The history of the disposable nappy

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Marion Donovan, inventor of the first disposable nappy, had one question that guided her work: "What do I think will help a lot of people, and most certainly will help me?"

Great gift ideas for first birthdays

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Babyology From soft toys to balance bikes, here are some great ideas for first birthday gifts.

First ISOFIX compatible childseat goes on sale in Australia

Left: Maxi-Cosi ISOGO Hera, $529; and right: Maxi-Cosi ISOGO Euro, $599.

LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a fitting system which has been used in Europe and America for more than a decade, now Australian parents can choose an ISOFIX compatible carseat.

The Boon Naked collapsible baby bath

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Babyology Make bathtime easy - and storing your baby bath even easier - with Boon's Naked 2-Position Collapsible Baby Bathtub.

Hot air balloon mobiles perfect for the nursey

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Babyology These unique hot air balloon mobiles can be matched to suit your nursery decor.

Creative DIY light shades

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Babyology The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

No more spills with the Lovi 360 cup

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Babyology Make the transition from the bottle to a regular cup easier with the secure, spill- free cup.

Fun nursery and playroom wall art

Babyology This Etsy store offers a large range of of vintage and retro-inspired pieces in a variety of sizes.

Mums review the Dymples range from Big W

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The Big W Dymples range offers parents a vast selection of quality products to keep their little ones happy and healthy. We asked the Real Mums Test Drive team to review some items - here's what they said.

Recall: Another cot deemed unsafe

Parents have been advised to check their baby's cot is not among several recent recalls.

Leah McLennan Parents are being warned to check their baby's cot is not one of those which have been recalled in recent weeks due to safety concerns.

Big W Real Mums Test Drive: Dymples Envy stroller

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Erin Govers I was given the Dymples Envy 3-wheel stroller to try out with my five-week old baby.

Big W for Everything Baby: real mums' reviews

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Essential Baby has been excited to partner with Big W to showcase the latest baby clothes, products, toys and accessories on offer this season.

Big W Real Mums Test Drive: Mistral Professional Ultimate Kitchen Machine

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Susan Young The Mistral Professional Ultimate Kitchen Machine is basically the Thermomix without the hefty price tag, and has opened up a whole new world of convenient cooking for this new mum.

Five fabulous summer buys at Big W

AMBER ROBINSON With Christmas less than 19 weeks away, it’s time to start planning for the holiday season, from gifts to special occasion wear and travel gear. Here are our top picks.

Big W Real Mums Test Drive: Infa-Secure Rallye Convertible Booster Seat

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Catherine Mahy The design is practical with all the safety features you would expect and want to find in a modern car seat. It is also relatively lightweight and the fabric is durable.

Big W Real Mums Test Drive: Bright Starts Ingenuity Bouncer

Seren enjoying her Bright Starts Ingenuity Bouncer.

Naomi Brooker It’s the perfect place to pop bub to keep her entertained and safe when I need to be hands-free - and as every mum knows, that's a lifesaver.

Big W Real Mums Test Drive: Peter Morrissey baby manchester

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Josie Stanford We tested out the Peter Morrissey manchester package - and loved it.

New wearable monitor is like Fitbit for babies

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A new wearable for babies is trying to give parents some peace of mind, and maybe a few extra hours of sleep.

Exclusive Andy Warhol 'Blondie' Bugaboo strollers up for auction

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Jen Ng Bugaboo and The Andy Warhol Foundation have teamed up to raise money for charity - and three exclusive, great-looking prams are now available as a result.

20 clever baby shower gifts

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Andrea Romano From quirky onesies to shoulder carriers, these unique gifts are fun, cute and great for parents and kids.

Baby footwear for the colder months

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Babyology Choose from a wide selection of winter footwear from UGG Australia's collection.

The hunt for the perfect nappy bag

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GREER BERRY One of the things I've had a few friends bring up is the idea of investing in a decent nappy bag. But the question is: what's best?

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Design your own stroller with Joolz

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Babyology Customised strollers let you be in the designer's seat: get the look you want with the all new Joolz Day Tailor.

Clever playsuits make nappy changing time easy

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Babyology These baby playsuits will make changing nappies fun and easy - and there are heaps of colours and designs to choose from.

What a newborn really needs

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Greer Berry The baby industry is a fricken minefield when it comes to the fine line between 'needs' and 'wants' for first-time mothers.

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Baby formula recalled after lizard found in tin

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Melanie Mahoney A popular baby formula brand has recalled a batch of products after a Sydney mum reported finding a dead lizard inside a formula tin last week.

First look at the Bugaboo Bee3

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Babyology The newest Bugaboo Bee – the Bee3 – offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.

Most and least useful baby products

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What products could you not do without with a young baby? What do you wish you hadn't wasted your money on?

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Parents told to stop using Nap Nanny recliner after deaths

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A recall has been issued for Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliners following the deaths of five babies in the US.

Jellyfish-based nappies the next big thing

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Forget about plant-based biodegradable nappies: the future generation of eco-friendly nappies could very well come from the sea.

Charlie Crane: minimalist furniture for the nursery

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Babyology Minimalist, slick furniture is all the rage, and that styling is front and centre in this new range of baby furniture from Charlie Crane.

Hacker screams at child through baby monitor

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Baby monitors are supposed to help parents keep an eye on their sleeping child, but one family was shocked recently when a hacker was also able to remotely see - and speak - into their daughter's bedroom.

Rozibaby: the pram system with a difference or two

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Adam Courtenay Two childless men in their late twenties wouldn't usually be your first port of call when looking for advice on baby prams, but the pair behind Rozibaby are finding much success with their range of customisable prams.

Your baby's first shoes, made with your own hands

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Babyology Imagine someone saying to you, "Your baby’s shoes are magnificent, where’d you get them?" And you reply, "Oh, these? I made them."

The billionaire baby with $10,000 worth of prams

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When money is no object you can go all out when it comes to baby transportation, as this billionaire socialite has shown.

Itchibubs: clothes for babies and toddlers with eczema

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Babyology Parents of children who suffer from eczema will know only too well the scratching that occurs around the clock. A new clothing range aims to help make everyone more comfortable.

New Kate Spade baby bag designs

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Babyology Don’t adjust your screen: this bright beauty is coming to you in full colour.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

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Marion Turner We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

‘As a guilty mum': teething products

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Kate Browne While teething can be a great scapegoat for all that ails our babies, it’s a controversial topic. One thing that can’t be argued with, though, is the mini industry of teething products on offer.

White noise machines could harm babies' hearing: study

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Catherine Saint Louis Devices that produce soothing sounds in order to lull infants to sleep can be loud enough at maximum volume to damage their hearing, researchers have found.

Top baby finds for twins and multiples

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Babyology Are you the parent of newborn twins or multiples? We've found a great range of products just for multiples, from prams to clothes to furniture.

Baby Jogger City Select pram - the ultimate ride for a growing family

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Babyology If you’ve found yourself in the market for a pram built for two, this particular ride comes highly recommended and is definitely worthy of some further investigation.

Stokke launch new stroller colours & Xplory pram upgrade

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Babyology We love it when new colours are added to the collections of our favourite strollers, and these gorgeous new hues from Stokke are no exception!

Cake Lingerie - maternity bras for a larger bust

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Babyology Now you can have your cake and eat it too thanks to Cake Lingerie.

Redsbaby: designer looks at a budget price

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Babyology The designer look without the designer price tag, Redsbaby has you covered with a pram that’s as stylish as it is practical, with a price tag that has to be seen to be believed.

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Charlie Be Home sleeping bags for babies and toddlers

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Babyology We do love a beautiful infant sleeping bag, and these are just about as lovely as they come - with a hip twist.

Fanfan the Fawn: a perfect first toy

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Babyology If this chap looks familiar it’s because Fanfan the Fawn is the little brother (adopted, obviously) of Sophie the Giraffe.

Kiinde Twist now available in Australia

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Babyology with staff writers The amazing breast milk collection, feeding and storing system is now available locally.

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Fun for little feet with My First Volley

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Babyology No shoe could be more ready for fun summer outfits than these cool new baby kicks from Volley.

My pregnant shopping spree: the post-baby verdict

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LIBBY HAKIM Several years (and two kids) after my first steps into a baby superstore, it’s time to deliver the verdict on some of those items the pregnant me put in the must-have basket.

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Robbie Williams live tweets wife's labour

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Vaccine ignorance is deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral.

Parenting differently based on birth order

All children have unique personalities, but keeping birth order in mind could help when parenting.

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Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

The devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

No one's sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the consequences for those who are can be devastating.

The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

Toddler's awesome dress up month

Two-year-old Willow and her photographer mum, Gina Lee, made October "Dress Up Willow Month". She posted photos of Willow's costumes on her Instagram account, and her creative takes on popular culture are simply adorable.

Childhood around the world

It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

Best picks for baby and toddler shoes

Here's a great selection of footwear from pre-walker to walker ensuring comfort and style for growing feet.

I lost my wife and daughters to Ebola - then it came for my son

Sunday, September 21, is a day I will never forget.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss. It involves toilet talk, and probably caused my miscarriage. But it needs to be talked about.

Prenatal testing: the facts

Prenatal testing is done to check if a baby has certain medical conditions before birth. Here is some important information about what the tests are for and the risks involved.

5 things to do with your baby’s old clothes

Did you think your only option for your baby’s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

Why it's possible to not realise you're pregnant until the baby arrives

After hearing about 'surprise babies' born to mums who didn't know they were pregnant, it's common to ask "how did she not realise?" But experts say it's entirely possible for it to happen.

'My miracle is finally here'

How has the world continued on its pace when mine has been altered so drastically?

Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

Six months after a heavily pregnant Megan Gale posed nude for Marie Claire, the glowing new mum has gone topless for the cover of another magazine.

A new perspective on life from living with two diseases

A mother shares her personal story about the difficulty of living with two conditions, one of which stops her from being able to see her daughter's face.

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a safety advisory warning parents about confusion when using the dosing syringe supplied with Children's Panadol.

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