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Baby returned after being abducted from home

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11:59pm A sleeping eight-month-old baby who was snatched from a bedroom has been delivered to police.

Thief squirts victims with breast milk

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LETITIA ROWLANDS 2:45pm It's not often that breast milk is used for bad instead of good reasons, but a lactating thief has done just that.

Nurse fired for stealing new dad's cash

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Anna Prytz A nurse at a Melbourne hospital has been sacked after being caught on Skype stealing money from a new dad's wallet.

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Ashton Kutcher explains how daughter Wyatt was named

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Ashton Kutcher has revealed he and fiance Mila Kunis registered newborn daughter Wyatt Isabelle's name on Twitter and Instagram before the baby girl was even born.

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Robbie Williams live tweets wife's labour

Robbie Williams tweeted this shot with the words “It’s OK, I’ve totally got this”.

LETITIA ROWLANDS And the award for most patient woman in labour goes to ... Robbie Williams' wife, Ayda Field.

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Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

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Six months after a heavily pregnant Megan Gale posed nude for Marie Claire, the glowing new mum has gone topless for the cover of another magazine.

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The benefits of reheating pasta

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SARAH BERRY Doctors have found that has found that reheating pasta makes it healthier than the original meal.

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Aussie parents the best at saying 'no'

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Children ask for something once every three minutes while shopping, but new research shows Australian mums and dads are better at saying no than parents in the USA.

Beth Whaanga's post-mastectomy photos go viral

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AMBER ROBINSON A Brisbane mum of four has released intimate photos showing the realities of preventative breast cancer surgery.

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Kid-friendly fun in Bali

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Sam Gribben People thought we were crazy attempting a holiday in Seminyak, Bali, with three kids under five. As it turns out, they were all wrong.

Should kids get discounted flight fares?

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JANE E FRASER In a recent survey, more than 77 per cent of people said children’s flight fares should be cheaper than adults’. And even though I'm a parent, I disagree.

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Air travel with an infant

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Michael Gebicki What is the safest way to fly with an infant? While children under two generally travel free sitting on a parent’s lap is not the safest option.

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Should you have a third child or not?

Tanika Davis I thought our family had been complete with our two boys. I had no idea how much I needed my daughter until she was here.

My children's warped sense of work

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KYLIE ORR I’ve wrestled with the 'working from home' thing, and have wondered about the impact it will have on my children’s working lives.

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Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The Federal Government's much-hyped Paid Parental Leave scheme appears to have stalled.

MARK KENNY The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

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Why we still need to capture the important moments

There's a reason the family photo album is the number one thing people would save from a burning home.

LETITIA ROWLANDS To me it is a tatty photograph featuring a gap-toothed smile and crooked ponytails, but to my five-year-old son my kindergarten class picture provided a window into the world "when Mummy was a little girl".

This baby minion costume just won Halloween

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Laura Vitto Forget whatever costume you've got planned for your baby this Halloween. Your kid should be a minion this year.

8 tips for capturing great family photos

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Thinking about getting a family photo shoot to catch this moment in time? Here are tips to help you make the most of it to capture an image everyone will love.

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What I took when my house caught on fire

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Claire John 3:22pm If you had to leave your home in a hurry, what would you take? This mum thought she knew – until faced with the reality of a house fire.

Who would look after your children in an emergency?

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Catherine Rodie The thing about emergency situations is that you can’t predict the circumstances. But it helps to have a plan in place.

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Baby's life put at risk by ambulance safety seat debacle

Worrisome wait: Kate Anderson and her daughter Isabelle.

JAMES ROBERTSON Kate Anderson had been waiting for nearly five hours. Two-month-old Isabelle was sick and getting worse.

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This is Australia's Mr Average

Image of man: How does Mr Average Australia compare to other countries?

SARAH BERRY Think of a quintessential Aussie bloke and Hugh Jackman or Russell Crowe might come to mind. But they are not your average Aussie men.

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Community mourns inspiring young dad

Jared Noel and his daughter Elise.

A young dad who fought a five-year battle with cancer has been remembered for his inspiring legacy at a funeral service attended by hundreds of family and friends this week.

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That's my boy: a dad's diary from 5 to 8 months

Bruce Williams This diary is dedicated to my wife (my boy gets quite enough already).

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Chocolate drizzled nutella meringues

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

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DIY guacamole

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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

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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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How I learnt to relax about routines

After many routine-led, tough years, we've realised that being parenting isn't about being perfect. It isn't about following a schedule to a T.

Should you have a third child or not?

I thought our family had been complete with our two boys. I had no idea how much I needed my daughter until she was here.

Helping a toddler embrace an adopted sibling

A single parent by choice, I am preparing to adopt a second baby from Morocco. And I face a special challenge.

When pregnancy messes with your self-esteem

Pregnancy doesn't make all women feel beautiful. It certainly doesn't raise every woman's self-esteem.

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Robbie Williams live tweets wife's labour

And the award for most patient woman in labour goes to ... Robbie Williams' wife, Ayda Field.

Vaccine ignorance is deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral.

Parenting differently based on birth order

All children have unique personalities, but keeping birth order in mind could help when parenting.

How to get rid of the mum guilt

Motherhood and guilt seem to go hand in hand, but there are ways to focus

Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

The devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

No one's sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the consequences for those who are can be devastating.

The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

Toddler's awesome dress up month

Two-year-old Willow and her photographer mum, Gina Lee, made October "Dress Up Willow Month". She posted photos of Willow's costumes on her Instagram account, and her creative takes on popular culture are simply adorable.

Childhood around the world

It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

Best picks for baby and toddler shoes

Here's a great selection of footwear from pre-walker to walker ensuring comfort and style for growing feet.

I lost my wife and daughters to Ebola - then it came for my son

Sunday, September 21, is a day I will never forget.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss. It involves toilet talk, and probably caused my miscarriage. But it needs to be talked about.

Prenatal testing: the facts

Prenatal testing is done to check if a baby has certain medical conditions before birth. Here is some important information about what the tests are for and the risks involved.

5 things to do with your baby’s old clothes

Did you think your only option for your baby’s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

Why it's possible to not realise you're pregnant until the baby arrives

After hearing about 'surprise babies' born to mums who didn't know they were pregnant, it's common to ask "how did she not realise?" But experts say it's entirely possible for it to happen.

'My miracle is finally here'

How has the world continued on its pace when mine has been altered so drastically?

Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

Six months after a heavily pregnant Megan Gale posed nude for Marie Claire, the glowing new mum has gone topless for the cover of another magazine.

A new perspective on life from living with two diseases

A mother shares her personal story about the difficulty of living with two conditions, one of which stops her from being able to see her daughter's face.

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a safety advisory warning parents about confusion when using the dosing syringe supplied with Children's Panadol.

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