The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Play kitchens by Micki (left) and Hape.

Suzi Catchpole Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.


Kardashian Kids: September drop now at Big W

Kardashian Kids spring 2015

Suzi Catchpole There's more in store for girls with the Kardashian Kids September drop hitting Big W stores right now.

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

The awesome Tee Pee bed from Domayne.

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

12 brilliant Ikea hacks for kids’ rooms

Sort Lego pieces into tins that adhere to the Grundtal magnetic knife rack.

Babyology Check out these creative upcycling ideas that transform regular Ikea items into something special for your little ones.

Major Maxi-Cosi car seat recall

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Staff writers The Maxi-Cosi A2 and A4 Euro car seats have been recalled due to safety concerns.

Capture magic moments with the Little Hoot app


Babyology This great app takes your child's quotes and turns them into professional-grade art pieces that can be saved, shared on social media and even printed professionally.

10 of the most amazing playrooms

A playroom by 6th Street Design School.

Babyology Designing a playroom for your kids? We've done the research and found the best play spaces out there.

Awesome outdoor play with My Cubby

A My Cubby Triplex.

Babyology Backyard cubbies have progressed from lean-tos made from an old tarp and a couple of branches to these magnificent mini houses.

All the fun of a sushi train - at home

The 'Sushi Go Round' from Akiba Toys.

Babyology A toy company wants to bring the fun of a sushi train right to your own dining table.

The gadget that alerts parents when kids stray too far

The Kiband is available for pre-order now.

Babyology This ingenious product is an example of prevention being better than cure - particularly when it comes to missing children.

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom


Babyology 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.

Princess Anna gives birth in bizarre Frozen app

First a needle is inserted to knock Anna out ...

LETITIA ROWLANDS Ever wondered what it would be like to perform a cesarean section on a Disney princess? No, neither had I.

How Play-Doh 'ruined' Christmas

Play-Doh logo

AMBER ROBINSON Popular toy maker Play-Doh is under fire for its phallic-shaped 'dough extruder'.

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Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

This generic brand helicopter toy failed the normal use test, the small parts test, the reasonable foreseeable abuse test, the drop test, and the tension test.

AMY REMEIKIS The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.


Stylish and playful car window shades

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Babyology Toddler Tints gives you colourful and engaging options when it comes to car window shades.

Star Wars alphabet and number charts for the nursery or play room

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Babyology These Star Wars inspired alphabet and numbers posters are educational and great decorative pieces.

Bath fun with the Plui rain cloud

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Babyology To kids it might just be a fun way to wash their hair, but parents can rejoice that as they play away, the Plui Rain Cloud is also providing endless learning opportunities.

Recall: Aldi Wooden London Bus play set

aldi bus

Aldi has announced a recall of their popular Wooden London Bus play set.

Make kids' mealtimes fun and rewarding with Dinner Winner


Babyology Make mealtimes a little easier for fussy eaters with the Fred Dinner Winner plate.

The S’coolbikes balance bike range


Babyology An alternative to starting your kids on training wheels is the S’coolbikes balance bike.

Keep your iPad safe with a kid friendly case


Babyology The Clever Case for Clumsy Hands is practical and easy to use, protecting your iPad from the bumps and drops it experiences in the hands of small children.

Bring the outdoors in with a play camper tent


Babyology Don't let rainy days stop your kids from enjoying the outdoors - let their imagination run wild inside with this pretend camper tent.

SmarTrike Boutique: a great ride for your baby or toddler


Margarida Fantini We road tested the SmarTrike Boutique, the new model tricycle/push-bike launched recently by SmarTrike, and we think it’s their best ever.

Put the beat in your feet with Alex Papps


Babyology Popular children's entertainer Alex Papps has released an album full of songs that will certainly get the kids bopping.

Kids take a seat, Hamptons style

Hampton furniture

Babyology Bringing the Hamptons into your home for the kids.

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Navy loafers

Jen Ng Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.


Colourful chairs for Lego fans

Colourful chairs

These kid-friendly, colourful chairs are made to look like they were built out of giant building blocks.

Get the kids in the kitchen with cool play food sets

Babyology play food set

SITE: BABYOLOGY Show your little one how to eat healthily, even while they pretend!

The fun, waterproof shoes for toddlers

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Babyology Not only are these animal-themed Mini Melissa shoes adorable, but they’re also waterproof – bring on the puddles!

The campervan bed that makes bedtime fun for kids

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Babyology This campervan bed is cute, playful and functional, and will be a hit with all its little bedtime passengers.

Track your kids with a GPS watch

GPS watch

Babyology The HereO watch is the smallest GPS tracking device available and fits a child’s wrist perfectly.

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Brighten the night with a Casagami solar light


Babyology What a great little night light this is – educational, fun and inexpensive!

iSwimband drowning detection app: new device available for pre-order

The iswimband

Babyology While supervision will always be the best tool to prevent drowning deaths, the revolutionary iswimband may provide extra peace of mind.


Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

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Babyology If this is your little one’s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.


Bed linen for your little firefighter, dancer, astronaut or princess


Babyology We just love Snurk and its clever collection of children’s bed linen – they truly make bedtime fun, and look very cool too!

IKEA announces bed canopy recall

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Melanie Mahoney IKEA has recalled its range of bed canopies designed to suspend above children’s beds following reported cases of injuries and entanglement.

Kardashians launch clothing line for kids

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The Kardashians have expanded their fashion empire with the release of a collection of clothes and accessories for babies and toddlers.

Meet Arthur, knight of the breakfast table

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Babyology We’re always looking for things that make meal times fun, so an egg cup suit of armour ticks all our boxes.

Product recall for range of Britax prams

britax prams

Melanie Mahoney Britax has announced a product recall of several pram styles stemming from safety concerns overseas.

The new Chuck Taylor Converse designs for kids


Babyology We love these Dr Seuss Converse sneaker for kids - so cute!

The adult-sized Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

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Melanie Mahoney Forget about kid-sized Ferraris - the ultimate way to turn heads on the road is with this adult-sized version of the iconic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.

Luggo: the kids' backpack and suitcase in one


Babyology These have to be the coolest little suitcases for kids, and the best bit is they can also be carried like a backpack. Oh, who are we kidding – the coolest thing is they look awesome!

Vans debuts 'Yellow Submarine' Beatles shoe collection

yellow submarine kids shoe

Melanie Mahoney These cute shoes are the perfect choice for any little fans of The Beatles (and their parents)!

'As a guilty mum': toilet training


Kate Browne A mini industry seems to have sprung up around toilet training children. But, as CHOICE's Kate Browne asks, do we really need all these special products?

Jolly Wombat Tidy Kids Game: The app that makes tidying up fun

Tidy Kids app

Babyology Hey kids, do you want to help me tidy up? (No response). Hey kids, do you want to play with the iPad? (Enthusiastic response).

Cute toy alert: nostalgic tin cars


SITE: BABYOLOGY I’m a vintage toy tragic, and tin toys - well, they're the holy grail of yesteryear playthings. And we've found a great range of tin toy vehicles.

Super cute superhero blocks for your little ones


Babyology Just when you thought you’d seen every set of wooden blocks possible – along comes this great little superhero-inspired toy.

Wooden kids' plates that wow


Babyology We can’t guarantee that more food will go in stomachs and less on the floor, but everyone is sure to be in a better mood with these gorgeous plates.

Personalised jigsaw puzzles from Tinyme


Babyology It’s time to unite two things that kids love – jigsaws and anything with their name on it.

Six double prams: rides built for two


SITE: BABYOLOGY If you have two little people to cater for in the one ride, this post is for you - these are the double prams Babyology has been able to check out lately.


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Parents of baby born without part of his skull stand up to critics

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Baby plans are 'none of your business'

Emily Bingham had been asked about her baby making plans one too many times. 

Diet shakes to lose weight? Think again

Thinking of investing in meal replacement shakes to slim down ahead of summer?

Study offers support for cancer treatment during pregnancy

It is among the most delicate and difficult dilemmas in medicine: Should a pregnant woman who has received a cancer diagnosis begin treatment before her child is born?

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64 baby names based in nature

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What coffee does to your body

That cup of Joe is just the boost your body needs.

Mum leaves triplets at hospital because she can't afford them

An illiterate and poverty stricken mother has abandoned her newborn triplets at hospital because she cannot afford to care for them.

I gave my daughter up for adoption - then tried to be her mum

The first time my oldest daughter called me 'Mum', she was 17.

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A recent Facebook photo post is prompting widespread discussion of an emotional topic for many parents: rainbow babies.

The new wave of virgins giving birth

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A one-hour difference to the day is pretty big deal when you're little.

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The frontiers of life are advancing ever further into uncharted territory.

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