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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Toddler Photo Galleries

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 www.photosbylei.com.)

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.

Spaghetti Toes: Life with a toddler

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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.

If toddlers texted or had Facebook

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

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.

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How to talk about your pregnancy at work

The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.

Tell us your story to win!

To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.

Where to get help to help your baby sleep

There is so much pressure about having a baby who sleeps 'all night' , it's no wonder you worry about your baby if she wakes in the night.

Vintage baby names having a comeback

What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.

When your partner doesn't want you to breastfeed

Dads can have many reasons for not wanting their partners to breastfeed their baby, but both parents should learn more about it before making a final decision.

Model mum Sarah Stage shares post-baby selfie

Most new mums would recoil at the thought, but Sarah Stage has shared a post-pregnancy selfie just four days after giving birth.

I'll admit it: I have last child parenting fatigue

If you're a new mum and feeling ignored by the older mum/the old hand/the has-been, please know, it's not you, it's me. Blame the last child parenting fatigue.

Exhaustion is not the same as tiredness

Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.

Five posterior babies, four home births

I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.

Mum's list of birthday gift demands goes viral

We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.

Kate Middleton to receive 'loyalty discount' for second birth

Everybody loves a bargain - including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Fish & chip shop owner's sad note goes viral

A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.

Pregnant women need good nutrition advice, not judgment

Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.

When your child wants you to have another baby

Giving your child a sibling when you don't want to have another baby can be a complex issue.

William Tyrrell's mum speaks out: 'We hope he is still alive'

The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell says she has a vision that somebody "picked him up and moved him on ... that's the only way ... to explain for him not to be there".

Family comes first for 23-year-old Tommy Connolly

Most 23-year-old blokes spend their hard earned cash on fun times with mates or romantic dinners with their girlfriend, but not Tommy Connolly.

Newborn all-girl quintuplets 'doing great'

The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.

Model mum's big baby silences critics

He may be less than a week old, but baby James Hunter has already helped his model mum silence her critics.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names

A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.

How breastfeeding can affect your libido

When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

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Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

Pink's awesome response to body-shaming trolls

When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Baby boy abandoned in India amid fresh surrogacy concerns

Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

Herd immunity and community responsibility: how free-riders can make kids suffer

Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum meets 'dead' daughter 49 years after birth

In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby

New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

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