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Childhood milestones: When to seek advice

We've all read the advice on milestones and what your baby or toddler should be doing and when. But what happens if your child isn't meeting their milestone? With conflicting information it can be hard to know when to stop worrying or investigate further.

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Twins: Safe sleep, settling and routines

Welcoming twins into your life is exciting. No-one can prepare you for the reality that descends once you get your twins home and begin to parent them. One of the major challenges is coordinating your twins' feeding, socialising and sleeping routines.

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Managing your mental health in pregnancy

Pregnant women who experience anxiety or depression are reporting their children are three times more likely to have childhood illnesses such as colds. The research, while not intended to make parents fearful, points out the importance of seeking help.

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Night terrors and child sleep issues

Many children and adults will experience nightmares and you have probably comforted your child during a nightmare. However, night terrors are different to nightmares. They are dramatic, happen suddenly and often predictably, but are not remembered.

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Top toilet training tips: When and how?

Every parent has a story about toilet training, knows someone who did it earlier than your child or has a strong opinion about when it should be done. However, what you do is dependent on your child. Dr Susan Moloney provides her advice for parents.

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When do babies crawl and is it necessary?

Crawling is one of those milestones that assures parents that their baby’s development is nothing to worry about, however some parents find themselves worrying about why their baby isn’t crawling yet. So what is normal and when should you seek help?

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Twin Milestones – expect the unexpected

Parents of twins can be unsettled if one child is walking or talking long before the other but it’s difficult to know when to seek advice or assistance. Associate Professor Jeff Craig says while twins can be similar, they can also be quite different.

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Baby talk: Learn how to talk to your baby

While we cringe at “coochy coo” baby talk, research shows that it is not just the simplified words and frequent repetition that makes baby talk attractive to babies, but rather the sounds and its characteristic structure, rhythm and use of emotion.

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