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.

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

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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


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.

When parenting is an extreme sport


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

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes


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.


The surprising thing about moving with a toddler


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

Bye bye baby years


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


Nicole Thomson-Pride 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.


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.

Welcome to Winter

Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.

Five ways my second pregnancy is second best

As I roll into the second half of "Pregnancy: The Sequel", here is breakdown of the differences I have found thus far.

Domestic politics

Why I felt guilty about having a cleaner

Coming home to a clean house was a pleasure – and yet, I felt uneasy.

'Ugly' hearing aid ad leaves parents fuming

When Alecia Donoghue found out her baby would need hearing aids she worried about him becoming the target for schoolyard bullies.

Have you seen these missing children?

The Australian Federal Police has released the following information to locate some of Australia's missing children through the Family Law Court.

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Keira Knightley welcomes first child

British actress Keira Knightley has become a first-time mother.

IVF patients in the dark over which clinics are least successful

Couples with fertility problems have little way of knowing which IVF clinics are the best performers despite significant differences between clinic success rates.

Couple forced to defend their decision to become parents

They met, fell in love and got married. Then, just like couples everywhere, Simon and Vicky Moore decided it was time to have a baby.

The one parenting tip that made all the difference

Amongst the useless, ill-informed advice we're given as new parents, many of us also receive nuggets of wisdom that make our lives just that little bit easier.

Five lies you tell yourself when you're pregnant

You can see it all now: glowing mumma with her gorgeous babe ... you know exactly what you're going to be like. Or perhaps you know exactly what you're not going to be like.

Family expecting fourth set of twins

A couple is expecting their fourth set of twins in five years.

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

The universal working mother experience

These days mothers need more than just traditional career advice.

Obama feels full force of toddler tantrum

Shopping centres, restaurants, the White House ... the list of places toddlers like to throw tantrums is endless.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

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Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.


Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there’s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it’s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

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