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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Carrie Friedman 10:25am Before I had kids, I thought I knew what it would be like to be a parent. So I wrote a book about my beliefs.
CATHERINE RODIE My own darling girls dealt me my fair share of poo horror stories, from ill-fated nappy changes to ill-timed nappy-free time - and, of course, the classic 'poonami'.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Thousands of women have shared their own less-than-perfect motherhood moments in a show of support for a mum who left her two-month-old son in a supermarket trolley while she drove home.
Joanna Davis As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.
Vivienne Pearson Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.
Nick Bilton Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.
Staff writers Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.
ANNA PATTY Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".
MELANIE MAHONEY Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.
We're thrilled to announce that Annabel Karmel will be joining us for the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show from September 25 to 27.
Melanie Mahoney The love affair started when the family came across the cooking equipment in a shop last week.
Emma Jenner More than a few parents looked at me askance when informed of my childless state. Some even asked, "How can you really know all of this if you're not a parent?"
Staff writers Take a look at this tongue-in-cheek peek into what the delivery rooms of the future could look like.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Bonds has recalled thousands of newborn onesies after a mother found a sewing machine needle sewn into the arm of her daughter's suit.
Staff writers It was a normal afternoon in the Warner-Simpson home as mum Zoe gave her sons Oliver, 4 and, Edward, 2, a bath on April 13.
Josefa Pete Social media updates from new parents were once loving, smitten posts. Yet it seems now they can be quite the opposite.
Staff writers Many of us have fallen foul of a bad fake tan or two, but this little guy's started a bit earlier than most.
PINKY MCKAY By my fourth baby, I'd wholeheartedly embraced a philosophy of 'lazy parenting' – or, as I liked to call it with her older siblings, 'benevolent neglect'.
Armin Brott Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?
CATHERINE RODIE Support in the early 'daze' can be the difference between parents who transition well and those who continue to feel flustered.
Staff writers Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.
EVELYN LEWIN Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.
CATHERINE RODIE Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.
KONRAD MARSHALL The bassinet looks like any other, but it is not.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Nevermind judging a family by the size of their house or the car that they own - it seems Australians are now pram snobs.
Self-described "baby whisperer" Tizzie Hall has been accused of putting children's lives in danger by recommending the unsafe use of child car seat products.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Every parent knows that moment - your baby's facial expression suddenly changes to one of concentration and it can mean only one thing.
Sharday Stirton I look back at my pre-baby self and laugh at how ridiculously easy I actually had it. I remember complaining about how tired I was and how little time I had.
LETITIA ROWLANDS When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.
DONNA WEBECK In playgrounds across Australia, you can hear parents lamenting, "When we have our next baby I swear I won't be doing THAT again".
JO HARTLEY A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.
Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser (and other parenting lessons I've learnt)
Jessica Bartlett It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.
EVELYN LEWIN From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.
LETITIA ROWLANDS The dedication of parents who believe it's gotta be Bonds when dressing their babies is pushing price for second hand Wondersuits sky high.
My Kitchen Rules' celebrity chef Pete Evans has released his controversial baby Paleo cookbook online.
Ariane Beeston Amongst the useless, ill-informed advice we're given as new parents, many of us also receive nuggets of wisdom that make our lives just that little bit easier.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A group of university students have come up with an invention that not only alerts parents if they have left their child in the car, but also prevents the baby or toddler from overheating until help arrives.
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.
JODIE BENVENISTE Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.
LETITIA ROWLANDS H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Mathewson A mother who opted for a 4D scan late in pregnancy discovered her unborn baby had a rare brain disorder.
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.
Sarah Barr There's nothing like having a baby to highlight just how much there is you don't know.
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