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 fun for your child.
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!”
A helpful guide to contact information if you are looking for help, support or assistance.
Staff writers Many of us have fallen foul of a bad fake tan or two, but this little guy's started a bit earlier than most.
PINKY MCKAY By my fourth baby, I'd wholeheartedly embraced a philosophy of 'lazy parenting' – or, as I liked to call it with her older siblings, 'benevolent neglect'.
Armin Brott Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?
CATHERINE RODIE Support in the early 'daze' can be the difference between parents who transition well and those who continue to feel flustered.
Staff writers Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.
EVELYN LEWIN Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.
CATHERINE RODIE Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.
KONRAD MARSHALL The bassinet looks like any other, but it is not.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Nevermind judging a family by the size of their house or the car that they own - it seems Australians are now pram snobs.
Self-described "baby whisperer" Tizzie Hall has been accused of putting children's lives in danger by recommending the unsafe use of child car seat products.
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.
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.
LETITIA ROWLANDS When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.
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".
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)
Jessica Bartlett It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.
EVELYN LEWIN From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.
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.
My Kitchen Rules' celebrity chef Pete Evans has released his controversial baby Paleo cookbook online.
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.
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.
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.
JODIE BENVENISTE Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.
LETITIA ROWLANDS H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Mathewson A mother who opted for a 4D scan late in pregnancy discovered her unborn baby had a rare brain disorder.
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.
Sarah Barr There's nothing like having a baby to highlight just how much there is you don't know.
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.
Evelyn Lewin Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.
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.
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.
NATALIE REILLY "Here it is, pure wish-fulfilment. The letter I would've loved my pregnant self to read," writes Natalie Reilly.
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.
Richard Fletcher Fathers might be at home more these days but they still spend only a fraction of that time caring for their baby.
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.
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.
LETITIA ROWLANDS When you are passionate about a sport, it is only natural to want to share it with those you love most.
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?
Jennifer Chung Your baby feeds off your emotions, so the first step to helping diffuse his discomfort is to stay calm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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