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

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?

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

Baby and toddler 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 fun for your child.

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.

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

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Carrie Friedman 10:25am 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

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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

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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.

This baby really loves the family cat

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Staff writers Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker, 32, holding her baby daughter Evelyn Parker at their home.

ANNA PATTY Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper and her dad enjoying the rain.

MELANIE MAHONEY Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

Annabel Karmel joins Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show

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We're thrilled to announce that Annabel Karmel will be joining us for the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show from September 25 to 27.

The baby who really, really loves his spatula

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Melanie Mahoney The love affair started when the family came across the cooking equipment in a shop last week.

5 things this famous nanny learnt after she became a mum

Emma Jenner and one of her young clients.

Emma Jenner More than a few parents looked at me askance when informed of my childless state. Some even asked, "How can you really know all of this if you're not a parent?"

VIDEO: Internet baby takes selfie moments after birth

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Staff writers Take a look at this tongue-in-cheek peek into what the delivery rooms of the future could look like.

Bonds recalls onesies after needle discovery

The Bonds onesie which had a needle sewn into the arm, and Anny Brooks' scratched hand.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Bonds has recalled thousands of newborn onesies after a mother found a sewing machine needle sewn into the arm of her daughter's suit.

Toddler drowns while sharing bath with brother

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Staff writers It was a normal afternoon in the Warner-Simpson home as mum Zoe gave her sons Oliver, 4 and, Edward, 2, a bath on April 13.

The 'no vax, no visit' post: how parents are helping keep babies safe

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Josefa Pete Social media updates from new parents were once loving, smitten posts. Yet it seems now they can be quite the opposite.

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Mum accidentally fake tans baby

Gemma Colley's son after his fake tan breastfeed.

Staff writers Many of us have fallen foul of a bad fake tan or two, but this little guy's started a bit earlier than most.

Why lazy parenting is good for us - and our kids

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PINKY MCKAY By my fourth baby, I'd wholeheartedly embraced a philosophy of 'lazy parenting' – or, as I liked to call it with her older siblings, 'benevolent neglect'.

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Preparing Rover to be a good dog with baby

It's important to prepare your dog for the arrival of a baby.

Armin Brott Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?

Why support is so important for all new mums

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CATHERINE RODIE Support in the early 'daze' can be the difference between parents who transition well and those who continue to feel flustered.

Baby's adorable reaction to wearing glasses for the first time

Pure joy: baby Piper and her new glasses.

Staff writers Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.

Parenting and decision overload

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EVELYN LEWIN Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.

The rookie mistakes we make as parents

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CATHERINE RODIE Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.

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The cot that helps parents as they grieve over lost babies

The Cuddle Cot

KONRAD MARSHALL The bassinet looks like any other, but it is not.

What Aussie parents really think about different prams

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Nevermind judging a family by the size of their house or the car that they own - it seems Australians are now pram snobs.

'Baby whisperer' Tizzie Hall slammed for dangerous carseat advice

Dangerous: A photo from Tizzie Hall's site.

Self-described "baby whisperer" Tizzie Hall has been accused of putting children's lives in danger by recommending the unsafe use of child car seat products.

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Every parent knows the 'poo face'

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Every parent knows that moment - your baby's facial expression suddenly changes to one of concentration and it can mean only one thing.

10 things I wish my pre-baby self knew

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Sharday Stirton I look back at my pre-baby self and laugh at how ridiculously easy I actually had it. I remember complaining about how tired I was and how little time I had.

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When newborn photoshoots get messy

LETITIA ROWLANDS When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

The parenting do-over: what six parents did differently second time around

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DONNA WEBECK In playgrounds across Australia, you can hear parents lamenting, "When we have our next baby I swear I won't be doing THAT again".

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

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JO HARTLEY A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser (and other parenting lessons I've learnt)

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Jessica Bartlett It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

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The top 6 misleading parenting terms

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EVELYN LEWIN From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

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It's gotta be Bonds: parents pay top dollar for second hand Wondersuits

Parents are paying top dollar for second hand Wondersuits.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The dedication of parents who believe it's gotta be Bonds when dressing their babies is pushing price for second hand Wondersuits sky high.

Pete Evans releases controversial Paleo baby book

My Kitchen Rules' celebrity chef Pete Evans has released his controversial baby Paleo cookbook online.

The one parenting tip that made all the difference

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Ariane Beeston Amongst the useless, ill-informed advice we're given as new parents, many of us also receive nuggets of wisdom that make our lives just that little bit easier.

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The device that could save babies left in hot cars

The Infant SOS car seat.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A group of university students have come up with an invention that not only alerts parents if they have left their child in the car, but also prevents the baby or toddler from overheating until help arrives.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Leia-Mae Smith, who died at three months.

Staff writers Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

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JODIE BENVENISTE Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

Lauren Fristed and her daughter, Nevaeh, in a photo posted online two days before her death.

LETITIA ROWLANDS H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

The first weeks at home with a new baby can be unsettling for older siblings.

Anna Maxted We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Those first daycare days

The first day at childcare is a big step for the whole family.

GREER BERRY I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

How to make your baby thrive

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Megan Blandford We all know a baby’s first year of life is important, but what we didn’t realise is that it could determine how tall our little ones become later in life.

11 truths about having two under two

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Catherine Rodie When I told my mothers’ group that my husband and I had started trying for our second baby they told me I was crazy. Now I can see why.

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The moment I saved my son's life

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Josefa Pete I held in my hands the body of my son being shaken with death. To this day my hands tremble with the memory.

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Robin Barker's Baby Love turns 21

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Larissa Dubecki It is difficult to underplay the importance of Robin Barker's Baby Love, a parenting book that rose above an overstuffed genre to conquer the nation and become the saviour of countless Australian parents.

The cots that give parents one last cuddle with their babies

News. 26th April 2015. Carmen McGlinn and her partner Martin Gee lost their baby Logan around eight years ago. Carmen with the help of others has raised money to purchase a cuddle cot for the Canberra Hospital.

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EMMA KELLY A mum is helping families forced to say goodbye too soon spend a little more time with their children thanks to a special bassinet.

Rare condition diagnosed during optional scan

Terryn Poharama and her daughter, Rahnui Owens, 5, who was born with the rare brain disorder Bilateral Schizencephaly.

Nicole Mathewson A mother who opted for a 4D scan late in pregnancy discovered her unborn baby had a rare brain disorder.

What not to say to a first-time mum

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Lauren Dubois That mum who's doing her very first 1km sprint is also struggling. She's just not as fit as you. She's not trying to compete with you, she's just trying to finish her race.

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5 things I've learnt from my baby

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Sarah Barr There's nothing like having a baby to highlight just how much there is you don't know.

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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.

Funny Father's Day cards

A little fun never goes astray when celebrating special occasions and Father's Day is no different. We've rounded up some funny Father's day cards for your husbands, fathers and other important men in your lives.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

Tomorrow my friend Julia launches her first book. And while we're all overjoyed, the success is tinged with sadness. You see, Julia has stage 4 bowel cancer.

How not to name twins

Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Baby and bulldog born on the same day are best friends

When Chicago mum Ivette Ivens saw a French bulldog puppy who had the same birthdate as her son Dilan, she "just knew it’s meant to be" and took him home. Five months later, puppy Farley and Dilan are the best of friends - as Ivens says, "I’m pretty sure Dilan thinks they’re both the same species, as they walk at the same level and are both going through the stage of chewing on everything.”

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

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

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

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

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

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