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Hospital refuses to discharge asylum seeker toddler to prevent return to Nauru

The Lady Cilento Hospital is refusing to release a baby, who was injured while in detention in Nauru.

NICOLE HASHAM 11:21am A Brisbane hospital is refusing to discharge an asylum seeker toddler who has been recovering from burns injuries, in a bid to prevent the Turnbull government from returning her to immigration detention at Nauru.


Pregnant Victorian woman diagnosed with Zika virus

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can carry the Zika virus.

Ben Preiss A pregnant Victorian woman has been diagnosed with Zika virus after returning from overseas.

Catholic Church urged to rethink abortion stance over Zika

Pope Francis asked to let Catholics use contraception or let women have abortions to avoid having children with defects linked to the Zika virus.

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Family first

Megan Gale says family 'limited' her Hollywood dreams, but she's not complaining

Family first: Megan Gale opened up about juggling career and family life after being announced as Tourism New Zealand's new ambassador.

Amy Croffey Megan Gale says becoming a mum has prevented her from chasing work like she did in her earlier years. But if you think Gale is bitter, think again.


Mums to follow on Instagram


A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Rose Byrne welcomes baby boy

Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne.

AAP Rose Byrne has welcome her first child with partner Bobby Cannavale.

Family Travel more articles

Is baby Esme the world's youngest backpacker?

Little Esme was just 10-weeks-old when she headed off on a backpacking adventure with her parents.

CATHERINE RODIE For many new mums, venturing to the supermarket with a baby is enough of an adventure. This family went backpacking for 10 months! 

City breaks with a baby: spotlight on Sydney and Brisbane

Take a Sydney ferry across to Manly.

JO HARTLEY Whether you're travelling for a special occasion, to visit family or friends, or just seeing a new place, a short city break with your baby can be a lot of fun for everyone.

Video shows why kids need to be watched at train stations

Danger zone: a child steps towards the platform gap before falling through.

MATT O'SULLIVAN Video footage of children falling in gaps between trains and platforms has prompted a warning to parents and carers.


Family Finances more articles


10 ways to save money right now

Where there's a will there's a way to save money.

Bessie Hassan Altering a couple of old habits and developing new ones could boost your family's savings significantly.

Government to compromise on paid parental leave 'double dipping'


LISA COX The Turnbull government has confirmed it is backing away from unpopular changes to paid parental leave.

Parents to get random 'spot checks' on work hours in Coalition plan

Parents seeking to qualify for childcare subsidies will be subject to spot checks on their working hours under a Coalition plan.

JUDITH IRELAND Families will be subjected to random "spot checks" from the government to make sure they are reporting their work hours accurately under the Coalition's new childcare plan.

Family Entertainment more articles

Babies and toddlers who look like dolls

Babies that look like dolls

Pretty little faces, big eyes, long eyelashes, matching outfits ... these babies and toddlers have definitely found their doppelgängers in their favourite dolls.

Bubs in mugs: the 'baby mugging' craze

Baby in a mug craze

Baby mugging is the latest cute internet craze to go viral. Simply lay your baby on a flat surface, hold a mug over the top and take a snap, and voila, your baby mugging picture! (All images from Pinterest.)


Top 10 famous dads of the internet

Dads who win the internet

From the father who wore a skirt in solidarity with his son, to the military dad who surprised his daughter at a spelling bee contest: here are our favourite internet-famous dads. (via Daily Life)

Family Home more articles

Amazing themed wedding cakes

Scrabble cake

When a couple shares a love of games, comics, movies, TV shows, or a niche hobby, wonderful things can happen - like these fantastically themed wedding cakes.


Kitchen gadgets you want right now

All the gadgets you want, and ones you never knew you needed.

Suzi Catchpole Kitchen gadgets - the weird, wonderful, the cult items and traditional. You'll want them all.


Germ hot spots in your kitchen

Germs in the kitchen

A study has revealed the top nine spots contaminated with salmonella, E. coli, mould and yeast in the family kitchen. Find out which spots germs are likely to be lurking in your kitchen, and simple ways to keep your kitchen clean.

Being Dad more articles

Dad's funny parenting Post-Its


Chris Illuminati, a stay-at-home dad to a four-year-old boy and nine-month-old girl, writes about parenthood and family life on his blog, Message With A Bottle. Here are some of the Post-It parenting musings he's shared that have struck a chord with mums and dads around the world.


Awkward dads

Awkward Dads

Weird, wrong or just plain creepy, these are the photos Dad doesn't want you to see. (Source:

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.

Essential Kids Recipes more recipes

Chocolate drizzled nutella meringues


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

Reader reviews

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.

Reader reviews

EB Members

Feature members

Read about EB's feature members and their families - their amazing stories will surely inspire you!


Tasty and healthy

Check out our kid-friendly recipes, including dinners, lunches, snacks, desserts and more over at Essential Kids.

Forum Chat


One of the most popular sections of the EB forum, 'What do you think?' gives parents a chance to discuss a wide range of topics. Have your say!

Mums in Business

Working mums

Be inspired by Australian mums who have created their own businesses.

Photo Galleries

Essential Baby Photo Galleries

All our photo compilations in just one place, baby shower ideas, celebs, sweet baby finds through to the weird and the wonderful.

Essential Kids Photo Galleries

Check out all the gallerires over at Essential Kids including toys, movies, famous kids, and cake and party ideas.

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

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