How more mums are passing on their maiden names


Alison Bowen Giving a baby a mother's maiden name can be a way of balancing out parents' last names.

The most popular baby name in the world right now


Staff writers The numbers have been crunched and the results are in.

Hot baby name predictions for 2016


Staff writers According to one parenting site, 2016 will see the rise of some unusual names, with some uncommon old-fashioned monikers thrown into the mix.

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Baby showers the second time around: okay or not?


Josefa Pete Love or loathe them, it seems throwing a baby shower for your second pregnancy is right on trend.


Getting ready for a new baby: your checklist


JO HARTLEY As an expectant mum, there are so many things to consider and organise before your baby arrives. By making a list and working your way through it, things can seem less daunting.

Quiz: How much do you know about baby names around the world?


Staff writers Think you know baby names? On top of the latest trends, and know a bit about banned names around the world?

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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'?

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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?

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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.



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How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

The Bugaboo by Diesel Denim launch

Essential Baby attended the launch and it got messy!

Father's letter to Bataclan terrorists

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

Adele's new song to sing along to

Singer follows up success of Hello with new belting ballad When We Were Young.

Major retailers restrict formula sales

Coles and Woolworths have imposed tighter buying bans on baby formula amid a shortage blamed on Chinese consumers.

Three-year-old breaks family's news

If you are three-years-old and an only child, then news doesn't get much bigger than this.

Swapped babies stay with families

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

How life is different with three kids

I knew having a third child would alter our lives, but it's had so many impacts - both tiny and enormous.

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Penny-pinching supermarket shoppers switching in droves

Half of Australia thinks it can get cheaper groceries by switching supermarkets, and about one in four of us have already switched.

Baby breastfed by wrong mother after hospital mix up

A newborn baby has been breastfed by a stranger after a NSW hospital bungled the identities of two newborns, devastating one mother and potentially exposing the newborn to health risks.

Nurses invent skin to skin c-section drape

The determination of three US nurses to provide immediate skin to skin contact to mothers delivering their babies by caesarean section has led to the invention of a unique surgical drape.

Baby's first photo shoot features a special guest

You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.

We are not the family you think we are, I promise

Kids have a way of presenting a completely inaccurate impression of you, as parents, and as a family.

The hidden harm of foetal alcohol syndrome disorder

Experts believe many children diagnosed with ADHD might actually have FASD and that the number of people suffering from the condition across the country could be as high as 500,000.

Anaesthetist facing charges after ignoring woman's pain during caesarean

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