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Redback spiders found in Australian grapes

Five people have found redback spiders in bags of Australian grown grapes in recent weeks.

LETITIA ROWLANDS 5:13pm Nevermind checking the toilet seat, it seems redback spiders are hiding in bags of grapes from the local supermarket.

US acts on Chinese 'maternity tourism'

'Maternity tourism' sees Chinese women pay to give birth in the United States.

"Maternity tourism" services which over packages to Chinese mothers wanting to give birth in America to gain US citizenship for their children are at the centre of a police crackdwon.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

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An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

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Cate Blanchett adopts baby girl

Cate Blanchett in Hollywood earlier this week.

LETITIA ROWLANDS 9:57pm Australian actress Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton have adopted a baby girl.

'Glee' star pregnant with first child

Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey in October 2014.

Glee star Naya Rivera and her actor husband Ryan Dorsey are preparing to become first-time parents.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Emily Symons at the 2013 Logie Awards.

Melanie Mahoney Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Nutrition & Wellbeing more articles

Hungry, ratty, angry... you must be hangry

Better reach for that sandwich: being hangry can lead to poor parenting.

Nilufer Atik Are you prone to making bad or rash decisions? Do you sometimes struggle to think clearly? You could be suffering from a new affliction.

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The trend for post-birth corsets and waist training

Some women are turning to corsets to help regain their pre-baby figures

CATHERINE RODIE In what is becoming an increasingly popular trend, women are turning to corsets to help regain their pre-baby figures.

Why I'm not quitting sugar

Banning sugar may not be the best idea.

Nicola Jackson Sugar is a hot topic at the moment. There is no denying that high-sugar foods and drinks should not be consumed on a regular basis, and we should minimise our sugar intake. But I'm not quitting sugar. 

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Handling baby jet lag

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Sarah Barr In order to try to make sense of the baby jet lag, here are my notes on this exhausting time – and how we eventually got the hang of it all, with a few tips from the experts.

The good, the bad and the ugly of a beach holiday with kids

Idealistic visions of beach holidays are soon brought crashing onto the shores of reality when kids are involved.

KYLIE ORR Idealistic visions of beach holidays are soon brought crashing onto the shores of reality when kids are involved

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

Reece's early birth in another country has made her a million dollar baby.

Anita Li A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

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Getting creative to cut childcare costs

What can families do to beat the childcare blues? For some, the answer is to get creative.

PINKY MCKAY What can families do to beat the childcare budget blues? For some, the answer is to get creative.

Proposed $20 Medicare fee axed

Government cuts to medicare rebates could unnecessarily drive patients in to emergency departments, or make them forgo treatment

Joanna Heath Health minister Sussan Ley has used her first press conference in the role to announce the government will dump planned cuts to GP fees for visits under 10 minutes.

New $20 GP fee: health charge changes explained

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JULIA MEDEW Why are patients facing a new $20 charge for visiting their GP?

Family Entertainment more articles

Managing your family photo overload

It can be easy to lose track of your family photos.

Lindsey M Roberts When technology gives us new solutions, sometimes, it also gives us new problems. Consider the ready access to the camera in your smartphone, and then the glut of photos that follows.

Dads give cheers for 'Cool Baby'

The Cool Baby in action.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Next time you see a man toting a baby in a carrier, take a closer look before you admire him for being such a hands-on-dad.

Hilarious plea from the children of hipster parents

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Letitia Rowlands A new video is appealing to mums and dads tempted to get creative with their baby's name to think beyond having a "six-month-old baby named Blueberry".

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In praise of growing up without a lot of money

Is having more money really better for kids?

Jade Warne It's about time I did an analysis of my life so I can celebrate all that’s good - and often overlooked - about the lower middle class.

Five second rule

Four times you shouldn't eat food dropped on the floor

Five-second rule: foods high in sugar and salt are safer to eat after being dropped on the floor.

LIVIA GAMBLE A survey found that 87 per cent of people would eat food after it was dropped on the floor - but here are four times you shouldn't.

Childcare centres and schools on alert over frozen berries-linked hepatitis

One of the recalled Nanna's frozen berry packs.

ESTHER HAN Childcare centres and schools across NSW are on heightened alert after a health warning on potential hepatitis A cases linked with recalled frozen berries.

Being Dad more articles

Dads-to-be celebrating with 'dadchelor' parties

Party games and snacks often revolve around the theme of fertilisation.

Nara Schoenberg Long the domain of women, the single-sex baby shower is increasingly being embraced by men.

One in 10 dads suffer from postnatal depression

Report: There is a growing realisation that post-natal depression is an issue for men, too.

MIKI PERKINS One in 10 new fathers suffers from postnatal depression, new research shows.

Is there sex after baby-making sex?

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Armin Brott I'm an expectant father, and my sex life has completely disappeared. Are we EVER going to have sex again?

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Chocolate drizzled 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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Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

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