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What ex-yellow Wiggle Sam did next

Former yellow Wiggle Sam Moran, pictured in 2007.

ELISSA BLAKE The usually chipper former Wiggle finds himself playing a gruff patriarch in the children's story of a magical nanny.

Video captures sweet surprise for grandparents

Baby Niall meets his grandmother Mary O'Regan for the first time.

It was a touching video that would strike a chord with the families of any ex-pat separated from the ones they love.

Meet Jeremy Ryan, The Voice contestant with seven kids

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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.

Why I capture my baby's every moment in photos

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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.

10 kids' book parodies we'd love to see

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.

Life after shaken baby syndrome: turning personal trauma into fiction

Antonia Hayes found inspiration for her novel <i>Relativity</i> through exploring her own personal moments of pain.

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

From Married at First Sight to Farmer Wants A Wife

Lachlan McAleer didn't find love on Married at First Sight.

MICHAEL LALLO He got married at first sight, but it didn't last.

Mum demands refund for 'beargina' christening cake

Staff writers It was meant to be a tasteful cake to help celebrate a three-year-old's christening.

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Sister freaks out at twin reveal

Shocked - but so very, very excited.

Staff writers What's better than a gender reveal of one baby? Two, of course.

Dining out with your friends and children, in just 37 easy steps

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!

The great new picture book for anxious kids

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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!".

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

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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.

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Why I said no to having kids - and men - at my 40th

Kylie Orr at her birthday party.

KYLIE ORR I wanted to celebrate my 40th birthday in style. With four children and limited funds, how to achieve that was questionable.

SPECIAL OFFER: bellabox's Essential Baby pack

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bellabox has created an exclusive special selection, just for Essential Baby followers.

Struggle Street: tragic stories told by brave, honest Aussies

Single mum Erin (right) has taken homeless teenager Bailee (left) under her wing.

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.

Women compete on game show while in labour

A couple competing on 'Labor Games'.

Neil Genzlinger "Labor Games" may be simultaneously the most brilliant and the most head-shaking game-show idea ever.

Mothers say the strangest things

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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.

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It's a Wiggly wedding: Purple Wiggle to marry Yellow Wiggle

Wiggles Lachlan Gillespie (bottom left) and Emma Watkins (centre) have announced their engagement.

Mary Ward It's official: The purple and yellow Wiggles are getting hitched.

How old do you really look? This program will take a guess

Close but not quite: At the time this photo was taken, Prince William was 31 and Kate Middleton was 30.

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.

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Apology

Samantha Armytage 'mortified' at suggestions of racism

Mortified ... Sam Armytage upset by race bias suggestions, even though it earned her a sideways glance from David Koch.

Channel Seven presenter Samantha Armytage says she is 'mortified' at suggestions an off-the-cuff remark could have appeared to be racially insensitive.

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No, having a dog is not like having a human child

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JO HARTLEY It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

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5 spooky photos with babies and children

Reddit user Kevin Matthew Dennis uploaded this image of him and his bride on their wedding day - complete with a

Staff writers These five photos show some ghostly images - but are they real? Do you believe in the spirit world?

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'Disgrace'

Petition calls for axing of 'Married at First Sight'

Michelle stars on <i>Married At First Sight</i>.

Melissa Jenkins A petition calling for the axing of new reality show Married at First Sight has surpassed its target of 15,000 signatures.

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Kids prove every mum is unique in sweet new ad

A mum and her daughter in the touching ad.

LETITIA ROWLANDS  All mothers love and care for their children but, despite their similarities, no two mums are the same.

Fish & chip shop owner's sad note goes viral

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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.

Tell us your story for Mother's Day and win

Share your story of motherhood to win.

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.

Photo of mum and baby with deceased dad goes viral

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Melanie Mahoney It’s a beautiful photo that marks a bittersweet experience for a mum and her baby.

A sweet proposal video worth watching

A gorgeous proposal.

'The Special Proposal' tells the story of Salvatore asking his girlfriend Caterina a big question.

Ed Sheeran surprises couple by singing at their wedding

British pop star Ed Sheeran drops by at a wedding

Su-Lin Tan Crashing a wedding would not normally be looked on favourably - unless the crasher is international superstar, Ed Sheeran.

5 unspoken fantasies of mums of young kids

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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.

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Wiggles' Emma and Lachlan a couple

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KYLIE NORTHOVER The two newest members of preschool supergroup The Wiggles - yellow Wiggle Emma and purple Wiggle Lachy - are a couple.

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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".

Video: Why mums get nothing done

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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.

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The real deal for mums when it comes to turning up the heat

Forget <i>50 Shades of Grey</i> - a mum shares what she really wants in a man.

JO HARTLEY "Was there nothing this man could not do?" she wondered.

Chrissie, you're doing the right thing

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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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I'm a parent ... get me out of here!

Ever wanted to just get away from it all? You're not alone!

Megan Blandford Watching 'I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!', I couldn't help but think of my life as a parent. A few scenes in particular that struck me as likenesses for life with a small child.

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The earworm, and how to let it go

Mercy! Parents are still plagued by the songs from Frozen, more than a year after the film's release.

ROBYN GRACE What causes an earworm? And, more importantly, how do you get rid of it?

'Mummy wars' clip strikes a chord

A still from the 'Welcome to the Sisterhood of Motherhood' video.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A hilarious new ad shows the so-called 'mummy wars' being played out among a group of parents gathered at a local park.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

LETITIA ROWLANDS When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

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Sharing the secrets of midwives

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When Sally Hepworth was pregnant with her second baby her husband would often come home to the sounds of a woman screaming her way through the final stages of labour.

Video: Funny 'Lips Are Moving' parody just for mums

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MELANIE MAHONEY Meghan Trainor's song 'Lips Are Moving' was already a hit, but now it's been turned into a hilarious parody that is set to be very popular with frustrated mums everywhere.

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'Straya': an Aussie anthem for 2015

How Terry Mann identifies Aussies for his <i>National Anthem of Straya!</i>.

PETER VINCENT Just in time for Australia Day, a would-be producer's clever ode to living in Australia is getting noticed on social media.

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Video: Ten-year-old boy overjoyed by mum's baby announcement

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Melanie Mahoney Young Ethan has been asking for the same Christmas present every year since he was toddler ... and this year, his dream finally came true.

5 most controversial videos of 2014

Some of the stars of the most controversial parenting videos of the year.

MELANIE MAHONEY Here are the five videos of babies and toddlers that really got people talking this year.

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Can nits be romantic?

This, I think, is the meaning of true love.

Bryony Gordon And so I face the prospect of a Christmas with nits. It was inevitable, really, given the matter of my daughter's recent outbreak.

10 top parenting stories of 2014

Baby names topped our list of most popular articles last year, with a selection of parenting news from around the world completing our top 10.

10 cutest baby and toddler videos of 2014

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Watch the top 10 cutest and funniest videos starring babies and toddlers from the year gone by.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

Emily Kaye Lazzaro There are pros and cons to this policy.

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Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

Child in suitcase 'could have died eight years ago'

A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Beaneasy: sweet nursery furniture with a twist

If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

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.

Woman adopts best friend's four daughters after cancer tragedy

Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.

Baby Leo's mum excluded from $500K trust 'for her own protection'

Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

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

Carer investigated over washing machine photo posted 'for a laugh'

She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.

Mum's premature labour nightmare after high tea salmonella outbreak

An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.

The day my son started a fire

Would you know what to do in a fire emergency? How safe is your home and family?

Prince George celebrates second birthday

Prince George's second birthday has been marked by the release of an official picture showing the toddler smiling as he is held by his proud beaming father.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby

The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

Review: Cybex Platinum PRIAM pram

I'm not usually one who believes in love at first sight but that's exactly what happened when I first saw the Cybex PRIAM.

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I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.

Mother and baby units are a necessity for mental health, not a luxury

I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old, and another after my second child was born.

30 French baby names

French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.

New mum's Spanish maternity nightmare

A British woman who gave birth in Spain has told of her ordeal after spending weeks trying to convince medics the baby girl was hers.

Preparing Rover to be a good dog with baby

Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?

Company offers to ship working mums' breast milk home

First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.

Prince William speaks of his pride at wife Kate and 'little joy of heaven' Charlotte

The Duke of Cambridge opened up about family life and his plans for the future in an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot.

'Glowing' eye saves baby Mason's life

A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life. 

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