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.

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

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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

The TechBeach onesie.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

Show us your DUPLO creations to win!

We love to see the cool creations kids build when they play with LEGO DUPLO. Enter and share a picture of your childs creation for a chance to WIN 1 of 10 LEGO DUPLO prize packs worth over $100 each.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names

A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

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.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.

How breastfeeding can affect your libido

When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Anti-vaccination mum's seven children contract whooping cough

A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunised against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby

New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

Pink's awesome response to body-shaming trolls

When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Baby boy abandoned in India amid fresh surrogacy concerns

Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

Herd immunity and community responsibility: how free-riders can make kids suffer

Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum meets 'dead' daughter 49 years after birth

In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.

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Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

How to stay calm in an emergency

I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

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We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

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