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.

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.


Metal shards found in Sydney playground

Some of the pieces of metal found at the playground.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Pieces of sharp metal have been found protruding from rubber matting and scattered across equipment at a Sydney playground.

Sleep or ice-cream? Life's tough choices

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It is one of life's most difficult decisions - what's more important, sleep or ice-cream?

The anatomy of a nap

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Pat McDermott From the beginning my children took as their motto: "the only good adult is a wide-awake adult." To them, a sleeping parent means a child is not doing their job.

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

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JESSICA RUDD Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

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When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

When is the right time to start the Christmas countdown?

MATT CALMAN A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.


Those special moments of sibling bonding


MATT CALMAN Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

KYLIE ORR We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

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What parents really want for their kids

What's your biggest wish for your child's future?

JODIE BENVENISTE Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

Video: Sweet toddler gets emotional while watching animated film

Jen Ng This video of a compassionate little girl crying as she watches a movie about a lost penguin is adorable.


Dad's adorable LED Minnie Mouse costume for daughter

Glowy Zoey's Minnie Mouse costume.

Melanie Mahoney Oh, boy! Glowy Zoey's LED Minnie Mouse costume sure is magical.

New app helping in the search for childcare

Parents can use a new app to see whether there childcare centre has available spots.

Gayle Bryant A new app is allowing childcare centres to manage absences and available spots with ease. It even promises to help families save money!


Toilet Training

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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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Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

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

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

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. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

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

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

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