Toddler Articles

Can terrific and toddler really be found in the same sentence? Of course they can! BellyBelly has lots of information for parents going through this stage of development, which can often leave you wondering, "Where on earth did she hear that from?!" You'll also find many useful and practical articles written by BellyBelly's 'Gentle' Parenting Expert, Pinky McKay.

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20 Things Your Toddler Is Trying To Say To You

Are you a parent of a mighty toddler? You'll laugh so much reading this that you may snort. Check out these 20 things your toddler is trying to tell you.

Beating Toddler Bedtime Battles

Does your toddler use delay tactics before going to bed? 'I need a drink!' or 'I want THAT toy' or something similar? Or does your toddler become super clingy? No matter what tactics your toddler uses at night, Pinky McKay has some fabulous suggestions to avoid bedtime battles.

Becoming Independent - Taking Baby Steps Forward and Baby Steps Back

Does your toddler seem full of confidence and independence one day, then completely opposite the next? Watching your toddler gain more independence can be exciting, yet frustrating at times - but if you understand what's normal behaviour from your toddler during this time, it can be a much easier journey for the whole family.

Bribes, Rewards and Praise - Does It Matter?

Every parent I know has offered their child a bribe at least once in their lives - sometimes it can be a last ditch attempt to get something we want from our children. But what is the most effective way to get what we need and teach our children a valuable lesson at the same time? Pinky McKay explains what we are actually saying to our children when we offer bribes, rewards or praise and she suggests the best ways to help develop our children's thinking.

Child's Play: Why Its Such a Big Deal...

Albert Einstein is credited with saying, "Play is the highest form of research," and Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that, “All children have the right to play and rest". So play must be really important. But why?

Discipline & Your Toddler: Gentle Guidance for Toddlers

Toddlers learn limits by testing them. It is normal for toddlers to assert their developing independence by saying 'no' or 'escaping'. Now is the time to gently lay the foundations of discipline.

Ditching The Dummy - Tips And Ideas For Stopping Dummy Use

Looking for ideas to get rid of your baby or toddler's dummy (pacifier)? Here are some suggestions of gentle and creative ways to get rid of your baby's dummy, and reasons why it's important to get rid of them.

Look Who's Talking - Encouraging Your Toddler's Inner Chatterbox!

When a toddler starts actively talking, it's a very exciting and rewarding milestone for his or her parents! Find out when to expect your toddler to take off with talking and how to encourage your gorgeous little one to unleash his inner chatterbox!

No Cook Playdough Recipe - How To Make No Cook Playdough

No cook playdough recipe for squishy, squashy fun! If you want to know how to make playdough without messy cooking, this simple no cook playdough recipe is easy to follow and guaranteed to please!

Playdough Recipe - How To Make Playdough

Playdough recipe for squishy, squashy fun! If you want to know how to make playdough, this simple homemade playdough recipe is easy to follow and guaranteed to please!

Playgroups - Good For Bubs, Great For Mum!

A playgroup is for children aged 0-4 years and their parents or carers. Thousands of playgroup sessions happen each week in all corners of Victoria at community venues such as maternal and child health centres, kindergartens, halls, community centres and primary schools.

Potty Training - Tips for Potty Time Success

Being able to wee and poo on the potty is a complex process for your little one. He needs to be able to recognise when a wee or poo is coming, to hold on long enough to get to the toilet, to remember where the potty is, and to pull down her pants in time to wee without making a puddle. So how can you best help your little one during this time and how do you know when they are ready? Read on!

Routines For Toddlers - Simple Routines, Happy Toddlers

Author and mum Stephanie Dowrick shares some great strategies for happy toddlers that are simple to adapt in any family.

Setting Limits For Your Toddler

Toddlers learn the limits by testing them. So what is the best way to set limits - and what do you do when your toddler is testing them? Another fabulous article by Pinky McKay on how to set limits for your toddler - and how to make them work.

Toddler Games - 7 Special Toddler Games

Here's 7 toddler games which are great fun to play with your toddler. Which is your favourite toddler game?

Toddler Meal Times A Stress? Understanding Your Fussy Toddler

Toddler and meal times not a good mix? Toddlers can become fussy, disinterested and distracted from food very easily - which can result in meal time frusration and tantrums! Pinky McKay explains what's going on in your little toddler's brain and suggests some great tips to help you feed your toddler healthy foods - and how to have him actually eat it!

Toddler Sleep - Does Your Toddler Need A Sleep Routine?

Toddler sleep changes with age - at 14 months, around half of all parents reported that their toddler still woke at night. Does your toddler need a sleep routine?

Toddler Tantrums - 9 Great Tips For Dealing With Toddler Tantrums

Toddler tantrums can leave you wanting to have a tantrum yourself! However tantrums are a normal part of toddler life. Pinky McKay gives us some great tips on how to survive those toddler tantrums.

When To Say No To Toddler Tantrums

Toddler tantrums can leave you feeling like throwing your own tantrum sometimes. Learning when to say 'no' can help make things easier.

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