Toilet Training

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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.

Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

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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

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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

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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'

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

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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'

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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

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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!'

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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

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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.

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How to help a child with separation anxiety

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Farewell, daytime nap

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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.

When parenting is an extreme sport

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Nobody warns you about the injuries you'll suffer thanks to parenting.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

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Amanda Hooton Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum drops toddler into cheetah pit

A cheetah at play.

A woman was dangling her two-year-old son over a railing at a zoo when he fell about three metres into a cheetah exhibit.

Two-year-old DJ spins the decks like a pro

Oratilwe Hlongwane, better known as DJ Arch Jr, is making waves.

Lynsey Chutel At first it seems like a fluke - a two-year-old playing with the knobs and buttons of a sophisticated music system.

Things you never thought you'd do or say ... then you became a parent

Life with kids is never dull.

JO HARTLEY So that’s how it was that day: the day I wiped an invisible friend’s invisible bottom for my child.

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The surprising thing about moving with a toddler

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Megan Blandford Sometimes the biggest changes are smaller than we grown-ups believe.

Bye bye baby years

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Lynda Hallinan Is it tempting fate to rid oneself of all the essential kit a newborn needs?

Your toddler did WHAT? The costly mistakes our kids make

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

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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.

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How an extrovert can raise an introvert

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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.

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Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

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

Child in suitcase 'could have died eight years ago'

A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Beaneasy: sweet nursery furniture with a twist

If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Woman adopts best friend's four daughters after cancer tragedy

Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.

Baby Leo's mum excluded from $500K trust 'for her own protection'

Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

Carer investigated over washing machine photo posted 'for a laugh'

She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.

Mum's premature labour nightmare after high tea salmonella outbreak

An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.

The day my son started a fire

Would you know what to do in a fire emergency? How safe is your home and family?

Prince George celebrates second birthday

Prince George's second birthday has been marked by the release of an official picture showing the toddler smiling as he is held by his proud beaming father.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

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

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

Review: Cybex Platinum PRIAM pram

I'm not usually one who believes in love at first sight but that's exactly what happened when I first saw the Cybex PRIAM.

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