Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

It’s your baby’s first Christmas. It’s exciting but also a bit overwhelming too as you try to plan the big day with family and friends.

PINKY MCKAY Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Remembering lost children at Christmas

CATHERINE RODIE This December 25th will be Rachel Nobel's third Christmas without her young son Hamish, who died in a tragic accident aged just 20 months.


7 tips to kid-proof the Christmas tree


If this is your first Christmas with a toddler, you may be wondering how you'll keep your Christmas treasures out of curious little hands. Here are some ideas to keep your child safe - and your festive decorations in place.


Getting through Christmas pregnant

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Livia Gamble Follow our tips to be a healthy and happy mum-to-be this festive season.

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Tips for a stress-free Christmas


Richard Meadows Here are some tips for a stress-free holiday that embraces the true spirit of Christmas, with none of the greed, one-upmanship or outdated traditions.


10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas


Babyology It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

Healing a family rift before Christmas

HEAL THE RIFT: Unresolved tension can overshadow Christmas.

Aileen Nakhle Christmas is a time to share with those we cherish most. But festivities and family are not always an easy pairing.


The toys to avoid this Christmas

This generic brand helicopter toy failed the normal use test, the small parts test, the reasonable foreseeable abuse test, the drop test, and the tension test.

AMY REMEIKIS The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.


10 homemade Christmas gifts even your toddler can make


CATHERINE RODIE Everyone loves a personalised Christmas present - especially those which have been lovingly created by little hands. These Christmas gifts are so easy that even your toddler will be able to make them.

The pregnant woman's guide to Christmas eating

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Livia Gamble Christmas turkey, seafood or ham; however you decide to dine this Christmas, if you’re pregnant there are a few things to keep in the back of your mind.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

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Melissa Browne Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

A guide to going booze-free over Christmas


Duncan Buchanan Pregnant, thinking of giving alcohol a miss for a while, or doing the Pregnant Pause over the silly season? Here are some tried and true tactics that can help you handle the hardest social situations without giving into pressure to have a drink.


Christmas stocking gift ideas

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Babyology Babyology have found a great selection of gifts you can stuff into your kids Christmas stockings.

What Christmas means to us after the loss of our baby

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Sally Heppleston We had a very happy Christmas Day in 2007, when we excitedly announced to our family we were pregnant. Then our baby was born stillborn and our lives changed forever.


Tween gift guide


Babyology Tweens (around 10-12 years of age) can be incredibly hard to buy for. Here's a great list of Christmas gift ideas that the kids are sure to love.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

When is the right time to start the Christmas countdown?

MATT CALMAN A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.


City to sparkle beneath a million Christmas lights for SIDS and Kids

David Richards among the Guinness World record attempt for the largest LED light image display.

EMMA KELLY Well known in his neighbourhood for his amazing Christmas displays, David Richards is lighting up Canberra for a good cause.

How a Christmas baby grew into the Grinch

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Lesley Picking I've always hated Christmas, but I'm getting better at hiding it as the years go on. I'm a 'Christmas baby', born on December 25.


Individual Christmas puddings

Individual Christmas Pudding

Nothing sings Christmas like Christmas pudding and here is one for everyone!

Best Christmas romantic comedies of all time

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Grab your partner, bestie or a tub of Ben & Jerry's and snuggle up for these Christmas classics.

A 10-month-old's letter to Santa


Raquel D'Apice I am a 10-month-old baby and I write because my mother has been sending out my "Christmas List" to people, and her list does not in any way represent the things I really want. Here is a comprehensive list of the things I want for Christmas.


The fun of inventing new Christmas traditions


Cal Wilson One of the things Cal Wilson has loved most about having a family is starting their very own Christmas traditions.

Dealing with the holiday season when you're newly separated

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KERRI SACKVILLE As the holiday season approaches, I face my first ever Christmas as a single parent. Interestingly, though, it’s not with the emotions you might anticipate.

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'All celebrated out': a Christmas poem

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KYLIE ORR A never ending shopping list, non-stop festivities with family and friends, plans to do it all differently next year ... yep, that's Christmas in Kylie Orr's house.

Gifts for the mum-to-be or new mother who has everything


Jo Hartley In order to be a little bit different and think somewhat outside the usual gift box, why not give one of these to the pregnant woman or new mum who seemingly has it all?

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10 tips for getting a good photo with Santa


LETITIA ROWLANDS Guaranteeing your child will smile sweetly for the camera when they sit on Santa's lap is impossible, but these tips will give you the best chance of success.

The best gifts for our children

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PINKY MCKAY The most precious gifts we can give our children are those that will last long beyond the festive season.

No more plastic: give experiences this Christmas

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KYLIE ORR This Christmas, toss away the idea of giving people stuff, and give special experiences instead.

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Christmas costumes for babies and toddlers

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How a cancer survivor became a mum of two in two weeks

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Mother dragged along road in alleged hit-and-run crash outside childcare centre

A mother is fighting for her life after being hit by a car and dragged along the street in front of her three young children outside a Sydney childcare centre, police say.

Comedian scares girlfriend by 'blowing up' son

Would you forgive your partner if he tricked you into believing your three-year-old son was involved in a quad bike crash and giant explosion? 

Go With It: when family life doesn't go to plan

I was excited to have a weekend with the CR-V to see how it worked in 'real-life land' with our family of five in the country. Except, of course, life got in the way.

Body-positive ads for Lush reported as pornography

A body-positive advertising campaign from natural cosmetics company Lush has been reported as "offensive" in Australia.

Video of six boys meeting their new sister will melt your heart

While some worry about how much pink will enter their lives, others have already swung into protective mode.

Cate Blanchett's surprising baby name inspiration

Cate Blanchett has revealed where she found inspiration for son Ignatius' name – and while it was in a book, it's not what you might expect.

Toddler saved after being pulled from pool

An unconscious toddler has been rescued from a pool, prompting a warning to parents to remain "super vigilant" when their kids are around water.

10 things every pregnant woman needs to hear

Pregnancies may vary, and we all have different views on life, but there are a few things every mum-to-be needs to be told.

Sneak peek: BZBX Tower Chair

Other convertible highchairs are justifiable running scared. Here's the latest designer highchair of-your-dreams and the best thing is, it will last until age 7.

Emergency doctor confesses: 'I missed it, and the baby could have died'

I'll have to live with the "missed the meningitis" tag for a long time. We don't forget the bad things; they just become less of an ache as time passes.

Royal Children's Hospital refused to discharge mother and child to detention

Doctors at refused to discharge an asylum seeker and her child to keep them out of detention for the benefit of their health.

Couples turn to fundraising for IVF to avoid debt

Couples struggling to fulfil their baby dreams are turning to public fundraising to avoid falling into a cycle of debt.

Mums need to prioritise mental health

It's important for mums to remember that there is no need to suffer in silence.

The story behind the photo of baby surrounded by syringes

Anyone who has been through IVF knows what a difficult journey it can be – financially, physically, and emotionally.

'Baby Alex lives on in our hearts'

Stacey couldn't fathom how a routine check-up could reveal that the baby boy she had been carrying for 28 weeks had died.

'Barbie told me to do it': little girl's tearful confession

One household in the US has an unusual Barbie problem: the dolls have started ordering their little owner to do their bidding. That's what she says anyway.

Parents fight for child adopted out against their will

Parents of a baby who was taken into care then adopted out have vowed they'll be reunited with their child after a court cleared them of abuse.

Gorgeous summer hats for babies and kids from Little Papaya Studio

Made from swoon-worthy retro fabrics, the summer hats from Little Papaya Studio will keep them protected this summer.

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