Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

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Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

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Priscilla Dunstan Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Boy devastated he can't marry grandma

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When it comes to love, it is only a matter of time until everyone has their heartbroken.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

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Meghan Leahy My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

10 absolute guarantees of parenthood

Parenting may be unpredictable but there are a few guarantees.

JO HARTLEY Most mums and dads will tell you there are very few guarantees in parenthood. I disagree.

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7 things you learn once your child starts talking

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Rashida Tayabali If you have children who've just started chattering incessantly too, you might be familiar with what I've only just discovered.

How toys can help children learn

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Staff writers Playing with toys isn't just fun - it's also an activity that can help children learn exciting new skills.

10 signs your baby has become a toddler

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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.

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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.

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30 toilet training products

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From the clever to the strange, we've found a selection of products to help you toilet train your toddler.

Babies and toddlers who look like dolls

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Pretty little faces, big eyes, long eyelashes, matching outfits ... these babies and toddlers have definitely found their doppelgängers in their favourite dolls.

Great wooden toys for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

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Want to avoid the noisy plastic toy aisle? Stick with these educational, fun, unique and long-lasting wooden alternatives.

Dad creates custom eyepatches for baby

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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.

Toilet humour books for little kids

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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.

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You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

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At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

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