This is a month by month guide to your baby's first year.
In the beginning, don't worry how stupid you feel - just talk. When a baby is a newborn the content doesn't matter, and language learning has already begun in the womb.
Studies have shown that infants in the first months of life try to avoid dealing with social wrongdoers - for example, sharing less with them and helping them less - and they expect others to, too.
When I do talk to the baby, he ignores me anyway. How important is it to talk to the baby? And if it is important, what should I talk about?
Supporting children's needs and understanding developmental foundations are much more important than when they first walked or talked.
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.
It's time to say goodbye to one of my constant companions. One that I've had since I had my babies in October. My breast pump.
We don't use clickbait headlines here at Essential Baby, but here's one case we would consider breaking our rule for.
There are tricks and tips that just might help your little one turn into a little gourmand who is excited to try new things.
People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.
If I only I knew how much things would really change when this little life entered my world.
When television personality Jessica Rowe was holidaying in Iceland last week she noticed something that caught her eye - babies sleeping in prams outside cafes and restaurants.
Sure it's aimed at a niche demographic, but it's sweet to see babies blissing out at Baby Spa Perth.
If the tooth fairy takes teeth away, it must be something like a goblin who brings them in the first place.
If the thought of taking your baby out on your own makes you a bit nervous, you're completely normal.
An Australian chiropractor has called for calm after a video showing him performing a chiropractic technique on baby was slammed by experts.
It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'
How often have you been told "Just give your breastfed baby a bottle of formula at bedtime to make him sleep"? But does it work?
The short and long term consequences of controlled crying are under the spotlight with new Australian research suggesting no harm results from the practice.
Baby will sleep soundly in the amazing winter sleep products from Merino Kids.
One Australian company has received the nod of approval for its range of baby sleep products which help to avoid Hip Displasia.
Parents have been warned to strictly follow safe sleeping guidelines when swaddling.
The death of a baby whose head got stuck between a foam mattress and a cot side has prompted a public safety caution.
Like any new mum, Jana Kramer was excited when her baby daughter was ready to make the jump from milk to solid food.
Two baby formula brands are at war, with one claiming the other poached a lucrative supply deal with Coles.
Some baby foods have up to 40 per cent sugar, study finds.
Dustin and Sierra Yoder knew that Bentley had a rare condition in which his brain was growing outside of his skull. Sierra Yoder said doctors told them that their son would not live long past his birth. But the baby has proved to be a fighter.
Born at just 23 weeks, Tia-Jane McVeigh made history as New Zealand's smallest ever baby to survive.
By the time Bradley turned two he had lost the ability to speak.
New research has pinpointed the single biggest reason why 3 per cent of Australian babies still aren't being immunised.
The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.
Perth quintuplet mum Kimberly Tucci and her five five-month-olds have become the latest high-profile supporters of the Light For Riley foundation - and triggered Facebook debate in the process.
Even one-year-olds can be very exploratory, experimental and creative.
Is it responsible parenting, or is this baby being subjected to unnecessary distress? That's the question dividing viewers of a video showing a six-month-old girl fending for herself in a swimming pool after being enticed to fall into the water.
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.
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.
Baby laptops and other talking, flashing toys that promise to improve children's language skills may do the exact opposite.
The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.
They're popping up in gorgeous nurseries everywhere and it's little wonder; dream catchers represent good dreams for our wee ones.
A baby sleepbag sold at major retailers across Australia has been recalled due to fears it could be a strangulation hazard.
Illuminate the nursery with a range of soothing night light options.