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 a fun experience for your child. Just be prepared to get splashed!
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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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.
Kate Hagan A special team of volunteers helps newborn babies who have withdrawal symptoms due to their mothers’ opiate use.
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.
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.
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.
Melanie Mahoney A couple who sent their 11-month-old daughter on a solo parasailing flight are being investigated on child abuse charges.
DANIELLE COLLEY Whilst comfort can be found in routine, the restriction of scheduling does not work for everyone. Which is best for your family?
Watch the dramatic footage of two men catching a young child after he fell from a second storey window.
Melanie Mahoney It's the video that's dividing audiences around the world: did this baby really say ‘I love you’?
Melanie Mahoney A toddler who survived an 11-storey fall has been dubbed "the miracle baby".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Romano Despite not knowing actual words yet, it looks like the little tyke is winning this argument.
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.
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.
Melanie Mahoney Like most mums, Louise Schmuelly always thought her babies were adorable. This week, the Bonds Baby Search judges agreed with her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
BRIDIE SMITH Dermatologists are reporting an increase in parents presenting with problems linked to using disposable baby wipes.
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.
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.
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.
Mashable A security video shows a store employee catching a baby that was milliseconds from falling onto a concrete fall.
Letitia Rowlands Should babies be banned from fine dining restaurants? One top chef says so, and plenty of people agree with him.
A court has sentenced a doctor to death after she admitted to stealing then selling babies from the hospital where she worked.
PINKY MCKAY Meaghan's emotions have run the gamut since her three-month-old baby died of SIDS. But right now she is angry.
Melanie Mahoney An adorable video showing a baby meeting her father’s identical twin has quickly gone viral.
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.
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.
Letitia Rowlands A family has defended themselves against criticism after letting their baby boy play in a croc-infested river.
Mashable Take a look at nine adorable tykes taking their first bites out of life's mysteries.
Ewa Kretowicz and Megan Doherty A rare set of identical triplets born in the US, fathered by a man from the ACT, have become an unexpected global sensation.
Dilvin Yasa I’ve noticed there’s a marked difference between the way I mothered my first child to the way I look after my second. And I'm a little ashamed.
Moata Tamaira I've discovered that puppies are for boys, cats are for girls, and ducks and giraffes are gender Switzerland. But why?
Karyn Thurston These are the words I wish I'd read before jumping headlong into mummyhood with my books and my ideals and my high horses. They're flawed, and they aren't all pretty, but they're hard-won and honest and as true as I can get them.
Zanni Louise Most of us probably sing to our babies to soothe them, or to help them sleep. But a new story shows that it's doing other good things for them, too.
KERRI SACKVILLE At a recent fostering summit, it was revealed there's a critical need for 900 new foster carers in NSW alone. Kerri Sackville spoke with some of those who have already opened their homes to children in need.
PINKY MCKAY Respecting babies and little children is about empathy. It’s also about the subtle messages we convey to littlies about their right to own their bodies and to refuse unwanted touching.
Staff writers Professional troll Katie Hopkins has faced off against Peaches Geldof on British television in a discussion about attachment parenting, with Geldof coming out the winner.
KIRAN CHUG I can't believe I said it. With a three-month-old and a toddler, I wondered out loud if we should have another baby.
EMMA MACDONALD Parents are being urged to carry out safe co-sleeping practices following the deaths of 14 babies under a year old in the ACT over the past decade.
Andrew King and Melanie Mahoney A mother of two has been left embarrassed after she was kicked off a bus because her baby was crying.
COSIMA MARRINER The ACCC is considering introducing mandatory safety standards for baby slings as a Queensland coroner investigates whether a baby sling was a factor in the death of an infant.
Melanie Mahoney The premise is simple: a mum sings to her 10-month-old baby. But the resulting video is just so sweet and not quite what you'd expect.
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