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.

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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Share the little things that make you smile

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We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

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After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

My baby is hypermobile

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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.

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The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

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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.

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When you don’t bond with your baby

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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.

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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.

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Nappies

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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.

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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.

Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Celebrity mum-to-be Sonia Kruger has spoken candidly about using donor eggs and IVF to fall pregnant at age 48.

Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old

When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: “I don’t want to look beautiful.” And now I've worked out why.

Special nappies made with love for angel babies

Angel Baby Nappies make and provide tiny bereavement cloth nappies for pre-term stillborn babies and premature babies who pass away in the NICU.

Inside the brain of a tantruming toddler

What's going on in your child's mind in the lead-up to a tantrum? And what’s the best way to respond?

5 secrets to a long-lasting relationship

When it comes to keeping your relationship strong, it’s what you do - and not what you want - that really matters.

When 'furbabies' meet real babies

I am obsessed with my dogs, and can't imagine loving them any less once my baby arrives. But that doesn't stop everyone from telling me I will.

The least popular baby names of 2013

Looking for a baby name that’s nowhere near the top 10 – or even the top 1000? Try the bottom five.

'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

There are no laws regulating driving while tired, but statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll.

Why are there so few sexy maternity bras?

Rather than feeling ashamed of their post-baby bodies, women should be free to buy lingerie that makes them look attractive and pretty - no matter what stage of life they're in.

Toddler Alliyah one step closer to first trip home

She has lived the first 14 months of her life in a hospital intensive care unit, but Alliyah Broadby's parents hope to finally take their little girl home with them.

'Put people before IVF profits': IVF pioneer Alan Trounson

IVF could be done for hundreds of dollars in Australia instead of $8500 if clinics stopped charging what ''the market will handle'', a pioneer of the technology says.

Expectant parents urged to swap the pub for bub

Nearly one in five women drink while pregnant, but a current campaign is trying to drive down that unhealthy statistic.

Nutella supplies threatened by bad weather

There's bad news for fans of Nutella, the gooey, chocolatey hazelnut spread.

The cost of growing your own vegies

Does it make financial sense to grow your own veggies, or are you better off ordering produce from the local food co-op?

Breastfeeding mums less likely to suffer from PND, but all need support

A new study has shown the a complex relationship between a mother’s intention to breastfeed, her ability to do so, and postnatal depression.

The #loveyourlines Instagram account taking on body issues

A new Instagram account, LoveYourLines, has put the call out for to change the way we view stretch marks.

Mum gets diploma 51 years after being thrown out of school over pregnancy

Sandra Lantz was about six months pregnant and four months from graduation when she was forced to leave high school. Now, more than half a century later, she has finally graduated.

The lowdown on male midwives

How would you feel about having a male midwife assist your baby's birth? For a growing number of mums, the idea is a reality - and the experts all agree that it's something that should be encouraged.

Bomb threat at daycare centre

Worried parents took to social media yesterday after their children's daycare was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

Unusual celebrity baby names

Celebrities love to use their imaginations when it comes to naming their kids! Here's a gallery of some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

5 fears I've overcome since becoming a mum

Motherhood has a way of putting any phobias you had pre-parenthood into perspective: you either realise they’re a pointless waste of energy or they simply vanish in a sleep-deprived haze.

Mums review the Dymples range from Big W

The Big W Dymples range offers parents a vast selection of quality products to keep their little ones happy and healthy. We asked the Real Mums Test Drive team to review some items - here's what they said.

Recall: Another cot deemed unsafe

Parents are being warned to check their baby's cot is not one of those which have been recalled in recent weeks due to safety concerns.

The truth about breastfeeding and weightloss

Celebrities often state that their post-baby weight loss is down to breastfeeding, and breastfeeding alone. But that's not the reality for all women.

10 weird things little kids do

Most kids have their own personal brand of oddity. It's usually nothing to worry about, but every now and again you might find yourself scratching your head and asking, “Really? Is that really a thing?”

The app that helps detect signs of autism

Parents can assess their children's progress at critical developmental stages, thanks to this new app.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs’ Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

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Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

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.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend – me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum – I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

Everything baby at Big W

Lowest prices on everything baby, only at Big W. Sale starts August 4 and ends August 20 2014.

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