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.

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.

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A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

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Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

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Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

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The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

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