Toddler Life (1-2yrs)

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Your 6 step plan to night time potty training and when to ditch the night nappies
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6 steps to night time potty training success

Potty training during the day is challenge enough but taking away night nappies is another ball game altogether. Find out how to tell if your child is ready for night time potty training and steps to succeed at it.

HOW your baby crying in sleep can mean a number of different things and can be normal
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How your baby crying in sleep may not be a bad thing

As a new parent you quickly come to recognise your baby’s cries in the night. But what do you do if your baby starts to cry in the night, suddenly and as if in distress but doesn’t wake? Are they having nightmares? Are they hurt or poorly?

THIS one thing leads to happy smart kids - reading to children every day
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Doing this one thing can help you raise happy and smart kids

Do you read to your child everyday? Do you often mean to but, come the end of a long, busy day, just don’t have the energy or the time? If so, you’re not alone. The bedtime story used to be an ingrained tradition in homes up and down the land. Now it is on the decline.

This is our secret nightly ritual - why I love co-sleeping with my toddler
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Why I love co-sleeping with my toddler

Isla Buchanan

Letting my children sleep in my bed is something I vowed never to do. My bed was a place of sanctuary. It was a place where me and my husband could sleep (hopefully uninterrupted) and a place we could call our own.

Toddler biting what does it mean - find out why toddlers bite and what causes the bad behaviour
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The real reasons behind toddler biting

Toddler biting can be a huge concern for parents. No one wants their child to hurt another and biting can produce some pretty big emotions. Understand why they bite and what it means when they do.

How to be an amazing single dad - single dad tips to help them through parenting
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How to be a great single dad

You might be the best dad in the world but now you have to figure out how to be the best ever single dad. And that means getting used to all sorts of new rules and facing some hurdles and setbacks along the way.

Baby number 2. Welcome to level two. Out of Depth Dads life has changed with the arrival of baby number 2
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Welcome to LEVEL TWO. Life with the arrival of baby number 2

Chris McGuire, The Out Of Depth Dad

They say that ‘pride’ comes before a fall. As a SAHD to my two-and-a-half-year-old son, we’d got things into a nice routine, and nothing (poo, puke or my pathological hatred of Peppa Pig) could rock our little boat.

mess up as parents - 12 parenting fails you'll almost definitely experience
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12 ways you’ll almost definitely mess up as a parent

There’s no such thing as a perfect parent and, if truth be told, everyone is bound to mess up as a parent and make mistakes along the way. Let’s just hope our kids forgive us somewhere down the line. In our defence – we REALLY didn’t mean it.

gender neutral parenting - a tale of two extremes - has gender neutral parenting gone too far
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Gender neutral parenting – a tale of two extremes

Natasha Mahtani

There are a new generation of parents however who are choosing to raise their children gender neutral. Some do this by not assigning their child a gender for fear of their child imbibing the self-limiting beliefs and/or stereotypes of either gender.

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Why I don’t make my children share

Sally Johnson

Growing up with two siblings, some of the biggest fights I remember were when we fought over a favourite toy. I still remember vividly an almighty row in the back of the car I always flashback to that day when I am told that we should make our children share.

sibling - siblings - sibling love - sibling rivalry
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Sibling: the gift of each other

There are two photos on my mantelpiece. Both photographs are perfectly-captured moments of a sibling bond. Both make me believe that I have given my girls the greatest gift of all – the gift of each other.

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My favourite hand to hold

Sally Johnson

It was a haze of hospital beds, nurses and bleeping machines when suddenly you were here, with that first exhilarating cry. I reached out and you wrapped your tiny hand round my finger and held on tight.

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8 life lessons my toddler teaches me

Anna Woodson

Spending your days hanging out with a toddler is exhausting and maddening and funny and wonderful and on some days can drive you to the brink. But toddlers can teach you so many important life lessons.

sharing a room - sibling bedroom share - sibling room share
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7 steps to sibling bedroom sharing success

Whether your children are sharing a room out of necessity or because you think it will be a great experience for them, you want the space to work for them. A little thought and preparation can make it all go more harmoniously.

two children fighting showing aggressive behaviour
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7 tips to stop your child lashing out

In the early years children can find it hard to handle difficult emotions like frustration, sadness and anxiety in a rational way. Here are some tips to help calm their behaviour.

attachment parenting - the pros adn cons of attachment parenting - is attachment parenting right for me
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Is attachment parenting right for you?

It’s an increasingly popular approach with an emphasis on baby wearing, breastfeeding and co-sleeping but does attachment parenting make happier babies and, just as importantly, happier parents?