Q MyMy toddler was happily having one nap a day, but now he’s turned two he’s suddenly started resisting his nap. What do I do?
Fiona Moore, Brecon
This is such a common problem that it has its own name! It’s called the two-year-old nap strike. At some point around the age of two, children have a big developmental leap. And during this time, probably because they’re so keen to practise their new skills, they stop napping. This can last anything from one to six weeks. But your toddler still needs his sleep. Children need a daily nap until they’re at least two-and-a-half, with some sleep-lovers hanging onto a daytime snooze until they’re almost four. So, just keep on offering the nap. If he refuses, then have quiet time instead, lying on the sofa listening to audio books or doing a gentle activity like colouring. If you are persistent and keep offering the nap, then he will go back to napping. But this can take a few weeks: so, keep at it.