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

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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

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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.

Toddler Photo Galleries

Toilet humour books for little kids

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 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.

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Compare your baby's length and weight for age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.

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

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

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Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

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

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there’s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it’s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

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