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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Letitia Rowlands The new documentary series Crash Test Mummies & Daddies takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the first months of life with a newborn.
KAREN ANDREWS On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I’m sure you have no recollection of it at all.
Moata Tamaira Every day as a baby is a day for trying out new things and exploring the world. And as a new parent you spend just as much time trying to figure out how that baby works.
Stacey Gladman Some Australian mums are being made to feel like criminals in hospitals around the country. Their crime? Smuggling in donor breast milk to feed their children.
Andrea Romano As the classic book says, everyone poops. But not everyone has such exquisite timing as Al Ferguson's newborn son, Ted.
Ariane Beeston It’s my husband’s first day back at work after paternity leave and my first full day alone with our baby. I have nowhere to be and everything to do.
Kiran Chug Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.
Jessica D'Ath You imagine that everyone is thinking badly of you, and you tell yourself you have to keep trying. Even though you are in an impossible situation, you still won't give yourself a break.
SONJA EBBELS The request to get booster shots before coming near a newborn is becoming more common, but it certainly gave me something to think about.
CATHERINE RODIE Testing ‘no more tears’ shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they’re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.
Harriet Alexander They have helped the sleep deprived parents of 7.4 million newborn babies, but has the work of NSW baby clinics changed since the first one opened a century ago?
Bill Gardner These baby triplet girls are so identical that their parents can only tell them apart by colour coding their toenails.
Sarah Wayland We often find that by living by ‘shoulds’ we set ourselves up to fail. So how can learning more about our children’s developmental stages change the way we approach parenting?
RICHARD GLOVER The government might be willing to pay for childcare from qualified people, so why shouldn't parents themselves be eligible? Here's a quick outline of a suggested syllabus.
MARK RUSSELL Jayde Pool's five-month-old daughter Bella died after being left in car on a hot summer's day. Yesterday a jury found the Victorian mum not criminally negligent for the little girl's death.
MICHAELA FOX There’s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.
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After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.
KIRAN CHUG For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.
Ariane Beeston From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.
CATHERINE RODIE They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.
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.
Kate Hagan A special team of volunteers helps newborn babies who have withdrawal symptoms due to their mothers’ opiate use.
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.
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.
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.
Melanie Mahoney A couple who sent their 11-month-old daughter on a solo parasailing flight are being investigated on child abuse charges.
DANIELLE COLLEY Whilst comfort can be found in routine, the restriction of scheduling does not work for everyone. Which is best for your family?
Watch the dramatic footage of two men catching a young child after he fell from a second storey window.
Melanie Mahoney It's the video that's dividing audiences around the world: did this baby really say ‘I love you’?
Melanie Mahoney A toddler who survived an 11-storey fall has been dubbed "the miracle baby".
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.
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.
Suzy Freeman-Greene Here's to the mums whose babies puke on them, instead of glowing cutely from pristine pink dressing gowns. They favour trackie daks over silk kimonos, maybe with a cloth flung across a shoulder to catch the vomit.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Romano Despite not knowing actual words yet, it looks like the little tyke is winning this argument.
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.
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.
Melanie Mahoney Like most mums, Louise Schmuelly always thought her babies were adorable. This week, the Bonds Baby Search judges agreed with her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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