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Is my baby anti-social?

It's normal for young babies to not yet interact with children their own age.

Armin Brott My baby is happy and playful at home, but when he's out in public he seems to have zero interest in interacting with other children.

When your baby starts crawling

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KYLIE ORR Once I overcame the thrill of my baby meeting a new developmental landmark, I realised the practical implications of living with a crawler were not so sparkly.

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

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EVELYN LEWIN As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Caring for Baby more articles

Smiling newborn babies

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These gorgeous photos are by Sandi Ford, who specialises in capturing newborns smiling. "I have learned to recognise the little signs that a baby is about to let out a smile and I sit there ready with the camera to catch it!" she says. "I once read that there are two types of people in this world – those that see a newborn smile as wind, and those that don't. I see it as a rare treat that I am lucky enough to capture."

Childcare changes too confusing for parents: Mission Australia

The government changes to childcare funding are expected within a fortnight.

JUDITH IRELAND The federal government's flagship childcare reforms are so difficult to understand, some parents may give up and pull their children out of care, a Senate inquiry has heard.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Beth with her daughter Chloe.

Beth Sebesfi Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Breastfeeding more articles

Meta-analysis confirms breast is best

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Staff writers One of the world's most prestigious medical journals has confirmed breastfeeding's positive effect on mothers' and babies' health.

Alternative uses for breast milk

Alternate uses for breastmilk

Breast milk isn't just for feeding babies! Here are some other (sometimes surprising) ways the natural 'liquid gold' can be used.

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Making breast milk: does boob size matter?

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PINKY MCKAY Instead of becoming stressed about how much milk your breasts are making or storing, I joke that we have either shot glasses or 'jugs'.

Baby Sleep more articles

Chalkboard babies

Chalkboard babies

Photographer Anne Eftimie of Cute Moments Photography has created an incredibly cute photo service called “Blackboard Adventures.” Here's a few example photos of her sleeping baby son - and a friend - on some awesome adventures of their own. See the full series at the Cute Moments website.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

This dad's piano lullaby worked wonders on his baby son.

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

Sleeping baby photoshoots

Some parents and photographers like to capture sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props. Check out these creative shots, and some of the Photoshop tricks used to achieve them.

Baby Food more articles

Demand for apology: Asian customers angry at Woolworths for blocking baby formula orders

Some customers are accusing Woolworths of discrimination.

ESTHER HAN Three furious customers are demanding an apology from Woolworths for cancelling their online baby formula orders and suspending their accounts, accusing the supermarket giant of racial profiling.

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Bellamy's strikes deal to increase baby formula production

Bellamy's Organic chief executive Laura McBain says the company is working to increase infant formula production.

JARED LYNCH NZ dairy exporter Fonterra will make infant formula for Bellamy's Organic under a multimillion-dollar deal as the company boosts production to meet demand.

Major retailers further restrict formula sales

Global demand for infant formula is being driven by a rapidly growing Chinese population and local safety fears.

Coles and Woolworths have imposed tighter buying bans on baby formula amid a shortage blamed on Chinese consumers.

Baby Health more articles

10 things parents need to know about vaccinations

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Nicole Thomson-Pride 12:05pm If you're a new parent, or an expecting parent, and don't know much about vaccinations, here's what you should know.

Whooping cough cases quadruple in NSW

Children are vaccinated at six to eight weeks of age, then at four months, six months, four years and high school.

More than 12,000 notifications as vaccine stocks in the private market run dry.

Newborn conjoined twins successfully separated

The twins are now doing well, doctors said.

Melanie Mahoney Swiss doctors have separated eight-day-old conjoined sisters – the youngest ever successfully separated.

Education & Play more articles

Baby's future imagined in cute photo series

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A French dad has captured his 3-month-old daughter, June, in a series that shows her in outfits of different professions in order to show the possibilities ahead of her. The dad, Malo, says that he, his wife and a few friends work quickly to avoid tiring the baby out.

Adorable photo series of sleeping baby

Wengenn in Wonderland

Freelance photographer and mum Sioin Queenie Liao has created an adorable photo series of her sleeping son, Wengenn in Wonderland. Using only household items, Liao dresses Wengenn for the shoot before nap time, then works her magic while he sleeps. Liao has photographed over 1000 scenes of her son; from Tarzan to toy soldier, Wengenn has many adventures up his very cute sleeve.

Traditional toys beat gadgets in language development

Three-year-old Leo Colosimo having fun with some traditional toys as mum Kristy Biagini looks on.

HENRIETTA COOK Baby laptops and other talking, flashing toys that promise to improve children's language skills may do the exact opposite.

Baby Products

Let's celebrate: Valentine's Day clothing & accessories for babies and toddlers

Go all out with heart-themed products for Valentine's Day.

Suzi Catchpole 3:15am It's that time of year again and we've found all the cutest clothing and accessories for your Valentine's babies and toddlers.

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Grown up nursery rooms

Nursery looks that are way cooler than your bedroom

This white washed nursery is pure heaven.

Elicia Murray Shove over, baby blue. Back in your box, pastel pink. All of a sudden, nurseries are looking all grown up.

Safari-themed nursery ideas

Safari theme

Everything you need to create a lively jungle themed nursery for your little one, from rugs to lights and everything in between.

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.

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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.

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

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