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From Silly Sausage to the Hatchimal: meet the toys that will drive Britons to spend £1.1bn before Christmas

As she expertly navigated her hot pink Barbie hoverboard drone through a 360 degree turn, Summer gave some serious thought to why girls might be interested in ownership of a remote-controlled “boy toy”.

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Could you benefit from 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds?

Could you benefit from 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds?

From September 2017, eligible working parents will be able to have up to 30 hours free childcare a week for 3 and 4 year old children.

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Winter vomiting bug is coming

Winter vomiting bug is coming

As the autumn leaves fall from the trees, we can spot the stereotypical signs of winter - the sun low in the sky, shops putting up decorations… a sudden queasy feeling in the pit of the stomach.

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Study reveals the keys to a perfect marriage proposal

Study reveals the keys to a perfect marriage proposal

The average woman expects her wedding proposal to take place at a landmark in her home city with a dazzling ring costing £1,013, according to new research.

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The top 50 skills you need to be a great dad

The top 50 skills you need to be a great dad

The top 50 ‘dad skills’ have been revealed - but less than half of fathers reckon they have mastered them all.

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Overweight child

Obese children ‘more likely to struggle at school’

Britain’s obesity epidemic is damaging children’s intelligence, suggests new research.

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Introducing egg and peanut at early stage to babies may reduce the risk of developing an allergy to either foodstuff. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Feeding egg and peanuts to young infants “reduces allergy risk”

Feeding babies with egg and peanut at a young age – rather than waiting until they are older – may prevent them developing an allergy to the foodstuffs, according to a major new study.

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Top 10 things kids think you should have nailed before you turn 30

Top 10 things kids think you should have nailed before you turn 30

Forget fast cars, earning loads of money or even finding love - schoolchildren aged between five and 16 believe the secret to being a successful grown-up is being “happy”.

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Most popular baby names revealed

REVEALED - the most popular baby names so far in 2016

A parenting advice website has listed the most popular baby names so far in 2016 and revealed previous favourites such as Sophia, Mia, Daniel and Harrison are on the decline.

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Grandparents to the rescue over school summer holidays

Grandparents to the rescue over school summer holidays

More than half of the UK’s grandparents are planning to look after their grandchildren over the next few weeks, according to a recent survey.

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Parents footing the bill for driving lessons

Parents fork out £22bn helping kids learn to drive

UK parents are collectively spending £22 billion to help get their children on the road and three quarters of mums and dads in the South East admit paying for their child’s driving lessons.

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American Pitbull terriers are among the breeds banned under the 1991 Act. Credit: Shutterstock

RSPCA calls for urgent changes to ‘flawed’ Dangerous Dogs Act

The RSPCA has today released a damning report on the “ineffective” Dangerous Dogs Act and called on urgent reform to a law which indiscriminately targets family pets.

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Lidl to sell full sets of school uniform for £3.65 each

Lidl to sell full sets of school uniform for £3.65 each

Lidl shoppers can kit out their kids with a full school uniform for just £3.65.

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Mothercare recall

Mothercare recalls baby bouncer over safety fears

Mothercare has recalled one of its baby bouncers over fears that a flaw could pose a safety risk to children using it.

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Product warning

Mamas and Papas recall pushchair over loose catch

A children’s pushchair has been recalled by its manufacturer due to a technical issue.

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Calls for tougher controls on cat population

Calls for tougher control of cat population

A survey conducted by a cat rescue charity has asked whether there are too many cats in Britain - and found that 92 per cent of respondents want tougher rules to control of cat numbers.

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Dog attacks are on the rise

Dog attack figures on the rise

Nearly a quarter of a million dogs show aggression towards people every week, according to a new study.

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Ikea has issued an urgent recall

Ikea issues urgent recall of child safety gates amid injury risk concerns

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has recalled a line of safety gates following reports that children have fallen down stairs after they opened unexpectedly.

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Children will be in the money if they do well in their exams

Parents offer rewards as incentive for good exam results

More than four in five parents with children taking exams this year are offering rewards to their offspring such as cash, holidays and gadgets, a survey has found.

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Dogs don't like hugs say reasearchers

Dogs hate being hugged say researchers

Although hugging and cuddling your pet may seem like a normal way to show affection for man’s best friend, new research shows that dogs hate being hugged.

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