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Some great gift ideas for babies.

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Baby must-haves and must-heaves: what's really needed?

Baby change table? Try the floor instead.

Andrea Orr Note to new parents: You don't really need all that stuff.

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Big W Real Mums Test Drive: Dymples clothing, nappies and bath products

Some of the items in the Dymples clothing range.

Michelle PItt We asked a real mum what she thought of the Dymples range from Big W.

Big W Real Mums Test Drive: Infasecure Trident Deluxe Compact Convertible Car Seat

Tamara's son in the Infasecure Trident Deluxe.

Tamara Cazzulino The Trident Deluxe has a handful of great safety features that caught my eye.

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Big W Real Mums Test Drive: Childcare Vector Reversible stroller

Karen's daughter in the Childcare Vector stroller from Big W.

Karen Blackhall I expected a slightly fancier version of an umbrella pram but the Childcare Vector was so much more.

Better sleep for babies with the comforting Lulla Doll

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Babyology There's a new weapon in the never ending quest to help babies sleep and settle well – and her name is Lulla.

Hi-tech baby monitors offer no real benefits, new research shows

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Stephanie Pappas Monitors meant to reassure parents that their sleeping babies are still breathing are "smarter" than ever, but they're still not proven to keep little ones safe.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

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Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

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Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

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A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

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