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

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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Community mourns inspiring young dad

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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).

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

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Bruce Williams Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

Man who created ice bucket challenge a new dad

Kari Paul The 29-year-old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood.

Father's Day gift ideas 2014

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Babyology have some great gift ideas for Father's Day - there are also some creative DIY presents the kids can make. Source: babyology.com.au.

Dad-to-be poses for pregnancy photo shoot

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"My wife didn't want to take maternity pictures, so I hired a photographer and took her place," Redditor DruishPrincess69 wrote when he shared these photos online. The 'manternity' shoot has since gone viral, and has been shared thousands of times all over the world.

Dad-to-be Ryan Gosling memes

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With a baby on the way for Ryan Gosling and his wife Eva Mendes, we thought it was only necessary to see just how good of a dad Ryan could be - juggling his wife and baby.

What they don't tell dads-to-be about the big day

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Neil Lyndon Only one in 20 fathers now avoid being in the delivery room when their baby is being born. The rest, I guarantee, are desperately telling themselves to be brave and wondering where to look.

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Life as a widower dad

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Benjamin Brooks-Dutton Just after 8pm I was a happily married 33-year-old father. By 9.17pm I was a widower in shock, a solo dad to a toddler.

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11 survival tips for first-time dads

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Brian Koerber One of the scariest moments in any man's life is the impending reality that you're going to be a father.

The sweet antidote to the 'bumbling dad' ad stereotype

Ashleigh Gleeson Sick of seeing dads portrayed as bumbling, clueless fools on TV? So were the creators of this ad campaign, which aims to acknowledge the caring moments of fatherhood that often go overlooked.

New dads just as likely to suffer from postnatal depression

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Kathy Evans While one in 10 mums suffer from postnatal depression (PND), new research shows that men are equally prone to the illness.

Photos capture the emotions of new fathers

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Keith Perry A new book shows the entire gamut of emotions experienced by brand new fathers - ranging from petrified to ecstatic - in a poignant set of images.

From penis amputation to fatherhood

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Vivian Ho After a botched circumcision as a child, Mike Moore was left without a penis. Years later, and after meeting the right surgeon, he was able to become a dad - naturally.

Stay-at-home dad tries, fails to crowdfund a salary

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Kasey Edwards Imagine launching a crowdfunding campaign to ask strangers to pay you an income for parenting. That was one dad's grand plan - but it didn't go quite as planned.

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To my girls on their first birthday

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You don’t know is how the past year has affected me as a person. You don’t know how I’ve changed, and how my perspectives have been completely displaced and realigned. This is comforting to me – I want you to know me for who I am now.

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The rise of the vasectomy party

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CATHERINE RODIE Although it could seem like a strange thing to celebrate, more men are choosing to celebrate having vasectomies with a party.

Dad's funny parenting Post-Its

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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.

A great dad, but not a super hero

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AMBER ROBINSON If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between the roles mothers and fathers play in the family home, this photo – or the public’s reaction to it – illustrated it entirely.

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Couvade syndrome: when dads have pregnancy pains too

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Libby Hakim Insomnia, nausea, tiredness and indigestion. While they’re not the most wonderful part of pregnancy, they usually don’t come as a surprise – unless it’s the dad-to-be who’s the one suffering.

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Dad retakes photos with his daughter in mum's memory

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To pay tribute to his late wife, who died of cancer a few years after getting married and having a child, a father and his young daughter posed for a series of photos that reflect on their lives without her. (All images: Melanie Tracey Pace)

Dad and daughter's loving tribute in mum's memory

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To pay tribute to his late wife, who died of cancer a few years after marrying and having a child, a father and his young daughter posed for a series of photos that reflect on their lives with and without her.

Dad dies hours after holding son for first time

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Melanie Mahoney Josh Robison came down with flu-like symptoms in early December. A few weeks later, just hours after holding his newborn baby for the first time, he passed away.

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Male pill a step closer to reality

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An Australian scientist has made a discovery that could lead to a male contraceptive pill.

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Dads want it all, too

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Josefa Pete While we accept the stereotype of this harried mother, struggling to get the balance right between work and motherhood, we almost never discuss that dads might want to have it all too.

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Movember dad diagnosed with prostate cancer

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Georgina Stylianou Danny Bedingfield took part in Movember in honour of his father, who died of prostate cancer this year. But, at 38, the dad of one didn't expect to end up fighting the same battle.

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Noah's life 18 years in the making

Parents Alison and Steve Hall and baby Noah.

Lisa Cox At 14, with a cancer diagnosis, becoming a dad was the last thing on Steve Hall's mind. But some forward planning meant he was able to welcome a son 18 years later.

Melanoma sufferer Nick Auden, behind 'Save Locky's Dad' campaign, dies

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CAROLINE ZIELINSKI The father behind the extraordinary online campaign "Save Locky's Dad" has lost his battle with melanoma.

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How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

In a bizarre bid for relevancy, Former Opposition leader Mark Latham has deduced that because one female journalist had this week light-heartedly thanked antidepressants and caffeine for getting her through a medical degree while raising two small children, that ergo, all 'inner-city feminists' are selfish harridans who despise their offspring.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

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

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

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia’s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

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

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.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

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We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

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Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

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When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

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