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Bricks build confidence

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LEGO® DUPLO® Research shows that children who are encouraged to use their imagination and express themselves creatively grow into strong and resourceful individuals.

Best children's books for bedtime

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The EB team has compiled their favourite bedtime reading books for children, perfect from babies to school age. Cuddle up and cosy with your kids to read these classics.

Your child's first words

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Your baby’s first word is a big milestone – it’s a sign that she’s becoming independent and entering the next phase of her life. And of course, no matter what her first word is, it’s a very exciting time for celebration!

How to choose the right toys for small children

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LEGO® DUPLO® Finding the right toy for a small child can be a challenging task. But before you spend an afternoon searching the toy section, there are a few things to consider ...

Review: LEGO DUPLO My First Range

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SPONSORED FEATURE by Amity Dry There was much excitement when Amity Dry's children recently received items from the LEGO DUPLO My First Range. She shares what she - and her kids - thought of the brick sets.

Your child's first steps

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Learning to walk is a huge step (no pun intended!) in your baby’s development. From those first experiences of standing while holding onto something for balance, through to the initial hesitant, skaky steps, your child is making giant leaps towards life as an independent little person.

My first Christmas

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Essential Baby members have shared their little ones' first Christmases with us. As we approach the festive season, take a look at these cuties ...

How to play with your baby

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The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.

My first sibling

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Justine Davies There's no doubt that introducing a new sibling into your family is a major life change for your first-born, but there are ways you can help make the transition to older sister or brother easier.

Return to the classics: what makes an 'evergreen' toy

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LEGO® DUPLO® Not sure how all those new interactive toys work? Or even if your child will play with them? When in doubt, return to the classics.

Your child's first tooth

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Most babies start teething around the age of five or six months. It can make them cranky and sore, but there are a few things you can do to help your child as the teeth start to erupt.

Review: LEGO DUPLO

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SPONSORED FEATURE by Amity Dry LEGO DUPLO is one of those wonderful kids’ toys that are everlasting; a toy that brings back memories of your own childhood. Amity Dry and her children tried out the latest products.

Your child's first sleepover

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Perhaps it's your anniversary and a night out is in order, or you're off to hospital to have your next bub. No matter the reason behind it, your toddler's first sleepover is always a big milestone. Here are a few tips to ensure everyone has a restful night.

My first family holiday

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Amber Robinson Travelling as a family unit is a whole world of difference to travelling solo. Late nights and adventure sports may not be on the agenda but family travel has its own set of rewards.

My favourite friend: why kids love animals

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LEGO® DUPLO® Children and animals are a match made in heaven. Not only do children have a natural affection for furry, four-legged creatures, but they can also learn a lot from their animal friends.

Your baby's first bath

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EB staff writers There's a lot to consider when it comes to bathing your new baby, but there are some general rules for making the experience a pleasure for everyone.

Your child's first birthday party

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Leearne Hynes Organising any party can be loads of fun, but when it came to organising her son’s first birthday party, Leearne Hynes was beyond excited. She shares her party tips.

Our first family portait

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Justine Davies Browse a professional photographer’s portfolio and you'll see image after image of happy, relaxed, smiling families. Photographers make it look so easy. The reality, however, can be anything but!

My first pet

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Justine Davies Whether they have fur, feathers or scales, pets hold a special place in the hearts of many Australians.

Preschool building toys

Explore the LEGO DUPLO My First Range

The LEGO DUPLO My First Range combines building using basic bricks and role play that focuses on familiar everyday themes. Children can build and role play on the farm, in the supermarket, at the fire station or at the zoo!

My First LEGO DUPLO sets

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DUPLO is all about giving your child the opportunity to build, create, and develop while discovering so many ways to play!

Win LEGO DUPLO prizes

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You could win a family holiday to the value of $5000, thanks to the LEGO DUPLO range of preschool toys - plus there are runner-up prize packs to be won!

Colouring Activities

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Celebrate the fun of LEGO DUPLO with these activities for younger kids.

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The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

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15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

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

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

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