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How I taught my infant to use a toilet

Katy's son Jessey, shown here at 16 months, skipped the potty stage entirely.

Katy Chatel As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

Four signs your baby will start walking soon

Whether your baby is an early walker or a late walker might have nothing to do with her ability and more to do with her personality.

Anisa Arsenault Some babies cruise around holding onto furniture for months and months while others start walking practically the moment they get up on two feet.

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It's mum who keeps the baby talk going

Babies like to babble with mum.

Melissa Healy Between birth and seven months of age, the average baby born into a two-parent household hears nearly three times as much babbling, cooing and sing-song questions-and-answers from a woman - generally the mother - than from a man, new research shows.

Caring for Baby more articles

Warning over lavender after baby develops breasts

The baby's parents used a variety of lavender products, including shampoo and body wash.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Doctors have blamed premature breast development in a toddler on the overuse of lavender products.

9 things not to say to a sleep-deprived parent

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JO HARTLEY Yes, they may be said with the best of intentions, but when you’re running on more coffee than oxygen, these flippant comments can just make you want to SNAP.

Six-day-old baby receives heart transplant

Premature baby Oliver Crawford received a heart transplant at just six days old.

A six-day old premature baby has become the youngest infant to receive a heart transplant at a US hospital, doctors and his proud parents say.

Breastfeeding more articles

Busting the booby traps of low milk supply

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PINKY MCKAY If you’re having a hard time, you don’t need to ditch your nursing bra just yet.

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The author and her family.

Anne Theriault The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

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How strangers are helping a mum's wish come true after her death

Gone too soon: Mum of five Liz Marquez and her son Brixton.

MELANIE MAHONEY A mum of five, Liz Marquez wanted to breastfeed her premmie son for a year. So when she passed away suddenly, her friends - and strangers - stepped in to help.

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Baby Sleep more articles

6 ways to help your baby learn at bedtime

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Josefa Pete 2:49pm Bedtime might not seem like the most natural choice for a baby to learn new things, but a new study suggests it's the best time for them to develop memories and retain new behaviours.

Does controlled crying really work?

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Amanda Hooton Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

Some of the previous winners.

JO HARTLEY February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Baby Food more articles

Pappa pomodoro (Italian bread soup): food babies love

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Emily Dupuche The Italians are famous for creating masterpieces out of the simplest ingredients, and this traditional bread soup is a prime example of simplicity at its best.

Chicken nuggets: food babies love

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Emily Dupuche These delicious nuggets make great finger food and can be served with dips, diced vegies or just about anything you fancy. Being baked, not fried, they are much healthier than commercially prepared options.

Banana balls: food babies love

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Emily Dupuche Your baby will love you for these! Like a piece of cake in a ball, they are clean to eat and extremely moreish. They're also great for anyone with egg allergies.

Baby Health more articles

Eating peanut products early could prevent allergy, study shows

Only 1.9 per cent of those who were fed peanuts were allergic to them as five-year-olds, compared with 13.7 per cent of the peanut-avoiding children.

Andrew Pollack Turning what was once conventional wisdom on its head, a new study suggests that many peanut allergies can be prevented by feeding young children food containing peanuts beginning in infancy.

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

One in two babies suffer from minor skin irritations in their first few weeks.

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

My newborn baby had a stroke

Purdy Blow and her daughter Ava-Rose today.

Sarah Chalmers Strokes occur in about one in 4,000 newborns a year in Britain with life-changing consequences for the baby and the family.

Education & Play more articles

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

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LETITIA ROWLANDS They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

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Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

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Maggie Dent Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years – using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside – will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Guilty beagle sorry for stealing baby's toy

Charlie the beagle and baby Laura are best friends

Letitia Rowlands Charlie the beagle steals baby Laura's favourite toy, but the lovable hound makes it up to his little best friend.

Baby Products

Easy milk heating and thawing with the Nutto Mama's Milk Warmer

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Babyology What looks like a thermos, is the brain-child of a mum, and was designed by an aerospace engineer?

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

Some great gift ideas for babies.

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Baby must-haves and must-heaves: what's really needed?

Baby change table? Try the floor instead.

Andrea Orr Note to new parents: You don't really need all that stuff.

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Tools

Baby Growth Chart

Check your baby's length and weight for their age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.

Your Breastfeeding Diary

This chart will help you keep track of your baby’s feeds and nappies throughout the day and night so you don't have to remember when the last feed was.

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Baby's First Year Guide

This monthly guide to your baby's first year covers development, sleeping, baby care, immunisation reminders, feeding and more.

Forums

Birth to six months

Congratulations on your new baby! There are lots of useful tips and information to be found here, and it is a great place to ask those questions that crop up through these early months.

Six months to 12 months

First foods, crawling, words. This next six months includes plenty of new things - you will find advice, tips and questions answered in this forum.

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Celebrity parents and their kids

Keep up to date with celebrities and their babies and toddlers with our photo gallery, updated regularly. We choose not to publish paparazzi shots of these famous families.

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Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

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How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

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I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

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Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

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