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Toys to help your child's development at every stage

Toys that help your child's learning are suited to their developmental stage, are safe, and fun.

JODIE BENVENISTE Choosing the right toys for your children is about understanding their developmental stage and buying products that are well-made and safe.

The key to understanding your complaining child

The behaviours we wish to correct can give us the most insight into who our children actually are.

Priscilla Dunstan The behaviours we wish to correct can give us the most insight into who our children actually are.

It's true, kids grow up overnight

Sometimes it can seem like your child has grown up overnight.

MATT CALMAN A dad ponders how his toddler daughter can change so much in just one 24 hour period.

Caring for Toddler more articles

Boy with autism gets a lift from four-legged therapist

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Kathy Antoniotti Abandoned as a baby, then later diagnosed with ASD, Angel had a difficult start to life. Then came his grandmother - and a special dog.

Gorgeous toddler Izzy a model of diversity

Izzy Bradley as she appears in the Target ad.

LETITIA ROWLANDS With her blond curls and winning smile, it's not surprising little Izzy Bradley was chosen to appear in a toy catalogue for Target in the US.

Video: Kids excited by world's worst Christmas gifts

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Struggling to find last minute stocking fillers before Santa's visit this week? If this cute video is anything to go by just raid the fruit bowl in order to keep your kids happy.

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Toddler Health more articles

Toddler finds solace with polio victims as mystery over illness continues

Lucian, 3, now has a paralysed leg and uses a walking aid to get around.

Sonja Elmquist Erin Oliviera watched her son lose the ability to move, breathe and swallow two years ago without anyone being able to figure out why.

Thousands pay tribute to drowned toddler Sam Trott

The body of two-year-old Sam Trott was found in a lake on Wednesday.

ALEISHA ORR The public response to the tragic death of two-year-old Sam Trott, whose body was found in a lake near his house, has been massive.

Toddler dies, other children seriously ill after drinking raw milk

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MARISSA CALLIGEROS Victoria's health department has issued a warning about drinking raw milk after several children became seriously ill.

Education & Play more articles

Tiny golfer won't let disability hold him back

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When Joe Morrisey and his wife Marcia found out their unborn son would face life with a physical disability, they were understandably concerned about what his future might hold.

Is e-reading to your toddler story time or just screen time?

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Douglas Quenqua When reading increasingly means swiping pages on a device, and we're advised to read to their children early and often, should parents be turning to e-readers for storytime?

5 secrets I learnt from early childhood educators

Advice from the experts: help, but don't rescue.

LINDY ALEXANDER Early childhood professionals make it all look easy, but they have many tricks up their sleeves to help raise happy, well-balanced children.

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Toddler Products more articles

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

This generic brand helicopter toy failed the normal use test, the small parts test, the reasonable foreseeable abuse test, the drop test, and the tension test.

AMY REMEIKIS The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

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Stylish and playful car window shades

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Babyology Toddler Tints gives you colourful and engaging options when it comes to car window shades.

Star Wars alphabet and number charts for the nursery or play room

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Babyology These Star Wars inspired alphabet and numbers posters are educational and great decorative pieces.

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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.

Toilet Training

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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WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the DVD release of children’s musical series Play Along with Sam, we’re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child’s preschool or daycare centre!

Touching memorial service for siege victim Katrina Dawson

In a moving memorial attended by more than 1500 people, the mother of three and talented barrister was remembered as an "extraordinary" woman.

Lyndey Milan's 10 best baking tips

Whipping up a cake or biscuits need never instil fear again.

Princess of Sweden pregnant with second baby

Princess Madeleine of Sweden is expecting her second baby, only 10 months after her first.

Video: Kids excited by world's worst Christmas gifts

Struggling to find last minute stocking fillers before Santa's visit this week? If this cute video is anything to go by just raid the fruit bowl in order to keep your kids happy.

Elton John and David Furnish marry after 21 years together

British musician Elton John has married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after laws allowing gay marriage in Britain came into force this year.

Gorgeous toddler Izzy a model of diversity

With her blond curls and winning smile, it's not surprising little Izzy Bradley was chosen to appear in a toy catalogue for Target in the US.

Mother arrested over deaths of eight children

The mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a Cairns home yesterday has been arrested over their deaths, according to police.

Facebook appeal saves labouring woman's life

A plea for help posted on Facebook helped save the life of a pregnant woman who had spent days in labour in a remote part of Papua New Guinea.

Can nits be romantic?

And so I face the prospect of a Christmas with nits. It was inevitable, really, given the matter of my daughter's recent outbreak.

Former 'N Sync bandmate confirms news of Timberlake-Biel baby

It seems the cat is out of the bag if Joey Fatone is to be believed.

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

On holding tightly and loving fiercely

We can't live in fear. This post is about Christmas and how at this time we should be celebrating life and grateful for what we have: our loved ones who we cherish fiercely.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

There are pros and cons to this policy.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

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The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.