Babycare

Having a new baby, particularly your first, is one of the most exciting events of your life, but at times it can also feel like one of the most frightening.

Crying

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A cry can mean many things and learning to understand what each one indicates can help you understand your baby's needs.

The latest advice on starting solids

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Introducing food to a baby’s diet is one of the biggest milestone of the first six months. But when should you start, and what can you give your child to eat? We look at the latest advice on starting solids.

Child nutrition – fact or fiction?

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EB staff writers We put six common beliefs to the test.

Baby bath activities

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Brooke Wells Bath time doesn’t have to be structured play – as long as it’s safe, you should encourage any bath activities that make bath time a fun experience for your child. Just be prepared to get splashed!

Your baby's first bath

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EB staff writers There's a lot to consider when it comes to bathing your new baby, but there are some general rules for making the experience a pleasure for everyone.

Baby first aid

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Little Aid Congratulations on your new little bundle! No doubt you’ve had the roller-coaster of euphoria, fear, joy, fear, contentment, fear, happiness and ... “Jeez this is just too much!”

Parenting support: where to get help

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A helpful guide to contact information if you are looking for help, support or assistance.

Shifting focus: seeing our babies from another perspective

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Sarah Wayland We often find that by living by ‘shoulds’ we set ourselves up to fail. So how can learning more about our children’s developmental stages change the way we approach parenting?

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The cheat's guide to raising kids

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RICHARD GLOVER The government might be willing to pay for childcare from qualified people, so why shouldn't parents themselves be eligible? Here's a quick outline of a suggested syllabus.

"Forgotten baby syndrome" mum found not guilty of daughter's manslaughter

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MARK RUSSELL Jayde Pool's five-month-old daughter Bella died after being left in car on a hot summer's day. Yesterday a jury found the Victorian mum not criminally negligent for the little girl's death.

21 things I love about newborns

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MICHAELA FOX There’s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

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Share the little things that make you smile

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We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

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After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

My baby is hypermobile

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KIRAN CHUG For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

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The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

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Ariane Beeston From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.

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When you don’t bond with your baby

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CATHERINE RODIE They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.

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Parenting a crier

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Carolyn Tate There are many reasons that babies cry, but there are certainly babies that cry more than others. They're the ones who let you know how they’re feeling by crying - a lot.

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The carers who calm babies born with drug addictions

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Kate Hagan A special team of volunteers helps newborn babies who have withdrawal symptoms due to their mothers’ opiate use.

When your baby is in jail

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Moata Tamaira Having your kid in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a very strange experience. It's kind of like they're in jail, except you have no idea when they'll be eligible for parole.

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As a guilty mum: spending money on memories

Kate Browne When it comes to making memories, a baby is a big deal. But like so many things to do with babies these days, ‘making memories’ has become an industry.

Dealing with baby name regret

CATHERINE RODIE What happens when parents have a change of heart about the name they’ve chosen for their baby? Parents describe what they've done after realising their baby's name wasn't quite right.

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Parents face charges after baby's solo parasailing flight

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Melanie Mahoney A couple who sent their 11-month-old daughter on a solo parasailing flight are being investigated on child abuse charges.

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Having a routine versus having a life

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DANIELLE COLLEY Whilst comfort can be found in routine, the restriction of scheduling does not work for everyone. Which is best for your family?

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Video: Men catch baby who fell from second storey window

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Watch the dramatic footage of two men catching a young child after he fell from a second storey window.

Video: Did this baby really say 'I love you'?

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Melanie Mahoney It's the video that's dividing audiences around the world: did this baby really say ‘I love you’?

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'Miracle baby' survives 11-storey fall from balcony

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Melanie Mahoney A toddler who survived an 11-storey fall has been dubbed "the miracle baby".

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Parents admit to lying about the early days of parenthood

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Although most parents are guilty of fudging the truth about parenting, a new survey shows that the vast majority of mums and dads would love it if other people were honest about the challenges of becoming a new parent.

A sad farewell to the baby toys

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KIRAN CHUG No matter how much my kids loved some of their first toys, they've outgrown them. So it's time to give them away - and that makes me really sad.

Dad takes newborn to soccer game on way home from hospital

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Melanie Mahoney It’s never too early to try to get your kids interested in sport – at least, that’s the thinking of one soccer-mad dad.

What not to worry about as a new parent

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Louise Wedgwood As a first-time parent, it's hard to know what's worth worrying about and what's not, and many of us err on the side of worrying about it all. Here are a handful of specific ways you can give more energy to enjoying your child and less to wondering what you'd score on the Good Parent exam.

Is this the world's most expensive daycare?

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Forget finger painting and play dough - the curriculum at this New York daycare centre includes maths, science and literature, all for an exorbitant annual fee.

Video: Don't even try to reason with a baby

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Andrea Romano Despite not knowing actual words yet, it looks like the little tyke is winning this argument.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

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Nicole Villalpando Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

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Siblings and best of friends

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KIRAN CHUG I know we'll have some tense moments. I know there will be arguments. But I also know these two will always have this most beautiful bond.

Arion and Peleh take out Bonds title

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Melanie Mahoney Like most mums, Louise Schmuelly always thought her babies were adorable. This week, the Bonds Baby Search judges agreed with her.

'Babysuiting' is the next big thing

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Mashable The premise is simple: put your baby in a suit, laugh at how squishy her face is, wait for her to become a CEO.

Parents confused about baby sling safety: survey

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COSIMA MARRINER One in 20 babies has been injured or narrowly escaped injury in a baby sling as their parents are confused over safe positioning, a survey has found.

Woolworths worker to mum: 'You should be breastfeeding'

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Melanie Mahoney A mum of three was left upset and disappointed after a senior supermarket staff member told her that she shouldn't be giving her baby formula.

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A guide to choosing godparents

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JO HARTLEY Choosing your child's godparents (or mentors, guide-parents or guardians) can be a tricky decision. Parents and an expert offer advice and their stories on how they picked the people best suited to the role.

Mother knows best ... or does she?

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JO HARTLEY There’s an age old saying that claims ‘mother knows best’, but is it the case when it comes to our own parenting skills? Do we turn to our own mums for advice, or does the wealth of information available to us in today’s society override this need?

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Baby wipes likely cause for rise in skin problems

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BRIDIE SMITH Dermatologists are reporting an increase in parents presenting with problems linked to using disposable baby wipes.

The race to save kidnapped baby Kayden Powell

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David A. Fahrenthold A newborn baby had been kidnapped, allegedly by his aunt - later, police found the aunt, but she didn't have the baby. What came next was a hurried search - and an amazing find.

Tougher new laws for genital mutilation in NSW

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ANNA PATTY Penalties for performing female genital mutilation will increase from seven to 21 years' jail, and it will also be a crime to have the procedure done overseas.

You don't need a label to raise a child

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KIRAN CHUG I carry my baby often, but I am not an attachment parent. I plan to make sure my children do their homework before they go out to play, but I am not a tiger mum.

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Video: Man catches baby falling from trolley

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Mashable A security video shows a store employee catching a baby that was milliseconds from falling onto a concrete fall.

Crying baby leads to furore over kids in restaurants

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Letitia Rowlands Should babies be banned from fine dining restaurants? One top chef says so, and plenty of people agree with him.

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Suspended death sentence for doctor who sold babies

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A court has sentenced a doctor to death after she admitted to stealing then selling babies from the hospital where she worked.

Co-sleeping, SIDS and a grieving family

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PINKY MCKAY Meaghan's emotions have run the gamut since her three-month-old baby died of SIDS. But right now she is angry.

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Video: Girl meets dad's identical twin for first time

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Melanie Mahoney An adorable video showing a baby meeting her father’s identical twin has quickly gone viral.

Life with quads and a toddler

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Rose Russell "I was told there was a 3 per cent chance of [becoming pregnant with] twins, but not triplets, quads, or quints," Laura Baldwin said.

Mum of triplets on 'the best and worst months of my life'

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Bron Bruzzano planned to have one child, take six months off work and then get back into it. Then she found out she was having triplets.

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Would you let your baby swim in croc-infested waters?

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Letitia Rowlands A family has defended themselves against criticism after letting their baby boy play in a croc-infested river.

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9 babies delightfully discovering the world around them

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Mashable Take a look at nine adorable tykes taking their first bites out of life's mysteries.

Identical triplets cause international sensation

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Ewa Kretowicz and Megan Doherty A rare set of identical triplets born in the US, fathered by a man from the ACT, have become an unexpected global sensation.

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Second-time parenting

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Dilvin Yasa I’ve noticed there’s a marked difference between the way I mothered my first child to the way I look after my second. And I'm a little ashamed.

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Blue and pink, puppies and kittens: baby gender lines

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Moata Tamaira I've discovered that puppies are for boys, cats are for girls, and ducks and giraffes are gender Switzerland. But why?

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10 true things about the first year of parenthood

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Karyn Thurston These are the words I wish I'd read before jumping headlong into mummyhood with my books and my ideals and my high horses. They're flawed, and they aren't all pretty, but they're hard-won and honest and as true as I can get them.

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How to swaddle your baby

Step by step instructions to swaddle your baby. Swaddling helps baby sleep by preventing the startle reflex. It also aids in keeping baby sleeping on their back. Images provided by aden + anais wraps.

Sleeping Beauties

Enjoy these beautiful images from new coffee-table photography book, Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland, out now by Sellers Publishing.

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

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Ten things I've learned about motherhood

Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

21 things I love about newborns

There’s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can’t be fun?

I’ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children – you name it, they’ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what’s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can’t help feeling I’ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I’ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

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

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We’re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

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Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

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Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

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Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

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