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Hilarious baby with movie villain's laugh

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Hearing your baby laugh for the first time is one of the great joys of early parenthood.

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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Caring for Baby more articles

Baby Riley's dad: 'I would have swapped places in a heartbeat'

Baby Riley passed away at 32 days.

LETITIA ROWLANDS 1:34pm It is a photograph no parent ever wants to take of their baby - in hospital hooked up to machines, breathing through tubes and fighting for their life at just four-weeks-old.

Dads more involved than ever, but we have a long way to go

Fathers are more involved than previous generations, but is it enough?

Richard Fletcher Fathers might be at home more these days but they still spend only a fraction of that time caring for their baby.

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6 creative ways to save childhood memories

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Megan Blandford For some parents, recording facts like their child’s first word, first tooth and first steps isn’t enough. They’re taking memory collections to the next level.

Breastfeeding more articles

Online sale of breast milk is dangerous, experts say

The sale of breast milk online is booming.

ESTHER HAN 2:22pm Breast milk sold on the internet is rarely screened for diseases and is a clear health risk, say researchers in London.

Breastfeeding mum escorted off plane

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Staff writers Virgin Australia has come under fire after a breastfeeding mum and her 10-month-old son were escorted off a flight.

Why is it taboo for women to breastfeed each other's babies?

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CATHERINE RODIE Why is the idea of nursing someone else's baby so socially unacceptable?

Baby Sleep more articles

10 natural enemies of the sleeping baby

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Lauren Dubois Don't get me started on rescuing your arm from under that baby. How many of you have stood there, weighing up the pros and cons of wetting your pants versus waking the baby?

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6 ways to help your baby learn at bedtime

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Josefa Pete 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.

Baby Food more articles

Lessons from a reformed paleo mum

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Siobhan Rennie As a former paleo eater who eventually came to her senses, I've learnt what works for me - and my baby.

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Annabel Karmel's recipe for success

LETITIA ROWLANDS How do you get a fussy baby to eat good food? It's a question faced by mothers around the world on a daily basis.

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.

Baby Health more articles

Lots of colic theories, a few treatments, but not many answers

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Chad Hayes 9:52pm We may not have a clue what colic is, but we do know that it goes away - no matter what you do.

'Toni, another baby has died': the anguish of watching governments fail our babies

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Toni McCaffery It has been six years since whooping cough claimed the life of four-week-old Dana McCaffery. Her parents are angry that lessons learnt weren't enough to save other babies.

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Free whooping cough vaccine for WA mums

Baby Riley Hughes, four weeks, died from whooping cough at Princess Margaret Hospital.

NICOLE COX Pregnant West Australian women will be offered free whooping cough vaccinations in the wake of the death of four-week-old Riley Hughes.

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

Reclaim your home with the invisible play pen

The Mint Rhapsody designers aimed to make the play pen 'blend and not offend'.

Babyology Australian designers Mint Rhapsody have come up with a simple but innovative idea that ensures your playpen can 'blend and not offend'.

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.

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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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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Dads' smoking before conception increases asthma risk

Fathers who smoke are more likely to have children with asthma even if they quit the habit before their baby is conceived, according to new research.

#birthjusthappened: the photos changing the way we see labour

There's no doubt that post-birth photos can have a powerful effect on women. But are they enough to change the way pregnant women feel about their own impending labours?

Tips for roadtripping with a baby

Techniques that served me well as a baby-free traveller have been rendered useles - but here’s how you can make this season’s road trips smoother than your newborn’s skin.

Gluten and nut-free lunchboxes made easy

Traditionally, packed lunches are packed with gluten (think breads, wraps and biscuits). One mum has created a gluten and nut-free solution.

Is this the new royal baby's name?

This traditional girl's name is the favourite among punters in Britain.

6 creative ways to save childhood memories

For some parents, recording facts like their child’s first word, first tooth and first steps isn’t enough. They’re taking memory collections to the next level.

Breastfeeding mum escorted off plane

Virgin Australia has come under fire after a breastfeeding mum and her 10-month-old son were escorted off a flight.

If toddlers gave performance reviews

Hello there, Mummy. I've been looking forward to this meeting for a while now. Overall, I'd like to say that you've been a great addition to the team so far. You've really been working your tail off. So, kudos to you.

A sweet proposal video worth watching

'The Special Proposal' tells the story of Salvatore asking his girlfriend Caterina a big question.

Why is it taboo for women to breastfeed each other's babies?

Why is the idea of nursing someone else's baby so socially unacceptable?

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Genetic 'miracle baby' born after trailblazing IVF

A new method that screens embryos for more than 200 disorders is already making dreams come true.

Mum-of-three's bikini body inspiration

Rachel Hollis wanted to share a photo of herself in a bikini to encourage other mums to be proud of their bodies.

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Adopting a child in or out of Australia is far from simple

Australians have wildly different experiences on their journeys to adopting children.

Breastfeeding doesn't make you a better mum - feeding your baby does

Given my immense dislike of Hopkins and her opinions, I was genuinely shocked to discover that last week she actually said something that I agreed with.

'Toni, another baby has died': the anguish of watching governments fail our babies

It has been six years since whooping cough claimed the life of four-week-old Dana McCaffery. Her parents are angry that lessons learnt weren't enough to save other babies.

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

A study of 3500 infants has found that babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent and wealthy.

The 2015 flu vaccine: what's new, who should get it

For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death. A vaccination can be lifesaving.

Dealing with a nappy escape artist

I hear about the tots that have a penchant for ripping their nappies off and the odd one that even smears the brown stuff on the walls and fine home furnishings, and I shudder.

Hospital apologises for 'traumatising' baby mix-up

St Vincent's Hospital has apologised "unreservedly" for a baby mix-up that left one new mum traumatised.

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Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

How to stay calm in an emergency

I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

The most dangerous toddler food trends

Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.

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