Meghan Leahy My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.
JO HARTLEY Most mums and dads will tell you there are very few guarantees in parenthood. I disagree.
Rashida Tayabali If you have children who've just started chattering incessantly too, you might be familiar with what I've only just discovered.
Staff writers Playing with toys isn't just fun - it's also an activity that can help children learn exciting new skills.
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.
Kim O'Connell When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.
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.
Starting on solids is an exciting time for you and your baby. Here are a few tips to help the process go along smoothly.
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.
John Rosemund My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.
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.
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.
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?
Punishing children for bedwetting won't solve the problem and may make it worse, researchers have confirmed.
JODIE BENVENISTE Choosing the right toys for your children is about understanding their developmental stage and buying products that are well-made and safe.
Priscilla Dunstan The behaviours we wish to correct can give us the most insight into who our children actually are.
MATT CALMAN A dad ponders how his toddler daughter can change so much in just one 24 hour period.
Danielle Colley Everyone loves to be acknowledged, but there's a balance to be found when giving our children praise.
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.
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.
KIRAN CHUG Blogger Kiran Chug explains why she is going to let her toddler make more decisions for himself.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grocery shopping with toddlers in tow can be a tortuous experience, but this mum found a way to make the trip less stressful.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
If you wait until your child seems ready to start the toilet training process, it can mean less set-backs in the long run. Here are the signs to look for.
Melanie Mahoney You’ve decided it’s time to start the toilet training process with your child. But what comes next? What do you need? Here’s a guide to help you along the way.
Melanie Mahoney Thinking about starting to toilet train your child, or are you already involved in the process? We’ve got some great books to help along the way.
Melinda Wenner Moyer The way parents handle clinginess can have a big impact on how long it lasts and how bad it becomes.
CATHERINE RODIE Playing with the contents of their nappies, public peeing, picking their noses: toddlers can certainly engage in some embarrassing habits sometimes. Here's how to handle the worst of them.
In his fourth week of toilet training, Thomas has started weeing in the potty more regularly, but his mum has questions about night time training and increased tantrums. An expert gives her advice.
Marion is mum to 22-month-old Spencer. In her fourth and final entry on Spencer's toilet training journey, she gets expert advice on toilet refusal and how to progress from here.
Three weeks into his toilet training experience, Thomas is doing well with weeing in the potty at home, but still needs encouragement when out. His mum, Emma, gets some expert advice on how to proceed from here.
It's Emma's second week of toilet training her 18-month-old, and she's getting pretty frustrated with it already. She gets an expert's advice on what to do next.
Now in his third week of toilet training, 22-month-old Spencer is starting to get the hang of things - but has yet to do a poo on the potty. An expert gives her advice.
Toddler Photo Galleries
Pretty little faces, big eyes, long eyelashes, matching outfits ... these babies and toddlers have definitely found their doppelgängers in their favourite dolls.
Want to avoid the noisy plastic toy aisle? Stick with these educational, fun, unique and long-lasting wooden alternatives.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.photosbylei.com.)
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)
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.
Martin Bruckner is dad to Harper, 3, and creator of spaghetti-toes.tumblr.com, 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.
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