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.

Do babies need Christmas presents?

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.

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Moving #illridewithyou song performed in Martin Place

Singer songwriter duo Edo & Jo perform I'll Ride With You in Martin Place.

MELANIE KEMBREY In the aftermath of one of Sydney's darkest days, there was a spot of colour.

Australia needs adoption law overhaul

Children in care are often forgotten between elections.

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.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

It’s your baby’s first Christmas. It’s exciting but also a bit overwhelming too as you try to plan the big day with family and friends.

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.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

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

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

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

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I was fat-shamed by my doctor

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.

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Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

Esther Anderson just wanted a nap - but her baby had other ideas.

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

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What babies would tell us about breastfeeding and formula if they could

Frankly, babies just want to be fed and loved.

Claire Cohen You were either breast or bottle fed yourself. Do you even know which? And do you care?

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The dummy debate

Dummies aren't the devil for us ... what works for one won't work for the other.

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.

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Mums reveal their nappy bag essentials

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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.

Five unexpected firsts of parenthood

It's all fun and games until the Poonami hits ...

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?

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Five ways your baby shows he loves you

Even newborns recognise and prefer their mother's smell over others.

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.

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Baby monitor footage posted online

Security breach ... An image taken from a webcam in a Sydney home shows a baby sleeping.

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.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

Becoming a parent, like life generally, is full of ups and downs.

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!”

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Your new motherhood survival kit

Cloth nappies aren't just for baby bottoms ...

Nicole Thomson-Pride Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

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How Huggies is helping sick babies heal

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The need for a baby to spend time in specialist care is a very stressful thing for new parents to deal with. 

Nurses give parents of premmies hope with gorgeous series

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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.

Babywearers unite against misinformation

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Everyone has heard of people power, but what about passionate babywearing power?

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10 ways to soothe a crying baby

If mum is feeling stressed out, baby will too.

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.

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Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

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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.

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Do we need celebrity bottle-feeding ambassadors too?

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CATHERINE RODIE Breastfeeding celebrities are great, but many mums say that we need to see bottle-feeding celebrities, too.

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Great gift ideas for babies

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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.

What happens when we can't let go

VICTORIA BIRCH In those early days he felt like my baby. My husband's too, of course, but it was hard to let him in.

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Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

Nicole Thomson-Pride Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

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10 myths about babies

Do babies have kneecaps? As it turns out, yes.

Anisa Arsenault As a new parent, you'll be hearing a lot of advice and opinions. Some of it will be really helpful, and some will be just plain wrong.

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ReadyStepGrow: A leg-up for premature children

Assisting development: Simone Mossop (wearing glasses) works with children who were born prematurely and their mothers.

Josh Jennings ReadyStepGrow is a charity that helps the development of children born before full term.

Early daze: the first week of motherhood

There is a lot to learn during the first week of motherhood.

GREER BERRY Greer Berry has dreamt about having a baby for a long time. Now the new mum reflects on the first week of parenthood following the birth of her son Sullivan.

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Am I ignoring my baby?

Feel guilty you're not giving your baby attention 24/7? You're not alone.

Nicole Thomson-Pride Some mums are wracked with guilt when they leave their baby on the floor to attend to daily tasks. But really, this guilt is unwarranted.

How I learnt to relax about routines

After many years, I finally realised that being parenting isn't about being perfect.

Thuy Yau After many routine-led, tough years, we've realised that being parenting isn't about being perfect. It isn't about following a schedule to a T.

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5 things to do with your baby’s old clothes

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Nicole Thomson-Pride Did you think your only option for your baby’s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

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Childhood around the world

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LINDY ALEXANDER It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

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Why I don't breastfeed, if you really must know

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Emily Wax-Thibodeaux Truth was, I really didn't want to see milk coming from anywhere other than the store. If it did, it would mean there was still a chance I wouldn't survive.

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The best and worst month of my life

Nicole Thomson-Pride A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Working out without worry: tips for using a gym creche

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Thinking of joining a gym but unsure about leaving your baby in the care of the crèche? Read a mum's story and five tips for a smooth transition.

Mum photographs newborns in imaginative portraits

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Jen Ng Neli Prahova takes cute and very creative photos of newborns, making sweet images that will be treasured for life.

Style your nursery and cot with gorgeous linen

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Babyology Some great linen ideas to customise your nursey's look and feel.

Bonding ideas dad will love

There are simple things dads can do to join in the excitement of new parenthood.

Jenna McCarthy Dad may not say it, but he could be feeling lost, confused and seriously left out. However, there are lots of things new fathers can do to be more included in the excitement of pregnancy and new parenthood.

How mum's past influences baby bonding

A woman's relationship with her own mother can influence how she bonds with her baby.

HARRIET ALEXANDER Researchers have found a woman's relationship with her mother can have an impact on how she bonds with her own baby.

Video: 10-week-old baby sounds like she says 'I love you'

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It’s mixed in amongst garbled baby talk, but this 10-week-old's apparent attempt at telling her parents that she loves them has made her an internet star.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

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AMITY DRY Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

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'I'll never do that with my kids'

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Natalie Feulner Here are a few lies we told ourselves (and anyone else who would listen) before we had our first child.

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Finding your tribe as a new mum

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DANIELLE COLLEY How was my renegade mother's group different from my first? They were my kind of people. My tribe.

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Dying mother saves baby's life with her last breath

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Jessica Arrendale died after being shot by her partner, but the devoted mother managed to save her baby's life first.

Video: Baby's first birthday is a special day for mum, too

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Melanie Mahoney “A baby’s first birthday is also mum’s first birthday.”

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Photographer stunned by baby's crawl along cliff's edge

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Jessica Plautz A hiker was taking in the view at the top of a cliff when he saw the startling sight of a baby crawling near the cliff's edge.

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Crash testing new parenthood

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Letitia Rowlands The new documentary series Crash Test Mummies & Daddies takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the first months of life with a newborn.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

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KAREN ANDREWS On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I’m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

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Donor milk still taboo in most Australian hospitals

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Stacey Gladman Some Australian mums are being made to feel like criminals in hospitals around the country. Their crime? Smuggling in donor breast milk to feed their children.

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When newborn baby shoots go wrong

IMAGE: KRISTY GRANT, AL FERGUSON

Andrea Romano As the classic book says, everyone poops. But not everyone has such exquisite timing as Al Ferguson's newborn son, Ted.

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Forums

Feeding your Baby

From first milk to first solids and beyond

Sleeping

How to help everyone get enough

Nappies

Disposable or modern cloth? The choices don't end there

Tools

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.

Photo Galleries

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 an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children’s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we’re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child’s pre-school or day care!

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.

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

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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.

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