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.

Smiling newborn babies

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These gorgeous photos are by Sandi Ford, who specialises in capturing newborns smiling. "I have learned to recognise the little signs that a baby is about to let out a smile and I sit there ready with the camera to catch it!" she says. "I once read that there are two types of people in this world – those that see a newborn smile as wind, and those that don't. I see it as a rare treat that I am lucky enough to capture."

Childcare changes too confusing for parents: Mission Australia

The government changes to childcare funding are expected within a fortnight.

JUDITH IRELAND The federal government's flagship childcare reforms are so difficult to understand, some parents may give up and pull their children out of care, a Senate inquiry has heard.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Beth with her daughter Chloe.

Beth Sebesfi Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

5 things you do differently with your second baby

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JO HARTLEY There are some significant differences in the parenting experience when you've already done it once.

7 baby firsts you won't see on milestone charts

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Claire Bugeja Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.

Nursery rhyme stars teach CPR in fun video

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Staff writers A fun new video hopes to help parents and carers remember live-saving CPR skills for babies and toddlers.

5 surprising things I've learnt since having my second child

LINDY ALEXANDER There are things that you can prepare for when you're having a second child, but some things are completely unexpected.

Premmie twins hold hands in viral video

The brother and sister were 11 weeks ahead of schedule.

Patrick Hatch A video showing the special bond between a pair of twins born in a Melbourne hospital has been viewed online over 9 million times.

When your babies look just like their daddy

Julie's twin girls.

Jule Scherer I think my girls are the cutest babies on the planet, but sometimes I look at them and wonder if I can see anything of me in them at all.

When your cake smash doesn't go according to plan

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Josefa Pete The end result was a hashtag you never see on social media: #cakesmashepicfail.

How time changes once you have kids

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EVELYN LEWIN For the duration of pregnancy and the first year of your baby's life, time is elastic.

The reality of holidaying with twin babies

Holidaying with twin babies is not exactly relaxing.

Jule Scherer We decided to book accommodation an hour away from our place for a couple of nights. How hard can it be?

2016: The year of the Fire Monkey

February 8 marks the  beginning of the Chinese New Year, and this year we farewell the sheep and welcome the Red Fire Monkey.

Zoe Hunt Expecting a little one this year? Here's what you can expect them to be like, according to the Chinese Zodiac.

School captain, 17, speaks out about being a teen dad

Noa Woolloff, 17, (left) with his baby daughter Kyla, and his mother Siggy with her baby son Jimmy.

Joel Maxwell A 17-year-old dad has credited his own young mother for showing him how to keep striving as a teen parent.

Rare identical triplets head home

Identical triplets Addison, Kinsley and Savannah Harris were born 10 weeks early.

Rachel Feltman New parents Brad and Stephanie Harris will use colour-coded ankle bracelets to tell daughters Addison, Kinsley and Savannah apart.

The app that can tell you why your baby is crying

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Staff writers Imagine if newborn babies came home from hospital speaking a language which their parents actually understood.

Should you visit a new mother in hospital?

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Ariane Beeston Some love getting visitors in hospital - but others wish they'd out rules in place.

Chasing the dream of a routine with twins

Parent led or baby led? That is the big baby routine question.

Jule Scherer Perfect routines are a bit like unicorns. Amazingly beautiful, often talked and fantasised about, but rarely seen.

Flight attendant praised for going 'above and beyond' with fussy baby

Heather Gooch posted this photo in an effort to find the kind Southwest Airlines flight attendant who helped her family.

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant is winning praise from around the world after going "above and beyond" the call of duty.

'I'm basically a Formula One pit crew'

New dad Matt Coyne's amusing take on fatherhood has gone viral.

A first-time dad's funny - and brutally honest - parenting insights have struck a chord with Facebookers.

A Christmas wish came true: new eye for baby Mason

Every time Mason gets a new eye it will look a little bit better than the one before, as the doctor learns more about Mason's face, the colour of his eyes and the way a prosthetic one sits in his socket.

Taryn Utiger On Christmas Eve a little boy with only one eye was given a present that made his mum cry.

Baby Ruby faces seven surgeries to remove hairy birthmark

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Staff writers A family is fundraising to pay for the removal of a rare birthmark on their daughter's face.

Tiny boxing gloves offer hope to families of NICU babies

The blue boxing gloves have become a tradition.

Vikki Ortiz Healy Just like a boxer would have people in their corner, these babies did too.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

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RAIDAH SHAH IDIL I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Half baby formula bought in supermarkets going overseas

Tara Lloyd feeds her 8-month-old daughter Gracie Perkin a2 Platinum infant formula.

Mark Hawthorne, Jared Lynch More than half the infant formula sold by Australia's supermarket chains is being shipped overseas by gangs raiding the shelves of Coles, Woolworths and Metcash/IGA.

When a double 'poonami' hits

Cleaning a baby after a massive double poonami is no easy feat.

Jule Scherer Even the best modern nappies can't hold those Number 2s! The stinky mass makes its way out of the confinement of the nappy, along the legs and up the baby's back.

The new Instagram trend: rice ball babies

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Staff writers In the latest trend to hit Instagram, Japanese parents are squishing their babies' cheeks and chins together so their faces look like rice balls.

Paediatrician shares special move to soothe crying babies

Dr Hamilton shows off his trick with a young patient.

Parents know – usually from many days and nights of trial and error – that there is no universal, simple trick for soothing a crying baby.

Tips on decorating nurseries for first-time parents

Animal theme rooms are a great way to decorate a gender-neutral nursery.

Eugenia Lee Although parents tend to overspend all that is required are a cot, a change table, and a feeding chair with low arms and a high back.

Mum's thank you letter to cafe shows the power of kindness

Small acts of kindness are appreciated by mum's struggling with PND.

CATHERINE RODIE PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) have shared a heart-warming letter to a café owner, in a Facebook post that has shone a night on the importance of kindness,

When you can't let go of your 'baby stuff'

It can be difficult parting with your favourite baby things.

EVELYN LEWIN Do you still hold on to your 'baby stuff' even though you think your family's finished? Evelyn Lewin explores why we do this, and how to move on.

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How to survive the first year with twins

Surviving the first year parenting twins is cause for celebration.

Karina Lane So you're expecting twins; congratulations! It's hard to imagine what that first year with twin babies is going to be like.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

The government changes to childcare funding are expected within a fortnight.

JUDITH IRELAND Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

The logistics of breastfeeding premature twins

One of the first times Jule breastfed her twins.

Jule Scherer Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

Hundreds of offers roll in for mum short on baby formula

Bywong mother Lizzie Cann with sons Harley, 8 months, and Dusti, 4.

Katie Burgess and Alexandra Back The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

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5 words you need to know as a parent

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EVELYN LEWIN There are many new things you need to know as a parent. We explain the top 5 words and phrases that will become common use in your vocab.

Arm city planners with a pram and a toddler

Our cities need to be designed in a female-friendly way.

Catherine Carter City planners and designers must focus on building female-friendly cities.

Text service aims to fill the void for new fathers

There are support groups for new mums but what about new fathers?

COSIMA MARRINER A new text service for fathers aims to guide men through the life changing experience of having a child.

5 great things about having a baby

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MEGAN BLANDFORD Having a baby is exhausting, hard work. It's also one of the greatest joys of your life.

Calls to let mum MPs breastfeed in chamber

Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer with her daughter Olivia.

Rashida Yosufzai and Belinda Merhab Federal parliament is being urged to consider allowing MPs to breastfeed in the parliamentary chamber following controversy surrounding new mum Kelly O'Dwyer.

Mum's heartwarming letter to baby's heart surgeon goes viral

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Staff writers A doctor did such an amazing job of putting a worried mum at ease that she felt compelled to wrote a special blog post about it – and it's since gone viral.

Beautiful 'now and then' images of premature babies

Photos from the 'Les Premas' project.

LETITIA ROWLANDS They are stunning photos that the parents of these beautiful no doubt feared they may never see.

Baby's first photo shoot features a special guest

Maggie the deer wandering into the shot.

You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.

Huggies accused of Photoshopping baby's 'thigh gap'

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Staff writers Huggies has denied photoshopping a baby's legs in a nappy advertisement, issuing a statement explaining "all babies are different".

What new parents really think

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AMANDA DUNN What are the first few weeks and months actually like for new parents?

Solutions for 5 common worries about bringing baby home

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PINKY MCKAY We asked our Facebook followers what worried them most about bringing their newborn home from hospital.

The secret art of newborn photography

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Staff writers Ever looked at gorgeous baby photos and wondered how the impossibly cute images were captured?

Twins hysterical over jumping dog

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Staff writers When you hear a baby's enthusiastic laugh it's difficult not to chuckle along with them.

Video of six boys meeting their new sister will melt your heart

Some of the boys Lair with their new sister.

Staff writers While some worry about how much pink will enter their lives, others have already swung into protective mode.

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

Sam Avery and his twins.

Staff writers A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

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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.

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

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