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.
A cry can mean many things and learning to understand what each one indicates can help you understand your baby's needs.
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.
EB staff writers We put six common beliefs to the test.
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!
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.
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!”
A helpful guide to contact information if you are looking for help, support or assistance.
Jo Hartley According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Doctors have blamed premature breast development in a toddler on the overuse of lavender products.
JO HARTLEY Yes, they may be said with the best of intentions, but when you’re running on more coffee than oxygen, these flippant comments can just make you want to SNAP.
A six-day old premature baby has become the youngest infant to receive a heart transplant at a US hospital, doctors and his proud parents say.
LETITIA ROWLANDS She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.
Gal Adam Spinrad When we made our decisions about vaccines the first time, it was all abstract. I hadn't yet spent those weeks in the NICU, praying over my child.
Bobby McMahon It's still amazing, because we made a new person and we get to love him and teach him things. But he's also now part of our everyday life.
Sharon Randall The older nanas get, our hearts keep getting bigger. My heart is pretty big. Take all the space you want.
Lenny Bernstein and Charity Brown Measles is an extremely contagious respiratory infection. Here's what you need to know about it.
Special glasses helped this eight-month-old see her mum's face clearly for the first time - and our hearts turn to jelly.
Anyone who has stroked the face of a newborn knows that baby skin is as soft and delicate as it comes. But while it is soft, baby skin is also incredibly sensitive.
GREER BERRY While some out there will be aghast that I boast about how enjoyable my time was when I'm alone, I have this response: happy parent, happy baby.
Victoria Mackinlay When a poo-mageddon strikes, it’s vitally important to remember and follow your ABCs.
LIBBY HAKIM Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.
RACHEL CLUN Pregnant Kate Middleton has received a makeover courtesy of Australia's Woman's Day that leaves her almost almost unrecognisable.
GREER BERRY One of the worst things you have to consider as a new parent is the thought of a stranger giving your beautiful, soft, squishy perfect little mini human a jab with a needle.
Ashlee Gadd I know your to-do list is never finished. I know you’re exhausted. And frustrated. And overwhelmed ... and thankful, and happy and tired.
GREER BERRY There are chubby Buddha babies and there are thin, smaller babies. Neither are right or wrong, they are all 'normal'.
John Pickering We need to stop damning parents of today, and embrace their appetite for knowledge instead.
Cate Broughton Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.
Angela Hume Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.
Thuy Yau I will never forget the early days, months, years of parenting – the times that were actually harder because I was still making sense of my role as a mum.
We may be only a few days into 2015, but Fisher-Price has already created what may end up being one of the sweetest ads of the year.
To say baby Jenna Smith has had a very rocky start to life is something of an understatement.
STEPHANIE GARDINER Nurse Sue Colville says a lot has changed in the more than 20 years she has been caring for parents and their newborns.
Kelly Ardis "When I get really tired, instead of being sad about being tired, I just think, 'I'm so happy they're healthy.' It gets me through the exhaustion."
Ariane Beeston Here's your mixtape for the first year of motherhood; music for the key moments and milestones.
GREER BERRY A number of people have asked what we're getting our baby. Up until recently, I hadn't thought about it at all.
MELANIE KEMBREY In the aftermath of one of Sydney's darkest days, there was a spot of colour.
CATHERINE RODIE This December 25th will be Rachel Nobel's third Christmas without her young son Hamish, who died in a tragic accident aged just 20 months.
Joanna Howe During election campaigns, politicians love to kiss babies. Yet, the reality is, in between elections, Australian babies and children in care are forgotten.
PINKY MCKAY 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.
These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.
Ava Benny-Morrison After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.
KASEY EDWARDS The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.
One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.
GREER BERRY I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.
Babyology Ever wondered what other mums carry in their nappy bags? We have, so we asked mums to tell us their must-have nappy bag items.
JO HARTLEY What about the ‘firsts’ that no one tells you about? The milestones that aren’t listed in the books or depicted in the ads, and therefore take you completely by surprise?
PINKY MCKAY Your care is helping your baby thrive. As your bond grows, he’ll show you in his own special ways that you are the most important person in his world.
Letitia Rowlands and Nick Miller 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.
Ariane Beeston 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!”
Nicole Thomson-Pride Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.
The need for a baby to spend time in specialist care is a very stressful thing for new parents to deal with.
Jen Ng Nurses who work in a neonatal intensive care unit in the US have helped give parents hope by imagining the premature patients in beautifully constructed illustrations.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Everyone has heard of people power, but what about passionate babywearing power?
Jennifer Chung New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.
Gabe McGrath Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.
CATHERINE RODIE Breastfeeding celebrities are great, but many mums say that we need to see bottle-feeding celebrities, too.
Babyology Christmas is fast approaching! Babyology have come up with a list of great gift ideas for babies to make sure they don't miss out on all the fun.
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Enjoy these beautiful images from new coffee-table photography book, Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland, out now by Sellers Publishing.