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 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.

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

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

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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.

The parenting photo that's divided opinion around the world

Elisa Wilson Beach in the photo that's got everyone talking.

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.

Exhaustion is not the same as tiredness

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Evelyn Lewin Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.

Mum's list of birthday gift demands goes viral

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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.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

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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.

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A letter to my pre-baby self

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NATALIE REILLY "Here it is, pure wish-fulfilment. The letter I would've loved my pregnant self to read," writes Natalie Reilly.

Baby Riley's dad: 'I would have swapped places in a heartbeat'

Baby Riley passed away at 32 days.

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.

Dads more involved than ever, but we have a long way to go

Fathers are more involved than previous generations, but is it enough?

Richard Fletcher Fathers might be at home more these days but they still spend only a fraction of that time caring for their baby.

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6 creative ways to save childhood memories

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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.

For once I agree with Katie Hopkins: breastfeeding doesn’t make you a better mum

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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.

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The parents keen to mix babies and sport

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When you are passionate about a sport, it is only natural to want to share it with those you love most.

When dads believe their baby doesn't 'like' them

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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?

8 ways to stay calm while coping with a fussy baby

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Jennifer Chung Your baby feeds off your emotions, so the first step to helping diffuse his discomfort is to stay calm

The day I broke my baby

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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.

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Pete Evans' cookbook 'not safe' for babies

Health officials have concerns about Pete Evans' baby and toddler cookbook.

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.

Threat to poison New Zealand baby formula

New Zealand farmers received 'criminal blackmail threat' to poison baby formula.

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.

Bank offers dads 12 weeks paid parental leave

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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.

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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.

What not to say to a new mum

Some phrases just pop out before you really think about them, but there are some things you should try to not say to a new mum.

Why I'm glad to be an indulgent granny

The phone calls started a couple of weeks ago. At about 5.30 each evening - if I am lucky - I will be greeted by a sweet, excited voice declaring: "'Allo Annie".

Is this the worst relationship advice ever published?

You sometimes have to wonder whether relationship/sex advice from magazines is designed to help or humiliate.

How you talk to your baby now can impact social skills later

People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Scientists predict when you should start a family

Scientists have calculated at exactly what age you need to start trying to get pregnant to have the best chance of realising your dream. 

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When 'protecting' a child is really a cover for judgement

Why are people so concerned for this happy child and his mother?

When toddlers have strange obsessions

When it comes to two-year-olds and birthday cakes there are a few requests that are usually at the top of the list. But a cake featuring a local personal injury lawyer?

When Mama Bear strikes

When we become mums, our instinct to protect our children and keep them safe from harm is so strong we're often likened to a Mama Bear protecting her cubs.  

Immunity boosters for kids

There are no guaranteed ways to avoid the dreaded winter illnesses completely, but there are ways we can boost our children's immunity.

Mum shares portrait of her proudly breastfeeding three-year-old

Jade Beall usually chooses to breastfeed her son, now 3, in private. This week, however, she shared portraits of her breastfeeding her preschooler.

Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

Child in suitcase 'could have died eight years ago'

A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

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