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Does this three-month-old say 'I love you'?

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Staff writers YouTube user Ted Moskalenko was filmed by his wife, Michelle, as his baby son, Ben, engaged in some baby chat.

How you talk to your baby now can impact social skills later

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Ariana Eunjung Cha People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught.

When baby starts cruising for a bruising

Once babies are mobile, a whole new world of danger presents itself.

GREER BERRY Now that our son has well and truly got the hang of this crawling, standing, pulling up on things, he's discovered a whole new world of things to attempt to maim himself on.

Caring for Baby more articles

5 workplace lessons for new parents

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Vivienne Pearson 12:32pm Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

There are Apps for every stage of pregnancy and parenthood.

Nick Bilton Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

This baby really loves the family cat

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Staff writers Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Breastfeeding more articles

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

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LETITIA ROWLANDS 3:49pm Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

All your extended breastfeeding questions answered

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ANDIE FOX So this was breastfeeding beyond babyhood. It was both strange and normal.

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Dad, you can help your partner on her breastfeeding journey

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PINKY MCKAY Did you know that a father's impact is the single most crucial factor in breastfeeding success?

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Baby Sleep more articles

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

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Staff writers They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Swaddles to help your baby sleep soundly

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Swaddling helps your baby sleep as it helps prevent the startle reflex and keeps legs loose enough to rest in a natural position. Here are some great swaddles, wraps and sleep pouches to make bedtime more restful for everyone.

Coroner warns of 'dangerous' cot

Grace Joy Roseman: died during a nap.

A UK coroner has warned of the dangers of a bedside cot after the death of a newborn baby who choked to death this month.

Baby Food more articles

Australian babies and toddlers eat better than their parents: report

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Much of their dinner might end up on the floor or smeared all over their faces, but it seems what food Australian babies and toddlers do eat is of top quality.

Baby-led weaning worked for us

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Sarah Barr My baby wasn't interested in food - until we tried something new. Now she's eating it all, and it often comes from my plate.

Baby Pip Eats: 26 easy recipes for babies

<i>Baby Pip Eats</i> is out now.

Babyology I'm quite certain that in my next life I'll be a food stylist. Or at least the person who looks at very lovely pictures of food… is that a job?

Baby Health more articles

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

Smooth peanut butter is a recommended option.

AAP A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

The little boy with half a heart but a full life

'He's our little Superman': Charlie now.

Mel Ryall Charlie Ryall wears a special badge on his chest. It is a badge of the brave, and he received it from his battles with a congenital heart defect (CHD).

Boy disabled by meningitis after being sent home from hospital twice

William Burton and his mum Wendy.

Ben Heather William Burton's parents trusted the young doctors who claimed their son's sickness was not serious.

Education & Play more articles

Do you read me, baby?

It's never too early to read to your baby.

Armin Brott Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Entertaining your baby with play

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Jamie Davis Smith It seems that by now that I would have a lot of things figured out. But figuring out how to play with an infant still remains a challenge.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in babies

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Dr Katie Heathershaw Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about babies' gross motor skill development, including crawling, tummy time, reaching, using a jumper chair, and neck movement.

Baby Products

All accessories included with the Silver Cross Pioneer Graphite

Silver Cross has released its all-inclusive Pioneer Graphite model, which comes complete with a huge list of inclusions.

Suzi Catchpole Silver Cross has released its all-inclusive Pioneer Graphite model, which comes complete with a huge list of inclusions.

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Designer kids' clothing good enough to eat: Oeuf gets Foodilicious

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Suzi Catchpole Although we are soon heading into our hot season, we couldn't go past the latest winter collection by cult kid brand Oeuf.

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Etsy Design Awards: vote for your favourite now

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Staff writers Etsy is currently hosting its very own design awards, and there are nine Australian baby and children's design shops named as finalists.

Playtime Guide

How to play with your baby

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The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.

Language and music as play

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Kathy Walker Early stimulation equals better brain function and easier acquisition of language skills. Brain studies now more than ever highlight the importance of exposure, practice and stimulation of experiences when children are young.

Encouraging baby's physical development from 0-2

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Kathy Walker It seems we give our children less chances to play, to climb, to do some rough and tumble. We are often too careful and don’t give children enough time to practice these skills

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Your playtime guide

Tips and advice on playtime with your baby, including game and activity ideas, information on helping your baby develop and learn, and more - specially brought to you by Fisher-Price Play IQ.

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.

Newsletter

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.

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

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How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

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