Essential Baby Tools

Conception Tools

Ovulation Calculator

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Increase your chances of getting pregnant by determining when you are most fertile with Essential Baby's Ovulation Calculator.

Conception App

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Download our FREE Ovulation Calendar; EB EggTimer iphone app to track and record your cycle, symptoms, & temperature.

Pregnancy Tools

Due Date Calculator

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Congratulations, you're pregnant! So when is the baby due? Calculate your expected due date using Essential Baby's Due Date Calculator.

Weekly Guide to Pregnancy

Pregnancy

A comprehensive, Australian week-by-week guide to your baby's development and the progress of your pregnancy.

Weekly Guide to Pregnancy iPhone App

Weekly Guide to Pregnancy iPhone App

The week-by-week guide to your baby's development and pregnancy - available on your iPhone with the FREE app. Now with contraction timer!

Baby Names

'Father' to be removed from birth certificate

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

Baby Tools

Birth Announcements

'Father' to be removed from birth certificate

Congratulations on the birth of your little bundle of joy! EB would like to help you share the news with friends and family, include your Baby's Birth Announcement on EB!

Baby Growth Chart

Baby Growth Chart

Check your baby's length and weight for their age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.

Baby's First Year Guide

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This monthly guide to your baby's first year covers development, sleeping, baby care, immunisation reminders, feeding and more.

Toddler & Kid's Tools

Toddler Growth Chart

Toddler Growth Chart

Check your toddler's height and weight for their age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.

Quarterly Toddler Guide

Toddler

A quarterly update packed full of information, tips and useful contacts on your toddler's development between one and two years.

Kid's Activities

Kids Activities

Essential Kids offers great activity worksheets, including colouring-in pages, mazes, and other craft activities for kids - all FREE!

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

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Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

Finance Tools

Budgeting

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Top deals, budgeting tips and calculators to help get your finances in order.

Saving

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From top savings rates to articles and calculators to help you reach your savings goals.

Nesting

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Helpful articles, calculators and home loan options for setting up the perfect home.

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Articles and tips about conception, how to get pregnant, maximising your fertility and more.

Birth articles

Articles and tips about birth, birth options, labour, caesarean, after birth and other birth stories.

Pregnancy articles

Articles and tips about pregnancy, symptoms and stages of pregnancy, health, nutrition and preparing for your baby.

Baby articles

Articles and tips about babies, stages of development, caring for your baby, health, education and play and products for babies.

Toddler articles

Articles and tips about toddlers, stages of development, caring for your toddler, health, education and play and products for toddlers.

Kids articles

Articles and tips about kids, stages of development, caring for children, health, schooling, activities and products for kids.

DVD's & Books

Helping dads

Described as “Up the Duff for Men”, this film series and book combines the eternal, hilarious and “tell-it-like-it-is” wisdom of mates over a few beers with some of Australia’s leading experts to find some unbelievable insights into pregnancy, from the bloke’s point of view.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

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

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.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

Working out what’s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

When those you love judge your parenting

In today's society, never has it been harder to parent without judgment. But what about when judgment is coming from closer to home?

Don't play the victim blame game with family violence

It's not a woman's job to teach violent men how to behave.

11 truths about having two under two

When I told my mothers’ group that my husband and I had started trying for our second baby they told me I was crazy. Now I can see why.

'How do you say goodbye to someone you've only just started to get to know?'

New mum Sarah Sutton was faced with a shattering scenario no person should have to endure.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

"It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Six reasons to go for a walk

Can't find time to get to the gym? It could be just as beneficial to put your baby in the stroller and go for a walk.

Seven questions you should be asking 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.

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What's hot on EB

Where are the childcare places?

It’s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

Toddler styling

Seven things my toddler taught me about my home

My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos.

Australia's top baby names of 2014

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

How to set up the perfect nursery for your baby

You'll soon be meeting your baby, but you've got one big task to get done first: setting up a comfy, calming nursery you'll both be able to enjoy.

Childcare rebate: tougher rules for stay-at-home mums

A new form of activity testing will be introduced to ensure the highest subsidies go to parents who contribute the most to the workforce.

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.