The world of the toddler is busy as they start to walk (usually around their first birthday) and strive to learn and test out their independence. They need and thrive on a predictable routine in their day to make them feel secure. They will gradually move from 2 sleeps a day to one, and sleep 10–12 hours overnight. Even when they’re tired they might fuss and resist going to bed, as they see the world as a place that offers non-stop entertainment. Just be firm – let them know that bedtime is coming soon and ensure you have a quiet time before bed.
12.30pm By now they’re exhausted, so a quick nappy change and off to bed.
3pm Wake up and have afternoon tea.
3.30pm Playtime around the house, or a trip to the shops or park.
Chapter 3 Growing Up