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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Is your child ready for toilet training?

Tips on toilet training your toddler

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.

Toilet training: what you’ll need

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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.

Best toilet training books for kids

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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.

How to handle a clingy toddler

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Melinda Wenner Moyer The way parents handle clinginess can have a big impact on how long it lasts and how bad it becomes.

Embarrassing toddler behaviours and how to change them

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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.

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Emma's journal, week 4: toilet training, tantrums and night continence

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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's journal, week 4: toilet training resistance

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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.

Emma's journal, week 3: toilet training outside the home

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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.

Emma's journal, week 2: toilet training frustrations

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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.

Marion's journal, week 3: toilet training incentives

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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.

Marion's journal, week 2: early days of toilet training

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In week two of his toilet training experience, 22-month-old Spencer is starting to get the idea about weeing into the potty - but there's still a long way to go. An expert gives her advice.

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Emma's journal, week 1: is he too young to toilet train?

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Introducing Thomas, the 18-month-old son of Emma. Emma wants to try to start toilet training her son - but how does she begin? Is it too soon? She gets the expert advice of Dr Cathrine.

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Marion's journal, week 1: introducing toilet training

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Introducing Spencer, a brave, adventurous, independent and happy 22 month old boy. He is starting on his toilet training journey with the help of Huggies Pull-Ups and expert advice from Dr Cathrine.

What I no longer do for my children

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JODIE BENVENISTE It’s easy to get stuck in the day-to-day details of raising our children, and forget the big picture.

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Don't tell your toddler to share

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Nicholas Day If you stop telling your toddler to share you might notice that your little monster is already helping out in his own way, writes Nicholas Day.

Stuttering: the facts

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Nan Bernstein Ratner Up to 4 per cent of children go through a phase of repeating or prolonging sounds or words, or getting “stuck” trying to talk. No one knows what causes a stutter, but some therapies - and time - can help.

Why does my toddler bang his head?

Jane Barry What is the best way to manage a toddler who is head-banging?

When terrible twos become threenagers

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AMITY DRY Amity wonders why two-year-olds get such a bad rap, when it's the three-year-olds who can give teenagers a run for their money in the attitude stakes.

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Ask an expert: How do we treat toilet training regressions?

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Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett How do we treat toilet training regressions? Our reward system isn’t working any more, and my child has gone back to wetting and pooing himself.

Ask an expert: My child is suddenly resisting toilet training

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Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett My child is resisting the toilet training process. We got off to a good start, but now she’s refusing to use the toilet. What can we do now?

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Ask an expert: How do we treat toilet training regressions?

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Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett How do we treat toilet training regressions? Our reward system isn’t working any more, and my child has gone back to wetting and pooing himself.

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Ask an expert: My child treats pull-ups and undies like nappies

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Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett My child is fine to use the toilet when she’s naked, but she treats undies and pull-ups training pants as nappies.

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Ask an expert: My child doesn't like using toilets outside the house

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Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett Not wanting to use 'strange' toilets can be a common problem among young children, particularly during the early stages of toilet training.

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Ask an expert: I’m confused about how to start toilet training

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Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett The first step to toilet training success is preparation - preparation for both adult and child. Here, Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett outlines how to get ready for the change.

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Ask an expert: My child won't wee or poo on the potty

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Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett An expert gives advice to the parents of children who will sit on the toilet or potty but refuse to poo or wee in it.

Chrissie Swan: Kids and fibs

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CHRISSIE SWAN When a child's mind turns to telling tall tales, pork pies and outright lies, it can be fun to stand back and relish the show.

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My first sibling

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Justine Davies There's no doubt that introducing a new sibling into your family is a major life change for your first-born, but there are ways you can help make the transition to older sister or brother easier.

The unreliable tooth fairy

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JOSEPH KELLY Beware: the Tooth Fairy's first visit can be a nerve-wracking experience for parents who aren't up to date with the current cash-for-teeth pay rate.

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Toddler's awesome dress up month

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Two-year-old Willow and her photographer mum, Gina Lee, made October "Dress Up Willow Month". She posted photos of Willow's costumes on her Instagram account, and her creative takes on popular culture are simply adorable.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

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Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

Mother turns 2-year-old daughter's drawings into masterpieces

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Artist and mother Ruth Oosterman transforms her daughter's drawings into very imaginative works of art. See more at themischievousmommy.blogspot.ca.

Winter indoor activities for toddlers

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Here are some fun, easy games and sensory play activities you and your toddler will enjoy indoors during the colder months.

Parents share their secrets

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The Whisper app allows users to share their secrets anonymously with people around the world. Here are some of the confessions made by mums and dads.

Kardashians Kids: clothes for babies and toddlers

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The Kardashian clan has launched a collection of outfits for babies and toddlers. Available exclusively at Babies R Us, the range offers sweet details including gold touches, butterflies, leopard print and lace. (All prices in US.)

Cool Cozy Coupe modifications

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The classic Little Tykes Cozy Coupe gets a makeover with these homemade modifications. If there's not one lying around in your backyard or shed, grab one at the nearest garage sale - then let your imagination run wild!

Books for toilet training

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There are some great books that can help you introduce your child to toilet training. Look for these at your local book store, library or online book store.

Best and worst potty party cakes

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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.

Christmas costumes for babies and toddlers

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Christmas costumes for babies have never been cuter - check out these little snowmen, reindeers, Christmas trees, elves and more!

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The devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

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Toddler's awesome dress up month

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Childhood around the world

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I lost my wife and daughters to Ebola - then it came for my son

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Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

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