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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BRIDIE SMITH Dermatologists are reporting an increase in parents presenting with problems linked to using disposable baby wipes.
David A. Fahrenthold A newborn baby had been kidnapped, allegedly by his aunt - later, police found the aunt, but she didn't have the baby. What came next was a hurried search - and an amazing find.
Cassy Small I’m sure I knew to expect sleep deprivation and stress, but the reality of having a baby who didn’t sleep was one of the most isolating and exhausting experiences of my life.
ANNA PATTY Penalties for performing female genital mutilation will increase from seven to 21 years' jail, and it will also be a crime to have the procedure done overseas.
KIRAN CHUG I carry my baby often, but I am not an attachment parent. I plan to make sure my children do their homework before they go out to play, but I am not a tiger mum.
Mashable A security video shows a store employee catching a baby that was milliseconds from falling onto a concrete fall.
Letitia Rowlands Should babies be banned from fine dining restaurants? One top chef says so, and plenty of people agree with him.
A court has sentenced a doctor to death after she admitted to stealing then selling babies from the hospital where she worked.
PINKY MCKAY Meaghan's emotions have run the gamut since her three-month-old baby died of SIDS. But right now she is angry.
Melanie Mahoney An adorable video showing a baby meeting her father’s identical twin has quickly gone viral.
Rose Russell "I was told there was a 3 per cent chance of [becoming pregnant with] twins, but not triplets, quads, or quints," Laura Baldwin said.
Bron Bruzzano planned to have one child, take six months off work and then get back into it. Then she found out she was having triplets.
Letitia Rowlands A family has defended themselves against criticism after letting their baby boy play in a croc-infested river.
Mashable Take a look at nine adorable tykes taking their first bites out of life's mysteries.
Ewa Kretowicz and Megan Doherty A rare set of identical triplets born in the US, fathered by a man from the ACT, have become an unexpected global sensation.
PINKY MCKAY As a new parent, you’re sleep deprived, exhausted and confused. The pressure is on to train your baby to sleep. However, your own intuition can be trusted when it comes to your baby’s cries and sleep.
Dilvin Yasa I’ve noticed there’s a marked difference between the way I mothered my first child to the way I look after my second. And I'm a little ashamed.
Moata Tamaira I've discovered that puppies are for boys, cats are for girls, and ducks and giraffes are gender Switzerland. But why?
Karyn Thurston These are the words I wish I'd read before jumping headlong into mummyhood with my books and my ideals and my high horses. They're flawed, and they aren't all pretty, but they're hard-won and honest and as true as I can get them.
Zanni Louise Most of us probably sing to our babies to soothe them, or to help them sleep. But a new story shows that it's doing other good things for them, too.
KERRI SACKVILLE At a recent fostering summit, it was revealed there's a critical need for 900 new foster carers in NSW alone. Kerri Sackville spoke with some of those who have already opened their homes to children in need.
PINKY MCKAY Respecting babies and little children is about empathy. It’s also about the subtle messages we convey to littlies about their right to own their bodies and to refuse unwanted touching.
Staff writers Professional troll Katie Hopkins has faced off against Peaches Geldof on British television in a discussion about attachment parenting, with Geldof coming out the winner.
KIRAN CHUG I can't believe I said it. With a three-month-old and a toddler, I wondered out loud if we should have another baby.
EMMA MACDONALD Parents are being urged to carry out safe co-sleeping practices following the deaths of 14 babies under a year old in the ACT over the past decade.
Andrew King and Melanie Mahoney A mother of two has been left embarrassed after she was kicked off a bus because her baby was crying.
COSIMA MARRINER The ACCC is considering introducing mandatory safety standards for baby slings as a Queensland coroner investigates whether a baby sling was a factor in the death of an infant.
Melanie Mahoney The premise is simple: a mum sings to her 10-month-old baby. But the resulting video is just so sweet and not quite what you'd expect.
After arriving to a global media frenzy, Britain's Prince George will make his second official appearance this week at a christening designed to be as low-key as possible for the world's most-hyped baby.
Andrew M.Seaman Giving babies "good" bacteria may help ease incessant fussing and crying, says a fresh look at past studies.
KIRAN CHUG Every now and then, my children stop me in my tracks. They have the power to make me forget about everything else, and see nothing in the world but them.
Staff writers A glamour model has revealed that she’s already started saving for her daughter’s cosmetic surgery – but her baby is only four months old.
Staff writers The family of an 11-month-old child who was badly bitten by another child at a childcare centre has settled the matter out of court.
Donna Webeck I’d been on the verge of postnatal depression when I’d made a decision that weighed on my conscience: I stopped fighting and started to exclusively formula feed.
PINKY MCKAY The label "attachment parenting" has created strong emotions and divisions among mothers. Pinky McKay explains is the origin of the term and why you don't have to have a baby strappped to you 24 hours a day to reap the benefits.
KIRAN CHUG Having a newborn is taking me on a lovely trip down memory lane, after the birth of my second child. Yet I can't help but notice how different things are the second time round, too.
KIRAN CHUG I have never loved our dishwasher and washing machine so much. Not because of their main functions, but as a result of something they do for my newborn daughter.
Julia May Tizzie Hall's advice on getting babies to sleep has made her a rich woman. But she is both adored and reviled by new parents for her controversial methods.
PINKY MCKAY It’s scary isn’t it, being a new mum and feeling pressured from all directions to resist cuddling, rocking (or heaven forbid!), feeding your baby to sleep – in case you create’ bad habits’? Ridiculous isn’t it? But still, you can’t help wondering, if we do rock/cuddle/feed our baby to sleep, will she ever learn to self-settle?
Zanni Louise "Is your baby sleeping through?" It's a well-intended question that can leave you feeling like a guilty failure. Here's why shouldn't take it to heart.
KIRAN CHUG We are one week into life with our baby daughter, and we're tired. Really, really, tired. It's the kind of exhaustion I hadn't known before I was a parent.
Louise Wedgwood Babies don't yet have the words to teach us anything explicitly, but if we're observant, they can teach us some powerful lessons by example.
KAREN HARDY Robin Barker, the author of Australia’s best-selling baby book, Baby Love, has only one piece of advice for new parents: enjoy your baby.
JENNA CLARKE Stock up on bibs, trust your instincts and sleep when you can. These are some of the top pieces of advice given to new parents.
A dad's beautiful video shows his son growing from a tiny newborn into a walking, grinning one-year-old, using just one second of footage for every day of the child's life.
ALEISHA ORR WA's first female genital mutilation case may have fallen through, but a researcher says discussing the issue can help deter others.
Brigid Maiden From a flat head to toe-walking, sleeping with eyes open to fake coughing, babies and toddlers can have some odd habits. But they're usually all just a perfectly normal part of growing up.
Staff writers Whether they’re escaping their cots, or getting over (or under!) safety gates, the children in this video compilation are very wily indeed.
PHILLIP THOMSON More than 500 babies have been admitted to Canberra Hospital's NICU since it opened almost a year ago - including premmie twins Shannon and Liam Manunui.
Advocates claim controlled crying saved their baby’s sleep and their sanity. Critics liken it to "normalised abuse". But what does science say? We unpack the research.
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