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.
Jo Hartley Have you noticed that only about 10 per cent of your commands are met with cooperation? For the other 90 per cent of the time it’s all about repetition, repetition, repetition.
Ariane Beeston I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.
Josefa Pete We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.
Beth Whitehouse My 18-month-old held his breath until he passed out. It was terrifying.
Elicia Murray My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos.
Jorge Branco Children exposed to more than an hour of mandatory napping at childcare centres sleep worse at night, research finds.
Kate Browne Just like a horror movie ... THEY'RE BAAAAAACK. So what works in treating and avoiding head lice and nits?
JODIE BENVENISTE Does spending more time with your kids help their development? This is a more complex topic than it may seem.
Virginia Woodruff My neighbour told me, "We didn't want multiples. No offense." I get it. That's how I was before I had twins.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Nobody warns you about the injuries you'll suffer thanks to parenting.
Amanda Hooton Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.
A woman was dangling her two-year-old son over a railing at a zoo when he fell about three metres into a cheetah exhibit.
Lynsey Chutel At first it seems like a fluke - a two-year-old playing with the knobs and buttons of a sophisticated music system.
JO HARTLEY So that’s how it was that day: the day I wiped an invisible friend’s invisible bottom for my child.
Megan Blandford Sometimes the biggest changes are smaller than we grown-ups believe.
Lynda Hallinan Is it tempting fate to rid oneself of all the essential kit a newborn needs?
Nicole Thomson-Pride It is great when toddlers master new skills - but what about when those new skills end up costing you money?
Babyology Traditionally, packed lunches are packed with gluten (think breads, wraps and biscuits). One mum has created a gluten and nut-free solution.
Samantha Rodman Hello there, Mummy. I've been looking forward to this meeting for a while now. Overall, I'd like to say that you've been a great addition to the team so far. You've really been working your tail off. So, kudos to you.
MATT CALMAN I hear about the tots that have a penchant for ripping their nappies off and the odd one that even smears the brown stuff on the walls and fine home furnishings, and I shudder.
Staff writers A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.
A toddler has survived for more than one a half hours without a pulse after being pulled from a frozen creek near his home in the US.
Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.
KYLIE ORR Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.
JO HARTLEY Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Australian researchers have discovered a reliable way to predict which infants with a peanut allergy will grow out of it in later childhood and which will not.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A shocked mother has told how her daughter almost strangled herself while wearing a Baltic amber teething necklace as she slept.
Lauren Knight Is a daily bath really necessary for little kids? How clean is too clean?
LETITIA ROWLANDS When Honey-Rae Phiillips was born with a strawberry birthmark covering much of her left side, the little girl's parents worried she would grow up feeling different and alone.
Melanie Mahoney A family's trip to the shops turned to high drama when not one but two young sisters climbed into a skill tester toy machine.
Meghan Leahy I have a tendency to always answer my kids "no" when they ask me things. Then I am stuck trying to stand behind my no. When they ask so often and so fast, it just comes out
JUDITH IRELAND The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found.
Michael Daly Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.
Leah McLennan You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.
A trouble-making dad decided to see if his daughter would mind if he changed the lyrics to her favourite song just slightly.
Ariane Beeston I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.
AMY CORDEROY Nearly 100 children are being screened for tuberculosis after a teacher at a Sydney childcare centre was diagnosed with the infectious disease.
LETITIA ROWLANDS It appears this toddler wasn't quite ready to end her time as her parents' one and only little princess - and she made no attempt to hide the fact.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Sugar and spice and all things nice - that's what we are told little girls are made of.
JEN VUK My discipline pendulum has swung so wildly from tough to lenient and back again it’s given me vertigo.
Heidi van Dort I never thought I’d have to defend my choice not to send my kids to daycare.
It's the saddest story Roald Dahl ever wrote - a poignant letter pleading for parents to vaccinate their children against measles, after his own daughter died from the disease.
Lisa Bryant The consultation on childcare has already happened and now it's time for some action.
MATT CALMAN She'll excitedly point at anything that moves yelling "dog! dog! dog!" or whatever the name of the creature is. But get within a certain distance of an animal, say a metre, and the fascination turns to panic.
LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a heartbreaking dilemma no parent should ever have to face: you have two gravely ill children, but only possess the power to help one.
Ariane Beeston Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.
DANIELLE COLLEY When one child goes to ‘big school’ and leaves the other behind, it can cause deep upset. Here's how to make the transition easier.
Armin Brott It seems like all they want to eat is white rice and plain pasta. Why won't they eat anything else, and what can I do to get them to expand their preferences?
Sometimes older siblings can tell their little brothers and sisters great lies - but sometimes they tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Meaghan Leahy Physical violence between young siblings is upsetting for parents and can be difficult to manage. Here a few tips to help keep the peace at your house.
Is your child ready? Looking for the signs and getting started
Coping with tears, tantrums and trying times
Compare your baby's length and weight for age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.
Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.