Toddler Development

It is normal for a two-year-old to be scared in some situations.

We're afraid our toddler is too fearful

Q: Our 2-year-old is scared of many things: using slippery dips, going on ferris wheels with his parents, playing in ball pits, even riding a merry-go-round on his dad's lap. He seems to be hyper-aware of his surroundings.

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Life with a Toddler

Toilet Training

Some children have trouble toilet training because they are afraid of the toilet.

When toilet training doesn't go to plan

The books make it seem easy. You start toilet training, and within a few weeks, your child is no longer wearing nappies. In reality, things don't always go as planned.

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Toilet targets

Toilet training products

From the clever to the strange, we've found a selection of products to help you toilet train your toddler.

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There is a Monster under my bed who farts

Toilet humour books for little kids

There's something about toilet humour and 3-year-olds - at an age where they're learning about the human body, this topic is an endless source of comedy. If your little one is captivated by bums, farts and wee, check out some of these books.

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Toddler Health

Education & Play

The baby fell facedown before flipping onto her back.

Baby's water survival video divides viewers

Is it responsible parenting, or is this baby being subjected to unnecessary distress? That's the question dividing viewers of a video showing a six-month-old girl fending for herself in a swimming pool after being enticed to fall into the water.

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Baby's future imagined in cute photo series

A French dad has captured his 3-month-old daughter, June, in a series that shows her in outfits of different professions in order to show the possibilities ahead of her. The dad, Malo, says that he, his wife and a few friends work quickly to avoid tiring the baby out.

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Wengenn in Wonderland

Adorable photo series of sleeping baby

Freelance photographer and mum Sioin Queenie Liao has created an adorable photo series of her sleeping son, Wengenn in Wonderland. Using only household items, Liao dresses Wengenn for the shoot before nap time, then works her magic while he sleeps. Liao has photographed over 1000 scenes of her son; from Tarzan to toy soldier, Wengenn has many adventures up his very cute sleeve.

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Toddler Products


Attention to childcare funding in Australia leaves a lot to be desired, on both sides of politics.

Childcare policies have a missing piece

In 1974 the government decided to delay an election promise to fund a proper child care system. The Women's Electoral Lobby organised a huge children's party on the lawns of Parliament House to protest and the Whitlam Government learnt not to muck with women, children and childcare.

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said his party's policy would deliver affordable childcare for families.

Labor unveils $3 billion childcare plan

The Turnbull government has rubbished Labor's $3 billion childcare cash-splash, which includes a rise in the annual rebate to $10,000 per child.

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Perth mothers are embracing Bubdesk.

Workspace for mums with babies expanding to Perth CBD

A Perth co-working space that allows mothers to bring their babies to work to be looked after at an upstairs crèche has plans to expand into the CBD to help big businesses better support working parents of young children.

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