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?"

Oh my brovaries! Men describe what makes them clucky


Ariane Beeston While female cluckiness is an oft-discussed topic, the male variety is less celebrated. But men get clucky too ...

Dads, here are 12 things every new mum wants you to know (without having to tell you)


PINKY MCKAY If you're expecting a baby or have a newborn, here are some things your partner wants you to know.

New help for grieving dads


Staff writers There is no doubt the loss of a baby is one of the toughest things a couple can ever face.

Funny Father's Day cards

A little fun never goes astray when celebrating special occasions and Father's Day is no different. We've rounded up some funny Father's day cards for your husbands, fathers and other important men in your lives.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis


Seamus Curtain-Magee I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Science has confirmed the

Elahe Izadi Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

A single dad's survival mode


Nick Holmes I became a single father when my son was two and a half. My first instinct was to go into survival mode.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

Jordan Watson demonstrating a few of the different baby holds.

LETITIA ROWLANDS For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

Most coordinated dad of the year?

Claire Siracusa One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

The book is available from all good bookstore now.

Jennifer Berger Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

'I'm just as tired, scared and stressed as you': stay-at-home dad's plea


Jason Crew I'm really lucky to have two great kids, but I found it really tough with so much being aimed at the mothers and not the fathers.

6 things great dads have mastered


Stacey Steinberg So thank you to all the fathers who get up early, go to bed late, and fill their days dancing to the beautiful beat of parenthood.

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Dad, 33, battles breast cancer

Jamie Cox, 33, has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Teresa Hattan  Breast cancer never crossed Jamie Cox's mind.

'I'm really going to be a dad?!': real men react to baby news

Thrilled: new dads-to-be share their emotions.

Staff writers Breaking the news to your partner that you're pregnant - especially if it's something you've both been dreaming of - is a moment you'll never forget.

Paternity leave is not a holiday

My leave was no vacation. Vacations are a time where you can relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

Dave Dash My manager didn't realise "How was your holiday" was the worst thing to ask me after I came back from paternity leave.

It's not easy being a dad in a mum's world


Nevin Martell I don't want to be the one who doesn't belong or is seen as a trespasser on the sacred grounds of motherhood. I simply want to be regarded as a parent.

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In defense of the dads who do so much


DONNA WEBECK It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

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5 characteristics of great dads


JODIE BENVENISTE It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

The place just for dads of multiples

The arrival of Neil Ward's twin sons were the catalyst for the creation of The Multiples Dad Sanctuary.

Gabe McGrath When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

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?


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


16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day


Melanie Mahoney Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too


Shereen Lehman Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

Why I'm a role model my generation didn't have

I've never had a toddler question whether I was qualified to interact with them.

Bob Wright I've never had a toddler question whether I was qualified to interact with them. They accept me for who I am: a parent who cares about his son and the kids he interacts with.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

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LETITIA ROWLANDS She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

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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Well-known Aussie dads discuss the juggle of high-profile careers and fatherhood.

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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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