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Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime


Staff writers He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.

Toddler gymnast climbs to great heights

Arat Hosseini has mastered many moves - all by the tender age of two.

LETITIA ROWLANDS At nine months of age most babies have perfected their crawling and are learning to pull themselves up on furniture. Not Arat Hosseini.

How to help your anxious child


JODIE BENVENISTE Anxiety in kids can be very difficult for all involved, but there are ways to lessen the worries.

Caring for Toddler more articles

Dad builds the ultimate bed for his toddler son

Eric Strong created a bed his son could not resist.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The transition from cot to big kid bed might be a little easier if every toddler had a bed like this one.

Silence is golden ... or is it?


JO HARTLEY Silence is golden, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to children, quite the opposite is true.

Adjusting your child to daylight savings time


MEGAN BLANDFORD A one-hour difference to the day is pretty big deal when you're little.

Toddler Health more articles

Morbidly obese toddler diagnosed with 'adult diabetes'


AAP A three-year-old who tipped the scales at 35 kilograms has become one of the youngest people ever diagnosed with a lifestyle-related form of diabetes that strikes adults.

'Look what it did to our daughter': parents' meningococcal B plea

Smiling again once the worst was over.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Sarah and Aaron Parkyn have a message for anyone who doubts the importance of the meningococcal B vaccine.

Sugary drinks blamed for removal of toddlers' rotten teeth


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.

Education & Play more articles

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills


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


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.


Toddler Products more articles

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Play kitchens by Micki (left) and Hape.

Suzi Catchpole Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.


Kardashian Kids: September drop now at Big W

Kardashian Kids spring 2015

Suzi Catchpole There's more in store for girls with the Kardashian Kids September drop hitting Big W stores right now.

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.


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.


Welcome to winter

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


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Chat about your toddler's health, sleep, behaviour, eating habits and more with other parents in the Essential Baby forum.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

Victorian Labor to introduce same-sex adoption laws

Thousands of same-sex couples with children will have the right to be jointly recognised as parents by Victorian law.

Sneak peek: Maxomorra bee dress, t-shirt and romper for babies

Cutest snap find on the planet - bee rompers, tees and dresses for babies.

Toddler found two days after going missing

A two-year-old girl who disappeared on Friday night from her great-grandparents' home in rural Ohio was found alive Sunday evening in a nearby field.

Dad builds the ultimate bed for his toddler son

The transition from cot to big kid bed might be a little easier if every toddler had a bed like this one.

Is Woolworths now cheaper than Coles?

Woolworths appears to have taken the upper hand in its price battle with Coles after investing millions of dollars lowering the cost of groceries, according to new figures.

Aussie babies and parents stranded in Nepal after surrogacy ban

Parents say Australian babies are being "kept captive" and cannot come home after a ban on commercial surrogacy in Nepal.

Wannabe dads left behind in IVF debate

If virgin women can become mothers through IVF, maybe we're ready for another miracle - genuine equality for men in the parenting debate.

The health and fitness lessons I've learned

What I once assumed about health and fitness is wrong.

Our angel baby story: Hunter James

I have two children: one living, the next an angel baby.

Newlyweds send bill to no-show guests

Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.

Your choice or theirs: the tug-of-war over baby names

They had just decided on a name they both agreed on, but then the grandparents threw in an offer of $10,000 in exchange for choosing something else.

Dad-to-be's tearful reaction to pregnancy news goes viral

After 17 years of trying, this man had given up hope of having a family.

Claire Danes: acting out postnatal depression was difficult

Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.

Mum who killed paedophile gets reduced sentence

A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.

Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram & high chair liners

We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime

He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.

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