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Night sleep help for 7 month old

Hi Dorothy, I was listening to your live question and answers this morning and you did answer one of mine but it raised a few more questions for me. My 7month old sleeps perfectly during the day but screams if I put him down at night and I can spend up to an hour waiting for him to be in a deep enough sleep for me to transfer him to his cot. He is waking about 3 times a night so with the amount of time he sleeps on me I'm not getting many long stretches of sleep. I'm lucky enough not to be going back to work so haven't really worried about a routine as such. We have recently tried little ones (my coffee group all seem to be following this), so a half hour sleep at 9.30am (I find it very difficult to keep him up until 9.30 and he seems to really want to go back down at 9am) where you wake them and then 2 hours at 12.30pm and then a 10-15min nap at 4.45 if they really need it. He is usually fine in the afternoon but after you suggesting he is maybe overtired I'm not so sure. There was a day I didn't follow this and he did a total of 3 and a quarter hours through the day and he actually seemed better that night. So I guess I'm asking what do you recommend nap wise for the day?

The other question was around food. He has recently decided he doesn't want me to feed him from a spoon, flat out refusing to open his mouth after previously eating anything and everything really well. We have had some issues with constipation so have been following plunket guidelines to a tee. When he refused food I decided to try grated cheese which he loves and happily feeds himself so I've given him lots of finger foods now and he loves it. I think you said best not to give red meat, cheese, dairy or fruits (sugary things) after lunch? So what are good thing to give for dinner? Thanks so much.

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