When you can't agree on a baby name

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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

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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

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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?

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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.

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Honest words from first-time mums

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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

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

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

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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.

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Making room for two in the bed

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

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The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

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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

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

Family shares awesome drone baby announcement

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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

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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

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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

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

10 foods for a healthier pregnancy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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America's favourite baby names of 2014

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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.

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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 nameberry.com 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

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

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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.

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Top boy/girl twin name combinations

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

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How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

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JO HARTLEY The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

The myths and realities of early parenthood

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Kate Johnston-Ataata and Renata Kokanovic Knowing the reality of what you can expect from early parenthood, will help you prepare for your new life.

Delivery room surprises: when gender predictions are wrong

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Kym Campradt Out of all the questions asked of mums-to-be, “Do you know what you're having?” would be right up there in popularity. Sometimes,

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Your partner's role in pregnancy and early parenthood

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GREER BERRY Almost everything about pregnancy is geared towards the woman and her baby, but there's a lot her partner can do to help, both before and after the baby is born.

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Are creative names career killers?

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Sylvia Pennington 'Creative' names are cute on kids, but are they a help or hindrance in the workforce?

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Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

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DANIELLE COLLEY When your baby’s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

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Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

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