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.

9 things my toddler does that I'm no longer apologising for

Toddlers are boundary pushers.

Sharday Stirton Lately I'm finding myself apologising all the time. I'm saying sorry time and time again for things that my daughter has done, that I feel do not need to be apologised for.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Just looking at your toddler the wrong way is sometimes enough to spark a meltdown.

JO HARTLEY Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

The joy and dread of playdates


Megan Nicol Reed To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

Heavy drama: before the squeaks.

Staff writers We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

Best bands to get families dancing (and ones to avoid)

The four singers of Swedish pop group Abba in 1977. They are from left to right: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha (known as Anna) Faltskog, Annifrid (known as Frida) Lyngstad and Benny Anderson. (AP Photo)

Suzi Catchpole I'm not talking music made especially for kids here. I'm talking music from my childhood and it's the kind to really get down to (or not).


The force is strong with this toddler


Staff writers Never mind The Wiggles, this toddler takes her musical inspiration from a very different source.

The story behind the viral photo of the hairdresser and boy on the floor

The photo posted on Facebook.

Staff writer James Williams had been trying to give three-year-old Mason a haircut for three months.

'My friend smacks her child but I disagree with it - help!'


Meghan Leahy Is there ever a way to gently question friends' parenting choices with love?

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Toddler's adorable farewell to dad

A drawn out farewell.

Sometimes saying goodbye can be difficult - just ask this toddler.

Call for safer batteries after child's death

Summer Steer, who died after swallowing a button battery.

Staff writers Four-year-old Summer Steer died after swallowing a button battery which lodged in her throat and caused her to have a heart attack. 

The rules your toddler wants you to know


EVELYN LEWIN If toddlers could express themselves fully, they'd have a few things to tell us. Here are the rules your toddler wishes you knew.

Toddler with no limbs on the move again

Harmonie-Rose trying out her new frame.

Staff writers` Buying a baby's first pair of shoes can be a special moment. For the family of little Harmonie-Rose, the occasion was simply extraordinary.

A family's grief for toddler crushed by chest of drawers

Reef Kite died last week after pulling a chest of drawers on top of himself.

Staff writers Heartbroken mum Skye Quartermaine will never forget the moment she found her toddler son after he had been crushed by a chest of drawers.

Store's awesome trolley solution for toddler with cerebral palsy

Melody and Beatrice with their special trolley.

Peter Holley Going to the supermarket was no small chore for Melody Leach and her daughter Beatrice.

Toddler dies after choking on grape

Tragic death: Jacob.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A toddler has died five days after choking on a grape while eating with his family at a restaurant.

Sugary drinks blamed for toddlers' rotten teeth


Craig Butt, Health Reporter Toddlers as young as 18 months are having rotting teeth pulled out, and in some cases older children are having all of their baby teeth removed in major operations, dentists say.

What style of parent are you?


JODIE BENVENISTE What really defines a parenting style? And what are the elements of parenting that affect our children the most?

'Barbie told me to do it': little girl's tearful confession

It's not her fault - it's Barbie's!

Staff writers One household in the US has an unusual Barbie problem: the dolls have started ordering their little owner to do their bidding. That's what she says anyway.

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.


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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.

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.


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