Q My toddler eats everything and anything. How can I teach him not to put things into his mouth when he’s playing in the garden?
Kim Hogg, north Yorkshire
Most children go through this stage; they’re very curious at this age and, now they’re up and moving, can’t wait to use all of their senses to explore their environment. Gently explain to him that he shouldn’t eat rocks, grass or mud, and perhaps give him an alternative he munch on, such as a snack can or his comfort blanket. It’s important that you keep the garden clear of anything dangerous, such as cat poo, and always keep a watchful eye on him. He’ll soon learn that snails don’t taste very nice!