Q My nine-month-old is hav­ing two naps a day, but his sec­ond nap is only short and then he’s get­ting over-tired. Should I go back to three?

Sally Hughes, stir­ling

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

In the short-term, help your lit­tle one catch up on his sleep with an ex­tra ‘flash nap’ of 20-30 min­utes in the af­ter­noon. It doesn’t have to be in his cot – it can be in the car or in his buggy. This will bridge the gap be­fore bed­time, so over-tired­ness doesn’t cause him to wake in the night. Make sure that he’s awake again by 4.30pm at the lat­est, or he’ll strug­gle to set­tle at bed­time.

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