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.

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.

Toddler almost strangled by big sister's hair

Taleisha and her big sister Rhianna.

LETITIA ROWLANDS When Amanda Lee woke to the screams of her toddler in the middle of the night, she thought the little girl was having a bad dream. However she soon discovered the truth was a lot more frightening.

The trials of being a repetitive mum


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.


Farewell, daytime nap


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.


'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette


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.

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How to handle a breath-holding toddler


Beth Whitehouse My 18-month-old held his breath until he passed out. It was terrifying.

Toddler styling

Seven things my toddler taught me about my home

Toddlers love to help and can find fun in the most unlikely activities.

Elicia Murray My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos.

Daycare naps linked to worse sleep

Sleeping child

Jorge Branco Children exposed to more than an hour of mandatory napping at childcare centres sleep worse at night, research finds.

As a guilty mum: the best advice for treating head lice


Kate Browne Just like a horror movie ... THEY'RE BAAAAAACK. So what works in treating and avoiding head lice and nits?

Does it matter how much time you spend with your children?


JODIE BENVENISTE Does spending more time with your kids help their development? This is a more complex topic than it may seem.

My life as the mum of twins

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.


Toilet Training

Is your child ready? Looking for the signs and getting started

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.

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

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To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

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.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

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 circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.


How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

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