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Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Active Toodlers -

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.

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