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.

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

Ryan Reynolds in the controversial Father's Day shot.

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

Bonding with your baby takes time and practice.

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.

The first night away from your baby

Leaving your baby for the first time can be difficult.

GREER BERRY There's a certain amount of guilt that a new parent feels when they leave their young child for the first time, but it doesn't always feel the way you expect it to.

Megan Gale uses "salt therapy" for son's sniffles

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When a baby is suffering with the sniffles, concerned parents will try just about anything to help their little ones feel better.

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Onesie that might save babies from SIDS

The TechBeach onesie.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A onesie which keeps track of a baby's temperature, heartbeat and breathing patterns is promising to help new mums and dads sleep easier.

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6 handy apps for new parents

A range of apps can help make the first months of parenthood a little less daunting.

JODI GIBSON We’ve got the low down on six of the most popular and useful apps available today, specifically designed for new mums.

2015: the year of the sheep

Babies born in the year of the sheep are said to be calm and good natured.

Jo Hartley According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Warning over lavender after baby develops breasts

The baby's parents used a variety of lavender products, including shampoo and body wash.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Doctors have blamed premature breast development in a toddler on the overuse of lavender products.

9 things not to say to a sleep-deprived parent

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JO HARTLEY Yes, they may be said with the best of intentions, but when you’re running on more coffee than oxygen, these flippant comments can just make you want to SNAP.

Six-day-old baby receives heart transplant

Premature baby Oliver Crawford received a heart transplant at just six days old.

A six-day old premature baby has become the youngest infant to receive a heart transplant at a US hospital, doctors and his proud parents say.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

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LETITIA ROWLANDS She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

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I was a vaccine sceptic, but now I'm a believer

Gal Adam Spinrad When we made our decisions about vaccines the first time, it was all abstract. I hadn't yet spent those weeks in the NICU, praying over my child.

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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.

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Win Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD

To celebrate the release of Love Child Season 2 on DVD from July 9, Essential Baby and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are giving away Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD to 13 lucky winners.

10 things I wish my pre-baby self knew

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.

Creative ways to store your child's art

Ideas for storing your child's artworks have moved on from sticking them to the fridge door before guiltily dumping them in the bin.

Child abuse ignored because 'it's not your children': Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly takes apart the immigration law that's designed to "protect politicians"

How a newborn niece changed star Australian basketballer's life

In August 2013 star basketball Abby Bishop was 24-years-old and in the prime of her sporting career.

Guilt is my new shadow

No one warned me that when I gave birth there would be an additional side order of guilt.

12 brilliant Ikea hacks for kids’ rooms

Check out these creative upcycling ideas that transform regular Ikea items into something special for your little ones.

Child's nightmare about 'man with a light' turned out to be real

For three days, a three-year-old boy had been saying there was "a man with a light" outside his window at night.

Toilet truths after giving birth

The thought of going to the toilet after giving birth is often feared, but there are ways to make it less painful.

Woman asks strangers for $1 million to stop her having an abortion

An anonymous woman is taking an extreme moral and ethical stand by seeking $1 million in donations to prevent her going ahead with a planned abortion.

How a woman's dying wish made another woman a mum

"I kind of think about, 'What did I do beforehand? What kept me so busy back then?' Because now I'm really busy."

The parenting do-over: what six parents did differently second time around

In playgrounds across Australia, you can hear parents lamenting, "When we have our next baby I swear I won't be doing THAT again".

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

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