with care

6. Smiling With the Stars

       by Anonymous

During the hours I wish for us

I pray it is not the night

For I would pluck every star in the sky

Searching for which holds your resemblance.

The pillows bear me witness

Every night tales with my tears

Never ceasing to wish and want to see my Angel

I love you like the closing of the evening.

Tonight I smile with the moon

Hoping my hands can touch the stars

To tickle me into dreams with you

During such a night, a very good night.

7. Good Night My Sweet Angel

       by Anonymous

Good night my sweet angel,

Have a wonderful night,

Do think about me tonight

So, what if I am out of sight

Still I am missing you tonight

Just want to wish you through

That you have a wonderful night,

Good night!

8. Goodnight My Love

       by Skye Rhiannon

Just wanted to say to you my dear,

Goodnight and please sleep tight,

I will talk to you tomorrow,

But as for now please pretend I’m there,

Please just hold me tight,

Have the sweetest of dreams,

Know that I love you,

Now I must slumber,

I will fantasize and dream about you my prince,

Feel free to invade my head anytime you wish,

I will always be here with you,

Goodnight to the sweetest heart out there,

May all your sweet dreams come true lover dear.

9. Our Romantic Date

       by Anonymous

Like a building without a facade

Or a book without its cover

I too am stripped of my identity

When we’re not together

As I stare at the deep night skies

I can’t help but hallucinate

About how it’d be if right now

We were out on a romantic date…

Good night my girlfriend

10. Your Presence Make Me Happy

       by Anonymous

A time that is

A time when I can remember you in peace,

Thinking about you and my stress gets ceased,

A time when I feel so bad,

Your presence not around me makes me sad

A time when I can dream about you

I only want to say that I love you

Wishing you a lovely night

Good night!

Rhyming Bedtime Poems

Bedtime can be a magical time for children, and one way to add to the enchantment is by reading or reciting a rhyming bedtime poem. These playful poems can help children drift off to sleep with happy thoughts.

1. Bedtime Wishes

       by Anonymous

When I go to sleep at night

Bathed in stars and palest light

I know an angel guards my room;

You might know him as the moon.

Without fail, as sun does set

My dreams and I are gently met

To be looked over all the way

In a garden by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Baby, see the flowers!

—Baby sees

Fairer things than these,

Fairer though they be than dreams of ours.

Baby, hear the birds!

—Baby knows

Better songs than those,

Sweeter though they sound than sweetest words.

Baby, see the moon!

—Baby’s eyes

Laugh to watch it rise,

Answering light with love and night with noon.

Baby, hear the sea!

—Baby’s face

Takes a graver grace,

Touched with wonder what the sound may be.

Baby, see the star!

—Baby’s hand

Opens, warm and bland,

Calm in claim of all things fair that are.

Baby, hear the bells!

—Baby’s head Bows,

as ripe for bed,

Now the flowers curl round and close their cells.

Baby, flower of light,

Sleep, and see

Brighter dreams than we,

Till good day shall smile away good night.

2. Wee Willie Winkie

       by William Miller

Wee Willie Winkie rins through the town,

Upstairs and doon stairs, in his nicht-gown,

Tirlin’ at the window, cryin’ at the lock,

“Are the weans in their bed? – for it’s noo ten o’clock.”

Hey, Willie Winkie! are ye comin’ ben?

The cat’s singin’ gay thrums to the sleepin’ hen,

The doug’s speldered on the floor, and disna gie a cheep;

But here’s a waukrife laddie, that winna fa’ asleep.

Onything but sleep, ye rogue! – glowrin’ like the moon,

Rattlin’ in an airn jug wi’ an airn spoon,

Rumblin’, tumblin’ roun’ about, crawin’ like a cock,

Skirlin’ like a kenna-what – wauknin’ sleepin’ folk!

Hey, Willie Winkie! the wean’s in a creel!

Waumblin’ aff a bodie’s knee like a vera eel,

Ruggin’ at the cat’s lug, and ravellin’ a’ her thrums:

Hey, Willie Winkie! – See, there he comes!

3. The Sugar-Plum Tree

       by Eugene Field

Have you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?

‘Tis a marvel of great renown!

It blooms on the shore of the Lollypop sea

In the garden of Shut-Eye Town;

The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet

(As those who have tasted it say)

That good little children have only to eat

Of that fruit to be happy next day.

When you’ve got to the tree, you would have a hard time

To capture the fruit which I sing;

The tree is so tall that no person could climb

To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing!

But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,

And a gingerbread dog prowls below –

And this is the way you contrive to get at

Those sugar-plums tempting you so:

You say but the word to that gingerbread dog

And he barks with such terrible zest

That the chocolate cat is at once all agog,

As her swelling proportions attest.

And the chocolate cat goes cavorting around

From this leafy limb unto that,

And the sugar-plums tumble, of course, to the ground –

Hurrah for that chocolate cat!

There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes,

With stripings of scarlet or gold,

And you carry away of the treasure that rains,

As much as your apron can hold!

So come, little child, cuddle closer to me

In your dainty white nightcap and gown,

And I’ll rock you away to that Sugar-Plum Tree

In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.

4. Bed in Summer

       by Robert Louis Stevenson

In Winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candle light.

In Summer, quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people’s feet

Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

5. Good Night

       by Jane and Ann Taylor

Little baby, lay your head

On your pretty cradle-bed;

Shut your eye-peeps, now the day

And the light are gone away;

All the clothes are tucked in tight;

Little baby dear, good night.

Yes, my darling, well I know

How the bitter wind doth blow;

And the winter’s snow and rain

Patter on the window-pane:

But they cannot come in here,

To my little baby dear.

For the window shutteth fast,

Till the stormy night is past;

And the curtains warm are spread

Round about her cradle-bed:

So till morning shineth bright

Little baby dear, good night!

6. A Lovely Poem

       by Anonymous

From the onset

I made it clear to myself

That I will never be elsewhere

But with this one, I cherish it with all my heart.

Even if circumstances threaten my decision,

They will fail woefully

Because I have got my goodnight kisses

As a backup plan,

Well-packaged and sent through this lovely poem.

I hope you’ll love them.

7. You Are the Love of My Life

       by Anonymous

As I lie here in my bed,

I can’t help but think about you

With a broad smile plastered on my face.

Because I feel thankful and lucky.

To call you the love of my life.

I won’t promise you the world

But I promise to be next to you

All the days of my life.

Goodnight and I love you.

8. Never Let You Go

       by Anonymous

The day I met you

Was the day I swore

To never let you go.

So much about you

Gives me joy, peace

And hope that someday

I will have you to hold and to cherish.

Before my dream comes true,

Have a good night, babe.

9. Thank You

       by Anonymous

You are the one whom my heart beats for

The one who makes my heart pound a little harder

And my breath fall a little shorter

I would wish for nothing more in the whole wide world

Than to be in your arms forever. I am not ashamed about what we have

Thank you for everything

Goodnight, my dear.

10. Funny Heart

       by Anonymous

I have a funny heart

That knows no shame

As it beats ferociously

And flutters its wings excitedly

To the wind of your presence.

In your kindness,

You could suggest a heart check

To keep safe.

But I am fine

If not better

With my funny heart.


Bedtime Poems for Kids

Bedtime poems for kids can be a fun to end the day. With playful rhymes and imaginative stories, these poems can help children wind down and relax before sleep.

1. Sleep Time

       by Annette Wynne

When day is over, Mother sings songs

And each child climbs into the crib where he belongs,

And says his prayers, and thinks of things he did all day,

Whether at school or home or on the street at play.

But he never quite gets through for his eyes shut tight

And he doesn’t even hear Mother putting out the light.

2. When the Sleepy Man Comes

       by Charles G. D. Roberts

When the Sleepy Man comes with the dust on his eyes,

(Oh, weary, my Dearie, so weary!)

He shuts up the earth, and he opens the skies.

(So hush-a-by, weary my Dearie!)

He smiles through his fingers, and shuts up the sun;

(Oh, weary, my Dearie, so weary!)

The stars that he loves he lets out one by one.

(So hush-a-by, weary my Dearie!)

He comes from the castles of Drowsy-boy Town;

(Oh, weary, my Dearie, so weary!)

At the touch of his hand the tired eyelids fall down.

(So hush-a-by, weary my Dearie!)

He comes with a murmur of dream in his wings;

(Oh, weary, my Dearie, so weary!)

And whispers of mermaids and wonderful things.

(So hush-a-by, weary my Dearie!)

Then the top is a burden, the bugle a bane;

(Oh, weary, my Dearie, so weary!)

When one would be faring down Dream-a-way Lane.

(So hush-a-by, weary my Dearie!)

When one would be wending in Lullaby Wherry,

(Oh, weary, my Dearie, so weary!)

To Sleepy Man’s Castle, by Comforting Ferry.

(So hush-a-by, weary my Dearie!)

3. Lullaby

       by Josiah Gilbert Holland

Rockaby, lullaby, bees in the clover!

Crooning so drowsily, crying so low,

Rockaby, lullaby, dear little rover!

Down into wonderland,

Down to the under-land

Go, oh go!

Down into wonderland go!

Rockaby, lullaby, rain on the clover!

(Tears on the eyelids that waver and weep!)

Rockaby, lullaby—bending it over!

Down on the mother-world,

Down on the other world,

Sleep, oh sleep!

Down on the mother-world sleep!

Rockaby, lullaby, dew on the clover!

Dew on the eyes that will sparkle at dawn!

Rockaby, lullaby, dear little rover!

Into the stilly world,

Into the lily world,

Gone! oh gone!

Into the lily world gone!

4. The Sandman

       by William Miller

The rosy clouds float overhead,

The sun is going down;

And now the sandman’s gentle tread

Comes stealing through the town.

“White sand, white sand,” he softly cries,

And as he shakes his hand,

Straightway there lies on babies’ eyes

His gift of shining sand.

Blue eyes, gray eyes, black eyes, and brown,

As shuts the rose, they softly close, when he goes through the town.

From sunny beaches far away—

Yes, in another land—

He gathers up at break of day

His stone of shining sand.

No tempests beat that shore remote,

No ships may sail that way;

His little boat alone may float

Within that lovely bay.

Blue eyes, gray eyes, black eyes, and brown,

As shuts the rose, they softly close, when he goes through the town.

He smiles to see the eyelids close

Above the happy eyes;

And every child right well he knows,—

Oh, he is very wise!

But if, as he goes through the land,

A naughty baby cries,

His other hand takes dull gray sand

To close the wakeful eyes.

Blue eyes, gray eyes, black eyes, and brown,

As shuts the rose, they softly close, when he goes through the town.

So when you hear the sandman’s song

Sound through the twilight sweet,

Be sure you do not keep him long

A-waiting in the street.

Lie softly down, dear little head,

Rest quiet, busy hands,

Till, by your bed his good-night said,

He strews the shining sands.

Blue eyes, gray eyes, black eyes, and brown,

As shuts the rose, they softly close, when he goes through the town.

5. Bed-Time Song

       by Emilie Poulsson

Sleep, my baby, while I sing

Bed-time news of everything.

Chickens run to mother hen;

Piggy curls up in the pen.

In the field, all tired with play,

Quiet now the lambkins stay.

Kittens cuddle in a heap—

Baby, too, must go to sleep!

Sleep, my baby, while I sing

Bed-time news of everything.

Now the cows from pasture come;

Bees fly home with drowsy hum.

Little birds are in the nest,

Under mother-bird’s soft breast.

Over all soft shadows creep—

Baby now must go to sleep.

Sleep, my baby, while I sing

Bed-time news of everything.

Sleepy flowers seem to nod,

Drooping toward the dewy sod;

While the big sun’s fading light

Bids my baby dear good-night.

Mother loving watch will keep;

Baby now must go to sleep.

6. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

       by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea

In a beautiful pea-green boat,

They took some honey, and plenty of money,

Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,

And sang to a small guitar,

“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,

What a beautiful Pussy you are,

You are,

You are!

What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!

How charmingly sweet you sing!

O let us be married! too long we have tarried:

But what shall we do for a ring?”

They sailed away, for a year and a day,

To the land where the Bong-Tree grows

And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood

With a ring at the end of his nose,

His nose,

His nose,

With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling

Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”

So they took it away, and were married next day

By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,

Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced by the light of the moon,

The moon,

The moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.

Bedtime Poems for Adults

With themes ranging from love and loss to nature and nostalgia, these bedtime poems for adults can provide a moment of reflection and tranquility before sleep.

1. Night Flyer

       by Anonymous

Spirits of the Night

In swirling clouds of silver lace

The disk of Luna lies concealed

Across the Autumn skies they race

Over this shadow realm surreal.

On evening shadows now, I gaze

A gentle wind swirls through the trees

From depths of sleep, I watch half-dazed

Thin branches stirring in the breeze.

Lights flickering neath mystic skies

Through gaps in trees, they shine within

Entranced, my mind, I watch surprised

This spectral beauty in the wind.

In these dark shadows, spirits drift

Translucent ghosts and dryads old

From this meadow, I sense their gift

Strange stories from the wood untold.

Oh let me join thy sylvan fest

Pale spirits of this Solstice night

Before the Moon sets in the west

We’ll revel neath her misty light.

2. Marian

       by Marian Faerieland

Summer Night (Sonnet)

Cicadas and katydids are calling

Breezes blow in from my open window

Roses are blooming and leaves are falling

The moon’s rays hitting my lawn look like snow

Owls are singing from majestic trees

While sweet Bluebirds are sleeping in bushes

Night dances through the softly blowing breeze

And Midnight silently the world hushes

Dewdrops like jewels shine on roses sweet

And the stars twinkle all through the calm night

While the Fairies dance on enchanted feet

And the moon happily shines very bright

And I under my warm covers doth sleep

Until pretty morning brightly doth peep.

3. The Beauty of Flowers

       by Timothy

A field of tulips

Is where I laid down to sleep

And dream a sweet dream

Dew sparkled on the tulips

And fell upon my fair cheeks

In the shady woods

Lady slipper Orchids grow

Near a babbling brook.

Yellows and Pinks standing tall

With ferns spreading all around.

Beside the ocean

The hibiscus are blooming

Such a sweet perfume

Lingers on the salty breeze

Such beautiful rainbow hues

Snowdrops are the first

To appear blooming in frost

Pure white heads nodding.

Cold hardy and full of life,

They offer a hope of Spring.

Beside the farmhouse

Gardenias are blooming

White satin blossoms

Their perfume is breathtaking

Rain-washed petals of fragrance

4. Nighttime

       by Anonymous

The darkness is lightened

By the stars in the sky

And I am not frightened

With you by my side

You hold my hand

As we lie in the grass

We talk about our favorite bands

And things from our past

We discuss the earth, moon, and sun

And the origins of life

We wonder why people use guns

And why there is so much strife

You stare into my eyes

Moonlight twinkles in yours

For a moment we are hypnotized

Then the rain starts to pour

Both of us laugh

We leap off the ground

The sky shows its wrath

And you twirl me around

With your hands on my waist

We enjoy the refreshing shower

I can feel our hearts race

And the world feels like ours

5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

       by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

6. Insomniac

       by Maya Angelou

There are some nights when

sleep plays coy,

aloof and disdainful.

And all the wiles

that I employ to win

its service to my side

are useless as wounded pride,

and much more painful.

7. A Clear Midnight

       by Walt Whitman

THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,

Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,

Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou

lovest best.

Night, sleep, death and the stars.

Bedtime Poems for Lovers

There’s something special about sharing a bedtime poem for girlfriend. With themes of romance, passion, and intimacy, these poems can deepen the connection between two people.

1. Right Here

       by Anonymous

You can now rest your eyes,

please allow me to draw close.

Betwixt the mattress and covers you lay,

a restful and peaceful night to impose.

I know you’re afraid to drift off,

the fear you hold, I understand.

You fear having nobody when you awaken,

alone and desolate in this land.

But no matter what demands my attention,

no being, no man nor beast,

could ever make me abandon you,

or cause my love to cease.

We can face what lies ahead together,

I will never leave your side.

The course, the plan, the direction in life,

I will help you decide.

So when the moon gives way to the sun,

or when the stars are shielded by clouds,

you will have nothing to fear.

For no matter what becomes of us,

I will be right here.

2. Embrace of Night

       by Anonymous

My darling, my dear, my truest love,

I lament that the day must end.

For more joyous time with you,

I wish to spend.

Fret not as the blankets cover you,

or when your eyes drift to a close.

Your night is only going to get better and better,

as you lay there, dreaming of us here together.

The moon will keep its watchful gaze on you,

and the starlight will proceed to glimmer.

I hope you feel the love I have for you,

its warmth continuing to linger.

The bump in the night,

the obscurity of the dark,

both things you should never fear,

for I will make sure that the embrace of night will disappear.

3. Goodnight

       by Anonymous

A woman returns home after a long day,

tired, haggard, but still smiling,

knowing the good she has done today.

She has done all she needed to do,

her work exceptional, top-notch.

A lot of good she has done for herself and the others in her life.

Finally, the night has come,

now you’d think she’d finally rest.

She, however, takes more time out of her day,

for those who need it.

Checking on her friends,

making sure they’re okay,

ready and willing to listen to anything they have to say.A truly selfless woman she is,

giving so much to others.

It is finally time for her to think of herself,

so rest well, and goodnight.

4. Sweet Dreams

       by Anonymous

The pets gathering around your sleeping form,

to shield you from the chaos,

of a world so cosmically torn.

Your beauty prevails,

all through the rays of the run,

and the shade of the moon.

Through the phases of the day,

morning, night, and noon.

My dreams are filled with the sweetest scenarios,

when I sleep right by your side.

The time I get to spend with you,

to me is a great source of everlasting pride.

I only hope that your dreams are as kind to you,

as you are to me.

And that you find much comfort in them,

even through the calming abyss of sleep.

5. Race Home Like the Clouds

       by Anonymous

The clouds have turned orange

And are swiftly running to their home.

I, on the other hand, am still here waiting.

Fully clad with the hope

That someday,

I will race home like the clouds

To spend the night with my girl

never thinking of the distance between us

But until then,

Goodnight, mine.

6. Spell of Your Presence

       by Anonymous

It is nighttime

An opportunity to happily think backward

Into the daytime hours spent in your company

I wished there were words enough

To expound how excited I was

To be held by the spell of your presence

And the warmth of your lips

Let’s do it again, honey

For tomorrow is another day for us.


7. Making My Life Worth

       by Anonymous

Thank you

For making my life worth every heartbeat.

Thank you

For making my love your muse.

Thank you

For your heart is so tender and true

Nothing compares to it.

Goodnight, sweetheart.

8. Seasons

       by Anonymous

Summer leaves

Broad and happy.

Winter ice

Bright and classy.

You, my baby

Fun and pretty

Are much more than seasons

And reasons.

I love you

For whom you are.


9. You Are the Perfect One

       by Anonymous

Did I tell you

that my breath gets caught in my throat

Whenever you smile while making gestures with your slender hands?

Are you aware

that there’s a certain pull

You have on me

Whenever you pronounce my name?

I may not have an exhaustive explanation to the tricks my heart play

whenever you are with me

But I’m sure

Love has a hand in them.

Goodnight! You are the perfect one.

10. Calmness of The Night

       by Anonymous

If anyone wants to behold natural, unfeigned beauty,

Let him have a peek

At your reposing face.

In the calmness of the night,

Your loveliness causes uncontrollable stirs

Deep in the pit of my stomach.

Enjoy a beautiful sleep, my princess.

Bedtime Poems for Daughters

With themes of love, empowerment, and imagination, these poems for daughters can inspire and comfort young girls.

1. There for Me

       by Paul Schneiter

Looking back, one thing comes clean-glass clear

you were always there for me subduing every fear.

I tried to do my duty, be a husband strong and steady

but you came through when I was only half ready.

So oft you had to be not just a mom but a dad too.

It wounds me to confess it but we both know it’s true.

Memories of sworn promises to you I didn’t keep

cauterize my conscience and cost me peaceful sleep.

Yes, dear, you were always there for me

seasons in and seasons out.

Thus you immeasurably blessed my life

of that there can be no doubt.

I like to think I repaid you at least a loving little.

If not, I pray God grant me mercy and an acquittal.

2. God is With You Baby Angel

       by Davy Young

You were born but were fast asleep, 

holding you in my arms, those memories i will keep,

your button nose with your lovely blond hair,

this is the  memories i will share,

to hold you in my arms was an amazing thing,

but all around you i hear the angels sing,

to guard you on your journey ahead,

to lay in heaven in a clouded bed,

in your mothers arms where you did lay,

I watched my daughter hold you as she prayed,

as this was the very saddest day,

as we watch you sleep and slip away,

good night little angel till we meet again,

I will pray to you when i go to bed,

I hope you hear every word i say,

I will miss you every night and every day,

if we could only see you now,

are you sleeping on the softest cloud,

we see your eyes shine in the stars,

tho we know your very far,

just to hold you one more time,

your in your mothers heart and also in mine,

so as we say our final farewell,

you will always be with us, as this i can tell,

I see your smile in my mind,

shame you left us all behind,

for in the garden where angels play,

this is the garden where you will be safe,

we stand alone and feels cold,

for our little angel we can not hold,

you will be there in our hearts,

so good night our little angel,

your our little sweetheart.

3. Sleepwalking Angel

       by Haley Fisher

Finally, my little girl is sound asleep

after multiple bedtime stories, I plea that she will not make a peep.

Hugging her favourite teddy bear ever so close

the blissful sight is as precious and delicate as a blossoming rose.

The soft murmurs of her magical breath console me.

At last, I can rest upon my alluring bed where I long to be.

Pleasurably my heavy head allows itself to fall,

every muscle in my body relaxes and my eyes begin to flutter as I stare at the wall.

All are contently safe and sound fast asleep,

unfortunately, this blissful peace shall not keep.

A spine chilling creek sends a booming echo throughout the hall,

my eyes flicker open while my mind wakes itself up to protect my all.

The distasteful racket continues to speed up my heartbeat,

distressed I grab a flashlight refusing painful utter defeat.

The flashlight sends a ray of a saviour into the pitch black hallway,

my sleep deprived eyes focus on the bright figure in dismay.

The sweet little angel before me moves forward using unimaginable stealth,

still softly snoring and babbling sweet nothings to herself.

I stare in amazement as she manoeuvres about the house with ease,

with loving open arms reached out in case she falls to my displease.

With little direction, my little star is directed back to her bed

where she shall have the dearest dreams play out in her head.

For the rest of the night, I lay awake longing to hear her creek,

constantly tiptoeing into her room to get a reassuring peek.

The sun eventually rises along with a bright smiling face,

she asks me how she slept and I pull her in for a tight embrace.

4. Good Night Little One

       by Joshua Torres

The time has come for you to sleep, 

Without whines or groans or shuffling feet.

I’ll tuck you in with your teddy at your side,

Hoping that in peaceful sleep you’ll soon reside.

But the night brings forth it’s very worst,

The howls and scratches of monsters cursed.

Silhouettes fill your room and head with fright,

You scream and in a flash I turn on the light.

You rush into my arms and say, “I’m scared,

The monsters came and their teeth they bared.

I thought for sure they’d eat me whole,

with just their claws; no spoon or bowl.”

Holding you tight, I smile, and wipe away your tears.

Then softly say, “My dear child, you should not fear.

Though the night bring faint noises and the dark,

To their howls and whispers we should not hark.

The howl is just the wind blowing through the trees.

Raining down orange and red bright colored leaves.

The scratches are the branches lightly tapping the window,

Asking the curtains to open and to let in the moons glow.

The shadows you see are your most beloved toys

That through out the day you very much enjoy.”

Smiling, I kiss your forehead and tuck you back in.

I hand you your teddy and you give me a big grin.

And as I am about to turn off the light you say,

“But what if something does come to take me away?”

Smiling I say“I promise, in a blink of eye I’ll be here,

To shield you of all monsters and creatures of fear.

Now sleep little one and worry no more.

I’ll not let anything harm you; this I am sure.”

Smiling you turn and fall happily to sleep,

Knowing that my promise I’ll surely keep.

5. Sitting in Bed

       by Tedly Bare

It’s time for sleep, shower first.

Three baskets of clean clothes, bedside.

Cats’ nocturnal sport rumbling across the wood floor, mother pouncing daughter, chasing rubber balls.

Tinnitus and the sound of air whuffing through the ventworks.  Faintly piano music seeps through the seal of my door from children’s room, as they dream.  I’m sitting… in bed.

I need to shave.  My razor’s dull.  The hairs will be plucked from my face, less shorn.  I will examine skin for blemishes, and finding none will probably aggravate a neutral irregularity to the point of bleeding. I’ll brush my teeth first, to avoid the taste of shaving cream.  Then shave and shower, and recall the salt stone my abuser once gave me. She loved me then.  Perhaps.

My shampoo is infused with tea tree oil and mint.  It irritates my sensitive scalp a little.  It smells so good.

I’m not ready to sleep.  I’m not ready to shower or shave.  I still taste milk on my breath.  And I’m awake, as if capturing a few more moments of consciousness… were a virtue.  Is it?

Tinnitus my faithful friend.  A frequency so high it’s almost imaginary. A close listen reveals dissonance, two or three tones.  The warbling interference pattern.  You are the closest I come to silence.

Cotton swabs, shoot.  I need to make a list.  One or two things I remember in the store, and more I forget. Some microwavable containers for rice, to take to work.  I’ve been eating sweet potatoes in an effort to lose weight.  I like them, but… variety.

Something… something else I wanted to remember.  Batteries?  No, that wasn’t it.  Cobwebs?  No, why would I need to remember cobwebs?  I have cobwebs in my brain.  Ah!  Kitty litter.  So that too, and… well, I’ll think about it later.

I’m starting to lose feeling in my feet and lower legs.  It’s better than restless legs, with which I sometimes wrestle.  Usually when I’ve done this, procrastinating sleep.  Magnesium depletion, I suppose.  Or something.

To have a hand on my back, scratching sweetly.  An tender arm draped lovingly, even excitedly over my large belly.  The sensation, the meaning.  I long for it.  Long hair, gentle voice, she’s with me. Forever.  If only.

6. Sweetest Child Alouette

      by Hija De La Luna 

Mom you’re so lovely!

Like my lil’ bunny!

Your arms are fluffy and soft;

Want to hold you more;

Makes me feel secure;

With your hands all of me oft,

Mom you’re so cuddly!

Want you beside me!

Wake me up a lil’ later;

Miss you so by then;

Like I miss you when

My eyes close and you’re not there.

7. A Father and Dyslexia

       by Jay Loveless

Daddy, your bed time stories were the best.

The extra prescision you took while reading a book,

To overcome your struggles and ensure you pronounced each word correctly,

Were the most beautiful sounds.

The way you would sit and practice slowly,

Sometimes repeating words out loud or to yourself,

In efforts meant to bring our sleepy ears an image written down.

They were always the most beautiful words Daddy.

They were the best stories, that I lay in bed,

An adult now, and listen to my memories, where you retell them again.

You stuttered – it mattered not.

No other stories compare.

Final Thoughts

Bedtime poems can be a beautiful and meaningful addition to any nighttime routine.

Whether shared between parents and children, lovers, or simply enjoyed alone, these poems for bedtime can provide a moment of calm and reflection before sleep.

With themes ranging from love and imagination to nature and empowerment, there’s a bedtime poem for every mood and occasion.

We encourage you to share your favorite bedtime poems in the comments below and let us know how they’ve brought joy and comfort to your nighttime routine. Sweet dreams!

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