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OMG! That's Not My Husband - a book for every mum

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The beautiful tattoos that honour lost babies

As tattoos go it is pretty poignant, but even more so when you realise that it is a miscarriage tattoo.

How to get a baby to clean the house

The dad who charms the world with his how-to parenting videos has struck again.

Cutting sandwiches into squares and other crimes against toddlers

It's the moment you realise you've ruined another person's day. If only you'd known.

How to make room for baby in a teeny tiny space

Even the tiniest of apartments can comfortably accommodate a new baby and all of their belongings.

Baby sleepbag recalled due to strangulation fears

A baby sleepbag sold at major retailers across Australia has been recalled due to fears it could be a strangulation hazard. 

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Why my smartphone is my parenting lifeline

"I'm not always making prolonged eye contact with my kids... and I'll not be judged over it," writes Natalie Reilly.

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They're popping up in gorgeous nurseries everywhere and it's little wonder; dream catchers represent good dreams for our wee ones.

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There are tricks and tips that just might help your little one turn into a little gourmand who is excited to try new things.

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Navigating the sleep-deprived world of parenting a toddler

This fractured sleep situation is like shrapnel; all the little metal pieces splinter our psyche, our soul, our bodies.

Toddler drums up a storm to become an internet star

This one-year-old's drumming is a whole lot more professional than the average toddler.

Toddler gets head stuck in toilet seat

Two-year-old Tayla Bate will never look at the a toilet seat the same way again - which is probably a very good thing. 

Man rates wife in 'spousal performance review'

It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but one man may be regretting filling out a "spousal performance review" for his wife.

The things I'd forgotten about babies and solids

Since becoming a mum second time around, there are many things I'd forgotten about motherhood and babies.

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I've had a change of heart - and now I'm a proud stay-at-home mum

Equality doesn't mean that we have to do exactly the same, but that we have the option.

Ikea recalls safety gates due to injury risk

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is recalling children's safety gates because the locking mechanism is unreliable and may result in injury to children.

Five secrets of women's underwear drawers

Seven out of 10 women admitted they would rather sport their comfy favourites than some flashy new number.

 
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I think my toddler has a sensitive tummy ? what should I do?

For some children, upset tummies come and go. For others, they feel like a regular part of life. (SPONSORED)

Is this the best ever gender reveal photo?

The phrase "it's a boy!" is not an unusual thing to hear in a delivery room. However if the mum and dad-to-be believed they were expecting a girl, the words would come as a bit of a surprise - just ask Koto Nakamura.  

Hilarious reply to mum's inquiry about "broken" baby

What do you do when you have something new and it doesn't appear to be working properly? Look for the guarantee, of course. 

Jena Malone's unusual baby name choice

Jena Malone and her boyfriend Ethan DeLorenzo have welcomed a son, giving him the unusual name of Ode Mountain.

Toddler diagnosed with early onset puberty

A one-year-old boy in India who developed facial hair and sexual urges was diagnosed with a rare hormonal condition.

The pain of teething

If the tooth fairy takes teeth away, it must be something like a goblin who brings them in the first place.

10 things I need to thank my partner for

He didn't have to grow a human, recover from childbirth or learn the ins and outs of mothering two children, but he did have to do an awful lot.

My in-laws snubbed our wedding

For your own husband's parents not to come to your wedding is an utter embarrassment.

Dad shares hilarious video on how to travel with a baby

Travelling with a baby can be a daunting task for new mums and dads.

Adorable triplets give garbage men a hand

Tuesdays and Fridays are the favourite days of the week for toddler triplets Heaton, Wilder and Holden.

The new family holiday: the maternitymoon

It's an idea that makes some people feel excited, while others shudder at the increased difficulty.

Symbolic permanence: the rise of tattoo wedding rings

Couples are choosing to get inked in honour of their lifelong commitment to each other.

Is it okay to reward children with food?

Does giving children food as a reward turn them into emotional eaters?

Exhausted mums share their 'sleepy selfies'

Two photos of mums have shown the world the physical impact of exhaustion in all its frazzled glory.

Mum shares pic of Gordon Ramsay's baby doppelganger

A Welsh couple have realised their newborn has a striking resemblance to a certain celebrity chef.

Do you hide your emotions from your kids?

I want my children to grow up and know it's okay to feel strong emotion and to display it. Vulnerability and imperfection do not equal weakness.

 

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