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Toddler has hilarious reaction to his first taste of bacon

The lifelong addiction begins ...

LETITIA ROWLANDS The greatest gift toddler Easton Beach received on Christmas morning did not arrive until breakfast time - his first taste of bacon.

Why parents will sympathise with this family's photo fail

Andrew Leigh's family card shows a less-than-happy 3-year-old.

LETITIA ROWLANDS I can imagine the scenario on the day of politician Andrew Leigh's family Christmas photo shoot now. 

Does my toddler have OCD?

CATHERINE RODIE Toddlers can be funny little creatures and sometimes they do weird things. For the most part, it is just normal toddler behaviour and we all get a giggle out of it. But when is a toddler's obsessive behaviour a sign of something more serious?

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Caring for Toddler more articles

Childcare changes: 45,000 families to lose out because of high childcare fees

About 184,000 families would lose support in the new childcare package.

JUDITH IRELAND About 45,000 families will be worse off under the Coalition's childcare reforms because they pay childcare fees that are higher than the upper limits of the government's new subsidy rate.

Snake found on bed at childcare centre

A red-bellied black snake.

Staff writers Childcare staff got a fright last week when they discovered a red-bellied black snake curled up on one of the children's beds.

Dad creates custom eyepatches for baby

Cool patches

Illinois dad Geof Grubb has shared the decorated eyepatches he's made for his daughter, Layla. The one-year-old has a small cataract and needs to wear an eyepatch to strengthen her eye.

Toddler Health more articles

How the 'germ police' are making life harder for parents

Woolworths' free fruit scheme has been blasted by some critics.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The fact is that children can not live in a bacteria-free bubble - and nor should we want them to.

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Food allergies linked to hyperactive immune system at birth

Melinda hopper and her twin children, who have been involved in an allergy research program.

Bridie Smith Science Editor Babies born with hyperactive immune cells are more likely to develop food allergies by the time they turn one, researchers have found.

Don’t stress about the shortage: here's why toddlers don’t need formula

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Karleen Gribble and Nina J. Berry the greater question of why so many Australian parents are buying toddler formula at all has been largely ignored.

Education & Play more articles

Pretend play ideas

Icecream shop

With simple props and a bit of imagination, pretend play is a great way to role play and work through any anxiety about a particular event or activity - and also help set expectations and behaviour.

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Winter craft activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Puffy paint

While it's cold outside, set up a craft area inside with some of these fun winter themed activities suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. Some will be great to use again at Christmas time!

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Fine motor skill activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Fine motor skills

Work on your child's fine motor skills while having fun with these play activities.

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Toddler Products more articles

Fun Easter gifts for babies and toddlers

Miffy

From keepsake items to decorative decor, arts and crafts and books galore, here's a great selection of non-chocolate Easter presents for baby, toddler and you.

Great wooden toys for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

Voila Geo Crocodile

Want to avoid the noisy plastic toy aisle? Stick with these educational, fun, unique and long-lasting wooden alternatives.

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Toilet humour books for little kids

There is a Monster under my bed who farts

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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Tools

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.

Health

Welcome to winter

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

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Got questions?

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

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

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'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate'

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.

Does exercise have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?

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She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.

Kelly Slater saves mum and toddler from 'freak wave'

A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.

Apple recalls millions of power adapters

Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.

Toddler's adorable alphabet goes viral

It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement  about the alphabet.

Tot's nighttime waking saves family's life

Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night. 

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Dad of four girls faints at gender reveal for fifth baby

It was all too much excitement for this dad.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

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