YOU TODDLER HAS BEEN UP SINCE 5.30AM. YOU’VE BEEN TO THE PARK, OUT FOR COFFEE, AND A PLAY DATE. HE’S DROPPED HIS LUNCHTIME NAP. IT’S 2PM AND YOU’RE READY FOR BED. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP UP?
A Put the TV on. This is why Octonauts was invented. B Create a ‘quiet hour’ – dim the lights and snuggle in bed for books and (fingers crossed) a snooze. C Call a friend and arrange an emergency play date.
YOUR BEST OPTION: A/B
Toddlers are known for their Duracell bunny-like qualities – but they do need downtime and back-to-back activities will lead to a meltdown. “Structure quiet afternoon time and make it routine,” says Dr Fin. It could be books, a story time CD, or if that doesn’t cut it, a bit of TV.