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.

Childcare changes: 45,000 families to lose out because of high childcare fees

About 184,000 families would lose support in the new childcare package.

JUDITH IRELAND About 45,000 families will be worse off under the Coalition's childcare reforms because they pay childcare fees that are higher than the upper limits of the government's new subsidy rate.

Snake found on bed at childcare centre

A red-bellied black snake.

Staff writers Childcare staff got a fright last week when they discovered a red-bellied black snake curled up on one of the children's beds.

Dad creates custom eyepatches for baby

Cool patches

Illinois dad Geof Grubb has shared the decorated eyepatches he's made for his daughter, Layla. The one-year-old has a small cataract and needs to wear an eyepatch to strengthen her eye.

The best baby photobombs


Sure, babies and kids are cute - but when they photobomb, they're hilarious. Here are some of the best shots of children stealing the spotlight.

Mother hits out at Big W for 'sexualising' young girls

A Queensland mother is angry at Big W over the difference in the length of shorts for boys and girls.

CATHERINE RODIE Nikita Friedman was so angered by what she believed was inappropriate clothing being sold for young girls at Big W she took to social media to voice her outrage.

Spaghetti Toes: Life with a toddler

Spaghetti Toes

Martin Bruckner is dad to Harper, 3, and creator of, a blog that features illustrations of the funny things overheard in his home. Some are said by his daughter, some by him, some by his wife ... but they're all bizarre, and very funny.


If toddlers texted or had Facebook

If toddlers texted

Take a look at what toddlers would say if they could text or use social media. #hilarious!

'Subsidised' nannies to cost $30 an hour

Some parents who have signed up for the pilot nanny program say they have no intention of going ahead.

NOEL TOWELL  Parents and providers alike are walking away from the federal government's expensive nanny plan.


Grandparents call for childcare pay

Many grandparents think they should be paid for looking after their grandchildren.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS Christine Snelling looks after her grandson "out of love". But others like her want the cash.


Toilet training products

Toilet targets

From the clever to the strange, we've found a selection of products to help you toilet train your toddler.


How to start teaching your kids road safety


Priscilla Dunstan It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Kids are the worst


Messy, cheeky and mischievous, kids really can test your limits. Here are some of our favourite photos from the 'Kids are the worst' Instagram account.


Best and worst potty party cakes

Potty Party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.


Toddler drowned in bath in under a minute, coroner says


Staff writers A coroner has urged "constant watchfulness" around water after the drowning death of a toddler who was left alone in a bathtub for a minute.

The illogical world of toddlers


EVELYN LEWIN Living with someone who lacks logic is both frustrating and endearing.

Managing screen time for kids from toddlerhood


Liat Hughes Joshi With just one in 10 of the iPad generation getting enough exercise, families must figure out how to manage a child's tech time.

Getting your child (and yourself) ready for childcare


Jodie Benvenviste It's time to go back to work or study. Are you ready? And is your family ready?

When preschoolers insist on using baby talk


KYLIE ORR Despite her proficient use of language, my daughter loves to slide into baby talk. And it drives me mad.

Life with periodic fever syndrome - and why we desperately need to find a cure

It took far too long to get a diagnosis for Maddie.

DONNA WEBECK Imagine for one moment what it would be like to see your one-year-old constantly in excruciating pain.

When maths and kids don't add up


EVELYN LEWIN There are many times when it seems like maths can help you as a parent. But kids don't follow mathematical laws.

The jobs my preschooler is qualified to do already


JO HARTLEY My son is not yet at school, but already he's mastered some of the finer skills in life that qualify him to do many jobs.

How it feels when your child starts daycare

Prince George poses on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school.

EVELYN LEWIN As Prince George started daycare, one mum wonders whether Duchess Catherine felt everything she did on that momentous occasion.

Childcare centres welcome un-vaxxed children

At least two major Queensland childcare providers will continue to accept unvaccinated children, despite federal legislation allowing them not to.

CAMERON ATFIELD A second childcare provider in the space of a week has announced it would welcome non-immunised children to its classrooms.


Little boy says goodbye to dummy with boat ceremony

Sunshine Coast woman holds

Amy Mitchell-Whittington A mum has helped her son say goodbye to his dummy by floating it on a toy boat down the river for a "new baby".


Toddler dies after swallowing button battery

Brianna Florer died days after Christmas.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The toddler's grandfather has told how the family had enjoyed a "perfect Christmas" together just days before the little girl's death.

Little girl thinks her fart is brilliant


Staff writer Some people think farts are hilarious. Others aren't so keen.

Your toddler's new year's resolutions


EVELYN LEWIN As the new year approaches, your toddler would like to share some resolutions with you ...

Toddler recovering from surgery after being mauled by family dog

Two-year-old Ariana is recovering in hospital following the attack

DAVID BAKER A Perth toddler has undergone plastic surgery and needed nearly 50 stitches after being mauled by a pet Siberian husky in Westminster.

The three-year-old with the world's worst timing


Staff writers Anyone with a three-year-old knows when they've got to go, they've really got to go.

RIP daytime rest and peace


DONNA WEBECK Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the life of the mum and dad's best friend: the daytime sleep.

I don't know how it happened, but I have a polite child


Vivienne Pearson Being somewhat of a pessimist, I've been waiting for this amazing attribute to disappear. but, fortunately for me, it's showing no signs of abating.

World's littlest - and cutest - barista

Adler is a coffee star.

Staff writers Countless parents can't get through the day without a cup of coffee to keep them awake (and sane).

Special childcare help for parents on irregular hours

Parents who work irregular hours will not miss our on childcare subsidies under the forthcoming Jobs for Families package.

Adam Gartrell, National Political Correspondent Special arrangements will be put in place to ensure parents who work irregular hours – such as fly-in fly-out workers – don't miss out on the Turnbull government's new childcare subsidy.

Why you should stop bathing your children every night

Is a daily bath really necessary for children?

Lauren Knight Is a daily bath really necessary for little kids? Moreover, do the negative effects of constant cleanliness outweigh the positives?

Toddler blind in one eye after drone accident

Toddler Oscar Webb has lost sight in his right eye.

Eleanor Steafel An 18-month-old boy lost his right eye when he was hit by an out-of-control drone.

9 things my toddler does that I'm no longer apologising for

Toddlers are boundary pushers.

Sharday Stirton Lately I'm finding myself apologising all the time. I'm saying sorry time and time again for things that my daughter has done, that I feel do not need to be apologised for.

7 realities about parenting twin toddlers

They do things together and they do things separately. Both options can spell trouble.

Karina Lane After we made it through the first year with twins I thought things were about to get easier. I was wrong.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Just looking at your toddler the wrong way is sometimes enough to spark a meltdown.

JO HARTLEY Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

The joy and dread of playdates


Megan Nicol Reed To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

Heavy drama: before the squeaks.

Staff writers We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

Best bands to get families dancing (and ones to avoid)

The four singers of Swedish pop group Abba in 1977. They are from left to right: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha (known as Anna) Faltskog, Annifrid (known as Frida) Lyngstad and Benny Anderson. (AP Photo)

Suzi Catchpole I'm not talking music made especially for kids here. I'm talking music from my childhood and it's the kind to really get down to (or not).


The force is strong with this toddler


Staff writers Never mind The Wiggles, this toddler takes her musical inspiration from a very different source.

The story behind the viral photo of the hairdresser and boy on the floor

The photo posted on Facebook.

Staff writer James Williams had been trying to give three-year-old Mason a haircut for three months.

'My friend smacks her child but I disagree with it - help!'


Meghan Leahy Is there ever a way to gently question friends' parenting choices with love?

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Toddler's adorable farewell to dad

A drawn out farewell.

Sometimes saying goodbye can be difficult - just ask this toddler.

Call for safer batteries after child's death

Summer Steer, who died after swallowing a button battery.

Staff writers Four-year-old Summer Steer died after swallowing a button battery which lodged in her throat and caused her to have a heart attack. 

The rules your toddler wants you to know


EVELYN LEWIN If toddlers could express themselves fully, they'd have a few things to tell us. Here are the rules your toddler wishes you knew.

Toddler with no limbs on the move again

Harmonie-Rose trying out her new frame.

Staff writers` Buying a baby's first pair of shoes can be a special moment. For the family of little Harmonie-Rose, the occasion was simply extraordinary.

A family's grief for toddler crushed by chest of drawers

Reef Kite died last week after pulling a chest of drawers on top of himself.

Staff writers Heartbroken mum Skye Quartermaine will never forget the moment she found her toddler son after he had been crushed by a chest of drawers.

Store's awesome trolley solution for toddler with cerebral palsy

Melody and Beatrice with their special trolley.

Peter Holley Going to the supermarket was no small chore for Melody Leach and her daughter Beatrice.


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.


5 tips for an easy, swift bedtime routine

Sleep training and strict bedtime routines are the domain of parents with newborn babies, right? Yes ... and no.

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

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