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.

Best picks for baby and toddler shoes


Babyology Here's a great selection of footwear from pre-walker to walker ensuring comfort and style for growing feet.

What toddlers say versus what they really mean


Ariane Beeston The thing about toddlers is that what they say isn’t always what they mean. That would be far too easy and they’re complicated little creatures.


Forget the trends, let's get back to commonsense parenting

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MICHAELA FOX Forget the new 'Lawnmower' parenting trend; try using plain old-fashioned commonsense instead.

Woman in psychiatric assessment after alleged child abduction attempt


Louise Hall A woman who allegedly attempted to abduct a toddler from her mother's car has been referred for a psychiatric assessment.

Your kids are changing - are you?

Effective parenting requires us to be adaptable at every stage.

JODIE BENVENISTE Our children are always changing, and we need to grow with them, says psychologist Jodie Benveniste.

Are we too soft on our kids? How to get the balance right


JODIE BENVENISTE Changing times mean new parenting approaches have emerged, so how can we find the balance between being too strict and too soft on our kids?

Does stay-at-home parenting get better?

Patricia Tan Parenting doesn’t ever get easier; the challenges just change. But the challenges of caring for young children definitely lessens as they get older.

The last days of babyhood


MATT CALMAN The transformation's happened gradually, but it also seems like an overnight thing. My little baby isn't a little baby anymore.

Royals sue paparazzi for 'preying' on Prince George

Privacy concerns: Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George.

Gordon Rayner Photographers accused of carrying out "surveillance" on the Queen's great-grandson Prince George are the target of legal action by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

It’s not just the early days of parenting that are challenging.

MICHAELA FOX I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

The casualties of toddlerhood


Ariane Beeston Despite child-proofing and supervising, accidents and mishaps still happen when little people are involved. Consequently, the list of causalities from my son’s baby and toddlerhood is long.

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'Gentle parenting' explained: no rewards, no punishments, no misbehaviour

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Rebecca English Positive discipline (also known as gentle parenting) uses neither rewards nor punishments; children are encouraged to practice good behaviour for its own sake.


'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

Voice of many: <i>You Have to F---ing Eat</i> is teh sequel to the hugely popular 2011 children's book parody <i>Go the F--- to Sleep.</i>

SARAH THOMAS A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.


Video: Two-year-old tells mum off for laughing at her


Jen Ng This little girl is not happy that her mum started laughing during her performance - so she tells her exactly how she feels about it.


Coping with a bolter

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MATT CALMAN My 15-month-old has suddenly added a burst of real speed to her toddle. She should be classed a flight risk.


Building on your child's character strengths

What are the character strengths you love in your kids?

JODIE BENVENISTE Character strengths are what bring us alive. When we're using our strengths we feel good about ourselves, and we have a positive impact on others.

Kids, TV and movies: how young is too young?

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PAUL BYRNES It seems you don't have to throw the TV and iPad out the window - it all boils down to moderation, supervision and interaction.

The day Supernanny came to tea

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Bryony Gordon Prince William's favourite celebrity child trainer Jo Frost puts Bryony Gordon and her toddler through their paces.

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The battle of iParenting versus imagination


JESSICA RUDD Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

When your child's carer seems to be number one


DANIELLE COLLEY Of course we want our children to form bonds with other carers. But what happens when these bonds can cause feelings of guilt and jealousy?

Saying no to the 'crap' parent label

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Nobody is the perfect parent, but is it fair to label parents "crap" because their children aren't perfect angels 24 hours of the day?


Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old


KYLIE ORR When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: “I don’t want to look beautiful.” And now I've worked out why.


Inside the brain of a tantruming toddler

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Meghan Leahy What's going on in your child's mind in the lead-up to a tantrum? And what’s the best way to respond?

Bomb threat at daycare centre


Letitia Rowlands Worried parents took to social media yesterday after their children's daycare was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

10 weird things little kids do


VICTORIA BIRCH Most kids have their own personal brand of oddity. It's usually nothing to worry about, but every now and again you might find yourself scratching your head and asking, “Really? Is that really a thing?”


Parenting lessons I’ve yet to learn

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KIRAN CHUG Instead of writing about the stuff I do know since becoming a mum, I thought I'd share some of the things I don't. These are the lessons that motherhood hasn't taught me.


The moment a pram rolled off a London Tube platform and onto the tracks

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A momentary lapse in attention almost resulted in tragedy when a toddler was left stranded on railway tracks.

Video: When adults act like children

Letitia Rowlands Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

How a comforter or transitional object helps your toddler


JO HARTLEY At times of confusion or overwhelming feelings, special objects such as favourite blankets and cuddly toys can be a great help to young kids.


Sophie-May Dixon on why she spray tans her daughters Princess Bliss and Precious Bell

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Forget trips to the park or play centre. This mum prefers to take her daughters, aged just two and four, to the beauty salon.

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New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare


RACHEL BROWNE Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.


Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can’t be fun?

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KYLIE ORR I’ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children – you name it, they’ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.


Help! My toddler tears her hair out

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John Rosemund Our two-year-old has started pulling her hair out, sometimes in handfuls. What can we do to stop her?

Stay-at-home parents need childcare assistance too

Warning: Disadvantaged will be left behind if proposal to restrict childcare subsidies goes ahead.

RACHEL BROWNE A plan to restrict the childcare benefit to working parents will punish children of non-working parents who have an equal right to early childhood education, according to experts

Two-year-old boy goes missing from childcare centre

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Letitia Rowlands A mother is angry after her toddler son went missing from his childcare centre, only to be returned by a good Samaritan who found the boy wandering near a busy road.


Becoming comfortable with my discipline style


Sharon M. Smith I have found my discipline philosophy. So I’m going to stop this little act I put on for others, and start doing what works for us.

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How I failed the sippy cup test

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Celebrity UK nanny Emma Jenner has listed five ways in which modern day parents are failing. But perhaps it's okay to not be the "perfect" parent, after all.

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Help! My toddler is a head-banger

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When he throws a tantrum, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. What should I do?

When good kids say bad words

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JO HARTLEY “Oh, bugger!” exclaimed my three-year-old son. It was the start of conversations I knew we all needed to have.

The lies we tell each other about childcare

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Marisa Black I was deeply conflicted about putting my son in childcare – until a backward glance put my mind at ease.

Dealing with toddler sleep regression


CATHERINE RODIE Although toddler sleep problems can be frustrating for parents they are actually perfectly normal.

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The two-year-old cheerleading star

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Melanie Mahoney A two-year-old has become an internet sensation after a video of her performing a cheer stunt with her dad went viral.

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Making the move from a cot to a bed

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Jess Dehaven Transitioning from the cot to a "big kid" bed is a rite of passage for toddlers and their parents - but it can also become a battleground.

Video: Two-year-old falls asleep at the wheel

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Melanie Mahoney A two-year-old has shown that it’s possible for a toddler to fall asleep while driving – and not even crash.

Is there any harm in baby shaming?

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CATHERINE RODIE Is baby shaming just a new way of sharing the everyday frustrations of parenting, or is it something we should be concerned about? Parents and experts share their opinions.

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The difference a good childcare worker can make


Naomi Tsvirko My daughter’s first day of childcare was one of the hardest days of my life, but I took comfort in the fact that she had a strong connection with a particular teacher.

When your child bites

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Kathy Lauer-Williams The daycare where my son goes called to tell me that he has been biting other children. I am really embarrassed by this. Is this normal? How can I stop him from biting?

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Video: Toddler sings the blues

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He’s not even two yet, and may not have much of a vocabulary, but little Luca sure knows how to sing the blues.

How you develop as the parent of a toddler


Jodie Benveniste The toddler years are a major stage in your child’s development, but also mark a time when you develop further as a parent.

8 things every parent needs to know about tantrums


Josefa Pete Nothing joins parents in unity more than the tantrum; there’s the same fear in their eyes as they stare at their little one spinning uncontrollably in a frenzy. Not universal, however, is our expectations of these tantrums.

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Compare your baby's length and weight for age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

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Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O’Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Ambulance service under fire: baby seats to go, response times 'worse than ever'

The NSW Ambulance Service is removing child-safety seats from ambulances, while the Victorian service is facing criticism over lengthy response times following the death of a three-year-old.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ‘misunderstanding’, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman’s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Is e-reading to your toddler story time or just screen time?

When reading increasingly means swiping pages on a device, and we're advised to read to their children early and often, should parents be turning to e-readers for storytime?

Community mourns inspiring young dad

A young dad who fought a five-year battle with cancer has been remembered for his inspiring legacy at a funeral service attended by hundreds of family and friends this week.

Meningococcal kills Queensland toddler

Public health authorities say the death of a toddler in north Queensland from meningococcal disease highlights the danger the illness poses.

Nicole Kidman: 'I hope every month that I'm pregnant'

Nicole Kidman is hoping to add to her family, but says she's doubtful it will happen.

Recall: Aldi Wooden London Bus play set

Aldi has announced a recall of their popular Wooden London Bus play set.

Great gift ideas for first birthdays

From soft toys to balance bikes, here are some great ideas for first birthday gifts.

Mum learnt she was pregnant hours before giving birth

Kim Walsh arrived at the doctor with abdominal cramps. Hours later, she was cradling the baby experts told her she could never have.

How cancer has made me a better, happier person

I'm a far better person post-cancer than I ever was before. The goal now is to stay around long enough to find out who I can become, and what I can achieve.

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