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 fun for your child.
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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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.
JODIE BENVENISTE Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.
LETITIA ROWLANDS H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Mathewson A mother who opted for a 4D scan late in pregnancy discovered her unborn baby had a rare brain disorder.
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.
Sarah Barr There's nothing like having a baby to highlight just how much there is you don't know.
LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a well known fact that trips to the toilet in private are a luxury that disappears for many women once they have a baby.
Evelyn Lewin Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.
Staff writers We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.
KERRI SACKVILLE Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.
NATALIE REILLY "Here it is, pure wish-fulfilment. The letter I would've loved my pregnant self to read," writes Natalie Reilly.
LETITIA ROWLANDS It is a photograph no parent ever wants to take of their baby - in hospital hooked up to machines, breathing through tubes and fighting for their life at just four-weeks-old.
Richard Fletcher Fathers might be at home more these days but they still spend only a fraction of that time caring for their baby.
Megan Blandford For some parents, recording facts like their child’s first word, first tooth and first steps isn’t enough. They’re taking memory collections to the next level.
CATHERINE RODIE Given my immense dislike of Hopkins and her opinions, I was genuinely shocked to discover that last week she actually said something that I agreed with.
LETITIA ROWLANDS When you are passionate about a sport, it is only natural to want to share it with those you love most.
Armin Brott Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?
Jennifer Chung Your baby feeds off your emotions, so the first step to helping diffuse his discomfort is to stay calm
Theresa Vargas There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.
Staff Writers A baby and toddler cookbook co-authored by celebrity chef Pete Evans has been held back from publication after health officials said a baby could die if parents followed its Paleo recipes.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is fighting to reassure parents that New Zealand's infant formula is still safe, as the product is stripped off shelves in the face a threat to poison babies.
NASSIM KHADEM All National Australia Bank employees can now take paid primary carer leave anytime within the first 12 months of a child's life.
GREER BERRY There's a certain amount of guilt that a new parent feels when they leave their young child for the first time, but it doesn't always feel the way you expect it to.
LETITIA ROWLANDS When a baby is suffering with the sniffles, concerned parents will try just about anything to help their little ones feel better.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A onesie which keeps track of a baby's temperature, heartbeat and breathing patterns is promising to help new mums and dads sleep easier.
JODI GIBSON We’ve got the low down on six of the most popular and useful apps available today, specifically designed for new mums.
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.
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