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.

Five ways your baby shows he loves you

Even newborns recognise and prefer their mother's smell over others.

PINKY MCKAY 1:47pm Your care is helping your baby thrive. As your bond grows, he’ll show you in his own special ways that you are the most important person in his world.

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Baby monitor footage posted online

Security breach ... An image taken from a webcam in a Sydney home shows a baby sleeping.

Letitia Rowlands and Nick Miller Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

Becoming a parent, like life generally, is full of ups and downs.

Ariane Beeston A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

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Your new motherhood survival kit

Cloth nappies aren't just for baby bottoms ...

Nicole Thomson-Pride Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

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How Huggies is helping sick babies heal

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The need for a baby to spend time in specialist care is a very stressful thing for new parents to deal with. 

Nurses give parents of premmies hope with gorgeous series

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Jen Ng Nurses who work in a neonatal intensive care unit in the US have helped give parents hope by imagining the premature patients in beautifully constructed illustrations.

Babywearers unite against misinformation

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Everyone has heard of people power, but what about passionate babywearing power?

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10 ways to soothe a crying baby

If mum is feeling stressed out, baby will too.

Jennifer Chung New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

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Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

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Gabe McGrath Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

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Do we need celebrity bottle-feeding ambassadors too?

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CATHERINE RODIE Breastfeeding celebrities are great, but many mums say that we need to see bottle-feeding celebrities, too.

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Great gift ideas for babies

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Babyology Christmas is fast approaching! Babyology have come up with a list of great gift ideas for babies to make sure they don't miss out on all the fun.

What happens when we can't let go

VICTORIA BIRCH In those early days he felt like my baby. My husband's too, of course, but it was hard to let him in.

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Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

Nicole Thomson-Pride Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

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10 myths about babies

Do babies have kneecaps? As it turns out, yes.

Anisa Arsenault As a new parent, you'll be hearing a lot of advice and opinions. Some of it will be really helpful, and some will be just plain wrong.

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ReadyStepGrow: A leg-up for premature children

Assisting development: Simone Mossop (wearing glasses) works with children who were born prematurely and their mothers.

Josh Jennings ReadyStepGrow is a charity that helps the development of children born before full term.

Early daze: the first week of motherhood

There is a lot to learn during the first week of motherhood.

GREER BERRY Greer Berry has dreamt about having a baby for a long time. Now the new mum reflects on the first week of parenthood following the birth of her son Sullivan.

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Am I ignoring my baby?

Feel guilty you're not giving your baby attention 24/7? You're not alone.

Nicole Thomson-Pride Some mums are wracked with guilt when they leave their baby on the floor to attend to daily tasks. But really, this guilt is unwarranted.

How I learnt to relax about routines

After many years, I finally realised that being parenting isn't about being perfect.

Thuy Yau After many routine-led, tough years, we've realised that being parenting isn't about being perfect. It isn't about following a schedule to a T.

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5 things to do with your baby’s old clothes

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Nicole Thomson-Pride Did you think your only option for your baby’s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

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Childhood around the world

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LINDY ALEXANDER It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

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Why I don't breastfeed, if you really must know

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Emily Wax-Thibodeaux Truth was, I really didn't want to see milk coming from anywhere other than the store. If it did, it would mean there was still a chance I wouldn't survive.

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The best and worst month of my life

Nicole Thomson-Pride A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Working out without worry: tips for using a gym creche

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Thinking of joining a gym but unsure about leaving your baby in the care of the crèche? Read a mum's story and five tips for a smooth transition.

Mum photographs newborns in imaginative portraits

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Jen Ng Neli Prahova takes cute and very creative photos of newborns, making sweet images that will be treasured for life.

Style your nursery and cot with gorgeous linen

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Babyology Some great linen ideas to customise your nursey's look and feel.

Bonding ideas dad will love

There are simple things dads can do to join in the excitement of new parenthood.

Jenna McCarthy Dad may not say it, but he could be feeling lost, confused and seriously left out. However, there are lots of things new fathers can do to be more included in the excitement of pregnancy and new parenthood.

How mum's past influences baby bonding

A woman's relationship with her own mother can influence how she bonds with her baby.

HARRIET ALEXANDER Researchers have found a woman's relationship with her mother can have an impact on how she bonds with her own baby.

Video: 10-week-old baby sounds like she says 'I love you'

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It’s mixed in amongst garbled baby talk, but this 10-week-old's apparent attempt at telling her parents that she loves them has made her an internet star.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

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AMITY DRY Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

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'I'll never do that with my kids'

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Natalie Feulner Here are a few lies we told ourselves (and anyone else who would listen) before we had our first child.

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Finding your tribe as a new mum

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DANIELLE COLLEY How was my renegade mother's group different from my first? They were my kind of people. My tribe.

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Dying mother saves baby's life with her last breath

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Jessica Arrendale died after being shot by her partner, but the devoted mother managed to save her baby's life first.

Video: Baby's first birthday is a special day for mum, too

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Melanie Mahoney “A baby’s first birthday is also mum’s first birthday.”

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Photographer stunned by baby's crawl along cliff's edge

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Jessica Plautz A hiker was taking in the view at the top of a cliff when he saw the startling sight of a baby crawling near the cliff's edge.

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Crash testing new parenthood

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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.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

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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.

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Donor milk still taboo in most Australian hospitals

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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.

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When newborn baby shoots go wrong

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Andrea Romano As the classic book says, everyone poops. But not everyone has such exquisite timing as Al Ferguson's newborn son, Ted.

Home alone with a newborn

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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.

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6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

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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.

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My four months of breastfeeding madness

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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.

My friend made me vaccinate before I could meet her baby

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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.

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Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

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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.

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Baby health clinics celebrate 100th birthday

Parenting evolved in life of baby clinics: Nurse Jenni Jones with 8 month old Ethan his mum Sharlene Pasqual.

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?

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Identical triplets have toenails painted to tell them apart

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Bill Gardner These baby triplet girls are so identical that their parents can only tell them apart by colour coding their toenails.

Shifting focus: seeing our babies from another perspective

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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?

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The cheat's guide to raising kids

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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.

"Forgotten baby syndrome" mum found not guilty of daughter's manslaughter

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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.

21 things I love about newborns

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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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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.

How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

In a bizarre bid for relevancy, Former Opposition leader Mark Latham has deduced that because one female journalist had this week light-heartedly thanked antidepressants and caffeine for getting her through a medical degree while raising two small children, that ergo, all 'inner-city feminists' are selfish harridans who despise their offspring.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia’s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

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Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia’s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

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