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?

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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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Video: Twin girls dancing to dad's guitar

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The latest YouTube hit features two adorable girls bopping along as their dad plays guitar. It's simple, but it's all you need for a cute video!

Moving from cot to bed

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Elizabeth Pantley Your child's move from cot to bed is a major milestone in his life, as well as yours. The key to success is to be patient and to give your child time to adjust to the change. Here are some other ideas that can make the move go smoothly.

Children not so cute after 4½ years, scientists say

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You probably think your baby is pretty cute, or that your toddler is the most adorable child you’ve ever seen. But you might want to enjoy this time, because a study claims that children start to look less attractive once they hit 4½ years.

Losing my first baby tooth

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Justine Davies If there’s one thing even more momentous than the hint of the first milk tooth breaking through your baby’s gummy smile, it’s the wobble and eventual loss of that first baby tooth to make way for the adult ones.

Calming the storm

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QUIRKY KID There's a reason they're called the terrible twos. The period between 18 months and three years can be challenging for both parents and toddlers alike. But while tantrums and other forms of aggressive behavior are not uncommon amongst small children, it is important to recognise what your child is trying to tell you.

The nappy wars: when to toilet train?

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Emily Dunn Let the child decide is the mantra recited by health professionals to parents considering toilet training their babies, toddlers and young children. It is a mantra that can be traced to the 1960s and leading paediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, who was among the first to advise against the often-harsh toilet-training techniques of the pre-war years in favour of a gentler, child-led approach.

Toddlers: developmental milestones

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It is important to realise that a child’s developmental progress does vary greatly, and is not a race! Some children may miss out on developmental milestones all together – such as crawling.

Your toddler: 13 to 15 months

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It's all happening now - your little baby is becoming a toddler! Read on for some helpful advice on some of the changes you can expect in the next three months.

Key development areas: 13-15 months

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Brooke Wells Different forms of play are the main way a toddler of this age learns, as she expands on her physical abilities, such as walking, climbing and bending.

Your toddler: 16 to 18 months

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Your little baby is becoming a toddler and all sorts of exciting things are happening. Find out more about changes at this age including new teeth, growth, speech and becoming more mobile.

Key development areas: 16-18 months

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Brooke Wells Your sixteen to eighteen month old toddler may experience a wide range of emotions due to teething, shyness, separation anxiety and when she isn’t allowed to be as mobile as she would like.

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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!

Sleeping cuties: Theo and Beau

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Naptime doesn’t get much cuter than this! Jessica Shyba, a blogger and mum of three, has been sharing photos of her family's puppy Theo as he curls up for naps with her toddler son, Beau. Read more in our article.

Spring/summer collections for babies and toddlers

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It's time to plan ahead and get the kids' warm weather wardrobe updated. Before hitting the shops, click through and see what's online this spring.

Visit Babyology for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

Best of Honest Toddler

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Twitter star the Honest Toddler tells parents how it really is in the new book, The Honest Toddler: A child's guide to parenting. Here are a few of our favourite tweets. (All text from Honest Toddler; images by Getty.)

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My baby is hypermobile

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