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.

The latest advice on starting solids

First meal

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?

Baby with apple

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

Baby and toddler bath activities

bath duck

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 fun for your child.

Your baby's first bath


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


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


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

Tips on decorating nurseries for first-time parents

Animal theme rooms are a great way to decorate a gender-neutral nursery.

Eugenia Lee Although parents tend to overspend all that is required are a cot, a change table, and a feeding chair with low arms and a high back.

Mum's thank you letter to cafe shows the power of kindness

Small acts of kindness are appreciated by mum's struggling with PND.

CATHERINE RODIE PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) have shared a heart-warming letter to a café owner, in a Facebook post that has shone a night on the importance of kindness,

When you can't let go of your 'baby stuff'

It can be difficult parting with your favourite baby things.

EVELYN LEWIN Do you still hold on to your 'baby stuff' even though you think your family's finished? Evelyn Lewin explores why we do this, and how to move on.


How to survive the first year with twins

Surviving the first year parenting twins is cause for celebration.

Karina Lane So you're expecting twins; congratulations! It's hard to imagine what that first year with twin babies is going to be like.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

The government changes to childcare funding are expected within a fortnight.

JUDITH IRELAND Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

The logistics of breastfeeding premature twins

One of the first times Jule breastfed her twins.

Jule Scherer Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

Hundreds of offers roll in for mum short on baby formula

Bywong mother Lizzie Cann with sons Harley, 8 months, and Dusti, 4.

Katie Burgess and Alexandra Back The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.


5 words you need to know as a parent


EVELYN LEWIN There are many new things you need to know as a parent. We explain the top 5 words and phrases that will become common use in your vocab.

Arm city planners with a pram and a toddler

Our cities need to be designed in a female-friendly way.

Catherine Carter City planners and designers must focus on building female-friendly cities.

Text service aims to fill the void for new fathers

There are support groups for new mums but what about new fathers?

COSIMA MARRINER A new text service for fathers aims to guide men through the life changing experience of having a child.

5 great things about having a baby


MEGAN BLANDFORD Having a baby is exhausting, hard work. It's also one of the greatest joys of your life.

Calls to let mum MPs breastfeed in chamber

Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer with her daughter Olivia.

Rashida Yosufzai and Belinda Merhab Federal parliament is being urged to consider allowing MPs to breastfeed in the parliamentary chamber following controversy surrounding new mum Kelly O'Dwyer.

Mum's heartwarming letter to baby's heart surgeon goes viral


Staff writers A doctor did such an amazing job of putting a worried mum at ease that she felt compelled to wrote a special blog post about it – and it's since gone viral.

Beautiful 'now and then' images of premature babies

Photos from the 'Les Premas' project.

LETITIA ROWLANDS They are stunning photos that the parents of these beautiful no doubt feared they may never see.

Baby's first photo shoot features a special guest

Maggie the deer wandering into the shot.

You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.

Huggies accused of Photoshopping baby's 'thigh gap'

The Huggies ad.

Staff writers Huggies has denied photoshopping a baby's legs in a nappy advertisement, issuing a statement explaining "all babies are different".

What new parents really think

Forty-six children have been exposed to the health worker.

AMANDA DUNN What are the first few weeks and months actually like for new parents?

Solutions for 5 common worries about bringing baby home


PINKY MCKAY We asked our Facebook followers what worried them most about bringing their newborn home from hospital.

The secret art of newborn photography


Staff writers Ever looked at gorgeous baby photos and wondered how the impossibly cute images were captured?

Twins hysterical over jumping dog


Staff writers When you hear a baby's enthusiastic laugh it's difficult not to chuckle along with them.

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

Some of the boys Lair with their new sister.

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

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

Sam Avery and his twins.

Staff writers A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

Staff writers It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

In defence of 'brexting'


CATHERINE RODIE Mums spend literally hours a day with a baby attached to their boob, or giving them a bottle. Surely they don't all need to be spent looking at the baby?

How a fellow passenger made a mum's day on a flight


LETITIA ROWLANDS As any parent who has ever travelled with a baby knows it can be a daunting experience. The stares and attitude of unsympathetic fellow travellers only serve to make the journey even more stressful. 

What goes in the nappy bag?


Helena Oliviero It's far more than just a bag for nappies - it's the travel companion for your baby that should contain all the things you might need when away from home base.

The adventurous baby who's already putting safety first

The clever baby makes his escape.

Staff writers When you're a baby, even getting off a bed and onto the floor can be a tricky procedure.

Parents of baby born without part of his skull stand up to critics

jaxon buell

Staff writers When Brittany and Brandon Buell's son Jaxon was born missing much of his brain and skull, doctors said he only had days to live.

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Born too soon: life on the margins of existence

Born on the margins of life, at 23 1/2 weeks, Charlotte Dickson weighed 650g and measured just 23cm.

Nikki Macdonald The frontiers of life are advancing ever further into uncharted territory.

Mum leaves triplets at hospital because she can't afford them

The baby girls - Alexandra, Isabela and Cristina - are in good health despite being born prematurely.

LETITIA ROWLANDS An illiterate and poverty stricken mother has abandoned her newborn triplets at hospital because she cannot afford to care for them.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives


Staff writers He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie is a condition which is simple to treat.

Beth Whitehouse Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails


Staff writers We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

Use natural light whenever you can.

DANIELLE COLLEY With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.

United We Feed: the photo series for all mums


JO HARTLEY A gorgeous new series displays photos of mums gathered together feeding their babies – by any means that they so choose.

Giving thanks for the amazing work of neonatal nurses


Staff writers A clip sees a "miracle worker" surprised when a group of children she cared for as babies return with their parents to express their appreciation.

Grieving mum's milk bonds two families for life

Dekevyon was born weighing 900 grams at 28 weeks.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Jennifer Tiner was grieving the loss of her daughter Isabella, but the mum still managed to give a gift which helped save another baby's life.

The moment a newborn helps mum wake from coma

Shelly Cawley ans daughter Rylan today.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Shelly Cawley said her connection with her daughter was so strong that the newborn's presence was enough to stir her from a coma.

Is your phone use hurting your baby's development?


John Carpenter Everyone knows this picture: parent or babysitter sits in a coffee shop staring at a smartphone, while a baby sits gurgling in a stroller.

Baby prankster's hilarious fingernail trimming session


Staff writers Trimming a baby's fingernails for the first time can be a daunting job for a new parent. But who knew it could also be so funny, too?

12 mini fashionistas of Instagram

Harlow, as featured on daddyfashionstylist.

Suzi Catchpole Instagram is a haven for mini fashionistas, styled by parents and taking over the world one cute pic at a time.

8 big milestones for new mums


JO HARTLEY It's not just your baby who's reaching new milestones - you will be too. Mentally cross them off your list and pat yourself on the back for each one you've achieved!

International battle for the baby bottle

Tara Lloyd feeds her 8-month-old daughter Gracie Perkin a2 Platinum infant formula.

Jared Lynch and Mark Hawthorne How 20 million screaming Chinese babies and health conscious local mums are driving a twin boom for some Aussie milk companies.


How to keep sane during your baby's first weeks at home

Peter Wells' new daughter.

Peter Wells I've just had a kid, but children come with no manual. So here's a quick guide to apps, websites and devices to help.


I judged ... then I became a parent and realised how wrong I'd been


Carrie Friedman Before I had kids, I thought I knew what it would be like to be a parent. So I wrote a book about my beliefs.

When nappy change time goes wrong


CATHERINE RODIE My own darling girls dealt me my fair share of poo horror stories, from ill-fated nappy changes to ill-timed nappy-free time - and, of course, the classic 'poonami'.

Mum who 'forgot' baby buoyed by support

Mum of four Cherish Peterson is facing charges of child endangerment.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Thousands of women have shared their own less-than-perfect motherhood moments in a show of support for a mum who left her two-month-old son in a supermarket trolley while she drove home.

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Triplet surprise for newlyweds

Shelley King with her 9-month-old triplets Ryder, left, Dylan and Indie King-Mather.

Joanna Davis As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

5 workplace lessons for new parents


Vivienne Pearson Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

There are Apps for every stage of pregnancy and parenthood.

Nick Bilton Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

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Feeding your Baby

From first milk to first solids and beyond


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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.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show Brisbane (4-6 March). Register online now to save $20!

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

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Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

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Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

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Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

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It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

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