Is my baby anti-social?

It's normal for young babies to not yet interact with children their own age.

Armin Brott My baby is happy and playful at home, but when he's out in public he seems to have zero interest in interacting with other children.

When your baby starts crawling


KYLIE ORR Once I overcame the thrill of my baby meeting a new developmental landmark, I realised the practical implications of living with a crawler were not so sparkly.

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking


EVELYN LEWIN As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Does this three-month-old say 'I love you'?


Staff writers YouTube user Ted Moskalenko was filmed by his wife, Michelle, as his baby son, Ben, engaged in some baby chat.

How you talk to your baby now can impact social skills later


Ariana Eunjung Cha People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught.

When baby starts cruising for a bruising

Once babies are mobile, a whole new world of danger presents itself.

GREER BERRY Now that our son has well and truly got the hang of this crawling, standing, pulling up on things, he's discovered a whole new world of things to attempt to maim himself on.

'My baby hits and bites - help!'


Armin Brott Is it normal for babies to turn mean like this? And normal or not, how can we get it to stop?

Baby's mind blown when he meets mum's twin


LETITIA ROWLANDS The bond between a mother and her baby is a special thing. So what happens when that baby is introduced to someone who is identical to the woman who is the centre of their universe?

What you need to know about teething and pain relief


Evelyn Lewin No one wants their baby to be in pain. But when should you give pain relief for teething?

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

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Jo Hartley Working out what’s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

Parenting an early walker


CATHERINE RODIE Watching your child take their first wobbly steps is one of the best parenting highs you'll ever experience. But with that high comes a new reality.

Giving your child a head start in learning

Talking, reading and singing to your baby teaches them about language and  communication.

Lucy Cooper How's this for an amazing fact: your baby will develop at a faster rate in their first year than any other year of life.

Baby scientists do daily physics experiments

It's not mess. It's a science experiment.

Rachel Feltman When objects behave in an unusual way your baby will conduct simple science experiments to understand what is happening, according to a new study.

Hilarious baby with movie villain's laugh

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Hearing your baby laugh for the first time is one of the great joys of early parenthood.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

Katy's son Jessey, shown here at 16 months, skipped the potty stage entirely.

Katy Chatel As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

Four signs your baby will start walking soon

Whether your baby is an early walker or a late walker might have nothing to do with her ability and more to do with her personality.

Anisa Arsenault Some babies cruise around holding onto furniture for months and months while others start walking practically the moment they get up on two feet.

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It's mum who keeps the baby talk going

Babies like to babble with mum.

Melissa Healy Between birth and seven months of age, the average baby born into a two-parent household hears nearly three times as much babbling, cooing and sing-song questions-and-answers from a woman - generally the mother - than from a man, new research shows.

'As soon as I saw the ultrasound I knew she was a stunner': meet the baby beauty queen

Amanda Collins and her pageant queen daughter, Luna.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Excited parents-to-be go to pregnancy ultrasounds hoping to see a healthy, growing baby. But Amanda Collins had no doubt what she saw on the screen when she went for a scan at 20 weeks pregnant - a future beauty queen who would be born catwalk ready.

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Following your child's emotional roadmap


LETITIA ROWLANDS Psychologist Angharad Candlin will guide parents through their child's emotional development during her seminar at the Essential Baby and Toddler Show in Sydney this weekend.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy


LETITIA ROWLANDS Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.


The app that helps detect signs of autism

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Letitia Rowlands Parents can assess their children's progress at critical developmental stages, thanks to this new app.

Six tips to help you manage baby sniffles


Jen Ng The colder months can be worrying for parents when their baby suffers a blocked nose from a cough or cold. Here are some tips to help you manage blocked noses.

Video: Tiny twins having a chat


Letitia Rowlands They will be spending lots of time together during their lifetime, so it's lucky these twin babies enjoy each other's company.

Your baby's first trip to the dentist

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Jen Ng You shouldn't be anxious about your child's first trip to the dentist. Here are some tips for making it a positive experience.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

Talking to babies helps their brain learn the skills required for speech

LETITIA ROWLANDS The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Your baby’s developmental roadmap


JODIE BENVENISTE Caring for your new baby can feel like driving along a dark highway without a GPS: you know your destination – a happy, healthy human being – but you’re not sure whether you’re heading in the right direction.

Winner or not, all babies are beautiful

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LETITIA ROWLANDS As the 2014 Bonds Baby Search gets under way parents are urged to have fun, but not take the competition too seriously.

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The illusion that makes your youngest child appear smaller


LETITIA ROWLANDS When a new baby arrives in the family, your older child appears to get taller overnight. But has your toddler really gone through a sudden growth spurt or is at all an illusion?


Formula feeding: the basics

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Whether you choose to bottle feed, or need to use an occasional bottle, here are some handy hints to make it enjoyable - and safe - for you and your baby.

Teething: the basics


Babies can get their first tooth anywhere between three to 15 months, but commonly between four to nine months. Here's what to look for and how to help soothe your child.

Four steps for basic first aid


Knowing what to do in an emergency situation can make all the difference. It's recommended that all parents complete a first aid course with an organisation like St. John’s Ambulance or the Red Cross.

Nappy rash treatment and skin care for babies


A baby’s skin is very sensitive; some products may contain perfumes and other ingredients that might irritate the skin. Here are some tips for skin care and how to treat and avoid nappy rash.

Not crawling? Don't worry

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Nicholas Day Among the most pesistent myths about infancy is the idea that crawling matters. However there is no scientific study that links not crawling to any negative outcomes. None.

Does baby sign language work?

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LINDY ALEXANDER I’m not using sign language to try and increase my son's intelligence, or to give him a head start. Rather, it gives me an insight into my son that I wouldn’t have had until much later.


Earaches in young children


Earaches are common in babies and small children, and often follow a cold. Learn the signs and how to treat these infections, including glue ear.

Coughs, colds and croup in young children


Children have an average of around six colds per year. Learn how to make them more comfortable when they're suffering from a cold, cough or croup.

The ultrasound you can touch


Babyology In parents’ ever-increasing search for the perfect memento of their pregnancy comes an ultrasound you can touch.


Immunisation, fever and pain relief


Find out the benefits and risks involved with protecting your child from harmful diseases.

3D ultrasounds at a whole new level


Babyology Pioneer of the 3D ultrasound technology, Dr Bernard Benoit of Monaco's Princess Grace Hospital, has recently developed new 3D imaging software that shows the foetus in incredible detail.

Headaches in young children

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Learn how to recognise if your child has a headache, and how you can make your child feel better.

How to massage your baby


Baby massage can help babies sleep better, suffer less wind and reduce stress - and it also promotes the bond between parent and baby.

Surviving the first 12 weeks of parenthood

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Chances are that in the lead-up to your child’s birth, you’ll be focused on one thing: getting your baby out safely. But it’s also a good idea to start thinking about the next few steps – the days in hospital and those first few weeks at home.

Newborn babies and sleep

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Elizabeth Pantley Babies younger than four months old have very different sleep needs than older babies.

Your child's first words

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Your baby’s first word is a big milestone – it’s a sign that she’s becoming independent and entering the next phase of her life. And of course, no matter what her first word is, it’s a very exciting time for celebration!

Your child's first steps

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Learning to walk is a huge step (no pun intended!) in your baby’s development. From those first experiences of standing while holding onto something for balance, through to the initial hesitant, skaky steps, your child is making giant leaps towards life as an independent little person.

Your child's first birthday party

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Leearne Hynes Organising any party can be loads of fun, but when it came to organising her son’s first birthday party, Leearne Hynes was beyond excited. She shares her party tips.

Milestone bragging and why it doesn't matter


AMITY DRY In the vast majority of cases, your baby will sit, crawl, walk, eat, talk, sleep through the night and use the toilet by the time they go to school - so why compare?


Baby teeth eruption chart

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Although baby teeth - also known as primary teeth - can arrive in any order, many children follow a loose pattern. Our chart shows which teeth you might expect to see next, and at what age.

Teething: the first six months

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Most babies start teething around the age of five or six months. It can make them cranky and sore, but there are a few things you can do to help your child as the teeth start to erupt.

Baby's first tooth


KYLIE ORR At around six months of age, Kylie Orr's first child cut a tooth. But there was a lot of pain and confusion along the way...


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.


Baby Growth Chart

Check your baby's length and weight for their age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.


Baby's First Year Guide

This monthly guide to your baby's first year covers development, sleeping, baby care, immunisation reminders, feeding and more.

What style of parent are you?

What really defines a parenting style? And what are the elements of parenting that affect our children the most?

How a cancer survivor became a mum of two in two weeks

"We were both joyous, but also a little freaked out. It seemed so incredibly random. We were beyond dumbfounded."

Mother dragged along road in alleged hit-and-run crash outside childcare centre

A mother is fighting for her life after being hit by a car and dragged along the street in front of her three young children outside a Sydney childcare centre, police say.

Comedian scares girlfriend by 'blowing up' son

Would you forgive your partner if he tricked you into believing your three-year-old son was involved in a quad bike crash and giant explosion? 

Go With It: when family life doesn't go to plan

I was excited to have a weekend with the CR-V to see how it worked in 'real-life land' with our family of five in the country. Except, of course, life got in the way.

Body-positive ads for Lush reported as pornography

A body-positive advertising campaign from natural cosmetics company Lush has been reported as "offensive" in Australia.

Video of six boys meeting their new sister will melt your heart

While some worry about how much pink will enter their lives, others have already swung into protective mode.

Cate Blanchett's surprising baby name inspiration

Cate Blanchett has revealed where she found inspiration for son Ignatius' name – and while it was in a book, it's not what you might expect.

Toddler saved after being pulled from pool

An unconscious toddler has been rescued from a pool, prompting a warning to parents to remain "super vigilant" when their kids are around water.

10 things every pregnant woman needs to hear

Pregnancies may vary, and we all have different views on life, but there are a few things every mum-to-be needs to be told.

Sneak peek: BZBX Tower Chair

Other convertible highchairs are justifiable running scared. Here's the latest designer highchair of-your-dreams and the best thing is, it will last until age 7.

Emergency doctor confesses: 'I missed it, and the baby could have died'

I'll have to live with the "missed the meningitis" tag for a long time. We don't forget the bad things; they just become less of an ache as time passes.

Royal Children's Hospital refused to discharge mother and child to detention

Doctors at refused to discharge an asylum seeker and her child to keep them out of detention for the benefit of their health.

Couples turn to fundraising for IVF to avoid debt

Couples struggling to fulfil their baby dreams are turning to public fundraising to avoid falling into a cycle of debt.

Mums need to prioritise mental health

It's important for mums to remember that there is no need to suffer in silence.

The story behind the photo of baby surrounded by syringes

Anyone who has been through IVF knows what a difficult journey it can be – financially, physically, and emotionally.

'Baby Alex lives on in our hearts'

Stacey couldn't fathom how a routine check-up could reveal that the baby boy she had been carrying for 28 weeks had died.

'Barbie told me to do it': little girl's tearful confession

One household in the US has an unusual Barbie problem: the dolls have started ordering their little owner to do their bidding. That's what she says anyway.

Parents fight for child adopted out against their will

Parents of a baby who was taken into care then adopted out have vowed they'll be reunited with their child after a court cleared them of abuse.

Gorgeous summer hats for babies and kids from Little Papaya Studio

Made from swoon-worthy retro fabrics, the summer hats from Little Papaya Studio will keep them protected this summer.

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