Your choice or theirs: the tug-of-war over baby names


Alyson Krueger They had just decided on a name they both agreed on, but then the grandparents threw in an offer of $10,000 in exchange for choosing something else.

64 baby names based in nature


Staff writers Looking for a baby name with a nod to nature, or one with an organic meaning? Check out our list to get inspired.

The nature naming trend


Vivienne Pearson The biggest joy of our daughter's name is that people really light up when they hear it (pun intended).

Packing the hospital bag: have I forgotten anything?


Julie Scherer At first I thought I wouldn't really need that much for a few days in hospital. Now I've got three bags packed.


The aggressive baby name trend on the rise


Staff writers A rising number of US parents are seemingly inspired by the current environment, giving their babies violent or weapon-related names.

Kids naming their baby siblings

Children naming sibs

Suzi Catchpole When the kid names the sib, the outcome isn't always bad. Did your older children have any input into your new baby's name?


When you can't agree on a baby name


JO HARTLEY Any name I like he vetoes: it's too long, too short, too common, too rare. Yet he isn't really providing much inspiration himself.

How not to name twins


Julie Scherer Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise


Suzi Catchpole It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?


MEGAN BLANDFORD My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.


Honest words from first-time mums


Nicole Thomson-Pride I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Video: What I wish I'd known before having a baby


Staff writers Like many conversations about babies, it starts with talk of snot and poo.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014


Telegraph with staff writers George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.


Making room for two in the bed

There's a lot to consider when deciding where your twins will sleep.

Julie Scherer Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant


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

30 French baby names


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

Family shares awesome drone baby announcement


Staff writers Looking for a creative way to share some big news? Look to the skies, like this family did.

28 names for babies born in winter


Melanie Mahoney Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

The truth about birthing a big baby


Dr Erin Bowe When told that they are having a 'big baby', many women have a lot of fears. But those fears are often unfounded.

Baby names on the verge of the top 1000


Pamela Redmond Satran What about the baby names right below the top 1000, hiding just out of sight?

10 foods for a healthier pregnancy


Nicole Thomson-Pride Knowing what foods to eat throughout pregnancy can be worrying, so here's a list of foods every pregnant woman should consider adding to their shopping list.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance


Staff writers It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression


Megan Blandford Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

hands holding

Staff writers Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

An extra surprising gender reveal party

Happy surprise: Desiree and Ryan Fortin.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Gender reveal parties always involve a surprise, but guests at one US couple's celebration got more exciting news than they expected.

Baby names: top movers of 2014


Staff writers The top 10 baby names list may not have changed much since 2013, but the rest of the top 100 has had a shake-up.

Australia's top baby names of 2014

Baby names

Melanie Mahoney with staff writers The numbers have been crunched and it's official: Australian parents are having a bit of an 'O' moment.

Comments 1

Top 100 boy and girl baby names of 2014

Some of the top names of 2014.

Staff writers From Adam to Xavier, Aaliyah to Zoe, here are the most popular baby names for 2014.

Vintage baby names having a comeback


Linda Rosenkrantz What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names


Staff writers A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.


The moment a mum of six sons learns the gender of baby number seven


Staff writers Imagine it. You have six sons. SIX. And you've thrown a gender reveal party to discover the gender of your seventh child.

80 baby names inspired by Shakespeare


Ariane Beeston Looking for a literary baby name but aren’t a fan of the trendy Harper or Atticus? Why not take some inspiration from the Bard.

15 names on the verge of extinction

Barbra and Sheba, we presume?

Melanie Mahoney If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.

6 ways to bond with your unborn baby

More couples are carrying out genetic testing to ensure they have healthy babies.

JO HARTLEY Bonding with your baby can start much earlier than the birth - here are a few ways to start the process.


40 old-fashioned baby names coming into vogue again

Names from the Victorian and Edwardian eras are cool again.

From Alma to Vera, Augustine to Walter, here are 40 old names that are becoming popular once more.

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places


Melanie Mahoney Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.


The middle name game

Naming rights: the middle name is no longer an afterthought

DONNA WEBECK The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Comments 1

8 top baby name trends for 2015


LETITIA ROWLANDS The Anzac Centenary and the birth of a royal baby will be among the events that are likely to inspire parents facing the job of naming their baby this year.


Why we chose a 'wacky' name for our child

Naming your baby is a big responsibility.

Rachel Halliwell When we named our middle daughter Merrily, my husband and I knew we had hit upon a moniker that would set her apart from the crowd.

Comments 22

Things to consider when naming a baby


Jessica Farrish While some parents are hiring professional baby-naming consultants, you don't have to go that far to come up with a perfect name for your baby.

The baby names NZ knocked back in 2014

Police rankings, royal titles and symbols are all rejected as baby names in New Zealand.

A New Zealander has tried to name their baby Senior Constable but didn't get away with it - and numbering children is also a no-no.

Comments 1

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral


LETITIA ROWLANDS Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

Is there really such a thing as a 'baby name copycat'?

blake ryan

Ariane Beeston Baby name “theft” is often discussed in the context of a friend or family member “stealing” a name you’ve had your heart set on. But how seriously can we take it?

Comments 8

21 baby names for the new year or a new start

New baby for a new year? Here are 21 names to inspire you.

Melanie Mahoney Having a baby early in the new year? Or looking for a name that reflects a new beginning? Here are 21 names that fit the bill perfectly.


America's favourite baby names of 2014

us baby

Elahe Izadi Americans are turning to television, Netflix and sports for ideas for what to name their wee ones.

Muhammad, Sophie take top spots for UK baby names in 2014

Baby names: Teddy and Elsa have risen in popularity since last year.

Muhammad has become the most popular name for newborn boys in the UK, while Sophie has taken the spot for girls.


20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

Which name will take the top spot in 2014?

Melanie Mahoney The data-lovers at have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

'I'm not quite laughing about it yet': couple's gender reveal cake mix-up


Melanie Mahoney The idea behind the gender reveal cake is simple - but for one couple, it wasn't straightforward at all.

Comments 6

The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

Will you choose to get the news at a scan or the birth?

Donna Webeck It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

Comments 6

Top boy/girl twin name combinations


According to, the current top 10 names for girl and boy twins in the US all have matching first initials.



Chat to other mums

Ask questions or offer advice to other expectant parents in our forum for mums.

Hospital and Birthing Centres

Ask about others' experiences to help decide where your baby will be born

Doulas & Midwives

Bringing birth practitioners and EB members together


Questions to ask about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there’s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it’s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.


Are you are parent or planning to be? We want to know what you think - let us know and you'll be in the draw to win a $500 gift card.


Womama maternity lingerie

View the latest collections, along with some old favourites, from Womama lingerie. A New Zealand brand, Womama products feature gorgeous fabrics that feel soft against the skin and wash and wear well. Maternity bras contain a silky soft organic cotton lining for comfort.
See for stockists and pricing.

EB loves: Cake Lingerie

It's no secret we're a fan of Cake Lingerie here in the EB office. See images from their 'Real Women, Real Fit' campaign as well as previewing the latest styles.


Weekly Newsletter from Essential Baby

Sign up to catch the latest news & articles, competitions, photo galleries, and reviews.


Strollers & Prams

Lots of news and reviews for strollers, prams, buggies, as well as joggers and travel systems.

Essential Baby product panel

Find out what mums are saying about the latest products.

First look at Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget is now in her 40s and is a successful publishing executive - but also has a pregnancy to contend with as well.

Newlyweds send bill to no-show guests

Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.

Claire Danes: acting out postnatal depression was difficult

Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.

Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram & high chair liners

We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.

Win a Family Farm Trip with Shaun the Sheep

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Shaun the Sheep Movie, Essential Kids and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are offering one winner and their family a holiday to a farm.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.

Mum who killed paedophile gets reduced sentence

A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.

Win a Justine Clarke Pyjama Jam! prize pack

The Pyjama Jam! tour will see Justine Clarke returning to more intimate venues around Australia, creating the perfect comfy and cozy atmosphere for a PJ party.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime

He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.

Silence is golden ... or is it?

Silence is golden, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to children, quite the opposite is true.

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.

Running for beginners: taking the first steps

It's that time of year when the weather warms up and there's more opportunity to get out and go for a jog.

Tips for turning yourself into a morning person

Mornings are a great time to spend time in reflection or to get outside and get moving.

Thousands sign petition for unborn babies killed by domestic violence

Almost 8000 people have signed a petition calling for a law to recognise unborn babies killed by domestic violence in NSW.

Pregnant Sarah Harris tells body-shamers to 'get stuffed'

Television presenter Sarah Harris has a message for anyone who tries to body-shame pregnant women or new mums.

In defence of 'brexting'

Mums spend literally hours a day with a baby attached to their boob, or giving them a bottle. Surely they don't all need to be spent looking at the baby?

How a fellow passenger made a mum's day on a flight

As any parent who has ever travelled with a baby knows it can be a daunting experience. The stares and attitude of unsympathetic fellow travellers only serve to make the journey even more stressful. 

Find a Nanny or Babysitter

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies

What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.


What are your favourite baby products?

The Essential Baby Awards are on now, and we need your help! Have your say on your top picks and you'll go in the draw to win a share of $2500.