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.

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

Baby Love author Robin Barker with her daughter Kate.

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.

The Canberra Times

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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.

Parental truthbombs

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

Megan Gale with baby son River.

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

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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

Griffin White in his mum's viral Facebook post.

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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We're new parents, reaching a new normal

What will I care about in 10 years? What will I wish I would have hung on to longer?

Bobby McMahon It's still amazing, because we made a new person and we get to love him and teach him things. But he's also now part of our everyday life.

A letter to my 10-day-old granddaughter

Sharon Randall The older nanas get, our hearts keep getting bigger. My heart is pretty big. Take all the space you want.

Answers about the measles

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Lenny Bernstein and Charity Brown Measles is an extremely contagious respiratory infection. Here's what you need to know about it.

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The moment a baby saw her mum properly for the first time

Louise McMorris sees her mum clearly for the first time.

Special glasses helped this eight-month-old see her mum's face clearly for the first time - and our hearts turn to jelly.

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What causes sensitive skin in babies?

Your baby's skin may be super soft, but it's sensitive, too.

Anyone who has stroked the face of a newborn knows that baby skin is as soft and delicate as it comes. But while it is soft, baby skin is also incredibly sensitive.

Discovering 'me time' as a mum

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GREER BERRY While some out there will be aghast that I boast about how enjoyable my time was when I'm alone, I have this response: happy parent, happy baby.

The ABC of surviving a poo-mageddon

There are little to no warning signs or alarms for a poo-mageddon or poo-nami.

Victoria Mackinlay When a poo-mageddon strikes, it’s vitally important to remember and follow your ABCs.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

LIBBY HAKIM Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

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Woman's Day severely edits cover shot of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

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RACHEL CLUN Pregnant Kate Middleton has received a makeover courtesy of Australia's Woman's Day that leaves her almost almost unrecognisable.

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A jab to my heart - but so worth it

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GREER BERRY One of the worst things you have to consider as a new parent is the thought of a stranger giving your beautiful, soft, squishy perfect little mini human a jab with a needle.

You just had a baby

Ashlee Gadd and her baby.

Ashlee Gadd I know your to-do list is never finished. I know you’re exhausted. And frustrated. And overwhelmed ... and thankful, and happy and tired.

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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.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

Working out what’s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

When those you love judge your parenting

In today's society, never has it been harder to parent without judgment. But what about when judgment is coming from closer to home?

Don't play the victim blame game with family violence

It's not a woman's job to teach violent men how to behave.

11 truths about having two under two

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.

'How do you say goodbye to someone you've only just started to get to know?'

New mum Sarah Sutton was faced with a shattering scenario no person should have to endure.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

"It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Six reasons to go for a walk

Can't find time to get to the gym? It could be just as beneficial to put your baby in the stroller and go for a walk.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there’s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it’s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

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Where are the childcare places?

It’s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

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A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

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My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos.

Australia's top baby names of 2014

The numbers have been crunched and it's official: Australian parents are having a bit of an 'O' moment.

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Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.