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.

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.

'Miracle' recovery for toddler plucked lifeless from the water

Alise's recovery was cheered on by more than 3000 Facebook fans.

Staff writers A three-year-old who was plucked lifeless from the water has made a "miracle" recovery.

Mum found pushing her dead toddler on swing charged with manslaughter

Romechia Simms has been charged with the manslaughter of her 3-year-old son.

Dana Hedgpeth A 24-year-old mother who was found pushing her dead toddler in a swing has been indicted on charges of first-degree child abuse and manslaughter, according to two law enforcement officials.

Families struggle to pay childcare fees: study


LETITIA ROWLANDS Cash-strapped families with young children say the cost of childcare is the main reason for their budgeting woes, according to new research.

Young gorilla plays peek-a-boo/chasey with toddler at the zoo


Staff writers When toddler Isiah met a young gorilla, he was thrilled – and so was his furry new friend.

Mum's frightening secondary drowning warning

The photo of Ezra posted by his mum, Darcy McQueeney.

LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a heartbreaking photo no parent ever wants to be able to take of their child.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

L to R: Corn and sweet potato pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Louise Fulton Keats Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

Birthday cupcake

COSIMA MARRINER A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

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When your toddler disagrees


EVELYN LEWIN There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle


JO HARTLEY You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

Paralysed boy's 'big wish' was a simple pathway

Kellan and his dad Dan Tilton on the new pathway.

LETITIA ROWLANDS  When the Make A Wish Foundation offers to help the biggest dreams of sick children come true, they usually get requests for family holidays, celebrity meet-and-greets or fancy toys.

How to react when a toddler lies

Dealing with a toddler who lies can be tricky.

Meghan Leahy Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The worst 20 minutes of my life


Josefa Pete Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice


Staff writers What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

<i>The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep</i> has become a worldwide hit.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

Parents warned of slide danger

Maxwell is all smiles, despite the accident.

LETITIA ROWLANDS It's something parents do in parks across the country every day of the week - pop their baby or toddler on their lap and slide down a slippery dip together.

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Taekwondo toddler won't give up

The little boy tries his best - and eventually it pays off.

They say if at first you don't succeed then try, try again.

Three-year-old left on side of highway


Staff writers A family failed to notice their three-year-old daughter was missing from the backseat during a road trip on the weekend.

Be careful what you wish for


JO HARTLEY Remember that chubby little baby who rocked on all fours? Remember how you wished he would start to crawl? Then remember how you felt once he did?

Mummydesking: the new hotdesking


LUCY BATTERSBY It is a paradise that only working parents of small children can understand: a place to sit for three hours without any interruptions while someone looks after the kids.

Kids break out of daycare centre, cross busy highway

The Palmerston North early childhood centre, The Cubby House.

Kelsey Wilkie Two children broke out of an early childhood centre and wandered across a four-lane road.

When toddlers have strange obsessions

Grayson was thrilled with his themed birthday party.

LETITIA ROWLANDS When it comes to two-year-olds and birthday cakes there are a few requests that are usually at the top of the list. But a cake featuring a local personal injury lawyer?


Why I'm glad to be an indulgent granny

Grandparents have a special place in the grandchildren's hearts.

Jane Gordon The phone calls started a couple of weeks ago. At about 5.30 each evening - if I am lucky - I will be greeted by a sweet, excited voice declaring: "'Allo Annie".

Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums


Meghan Leahy Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby


EVELYN LEWIN The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

What your child's drawings can tell you about their personality


Priscilla Dunstan Through their drawings, children can be classified into their dominant sensory modes - that is, if they could be classified as visual, tactile, taste/smell, or auditory.

When it's your turn to be 'that mum'


EVELYN LEWIN We left home under optimal conditions. Operation Supermarket Shopping seemed promising.


Toddler gets stuck in toy machine at shopping centre

The toddler stuck in the toy machine at a Cairns shopping centre.

ERYK BAGSHAW The boy was playing by the machine when he crawled inside the machine and managed to wedge himself between the pingu-penguin and a teddy bear.

Proof that toddlers can't be left unsupervised - ever

Victoria Farmer's daughter Anisyn found herself some mischief.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Parents of toddlers all know the moment when realise your child is being suspiciously quiet. It can only mean one thing - trouble!

The things you think you'll never say - until you become a parent

LETITIA ROWLANDS There are some things that most people realise go hand-in-hand with parenthood. Sleepless nights, early mornings, endless days spent at the playground.

Toddler's face says it all after being given 'parking ticket'


Melanie Mahoney It's a funny moment caught on camera – and Facebook fans are loving it.

5 times I'll happily take the easy parenting option

Baby's got the remote? That's 10 minutes of 'me time'.

Nicole Thomson-Pride I've come to realise there are often two choices as a parent: what the parenting experts would like you to do, and the easy option.

Grandfather saves toddler with just seconds to spare

A 62-year-old man went onto the tracks at Wentworthville train station after his granddaughter's pram fell onto the tracks.

Kate Aubusson CCTV has captured a terrifying close call as a stroller rolled onto the tracks in Sydney's west moments before a freight train came careering through the station.

How to help children who hit find a better target

It can be difficult dealing with a child who hits.

Meghan Leahy Trying to reason with a toddler who hits is pointless.

Creative ways to store your child's art

All smiles: The experts say that you only need to store your child's best pieces.

Sandy Smith Ideas for storing your child's artworks have moved on from sticking them to the fridge door before guiltily dumping them in the bin.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter


KYLIE ORR My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

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'Help - my child won't ever do what I ask!'


Meghan Leahy Compliance is part of the parent-child relationship, but so is resistance. It's all natural.

Toddler survives 25-metre fall down mountain from tourist train

One of the train carriages from the popular ride.

A toddler has survived a 25 metre drop down a New Zealand mountain side after falling out of a tourist train.

Noodles, peanuts, wee wees and lady bits


JO HARTLEY Yes, I know it's silly. I know all the advice from experts is to use the right terminology from the moment your child can talk. But I just can't.

8 ways to keep your sanity when transitioning to two kids

Challenging: the first weeks at home with a new baby and older sibling will test you.

Lindsey M. Roberts Are you riding the sleep-deprived, multiple-children train? These tips just might save your sanity.

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9 times parenting is a pain

Dangly earrings? You might want to think again.

Ariane Beeston Being a parent is wonderful, but oh boy can it also be painful at times. And no, I'm not talking about the dinner-bath-bed (wine) routine.


How to help a child with separation anxiety


Meghan Leahy I have a very attached preschooler who has a difficult time saying goodbye to me.

Toddler with Down syndrome becomes internet sensation

'I'm just a cheeky cute 2-year-old with a lot of love to give,' wrote Millie's mum.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Andrea Newsham has no doubt her two-year-old daughter Millie Elizabeth is beautiful, but the mum is delighted and overwhelmed that people everywhere agree with her.

Australian childcare plan 'way behind' other nations, experts say


JUDITH IRELAND International childcare experts have criticised plans to make parents work to get childcare funding, saying will hurt vulnerable families who are most in need of early learning and care.

5 reasons your toddler is waking - and what to do about it

If your toddler is waking overnight, there may be a legitimate reason.

PINKY MCKAY You've followed your baby's lead for a whole year (or more!) and there seems no sign that this child will ever sleep 'all night'. 

When your child doesn't want you to have a baby


JO HARTLEY Some children are far from excited at the prospect of being a big brother or sister. They are, quite simply, happy as they are.

10 things nobody told me about raising a kid


Jill Hamilton Plenty of people will give you unsolicited parenting advice (I didn't ask whether my baby should be wearing a hat, thank you), but rarely will they tell you what you really need to know.

Parenting a 'spirited' child


CATHERINE RODIE People called her "exuberant", "energetic" and "wild". My father-in-law said she had only had two speeds: either flat out, or sleeping.


Toilet Training

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Challenging Behaviour & Discipline Techniques

Coping with tears, tantrums and trying times


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.

Welcome to winter

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

First look at Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget is now in her 40s and is a successful publishing executive - but also has a pregnancy to contend with as well.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Silence is golden ... or is it?

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

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.

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.

Running for beginners: taking the first steps

It's that time of year when the weather warms up and there's more opportunity to get out and go for a jog.

Tips for turning yourself into a morning person

Mornings are a great time to spend time in reflection or to get outside and get moving.

Thousands sign petition for unborn babies killed by domestic violence

Almost 8000 people have signed a petition calling for a law to recognise unborn babies killed by domestic violence in NSW.

Pregnant Sarah Harris tells body-shamers to 'get stuffed'

Television presenter Sarah Harris has a message for anyone who tries to body-shame pregnant women or new mums.

In defence of 'brexting'

Mums spend literally hours a day with a baby attached to their boob, or giving them a bottle. Surely they don't all need to be spent looking at the baby?

How a fellow passenger made a mum's day on a flight

As any parent who has ever travelled with a baby knows it can be a daunting experience. The stares and attitude of unsympathetic fellow travellers only serve to make the journey even more stressful. 

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Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.


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