Does my toddler have OCD?

CATHERINE RODIE Toddlers can be funny little creatures and sometimes they do weird things. For the most part, it is just normal toddler behaviour and we all get a giggle out of it. But when is a toddler's obsessive behaviour a sign of something more serious?


How a raisin can predict your toddler's future academic success

Could a raisin really provide information about a toddler's intelligence?

CATHERINE RODIE All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Parents, please don't bite your toddlers


Nicole Thomson-Pride What are mums and dads suppose to do when their child hurts another?

Child sense: helping your child prepare for a new arrival


Priscilla Dunstan By being aware of your child's dominant sense you'll be able to have more of an idea of how to help your child through the transition of pregnancy to birth.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime


Staff writers He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.

Toddler gymnast climbs to great heights

Arat Hosseini has mastered many moves - all by the tender age of two.

LETITIA ROWLANDS At nine months of age most babies have perfected their crawling and are learning to pull themselves up on furniture. Not Arat Hosseini.

How to help your anxious child


JODIE BENVENISTE Anxiety in kids can be very difficult for all involved, but there are ways to lessen the worries.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

PB and baby, coming right up.

Staff writers This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby


Priscilla Dunstan Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Boy devastated he can't marry grandma


When it comes to love, it is only a matter of time until everyone has their heartbroken.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'


Meghan Leahy My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

10 absolute guarantees of parenthood

Parenting may be unpredictable but there are a few guarantees.

JO HARTLEY Most mums and dads will tell you there are very few guarantees in parenthood. I disagree.


7 things you learn once your child starts talking


Rashida Tayabali If you have children who've just started chattering incessantly too, you might be familiar with what I've only just discovered.

How toys can help children learn


Staff writers Playing with toys isn't just fun - it's also an activity that can help children learn exciting new skills.

10 signs your baby has become a toddler


Vivienne Pearson You've finally got this baby thing sorted, then there's change. Here are 10 clues that it's time to put down the baby book and pick up a toddler-taming manual.


A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness


Kim O'Connell When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

Autism diagnosis delayed by two years for most children: study

A study has found children with autism face up to a 4-year delay in their diagnosis.

NICKY PHILLIPS The majority of Australian children with autism spectrum disorder are not being diagnosed until more than two years after they can be reliably identified.

Baby feeding basics

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Starting on solids is an exciting time for you and your baby. Here are a few tips to help the process go along smoothly.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

Some kids meet their milestones in their own time - and that's okay.

Josefa Pete We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

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Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums


John Rosemund My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

How to handle common childhood regressions


DANIELLE COLLEY Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Toddler aggression not caused by language delays after all: study


CATHERINE RODIE The logic was that children who don’t have the language to fully express themselves will lash out when they’re misunderstood. Not anymore.

Help - my child is aggressive towards his younger sibling


Meghan Leahy The most frequent "offence" in our home is aggression from my older son to his toddler brother. What can I do to stop him?

Don't punish kids for wetting the bed: study

Up to a third of parents punish their kids for bedwetting, but it often just makes it worse.

Punishing children for bedwetting won't solve the problem and may make it worse, researchers have confirmed.

Toys to help your child's development at every stage

Toys that help your child's learning are suited to their developmental stage, are safe, and fun.

JODIE BENVENISTE Choosing the right toys for your children is about understanding their developmental stage and buying products that are well-made and safe.

The key to understanding your complaining child

The behaviours we wish to correct can give us the most insight into who our children actually are.

Priscilla Dunstan The behaviours we wish to correct can give us the most insight into who our children actually are.

It's true, kids grow up overnight

Sometimes it can seem like your child has grown up overnight.

MATT CALMAN A dad ponders how his toddler daughter can change so much in just one 24 hour period.

The power of effective praise


Danielle Colley Everyone loves to be acknowledged, but there's a balance to be found when giving our children praise.

When is the best age to start potty training?

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CATHERINE RODIE When to start toilet training is a decision that can be fraught with worry, and, like nappies, there is no ‘one size fits all’. But there are many reasons to hold off.

Toddler's tricky toilet training headstart

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Parents are given lots of advice when they enter the toilet training phase, but the risk of a toddler getting their head stuck in a toilet seat is not usually on the list of warnings.

Lessons learned from my toddler

Can letting our toddlers take charge be a positive thing?

KIRAN CHUG Blogger Kiran Chug explains why she is going to let her toddler make more decisions for himself.

How to tell if your child has a speech or language problem

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Elise Baker and Natalie Munro  Left untreated, children who start school with speech and language difficulties face an increased risk of reading and writing difficulties, more bullying, poorer peer relationships and less enjoyment of school. So, what should parents expect of children at different ages?

When your child prefers one parent


PINKY MCKAY It’s common for toddlers to show a preference for either parent, and it will pass. Here are some ways to deal with it in the meantime.


When loving siblings fight

Kiran Chug's children are not always good at showing their love for each other.

KIRAN CHUG She knows her children love each other, but Kiran Chug can't figure out why her toddler and pre-schooler fight so much.

Overcoming a fear of the dark

There are ways to help your toddler overcome their fear of the dark

Jennifer Chung A toddler's fear of the dark is very normal, but there are ways parents can help children through this stage in their development.

8 signs you're raising a threenager

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Ariane Beeston My son has recently graduated from the terrible twos to "threenagehood" - and let’s just say the name “threenager” seems to fit so far.

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Letting your toddler be the boss at bedtime

Letting your toddler have a say at bedtime might help promote better sleep.

Thea O'Connor Sick of spending hours trying to get your toddler to sleep? These experts say giving your child more of a say at bedtime might be the answer.

How to stop your toddler's supermarket meltdowns

Imagine finding a way to make shopping fun for the whole family.

Grocery shopping with toddlers in tow can be a tortuous experience, but this mum found a way to make the trip less stressful.

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Comparing your child with others (and why it's not always a bad thing)

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DANIELLE COLLEY Knowing logically that kids develop at their own rate is one thing, but it can be hard not to compare your child's development with others. But is that always such a bad thing?

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?


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

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

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JODIE BENVENISTE 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.


The woman who will toilet-train your toddler - for almost $2000


LETITIA ROWLANDS Just when you thought there were no parenting tasks left to outsource, along comes the "potty whisperer" who promises to toilet-train your toddler in just two days ... for a price.

When your angelic toddler turns into a little monster


CATHERINE RODIE We didn’t see it coming. Our little love was a delight - but now my adorable angel has seemingly turned into a monster.

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How and when to safely move your toddler to a big kid's bed

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Moving your child from a cot to a bed can be an exciting time, but experts warn the move needs to be made safely.

Third-trimester jealousy and how to deal with it

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Priscilla Dunstan Many parents are worried about how their current child will react to the new baby and by the time the third trimester is upon them, they are already seeing behavior changes within their current child.


Twins twice as likely to have language delay

Fraternal twins Josh and Lucas have their own little language, according to mum Dee.

ALEISHA ORR A study has found that twins often start talking later than single-born children - and that language delay is more common in identical twins than fraternal pairs.


How my defiant and anxious 2-year-old transformed in to a calm and capable 3-year-old

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MICHAELA FOX I handed over the form. In every box beginning with the question: “Do you have any concerns?” I had ticked “No.” Every. Single. One. But it wasn't always this way.

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Your toddler’s developmental roadmap

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JODIE BENVENISTE The toddler years are characterised by contradictions which can be hard to manage. But when you understand what's happening for your child, you can help them learn and have realistic expectations of their behaviour.

When will my baby walk? Advice from an expert

Baby taking first steps

Kathy Lauer-Williams My one-year old daughter has not started talking or walking. My friend has a child about the same age who seems developmentally further ahead. Do you think there is something wrong with my daughter?

Toilet training in winter

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Melanie Mahoney There’s no need to stop thinking about toilet training just because the temperature is dropping: winter is a good a time as any to start the process.

Toddler Photo Galleries

How babies fit in the womb

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A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

30 toilet training products

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

Babies and toddlers who look like dolls

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Pretty little faces, big eyes, long eyelashes, matching outfits ... these babies and toddlers have definitely found their doppelgängers in their favourite dolls.

Great wooden toys for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

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Want to avoid the noisy plastic toy aisle? Stick with these educational, fun, unique and long-lasting wooden alternatives.

Dad creates custom eyepatches for baby

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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.

Toilet humour books for little kids

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There's something about toilet humor and 3-year-olds - at an age where they're learning about the human body, this topic is an endless source of comedy. If your little one is captivated by bums, farts and wee, check out some of these books.

Meet Harry Styles' mini-me, Michael Rangamiz

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Two-year-old Michael Rangamiz does a great impression of One Direction's Harry Styles - all with the help of his mum, of course. Check out their Instagram account, @michaelrangamiz, for all his adorable looks.

Birth photographer's 20 favourite images

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Texan photographer Leilani Rogers says her goal is "to debunk labour and delivery as painful or gross ... even in their most vulnerable moments, mothers are undeniably strong and beautiful." (Republished with permission from

Colourful, cute feeding gear from Munchkin

Whether your child has yet to start solids or is already on their way to using grown up plates, cutlery and cups, Munchkin feeding gear has everything you need. (Sponsored gallery)

Books on starting preschool or childcare

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Your little toddler is growing up and starting at preschool or more regular childcare. These great picture books will help them transition and ease any jitters they may have.


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.


12-24 month old toddlers

The first birthday and beyond

24-36 month old toddlers

The transition stage from toddler to pre-schooler


What to expect from your toddler

Keep track of your toddler's development with tips and contacts. Get your free quarterly guide.

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

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.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.


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