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Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

PB and baby, coming right up.

Staff writers 11:46am This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

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Priscilla Dunstan Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Boy devastated he can't marry grandma

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When it comes to love, it is only a matter of time until everyone has their heartbroken.

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When your toddler disagrees

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EVELYN LEWIN There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

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JO HARTLEY You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

Paralysed boy's 'big wish' was a simple pathway

Kellan and his dad Dan Tilton on the new pathway.

LETITIA ROWLANDS  When the Make A Wish Foundation offers to help the biggest dreams of sick children come true, they usually get requests for family holidays, celebrity meet-and-greets or fancy toys.

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Sugary drinks blamed for removal of toddlers' rotten teeth

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Matt Stewart Children as young as 18 months are having multiple rotten teeth pulled out as parents feed toddlers soft drinks through sipper bottles, and chocolate biscuits and Milo as bedtime treats.

Toddler poisoned by hand sanitiser

A three-year-old was taken to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital after she consumed alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

JULIA MEDEW Doctors are warning people to be careful with alcohol-based hand sanitisers after a three-year-old suffered severe alcohol poisoning.

Mum's photo saves toddler's life

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Staff writers All parents cherish photos of their children, but one mother has more reason than most to be glad she took a snapshot of her young son.

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Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

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Louise Wedgwood Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Why watching TV can actually be good for toddlers

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Gemma Taylor New research shows that after watching an educational children’s television program, toddlers can learn to count to five and read a simple map.

5 ways to keep toddlers and preschoolers busy

Finger painting is a great way for your child to experience sensory play and to encourage fine motor skills.

Jennifer Chung If you have both a toddler and a preschooler, we have some fun ideas to keep them both busy.

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The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

The awesome Tee Pee bed from Domayne.

Babyology These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

12 brilliant Ikea hacks for kids’ rooms

Sort Lego pieces into tins that adhere to the Grundtal magnetic knife rack.

Babyology Check out these creative upcycling ideas that transform regular Ikea items into something special for your little ones.

Major Maxi-Cosi car seat recall

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Staff writers The Maxi-Cosi A2 and A4 Euro car seats have been recalled due to safety concerns.

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Toddler Growth Chart

Compare your baby's length and weight for age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.

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Time to start introducing the potty or toilet to your toddler and not sure where to start? Here is our section on toilet trainng with expert advice, other mum's experiences, and forums to share and ask advice from other mums.

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Find all the information you need to keep your family healthy and happy during the chilly season.

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Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

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How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

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