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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Becoming comfortable with my discipline style

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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'Convos with my three-year-old' tackles a tricky question

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It's the season premiere of 'Convos with my 3-year-old' - and in this episode, the dad and daughter duo are discussing butts. Specifically, butt cracks.

Mother bites off pit bull's ear to save toddler

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LETITIA ROWLANDS What would you do if your child was being attacked by a vicious dog? One mother recently had to learn the hard way.

The milestones I can't wait to celebrate

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JO HARTLEY Nothing can beat the feeling of witnessing that first smile, first step and first word - but here's a list of 'firsts' I'm really looking forward to now.

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Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

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EMMA PARTRIDGE Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

Man charged over alleged abduction of girl in Childers

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SIMON O'BRIEN A man has been charged over the alleged abduction of a child from Childers in South East Queensland.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

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What’s in your parenting toolbox?

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PINKY MCKAY So often as parents, we don’t really talk about our ‘parenting toolboxes’. But you need to be aware of what you and your partner are working with, and to decide what does and doesn't fit in your lives.

Girls might be made of sugar and spice, but boys can be nice too

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Boys need to be taught to treat girls with respect, but our sons also need kindness.

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Why I let my child kiss whoever she wants to kiss

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LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS My toddler likes to kiss. A lot. I have no problem with that - and I will defend her right to continue.

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The truth about bribing your kids

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CATHERINE RODIE Almost a third of parents admit to bribing their children to ‘behave’. But what does this mean for their long-term behaviour - and what can you try instead?

'Right place at the right time': mattress saves toddler in apartment fall

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Jason Wells The mum of a child who fell out a third-storey window said she will "never be able to repay" the couple who cushioned his fall with a mattress.

Letter to a sleeping mum at a play centre goes viral

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AMBER ROBINSON Sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder that the world is mostly populated by good people - to be reminded that, when we’re having a bad day, ‘the village’ will step up and help.

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When grandparents spoil your kids

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PINKY MCKAY The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is very precious, no matter how it’s expressed, but the road to family harmony can be paved with a few rocky patches. Here's how to try to keep everyone happy.

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Why kids don't like vegies (and how you can change that)

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David Cox There are perfectly good reasons for why your child will refuse to eat vegetables - but that doesn't mean you have to give up. Here are some techniques that have been proven to work in the dinnertime battle.

Toddler's iPad tantrum is troubling, not cute

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Letitia Rowlands A dad has been forced to defend his parenting skills after a video in which he gives in to his toddler's bedtime demands went viral.

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What's changed in your parenting?

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KYLIE ORR With my first child I attached so much of myself to my child’s behaviour: my identity, my success as a parent. Now, after four kids, I’ve learnt to separate my own identity from the behaviour of my child. We're just doing the best job we can.

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Dear kids: I'm considering union action

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Renee Valentine It is with deep regret that I pen this letter stating my intention to take industrial action as your stay-at-home mother. To be quite frank, some of the things I am expected to do in this job are making our working relationship less and less tenable.

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Why kids whine - and what you can do about it

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CATHERINE RODIE Most parents would probably agree that whining is one of the most irritating sounds known to mankind. But your kids aren't doing it just to annoy you - and there are constructive ways for you to respond.

Baby suffers third-degree burns at skate park

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Patrick Begley A steel ramp that became scalding hot beneath the summer sun left one-year-old Milla Campion with third-degree burns on her hands and legs.

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Stop telling me girls are easier

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BIANCA WORDLEY Don’t assume, based on antiquated gender stereotypes, that you have it in any way easier or harder based on the genitals of your child. All children are hard work. All children come with their own challenges.

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Mystery of fire poker through toddler's tongue

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Joelle Dally A toddler has had a lucky escape after suffering a freak accident with a fire poker.

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Video: NZ toddler a skating marvel, amid concerns for his safety

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A skateboarding New Zealand baby has become a worldwide internet sensation, despite many people raising concerns for his safety.

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The makings of a toddler tantrum

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JO HARTLEY Let me share with you, just from this week only, the apparently completely unreasonable behaviours I have expected of my child that have resulted in full on tantrums. Warning: low amounts of logic ahead.

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When you have a toddler

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KIRAN CHUG I've realised I wasn't really prepared for life with a toddler - and these are the things I’m working out as we go.

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Birthday parties: is every child born equal?

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Every child's birthday is a cause for celebration - but do second, and subsequent, children get a raw deal when it comes to birthday parties?

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A father's novel answer to childcare centre's questionnaire

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AMANDA HOH Meet Emma, an 11-month old baby, who describes herself as having invisible unicorn friends, has a talent for yodelling and a life goal to get a PhD in theoretical physical cosmology.

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Why it’s great having a toddler

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Sharon Paterson Smith Through the tantrums, the injuries and the defiant shows of independence, I’d much rather be here than where I was two years ago, in the land of the newborn. Toddlers are actually pretty good.

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Is it okay to send your kids to daycare while you're on holidays?

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LETITIA ROWLANDS It's the time of year when workers everywhere take a few days break from the daily grind, but is it okay to still send your kids to childcare and enjoy the serenity? It seems parents are divided on the topic.

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Unvaccinated children to be excluded from childcare

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Changes to vaccination requirements for children in childcare took effect across NSW on January 1.

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Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

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Ten things I've learned about motherhood

Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

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

21 things I love about newborns

There’s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

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

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.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what’s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can’t help feeling I’ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I’ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

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We’re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

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Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

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