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!”
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LAKSHMI SINGH A UK study shows that one-fifth of mothers have accepted hand-me-downs for their children. We look at what items are safe to pass on, and what should be thrown away.
JODIE BENVENISTE We all want our babies to sleep… because when they sleep so do we. How do you know which method is right for you and your baby?
Pinky McKay Perhaps the biggest lesson motherhood has to teach us is a quality that's closely linked to trust – and that is that we also have to surrender.
Kiran Chug My husband and I went out on Friday night. To a pub. We had fun. Sounds like a normal activity, right? It was the first time we'd done it in 16 months.
MELANIE MAHONEY In 1938, the Finnish government began giving parents-to-be packages to help them care for their babies, supplying them with clothes, nappies, and a box that could be used as the child’s bed. Today, the tradition is still going strong.
Pinky McKay Last week, a late night, sarcastic rant caused a firestorm on Pinky McKay's blog. Here's what she has to say to the mothers offended by her words.
Kiran Chug With the birth of her second child fast approaching, Kiran Chug remembers some of the best bits of having a new baby.
Kiran Chug Elimination communication involves watching babies for cues about when they need to pee, often resulting in babies who are nappy-free before they’re even one.
MELISSA DAVEY Parents must provide evidence their child is fully vaccinated for age, is on a recognised catch-up schedule, or has an exemption approved by a doctor when they enrol their child., after changes to the Public Health Act passed through cabinet Monday night.
Sharing a bed with an infant carries a five-fold increase in the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a new study reveals.
Jasmine Homer "Attachment parenting has set me up for ... well, I'm not going to say failure, but for a very difficult time," says one mum.
Lesley Parker Early retirement often coincides with the years grandchildren need care, which can cause unexpected problems for all involved.
MARIKA DOBBIN A product that says it can teach babies to read from three months is being used in Australia, despite its makers being prosecuted for misleading claims in the United States.
Kate Browne, CHOICE Having a baby is hard, and I knew that going in. But I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of marketing directed at us new mums, all encouraging us to buy, buy, buy when we’re at our most vulnerable.
PINKY MCKAY The REAL truth about having a baby – what they never tell you. Pinky McKay shares some practical advice for new mothers on breastfeeding, sleep, crying and the importance of looking after the new mum.
Benison O’Reilly and Kathryn Wicks An estimated one in every 100 children in Australia have autism spectrum disorder - but in America, that figure is as high as one in every 54 boys. Learn what to look for and read one family's story.
A coroner has warned mothers of the dangers of sleeping with their babies after a woman broke down while telling a Sydney inquest how she woke to find her nine-day-old girl dead in her arms.
A photo of a baby inside a locked car outside a New Zealand supermarket has sparked outrage online.
PINKY MCKAY Is it wrong to consider removing a night nappy and wish your kid would pee all over Daddy as he sleeps soundly beside you? Pinky McKay looks at how a lack of sleep can impact on your relationship.
Lisa Selin Davis Lactation failure is a very real thing - and it's not caused by a lack of trying hard enough, as one mum writes.
Elizabeth Byrne We look at why some grandparents are bearing the brunt of the government's inaction.
Lisa Pryor examines how child protection staff try to meet the overwhelming demand for their help.
MATT WADE Babies and young children in developing countries are at risk as a result of the way big companies promote infant formula to mothers and midwives, new research shows.
Madeleine Morris Meet the mothers battling the "breast is best" message.
Christine Jones It's the question many stay-at-home mums can't stand, asked by well-meaning but ultimately clueless friends and relatives: “But what do you do all day?”
Daniella Miletic Parenting classes aren't just for expecting or new mums and dads - grandparents can also learn a thing or two in lessons just for them.
Simon Tedeschi The Purposeful Rejection of Immunisation in Kids (PRIK) is perhaps a greater plague than measles itself, writes Simon Tedeschi.
Melanie Mahoney The Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare, Kate Ellis, will tomorrow bring together state and territory ministers to push for the creation of more childcare places around the nation.
It can sound like a weird idea: get a perfectly good cake, then take photos of your 12-month-old making a real mess of it. But cake smashes are growing in popularity – and they’re a lot of fun for everyone involved!
Libby Copeland Smear your baby in lard! Feed the infant bacon and eggs! Baby advice books from the past offered parents some very odd tips indeed ...
PINKY MCKAY For many parents, it seems that the fear of ‘bad habits' is clouding the joy of being with their babies.
AMBER ROBINSON When a nanny allegedly murdered two of her charges in a New York city apartment, it didn't take long for the blame to shift to working mothers.
PINKY MCKAY Should you give your baby a dummy? And what about his finger-sucking - should you stop that? Pinky McKay explains all for confused parents.
Marisa Black This writer discovered that she was part of a wider community when she became a mother.
Mel Hearse Having a nanny is no longer strictly for the rich and famous, as Mel Hearse discovered.
Margarida Fantini For mums who intend to express breastmilk on a daily basis, the Medela Swing breast pump is gentle and easy to use - and comes with a great Calma feeding device, too.
There are many benefits to ‘wearing’ your baby in a sling or baby carrier, but there are safety guidelines to adhere to, in order to keep both you and your child safe and happy.
PINKY MCKAY There is so much conflicting advice and ‘rules’ about infant sleep that undermine mothers’ natural intuition and common sense.
EB staff Being a new mum takes a bit of time to get used to – in fact, according to one survey, it takes an average of four months and 23 days, and there are 10 things mums feel they have to master before motherhood 'clicks into place'.
Hayley Beullens One mum finds that a breast pump is her ticket to freedom.
Kate Hagan Controlled crying can improve infants' sleep and reduce mothers' depression - and doesn't cause any long-term harm either, a Melbourne study has shown.
AMBER ROBINSON Yesterday, UK celebrity Peaches Geldof accidentally upended her pram, dropping her son on his head. We've all been there, right?
PINKY MCKAY Do you have days where you feel like a failure as a mum? You're not the only one. But if more mums spoke out about life with babies, we'd all feel like better mothers, writes Pinky McKay.
ANDREW DARBY A trail-blazing legal ban on the circumcision of most baby boys is one step closer in Tasmania.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Community services have removed a six-week old boy from the care of his parents after the child was left alone in his capsule on a street in Lidcombe in the early hours yesterday.
Olivia Carter Olivia Carter knows all too well the low points of being a parent. But scientific evidence backs up her theory that children - and their reactions to others - can be addictive ...
Justine Davies A recent newspaper article reported the potential trial of “flexible” hours at long daycare centres, to allow them to operate during the evening and on weekends. Justine Davies asks: is such care selfish, sad or just a sign of the times?
LAKSHMI SINGH Confused about conflicting advice given in parenting books? Don't feel comfortable following the advice of the so-called 'experts'? It might be best if you come up with your own parenting guide ...
ADELE HORIN Childcare use in the first year of life has no discernible bad effects, according to a series of Australian studies that track children through to age eight or nine.
Parents sleeping in the same bed or even on a sofa with their babies are putting their children's lives at risk, a Victorian coroner has said.
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