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!”
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These gorgeous photos are by Sandi Ford, who specialises in capturing newborns smiling. "I have learned to recognise the little signs that a baby is about to let out a smile and I sit there ready with the camera to catch it!" she says. "I once read that there are two types of people in this world – those that see a newborn smile as wind, and those that don't. I see it as a rare treat that I am lucky enough to capture."
JUDITH IRELAND The federal government's flagship childcare reforms are so difficult to understand, some parents may give up and pull their children out of care, a Senate inquiry has heard.
Beth Sebesfi Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?
JO HARTLEY There are some significant differences in the parenting experience when you've already done it once.
Claire Bugeja Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.
Staff writers A fun new video hopes to help parents and carers remember live-saving CPR skills for babies and toddlers.
LINDY ALEXANDER There are things that you can prepare for when you're having a second child, but some things are completely unexpected.
Patrick Hatch A video showing the special bond between a pair of twins born in a Melbourne hospital has been viewed online over 9 million times.
Jule Scherer I think my girls are the cutest babies on the planet, but sometimes I look at them and wonder if I can see anything of me in them at all.
Josefa Pete The end result was a hashtag you never see on social media: #cakesmashepicfail.
EVELYN LEWIN For the duration of pregnancy and the first year of your baby's life, time is elastic.
Jule Scherer We decided to book accommodation an hour away from our place for a couple of nights. How hard can it be?
Zoe Hunt Expecting a little one this year? Here's what you can expect them to be like, according to the Chinese Zodiac.
Joel Maxwell A 17-year-old dad has credited his own young mother for showing him how to keep striving as a teen parent.
Rachel Feltman New parents Brad and Stephanie Harris will use colour-coded ankle bracelets to tell daughters Addison, Kinsley and Savannah apart.
Staff writers Imagine if newborn babies came home from hospital speaking a language which their parents actually understood.
Ariane Beeston Some love getting visitors in hospital - but others wish they'd out rules in place.
Jule Scherer Perfect routines are a bit like unicorns. Amazingly beautiful, often talked and fantasised about, but rarely seen.
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant is winning praise from around the world after going "above and beyond" the call of duty.
A first-time dad's funny - and brutally honest - parenting insights have struck a chord with Facebookers.
Taryn Utiger On Christmas Eve a little boy with only one eye was given a present that made his mum cry.
Staff writers A family is fundraising to pay for the removal of a rare birthmark on their daughter's face.
Vikki Ortiz Healy Just like a boxer would have people in their corner, these babies did too.
RAIDAH SHAH IDIL I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.
Mark Hawthorne, Jared Lynch More than half the infant formula sold by Australia's supermarket chains is being shipped overseas by gangs raiding the shelves of Coles, Woolworths and Metcash/IGA.
Jule Scherer Even the best modern nappies can't hold those Number 2s! The stinky mass makes its way out of the confinement of the nappy, along the legs and up the baby's back.
Staff writers In the latest trend to hit Instagram, Japanese parents are squishing their babies' cheeks and chins together so their faces look like rice balls.
Parents know – usually from many days and nights of trial and error – that there is no universal, simple trick for soothing a crying baby.
Eugenia Lee Although parents tend to overspend all that is required are a cot, a change table, and a feeding chair with low arms and a high back.
CATHERINE RODIE PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) have shared a heart-warming letter to a café owner, in a Facebook post that has shone a night on the importance of kindness,
EVELYN LEWIN Do you still hold on to your 'baby stuff' even though you think your family's finished? Evelyn Lewin explores why we do this, and how to move on.
Karina Lane So you're expecting twins; congratulations! It's hard to imagine what that first year with twin babies is going to be like.
JUDITH IRELAND Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.
Jule Scherer Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.
Katie Burgess and Alexandra Back The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.
EVELYN LEWIN There are many new things you need to know as a parent. We explain the top 5 words and phrases that will become common use in your vocab.
Catherine Carter City planners and designers must focus on building female-friendly cities.
COSIMA MARRINER A new text service for fathers aims to guide men through the life changing experience of having a child.
MEGAN BLANDFORD Having a baby is exhausting, hard work. It's also one of the greatest joys of your life.
Rashida Yosufzai and Belinda Merhab Federal parliament is being urged to consider allowing MPs to breastfeed in the parliamentary chamber following controversy surrounding new mum Kelly O'Dwyer.
Staff writers A doctor did such an amazing job of putting a worried mum at ease that she felt compelled to wrote a special blog post about it – and it's since gone viral.
LETITIA ROWLANDS They are stunning photos that the parents of these beautiful no doubt feared they may never see.
You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.
Staff writers Huggies has denied photoshopping a baby's legs in a nappy advertisement, issuing a statement explaining "all babies are different".
AMANDA DUNN What are the first few weeks and months actually like for new parents?
PINKY MCKAY We asked our Facebook followers what worried them most about bringing their newborn home from hospital.
Staff writers Ever looked at gorgeous baby photos and wondered how the impossibly cute images were captured?
Staff writers When you hear a baby's enthusiastic laugh it's difficult not to chuckle along with them.
Staff writers While some worry about how much pink will enter their lives, others have already swung into protective mode.
Staff writers A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.
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Enjoy these beautiful images from new coffee-table photography book, Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland, out now by Sellers Publishing.