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

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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.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

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Ariane Beeston The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

The activity to do with your baby that will help them succeed at school

Tom Joyner One in five school kids is starting school unprepared.

How 'parentese' helps develop your baby's language skills

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KIM ARLINGTON Baby talk does more than just entertain babies - it helps foster important language skills, too.

Little book lover hates the end of story time

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Staff writers As any bookworm knows, coming to the end of a really good book can bring on a lot of feelings.

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.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

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Dr Katie Heathershaw Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

Why sleep is so important for learning and play

Good sleep leads to productive play

Lucy Cooper During the first 12 months of life, your baby's brain grows rapidly, and getting enough restful sleep is vital for assisting this growth.

Babies 'benefit from iPads at a young age': study

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JO HARTLEY More often than not, you'll read that screen time for children should be kept to a minimum - but some scientists are now challenging this way of thinking.

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How to play with your baby, from 4 to 12 months

Get down and play at their level

Lucy Cooper Playing with your baby is a skill that some mums need to learn - it doesn't always come naturally.

Physical play and development

Add sessions of tummy time into your baby's day.

Lucy Cooper Learning occurs in areas of development for babies and young chidren through play. Physical play is important for their fine and gross motor skills.

Encouraging baby's cognitive skills

Encourage reading with your baby

Lucy Cooper A baby will develop their cognitive skills through a range of play activities. You can help encourage this learning through some of these play tips and ideas.

Social & emotional development through play

Babies are captivated by faces, allow her to explore.

Lucy Cooper From our recent 30 days of #PlayIQ the play tips and ideas focusing on the social and emotional skill sets with play ideas and tips.

Five ways playtime helps your toddler develop

Your toddler's gross motor coordination develops rapidly at this stage, so provide play opportunities to hone them.

Lucy Cooper Once your baby has mastered walking, they enter the 'toddler' phase. Here are some ideas for play opportunities that build on the cognitive, social and physical skills your child established as a bub.

Toys for all senses

Babies love to look at faces, and gazing at their own in a toy mirror is no exception!

Lucy Cooper From the moment your baby is born, they start using their senses to learn about the wonderful world around them.

Building your baby's emotional and social skills through play

Your baby will build social skills and awareness equally through one-on-one playdates or by visiting loved ones like Grandma.

Lucy Cooper Babies are social beings who enjoy being around people they know and love, especially you.

How to play with your newborn

During tummy time, your newborn will enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective

Lucy Cooper Even though they're immobile and can't speak, there are plenty of ways you can engage and communicate with your newborn to stimulate their physical, cognitive and emotional development.

Building your baby's confidence

You can also boost your baby's confidence by showing them that they are an important and special part of the family!

Lucy Cooper What is a confident baby? A child that feels secure and safe.

Expert Q&A: Playtime from 12 months to toddlerhood

Chalk is a great playtime supply for a nice day outdoors.

Dr Katie Heathershaw Paediatrician and Fisher-Price paediatric specialist Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions mums and dads have asked about playing with their children from 12 months to toddlerhood.

Expert Q&A: Baby playtime from birth to 12 months

A simple cardboard box can provide lots of fun for little ones.

Dr Katie Heathershaw Paediatrician and Fisher-Price paediatric specialist Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions mums and dads have asked about playing with their babies from birth to 12 months.

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.

The importance of music play

Get out the pots and pans!

Lucy Cooper Even in the womb, music can help build an emotional connection between you and your child. As your baby grew inside you, they became used to your voice, and you might even have sung to your unborn child or played soothing music.

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.

Dog tries to teach baby how to crawl

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The baby girl was working on her crawling technique when the family's pet dog saw she was struggling and came to give a helping paw.

My baby plays with Barbie, and I'm okay with that

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Donna Webeck Barbie is a representation of some of the happiest times in my childhood, and I’m all for fostering a similar love within my baby girl.

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Parents throw one-year-old a 'Game of Thrones' party

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Dennis Green A very lucky one-year-old had the birthday party theme of every nerd's dream - complete with an Iron Throne.

Man devastated by fiance's faked quintuplet pregnancy

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Melanie Mahoney A woman has duped her boyfriend, friends and well-meaning strangers into believing she was going to have quintuplets until arriving at hospital to supposedly give birth.

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Clean start for thousands of babies' bottoms, thanks to kindness of strangers

Letitia Rowlands The inspirational team at The Nappy Collective are thrilled with the total number of nappies collected during their most recent drive.

Video: Baby starts his day with a dance party

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Melanie Mahoney Few people start their day the same way this little guy does – dancing, smiling, and generally having an awesome time.

Video: Dad joins in cute tummy time workout

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Letitia Rowlands Dad Michael Stansbury decided to join his six-month-old daughter Lilly Ann on the floor for tummy time. The result is an adorable video clip that's gone viral.

Meet the super important 'business baby'

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Dennis Green Reddit unearths a picture of a baby doing business at breakfast and the community goes wild.

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The truth about RIE parenting

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KASEY EDWARDS Turns out the latest 'bizarre Hollywood trend' is not that weird after all.

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Why 'baby talk' is best

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Rachel Clun If you've found yourself cooing in ‘baby talk’ to your baby, you're off to a good start - recent research has confirmed that that this kind of communication can be more beneficial for your child's language development than using normal speech.

The iPad Apptivity Seat: just what every newborn needs?

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Fisher-Price has released a baby seat which comes complete with a space for an iPad. But is their 'Newborn to Toddler Apptivity' seat the worst toy idea ever?

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Study: winter babies behave better than summer kids

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COSIMA MARRINER Summer babies are more likely to struggle with sharing, concentrating, making friends and helping than those born during winter, new research suggests.

Parental anxiety over creating clever kids

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RACHEL BROWNE It’s natural for parents to want the best for their children, but current emphasis on cognitive development puts a huge amount of pressure on everyone.

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New parents need empathy, not telling off

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CATHERINE RODIE If Dom Knight's recent Daily Life article is anything to go by, it would seem I owe my childfree friends a massive apology.

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Decoding baby babble

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Amity Dry While a happy baby babbling is easy to listen to, an upset baby trying to communicate can be one of the most frustrating and upsetting experiences of new motherhood. How do you know which cries mean what?

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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.

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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