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.

Organic clothing for babies and children

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Babyology Check out some great environmental clothing finds by Babology that is both good for the environment and sensitive skin baby and children's skin.

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.

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Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.

Mothers told to breastfeed in 'spacious' toilet

If there is one thing the owners of Tillings Cafe can be certain of, it is that the eatery won't win the award for Britain's best baby-friendly coffee shop any time soon.

Mother gives name to son dumped down drain

A woman who admitted to dumping her newborn baby down a Sydney drain has reportedly been allowed to give him a name.

Taking small steps to reduce stress

Are you feeling used up by life's stress, family problems and a demanding job you can't turn off? Many people are way beyond work-life exhaustion. They are functioning as robots.

Bad news: we're running out of chocolate

The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.

Born at 23 weeks, 'Chopstick Baby' survives first week

A baby who was born at 23 weeks has survived her first week of life outside the womb.

Manic stations: the nesting instinct in pregnancy

It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.

How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

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We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

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She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

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Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

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"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

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