Q My two-year-old has started to have vivid nightmares. What can I do to prevent them?
Kirsty Patterson, Warwickshire
A toddler’s imagination can run wild as he goes through a leap in his language, social and emotional development. Keep his bedtime routine very calm and consistent. A good wind-down could include a nice bath followed by some calm play, perhaps doing a puzzle as well as reading a bedtime story. And make sure that story doesn’t involve monsters, dinosaurs or anything else that could potentially cause him to wake up scared. Overtiredness can also cause unsettled sleep and increase the chance of a nightmare occurring, so ensure he gets a daytime nap if he still needs one, and that he goes to bed at a reasonable time.