Do we really need to apologise for babies on planes?

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Megan Blandford It's true that many passengers aren't happy to be sitting near a baby - but do we really need to pre-emptively soothe our neighbours?

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Tips for roadtripping with a baby

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Sue White Techniques that served me well as a baby-free traveller have been rendered useles - but here’s how you can make this season’s road trips smoother than your newborn’s skin.

Tips for flying with a baby

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Theresa Vargas Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

Handling baby jet lag

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Sarah Barr In order to try to make sense of the baby jet lag, here are my notes on this exhausting time – and how we eventually got the hang of it all, with a few tips from the experts.

The good, the bad and the ugly of a beach holiday with kids

Idealistic visions of beach holidays are soon brought crashing onto the shores of reality when kids are involved.

KYLIE ORR Idealistic visions of beach holidays are soon brought crashing onto the shores of reality when kids are involved

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

Reece's early birth in another country has made her a million dollar baby.

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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JANE E FRASER In a recent survey, more than 77 per cent of people said children’s flight fares should be cheaper than adults’. And even though I'm a parent, I disagree.

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Air travel with an infant

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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

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RACHEL OLDING Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has been released from Kerobokan jail more than nine years after she was arrested for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of cannabis in a boogie board bag into Bali.

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

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

Barbs fly, police called as house swap gets dirty

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JULIE POWER When Andrea Moczarski swapped her home in Britain for a house on NSW's central coast, she was expecting a relaxed Christmas with her two young children. Instead, she says it was hell.

Haunting road safety ad goes viral

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"The road is no place for people to learn from mistakes". That's the grim message from a haunting and emotional new road safety ad from the NZ road authority.

Passenger jailed for slapping toddler

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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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Robert Brander On average, 21 people drown each year in rip currents on Australian beaches. Here's how to avoid them - and what to do if you do get caught in one.

Best baby and toddler-friendly resorts in the South Pacific

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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.

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Children are the top distraction for drivers

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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.

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Baby's lucky escape: why proper car restraints matter

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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

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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

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MARISSA CALLIGEROS Six-year-old Mia Quinnell was fast asleep in the back seat as her family drove home. After a freak accident, she never woke up.

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The perils of modern cars: more kids locked in

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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."

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Child saved after falling between train and platform

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MEGAN LEVY The mother of a toddler who fell between a train and a platform in Sydney on Sunday screamed for someone to save her daughter, witnesses have said.

A guide to NYC: entertainment, tourist attractions and The Hamptons

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AMITY DRY In the second part of her guide to New York, Amity Dry shares her tips on entertainment and tourist attractions, and The Hamptons.

A guide to NYC: getting around, sightseeing and shopping

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AMITY DRY Of all the places on my bucket list, I wanted to see New York the most. Now that I've been, I'm already planning my next trip there - and wanted to share some of my favourite places and things to do.

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Airline introduces inflight nannies

Etihad Airways is training some of its flight attendants to be 'flying nannies' on board flights.

JANE REDDY While low-cost carriers in Asia are creating child-free zones, Etihad Airways is introducing ''flying nannies'' on long-haul flights.

Which baby-friendly car should I buy?

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Cameron McGavin Dave needs to upsize from a city runabout to a more family-friendly car - but it needs to be good on fuel. We take a look at a few options.

Second airline creates child-free 'silent' zones

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CRAIG PLATT A second budget airline will offer a child-free 'silent' zone on flights between Australia and Asia.

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