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


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


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


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


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


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.


Why movement is so important for your baby's growth


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


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


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


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


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.


The truth about RIE parenting

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


Why 'baby talk' is best


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.


New parents need empathy, not telling off

Baby crawling on floor

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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App Review: NAN Toddler Talk


Staff Writers Ever wondered what your toddler is trying to tell you with their babbles and squeals?

Decoding baby babble


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?

When your child should learn to swim

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Tanya Ryan-Segger Swimming classes teach children - and their parents - about safe water habits, even from a very young age.


My favourite friend: why kids love animals


LEGO® DUPLO® Children and animals are a match made in heaven. Not only do children have a natural affection for furry, four-legged creatures, but they can also learn a lot from their animal friends.

Return to the classics: what makes an 'evergreen' toy


LEGO® DUPLO® Not sure how all those new interactive toys work? Or even if your child will play with them? When in doubt, return to the classics.

How to play with your newborn baby


Brooke Tasovac When you've got a newborn there's not much you can do together - all he does is sleep, eat and dirty his nappy, right? Not quite. Here are some simple ideas for playing with your baby in his first three months.

Kids of married couples have better outcomes

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The children of married parents have better educational and social outcomes than those raised by de facto couples or single mothers, according to new research.


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.

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

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A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.


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