LETITIA ROWLANDS It's one of the less recognised, but very important, milestones of early childhood development - the ability to blow out birthday candles without assistance.
KARL QUINN The popular comedy drama about Nina Proudman and her family will be back on air next year.
Only one can win
EBONY BOWDEN If you listen closely, you will hear cafes, restaurants - even bus stops - abuzz with speculation about which lucky lady has won Sam Wood's heart.
MEGAN BLANDFORD Fairy tales are all very well, but do you ever find yourself wondering what happened after the trite 'happily ever after' endings?
LETITIA ROWLANDS Modern day parents are often accused of being a competitive bunch. But this series of photos shows 1940s mums and dads wanted their babies to win before they could even walk - literally.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Justine Clarke is preparing for a new tour and the launch of her fifth studio album, Pyjama Jam! - and releasing a new book, too.
Darren Cartwright Some tradies have ripped off the ladies on The Block.
Season end nears
EBONY BOWDEN Bachelor Sam Wood finally clears up rumours about on-screen tantrums, what it's really like to be the Bachelor, and reveals he found love on the show.
Suzi Catchpole Cute twin girls are up and playing in their cots until they hear their mum's voice through the monitor.
Run for the hills
NICK GALVIN The presenters and reporters on Today have produced their own lip-sync cover of the rap star's hit track.
Staff writers Given some of the cliches that come out of the girls' mouths, you could be forgiven for thinking The Bachelor is just one big set-up.
Stacey Steinberg When our children one day learn of the personal stories we've shared, will we find ourselves asking them for forgiveness?
ELISSA BLAKE The usually chipper former Wiggle finds himself playing a gruff patriarch in the children's story of a magical nanny.
It was a touching video that would strike a chord with the families of any ex-pat separated from the ones they love.
Darren Cartwright If you have trouble recalling the ages of Jeremy Ryan's seven children on The Voice, you're not alone. So does he.
Megan Ritchie Jooste When my daughter came into this world, the sleek silhouette of my iPhone was right there in the front row alongside the doctor.
CATHERINE RODIE Since parenting is such a hoot it's no surprise that a handful of authors have turned classic children's books into hilarious parenting parodies.
BENJAMIN LAW For Antonia Hayes, the dark cloud of her son being diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome ended up having a silver lining.
Never ending search
MICHAEL LALLO He got married at first sight, but it didn't last.
Staff writers It was meant to be a tasteful cake to help celebrate a three-year-old's christening.
Staff writers What's better than a gender reveal of one baby? Two, of course.
Ariane Beeston Feeling frustrated by the fact that once you have kids, maintaining a social life becomes just that little bit (okay, a lot) harder? It can be done!
Babyology My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".
Staff writers He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.
KYLIE ORR I wanted to celebrate my 40th birthday in style. With four children and limited funds, how to achieve that was questionable.
bellabox has created an exclusive special selection, just for Essential Baby followers.
Darren Devlyn This three-part documentary gives blunt insight into a corner of the country dealing with high levels of drug addiction, unemployment and family dysfunction.
Neil Genzlinger "Labor Games" may be simultaneously the most brilliant and the most head-shaking game-show idea ever.
Kylie Orr Since becoming a mum, I've been surprised by a multitude of things, not the least being phrases that come out of my mouth.
Mary Ward It's official: The purple and yellow Wiggles are getting hitched.
MICHAEL KOZIOL Microsoft has developed a facial recognition program that does what no polite human would ever do - tell you exactly how old you really look.
Channel Seven presenter Samantha Armytage says she is 'mortified' at suggestions an off-the-cuff remark could have appeared to be racially insensitive.
JO HARTLEY It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.
Staff writers These five photos show some ghostly images - but are they real? Do you believe in the spirit world?
Melissa Jenkins A petition calling for the axing of new reality show Married at First Sight has surpassed its target of 15,000 signatures.
LETITIA ROWLANDS All mothers love and care for their children but, despite their similarities, no two mums are the same.
Staff writers A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.
To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.
Melanie Mahoney It’s a beautiful photo that marks a bittersweet experience for a mum and her baby.
'The Special Proposal' tells the story of Salvatore asking his girlfriend Caterina a big question.
Su-Lin Tan Crashing a wedding would not normally be looked on favourably - unless the crasher is international superstar, Ed Sheeran.
Samantha Rodman Every so often, you descend into one of these mum fantasies that so many of us have but don't usually discuss aloud.
KYLIE NORTHOVER The two newest members of preschool supergroup The Wiggles - yellow Wiggle Emma and purple Wiggle Lachy - are a couple.
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.
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.
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".
Melanie Mahoney 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.
JO HARTLEY "Was there nothing this man could not do?" she wondered.
AMITY DRY I read Chrissie Swan’s column about her decision to leave her kids to film 'I’m a Celebrity', and I immediately thought two things: I know how she feels, but we shouldn't have to feel that way.
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