13 tips for flying with a baby or toddler

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My son will be 7 months old when his mother and I pack him and our world up to fly across the Atlantic for 10 days. What to do? What not to do?

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Tips for flying with a baby


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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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Kid-friendly fun in Bali

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Sam Gribben People thought we were crazy attempting a holiday in Seminyak, Bali, with three kids under five. As it turns out, they were all wrong.

Should kids get discounted flight fares?


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Air travel with an infant


Michael Gebicki What is the safest way to fly with an infant? While children under two generally travel free sitting on a parent’s lap is not the safest option.

Schapelle Corby gets parole from Bali jail

Schapelle Corby.

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Bali deaths: Noelene and Yvana Bischoff likely died of food poisoning

Bischoff, 54, and her daughter, Yvan Jeana Yuri Bischoff


CAMERON ATFIELD Autopsies have found food poisoning likely caused the deaths of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff in Bali last month.

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Passenger jailed for slapping toddler

Jonah Bennett

A federal judge has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to slapping a crying toddler on a flight to serve eight months in federal prison.

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Unexpected baby ban ruins holiday

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Colin Espiner "You have a baby," the woman at the B&B we had booked said. What came next ruined our holiday.

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How to spot - and survive - a rip


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Best baby and toddler-friendly resorts in the South Pacific


SHERIDEN RHODES Uninterrupted time rekindling with your partner in paradise, and special moments bonding with your child: the South Pacific offers it all. Here are the best places to stay with a baby or toddler in Fiji, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.


Children are the top distraction for drivers


JO HARTLEY It will come as no surprise to many parents that recent research has revealed that having children in the car is more distracting than chatting on a mobile phone.


Baby's lucky escape: why proper car restraints matter

Alex Mitchell

A newborn has survived serious injury - or even death - in a horrifying accident that has shown the importance of using a correctly fitted car restraint.

The military wives who give birth without their partners

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Jo Hartley Every year there are thousands and thousands of women who are left behind while their partners are deployed overseas in the defence force. Three women explain what happened when they gave birth while their partners were overseas.

Sick mum 'belittled' by airline

Jackie McKenzie

Olivia Carville A mother's bid to postpone a family holiday that clashed with her first stint of radiation treatment was declined because it was "only breast cancer".

Mia, 6, killed in kangaroo crash, but gives gift to save others

Mia Quinnell

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The perils of modern cars: more kids locked in

Juliemma Moran with her two kids Harry in Blue and Hugo in Red in their family car in Paddington. Story about children accidentally  locking themselves in modern cars. Wednesday 2nd Tuesday 2013. Photograph by James Brickwood. SHD NEWS 131002

Alexandra Smith More children are being accidentally locked in cars outside schools, childcare centres and shops, with the latest figures showing more than 2200 children needed to be freed in the past financial year.

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Air travel

Study: 70 per cent of travellers would recline their seat into a pregnant woman

A survey has found that 91 per cent of passengers want seat reclining banned from flights.

ROBERT UPE An expert in etiquette has given airline passengers a blunt warning. "Don't recline your seat into a passenger behind you on a flight that is less than three hours."


Child saved after falling between train and platform


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