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 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 a fun experience for your child. Just be prepared to get splashed!

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.

Parenting a crier

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Carolyn Tate There are many reasons that babies cry, but there are certainly babies that cry more than others. They're the ones who let you know how they’re feeling by crying - a lot.

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The carers who calm babies born with drug addictions

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Kate Hagan A special team of volunteers helps newborn babies who have withdrawal symptoms due to their mothers’ opiate use.

When your baby is in jail

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Moata Tamaira Having your kid in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a very strange experience. It's kind of like they're in jail, except you have no idea when they'll be eligible for parole.

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As a guilty mum: spending money on memories

Kate Browne When it comes to making memories, a baby is a big deal. But like so many things to do with babies these days, ‘making memories’ has become an industry.

Dealing with baby name regret

CATHERINE RODIE What happens when parents have a change of heart about the name they’ve chosen for their baby? Parents describe what they've done after realising their baby's name wasn't quite right.

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Parents face charges after baby's solo parasailing flight

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Melanie Mahoney A couple who sent their 11-month-old daughter on a solo parasailing flight are being investigated on child abuse charges.

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Having a routine versus having a life

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DANIELLE COLLEY Whilst comfort can be found in routine, the restriction of scheduling does not work for everyone. Which is best for your family?

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Video: Men catch baby who fell from second storey window

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Watch the dramatic footage of two men catching a young child after he fell from a second storey window.

Video: Did this baby really say 'I love you'?

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Melanie Mahoney It's the video that's dividing audiences around the world: did this baby really say ‘I love you’?

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'Miracle baby' survives 11-storey fall from balcony

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Melanie Mahoney A toddler who survived an 11-storey fall has been dubbed "the miracle baby".

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Parents admit to lying about the early days of parenthood

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Although most parents are guilty of fudging the truth about parenting, a new survey shows that the vast majority of mums and dads would love it if other people were honest about the challenges of becoming a new parent.

A sad farewell to the baby toys

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KIRAN CHUG No matter how much my kids loved some of their first toys, they've outgrown them. So it's time to give them away - and that makes me really sad.

Dad takes newborn to soccer game on way home from hospital

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Melanie Mahoney It’s never too early to try to get your kids interested in sport – at least, that’s the thinking of one soccer-mad dad.

What not to worry about as a new parent

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Louise Wedgwood As a first-time parent, it's hard to know what's worth worrying about and what's not, and many of us err on the side of worrying about it all. Here are a handful of specific ways you can give more energy to enjoying your child and less to wondering what you'd score on the Good Parent exam.

Is this the world's most expensive daycare?

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Forget finger painting and play dough - the curriculum at this New York daycare centre includes maths, science and literature, all for an exorbitant annual fee.

Video: Don't even try to reason with a baby

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Andrea Romano Despite not knowing actual words yet, it looks like the little tyke is winning this argument.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

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Nicole Villalpando Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

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Siblings and best of friends

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KIRAN CHUG I know we'll have some tense moments. I know there will be arguments. But I also know these two will always have this most beautiful bond.

Arion and Peleh take out Bonds title

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Melanie Mahoney Like most mums, Louise Schmuelly always thought her babies were adorable. This week, the Bonds Baby Search judges agreed with her.

'Babysuiting' is the next big thing

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Mashable The premise is simple: put your baby in a suit, laugh at how squishy her face is, wait for her to become a CEO.

Parents confused about baby sling safety: survey

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COSIMA MARRINER One in 20 babies has been injured or narrowly escaped injury in a baby sling as their parents are confused over safe positioning, a survey has found.

Woolworths worker to mum: 'You should be breastfeeding'

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Melanie Mahoney A mum of three was left upset and disappointed after a senior supermarket staff member told her that she shouldn't be giving her baby formula.

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A guide to choosing godparents

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JO HARTLEY Choosing your child's godparents (or mentors, guide-parents or guardians) can be a tricky decision. Parents and an expert offer advice and their stories on how they picked the people best suited to the role.

Mother knows best ... or does she?

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JO HARTLEY There’s an age old saying that claims ‘mother knows best’, but is it the case when it comes to our own parenting skills? Do we turn to our own mums for advice, or does the wealth of information available to us in today’s society override this need?

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Baby wipes likely cause for rise in skin problems

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BRIDIE SMITH Dermatologists are reporting an increase in parents presenting with problems linked to using disposable baby wipes.

The race to save kidnapped baby Kayden Powell

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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.

Tougher new laws for genital mutilation in NSW

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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.

You don't need a label to raise a child

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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.

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Video: Man catches baby falling from trolley

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Mashable A security video shows a store employee catching a baby that was milliseconds from falling onto a concrete fall.

Crying baby leads to furore over kids in restaurants

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Letitia Rowlands Should babies be banned from fine dining restaurants? One top chef says so, and plenty of people agree with him.

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Suspended death sentence for doctor who sold babies

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A court has sentenced a doctor to death after she admitted to stealing then selling babies from the hospital where she worked.

Co-sleeping, SIDS and a grieving family

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PINKY MCKAY Meaghan's emotions have run the gamut since her three-month-old baby died of SIDS. But right now she is angry.

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Video: Girl meets dad's identical twin for first time

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Melanie Mahoney An adorable video showing a baby meeting her father’s identical twin has quickly gone viral.

Life with quads and a toddler

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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.

Mum of triplets on 'the best and worst months of my life'

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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.

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Would you let your baby swim in croc-infested waters?

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Letitia Rowlands A family has defended themselves against criticism after letting their baby boy play in a croc-infested river.

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9 babies delightfully discovering the world around them

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Mashable Take a look at nine adorable tykes taking their first bites out of life's mysteries.

Identical triplets cause international sensation

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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.

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Second-time parenting

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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.

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Blue and pink, puppies and kittens: baby gender lines

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Moata Tamaira I've discovered that puppies are for boys, cats are for girls, and ducks and giraffes are gender Switzerland. But why?

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10 true things about the first year of parenthood

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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.

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Study: Singing soothes babies’ pain

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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.

Foster parents say challenges are worth it

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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.

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A little respect: teaching protective behaviours from the start

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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.

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Attachment parent Peaches versus 'rent a gob' Katie Hopkins

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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.

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Time for a third?

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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.

Parents urged to follow safe sleeping practices after ACT baby deaths

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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.

Bus driver boots family off bus because of baby's cries

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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.

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Baby death triggers sling campaign

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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.

Video: Baby gets adorably emotional when her mum sings

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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.

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Feeding your Baby

From first milk to first solids and beyond

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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.

'Let Australians adopt our children': asylum seekers

Pregnant asylum seekers on Christmas Island begged to have their children adopted by Australians as they became anxious about their future, new reports have revealed.

The moment I knew our family was complete

It’s funny how in a few short years you can change from desperately hoping you conceive to desperately hoping you don’t.

Should bars offer free pregnancy tests?

Researchers have placed free pregnancy tests in bar restrooms in an American state, hoping it will help raise awareness of foetal alcohol syndrome. Would it work here?

Parenting a crier

There are many reasons that babies cry, but there are certainly babies that cry more than others. They're the ones who let you know how they’re feeling by crying - a lot.

Buzz takes Elias to infinity and beyond

Elias Anderson was left disappointed after a lack of knowledge about disabled access meant he didn't get to see his hero when his mum took him to watch Disney on Ice. But now a private meeting has put a huge smile on the 11-year-old's face.

HECS-style loan suggested as alternative to paid parental leave

While Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme is looking unlikely, a prominent think tank has created an alternative suggestion.

Photos: Two dads meeting their newborn

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Introducing the million-dollar baby

Juke is only three weeks old, but he's joined a generation of children whose education costs could reach $1 million by the time they finish university.

The honour and heartbreak of rural midwifery

You never know what to expect when a baby is being born, but it's an honour to be there.

Does birth order influence our relationships?

New research indicates those born first stand a better chance of landing a loving, long-term relationship than their siblings. But is it for real, or just something fun to think about?

Late-night childcare not needed, parents say

The plan for childcare centres to operate around-the-clock is neither practical nor in demand, according to a nationwide survey.

Get the kids in the kitchen with cool play food sets

Show your little one how to eat healthily, even while they pretend!

The friend everyone needs on their first day of preschool

A little girl in Taiwan was homesick on her first day of preschool, but her friend was the perfect gentleman.

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Help! My toddler is a head-banger

When he throws a tantrum, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. What should I do?

Groom wows bride with Beyonce dance routine

A video of a "Crazy in Love" groom doing a coreographed dance with his groomsmen at his wedding has gone viral.

The carers who calm babies born with drug addictions

A special team of volunteers helps newborn babies who have withdrawal symptoms due to their mothers’ opiate use.

Second time lucky: conceiving naturally after IVF

One in three Australian women who have their first baby with the help of assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF, fall pregnant again without treatment within two years.

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The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

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Your new motherhood manifesto

There’s an ocean of literature about all manner of things relating to parenthood, but there’s not a lot written about how to survive and thrive as a mother. Here are my tips.

Great gender reveal cakes

The idea is simple: get the ultrasound tech to write your baby's gender on card in a sealed envelope, then pass it on to your baker for them to create a cake with blue or pink icing inside. Then host a gender reveal party to cut the cake!

Second time lucky: conceiving naturally after IVF

One in three Australian women who have their first baby with the help of assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF, fall pregnant again without treatment within two years.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

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Personalised baby gifts

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