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.

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.

Is my baby normal?

GREER BERRY There are chubby Buddha babies and there are thin, smaller babies. Neither are right or wrong, they are all 'normal'.

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Parents, don't be too hard on yourselves

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John Pickering We need to stop damning parents of today, and embrace their appetite for knowledge instead.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

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Cate Broughton Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

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An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Angela Hume Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Eight things every first-time parent needs to know

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Thuy Yau I will never forget the early days, months, years of parenting – the times that were actually harder because I was still making sense of my role as a mum.

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'Wishes for Baby' ad a sweet start to 2015

A scene from the emotional 'Wishes for Baby' ad.

We may be only a few days into 2015, but Fisher-Price has already created what may end up being one of the sweetest ads of the year.

Baby diagnosed with cancer while in womb

Baby Jenna was born with a large tumour on her neck; after surgery, she required chemotherapy.

To say baby Jenna Smith has had a very rocky start to life is something of an understatement.

Modern villages needed to help new mums

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STEPHANIE GARDINER Nurse Sue Colville says a lot has changed in the more than 20 years she has been caring for parents and their newborns.

Life with the Harp Quad Squad

A happy handful: Payton, Elijah, Emma and Liam Harp.

Kelly Ardis "When I get really tired, instead of being sad about being tired, I just think, 'I'm so happy they're healthy.' It gets me through the exhaustion."

Your motherhood mixtape

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Ariane Beeston Here's your mixtape for the first year of motherhood; music for the key moments and milestones.

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Do babies need Christmas presents?

GREER BERRY A number of people have asked what we're getting our baby. Up until recently, I hadn't thought about it at all.

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Moving #illridewithyou song performed in Martin Place

Singer songwriter duo Edo & Jo perform I'll Ride With You in Martin Place.

MELANIE KEMBREY In the aftermath of one of Sydney's darkest days, there was a spot of colour.

Remembering lost children at Christmas

CATHERINE RODIE This December 25th will be Rachel Nobel's third Christmas without her young son Hamish, who died in a tragic accident aged just 20 months.

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Australia needs adoption law overhaul

Children in care are often forgotten between elections.

Joanna Howe During election campaigns, politicians love to kiss babies. Yet, the reality is, in between elections, Australian babies and children in care are forgotten.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

It’s your baby’s first Christmas. It’s exciting but also a bit overwhelming too as you try to plan the big day with family and friends.

PINKY MCKAY Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

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These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

Ava Benny-Morrison After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

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I was fat-shamed by my doctor

KASEY EDWARDS The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

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Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

Esther Anderson just wanted a nap - but her baby had other ideas.

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

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The dummy debate

Dummies aren't the devil for us ... what works for one won't work for the other.

GREER BERRY I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

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Mums reveal their nappy bag essentials

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Babyology Ever wondered what other mums carry in their nappy bags? We have, so we asked mums to tell us their must-have nappy bag items.

Five unexpected firsts of parenthood

It's all fun and games until the Poonami hits ...

JO HARTLEY What about the ‘firsts’ that no one tells you about? The milestones that aren’t listed in the books or depicted in the ads, and therefore take you completely by surprise?

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Five ways your baby shows he loves you

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

PINKY MCKAY 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.

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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

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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.

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Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

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