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.

Your toddler did WHAT? The costly mistakes our kids make


Nicole Thomson-Pride 3:48pm It is great when toddlers master new skills - but what about when those new skills end up costing you money?


Gluten and nut-free lunchboxes made easy

Gluten-free Lunchboxes Cookbook is on sale now.

Babyology Traditionally, packed lunches are packed with gluten (think breads, wraps and biscuits). One mum has created a gluten and nut-free solution.

If toddlers gave performance reviews

About nap time. I've tried to tell you I'm done with two a day.

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.

Dealing with a nappy escape artist

It can sometimes be hard to keep a nappy on your toddler.

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.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

Derek and Gabriella Gilliam's daughter was served alcohol instead of juice.

Staff writers A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

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How a toddler survived for 101 minutes without a pulse

Gardell Martin: lucky to be alive.

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.

Tot meets his heroes, falls apart with excitement

Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.


How an extrovert can raise an introvert


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.


When was the last time a stranger praised your parenting?

Sammie Welch was rewarded after a stranger noticed her with her son.

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.

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Test shows who will grow out of peanut allergy

Potential cure: At the end of the trial 80 per cent of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.

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.

Toddler almost strangled by teething necklace

Ellie wearing the well-fitted necklace before the incident and images showing the marks it left on her arm and neck after becoming twisted while she slept.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A shocked mother has told how her daughter almost strangled herself while wearing a Baltic amber teething necklace as she slept.

Why your kids don't need a bath every night

Say goodbye to the bath battles.

Lauren Knight Is a daily bath really necessary for little kids? How clean is too clean?

Parents get tattoos to match toddler's birthmark


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.

Young siblings get stuck in skill tester

The girls spent a few minutes in the machine together before the older girl made her escape.

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.

How parents can learn to say yes


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

Nannies should receive government funding

Childcare: Nannies, grandparents and anyone else willing could join workers at childcare centres and family day care in being eligible for government payments.

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. 


Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

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Michael Daly Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep


Leah McLennan You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

How to anger a toddler, 'Frozen'-style


A trouble-making dad decided to see if his daughter would mind if he changed the lyrics to her favourite song just slightly.

8 different kinds of tantrums


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.

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Children exposed to tuberculosis at childcare

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AMY CORDEROY Nearly 100 children are being screened for tuberculosis after a teacher at a Sydney childcare centre was diagnosed with the infectious disease.

Video: Toddler not keen on being a big sister

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.

Proving princesses are awesome

Some of the dresses in the Princess Awesome range featuring trains, dinosaurs and trucks.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Sugar and spice and all things nice - that's what we are told little girls are made of.

Why I'm okay with other people telling my kids off


JEN VUK My discipline pendulum has swung so wildly from tough to lenient and back again it’s given me vertigo.

When you're pressured to use daycare


Heidi van Dort I never thought I’d have to defend my choice not to send my kids to daycare.


Roald Dahl's heartbreaking letter on daughter's death is a vaccination call to arms


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.

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It's time to fix Australia's childcare system

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Lisa Bryant The consultation on childcare has already happened and now it's time for some action.


Handling a toddler's fear of dogs

A fear of dogs is not uncommon among babies and toddlers.

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.

Family's heartbreak as dad can only help one sick twin

Binh and Phuoc both suffer from Alagille syndrome, which affects the liver.

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.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Well, tantrums certainly keep life interesting ...

Ariane Beeston Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

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When an older sibling starts school

While some kids breeze through the transition, it can be very unsettling for others.

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.

When kids will only eat white food

It's easy for toddler meal time to become a battleground.

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?

Video: Big brother tells it how it is

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Sometimes older siblings can tell their little brothers and sisters great lies - but sometimes they tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

When siblings play rough

Rough play between siblings is a normal part of development.

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.

12 parenting goals worth striving for in 2015

Resolve to play more: The child in you will love it, and your children will too.

Ariane Beeston Here are 12 parenting-based goals worth striving for in 2015. Some you’ll be doing already, while others may require a little more practice.

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Teletubbies baby comes forward

The Teletubbies sun, as seen on the show.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Millions of babies around the world have been enthralled by her laughing face over the past 19 years. However only now has the girl whose infectious smile featured on the Teletubbies sun come forward to set the record straight.

Preventing childhood falls

Little ones are known for hunting out household hazards.

Kids who get hurt in falls from furniture often live in homes without safety gates or weren't taught rules about climbing in the house, a new study found.

Boy with autism gets a lift from four-legged therapist

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Kathy Antoniotti Abandoned as a baby, then later diagnosed with ASD, Angel had a difficult start to life. Then came his grandmother - and a special dog.

Video: If a grown man threw a public tantrum

Parents of young children everywhere will appreciate this clip showing what it would look like if a grown man threw a toddler like tantrum in public.

Terminally ill dad raises $1 million for young daughter with cancer

Kelli and her step-dad, Tom.

LETITIA ROWLANDS As far as bucket lists go, the first item Tom Attward wanted to tick off was a fairly ambitious one - to raise almost $1 million to save his step-daughter's life.

Gorgeous toddler Izzy a model of diversity

Izzy Bradley as she appears in the Target ad.

LETITIA ROWLANDS With her blond curls and winning smile, it's not surprising little Izzy Bradley was chosen to appear in a toy catalogue for Target in the US.

Video: Kids excited by world's worst Christmas gifts


LETITIA ROWLANDS Struggling to find last minute stocking fillers before Santa's visit this week? If this cute video is anything to go by just raid the fruit bowl in order to keep your kids happy.


Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Bryony Gordon Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

Kelsey Wilkie A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

E-cigarette fluid kills toddler

US figures show reported incidents of exposure to liquid nicotine have more than doubled in the past 12 months alone.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Parents are being warned about the dangers posed by electronic cigarettes after a toddler died from nicotine poisoning when he consumed the liquid contained in the devices.


End of an era: no more childcare

We questioned if we were doing the right thing for our children; we needn't have worried.

KYLIE ORR As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

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Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing right now, either.

CATHERINE RODIE I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

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Can you teach a toddler to sleep in?

CATHERINE RODIE Parents share their tips on getting their early risers to sleep in, even for just a little bit longer.

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Video: Tallulah, 2, cuts her own hair

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Jen Ng This funny video shows a little girl who has just been caught cutting off her own hair.

'You poked my heart': Video shows cutest argument you'll see today


Is it sprinkling or is it raining? This seemingly simple question is the focus of a lively debate between two young children in a video that has stolen the hearts of millions around the world.



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Breastfeeding doesn't make you a better mum - feeding your baby does

Given my immense dislike of Hopkins and her opinions, I was genuinely shocked to discover that last week she actually said something that I agreed with.

'Toni, another baby has died': the anguish of watching governments fail our babies

It has been six years since whooping cough claimed the life of four-week-old Dana McCaffery. Her parents are angry that lessons learnt weren't enough to save other babies.

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

A study of 3500 infants has found that babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent and wealthy.

The 2015 flu vaccine: what's new, who should get it

For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death. A vaccination can be lifesaving.

Dealing with a nappy escape artist

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.

Hospital apologises for 'traumatising' baby mix-up

St Vincent's Hospital has apologised "unreservedly" for a baby mix-up that left one new mum traumatised.

Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

How to stay calm in an emergency

I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

Grieving families give warnings after toddler deaths

Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

How to babyproof your job interview

Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

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The most dangerous toddler food trends

Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.

Infection killed new mum of twins

Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.

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Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

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Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

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Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

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