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Parents fight for child adopted out against their will

Karrissa Cox and her baby.

Scott D'Arcy Parents of a baby who was taken into care then adopted out have vowed they'll be reunited with their child after a court cleared them of abuse.

Gabi Grecko faked pregnancy and miscarriage, says estranged husband Geoffrey Edelsten

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Gabi Grecko and her partner Geoffrey Edelsten attend the 2014 Brownlow Medal at Crown Palladium on September 22, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Caroline Duncan Every woman who has grieved the loss of a much-wanted life, a much-wanted addition to her family, knows that miscarriage is no joke.


Restaurant manager sticks up for noisy baby

Katie Leach and her partner Andrew.

Suzi Catchpole A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.

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The Bachelor's Sam and Snezana: 'We want to have kids soon!'

The Bachelor's Sam Wood and Snezana Markowski would like to be pregnant 'in a year' with a sibling for Eve.

Staff writers It appears the love match made between Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski on The Bachelor is proceeding very successfully indeed.


Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for art

GROWING BROOD: Kourtney Kardashian has revealed the name of her new baby.

Staff writers We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.

Footballer's wife forced to defend 'bad mum' claims

Darius and Kayla Boyd.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The wife of rugby league star Darius Boyd has been forced to defend her decision to travel to Sydney to watch her husband play in Sunday night's grand final.

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13 tips for flying with a baby or toddler

Baby looking out airplane window

My son will be 7 months old when his mother and I pack him and our world up to fly across the Atlantic for 10 days. What to do? What not to do?

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV is the dream family luxury car.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying


Jamie Freed Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

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Jessica Irvine: Parenting and the battle for equality

Jessica Irvine

JESSICA IRVINE We live in a society that still puts unfair demands on only one parent.

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The Aussie toddlers being given pocket money


Frances Mao Know anyone who makes $260 a year on the side without doing anything?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

Centrelink: the bane of many parents' lives.

Katina Curtis A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

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Toddler huffs and puffs to blow out birthday candle

Two-year-old Marty Williamson tried his hardest to blow out his birthday candle.

LETITIA ROWLANDS It's one of the less recognised, but very important, milestones of early childhood development - the ability to blow out birthday candles without assistance.

Offspring back

Offspring to return to Ten in 2016

Kat Stewart and Asher Keddie will be back in <i>Offspring</i> in 2016, after Ten announced the series would return for a sixth season.

KARL QUINN The popular comedy drama about Nina Proudman and her family will be back on air next year.

Only one can win

The Bachelor 2015: Which girl will win Sam Wood's heart?

Sam Wood from <i>The Bachelor</i> has found love on the show.

EBONY BOWDEN If you listen closely, you will hear cafes, restaurants - even bus stops - abuzz with speculation about which lucky lady has won Sam Wood's heart.

Family Home more articles

Further recall of children's pain relief

Recalled: Apohealth paracetamol and iboprofen for children.

Staff writers The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has announced the recall of three more types of children's paracetamol.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two children have fallen out of a window in Eastwood.

Kate Aubusson Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad in a foreign land

Matt Colville and his son Jude in Germany.

Matt Colville It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

Being Dad more articles

Dad discovers a present even better than Apple Watch


Staff writers This man thought he was getting an Apple Watch as a birthday present, but he was wrong.

Yes dads, fatherhood does start before your baby is born

A dad's involvement in his partner's pregnancy has many benefits.

Armin Brott My girlfriend and I just found out that she's pregnant. She wants me to go to all the doctor visits with her, but I don't see the point.

Aussie dads see themselves as mums' helpers, not equals: study


JULIE POWER  You've shopped and raced home from work to cook dinner for the family. It is nearly ready when your partner asks: "How can I help?"

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Chocolate drizzled nutella meringues


The Kitchen Coquette Easy to make and even better to eat, your kids will love these nutella meringues.

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DIY guacamole


Jill Dupleix Mexican restaurants now offer a guacamole service at your table, crushing the avocado in a traditional molcajete or mortar and mixing it with condiments just before you eat it. Here's a version for you to try at home. Set everything up at the table and get pounding for the freshest guac you've ever had.

Chocolate-coated fairy wands


NICOLE AVERY These super simple chocolate coated fairy wands are perfect for a princess or fairy party and by changing the colours of the sprinkle they would easily work for a Harry Potter or Halloween party too. With only a few steps, this recipe is a perfect one to get the kids cooking in the kitchen.

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Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for art

We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.

Video shows babies 'singing' to music in the womb

A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.

Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study

Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

Dinosaur products for babies and toddlers

Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.

Restaurant manager sticks up for noisy baby

A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.

His name is Cayden: Mum and social media hit back after racist Facebook attack

When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five new mums will join the Essential Baby Test Drive Team and discover great new baby toys from Fisher-Price & write a review to be published on Essential Baby.

The Chinese tradition for new mums that can now cost $37,000 a month

Opulent rest time is becoming the gold standard in postpartum recovery, inspired by a Chinese confinement custom known as "sitting the month".

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour

We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.

Mum told to express in pet relief area at airport

A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Washington's Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.

Heartbreak as mum dies and her baby chokes to death

An Australian woman living in the US collapsed and died while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on his food. 

The hidden mental health illness of anxiety

Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she could not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

Grandma surprised with brand new granddaughter

Finding out you’re going to be a grandmother can be a very emotional moment. Finding out that you’re a grandmother and the baby is already here is just out of this world.

Saltwater Sandals for babies and toddlers

Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?

How to spring clean your body and mind

Whether you're pregnant, already a mum, or are just trying to be a bit more healthy, there are ways to use the rejuvenating season to give yourself a boost.

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