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

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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

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Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

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

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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.

Related articles

Conception articles

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.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children’s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we’re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child’s pre-school or day care!

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

On holding tightly and loving fiercely

We can't live in fear. This post is about Christmas and how at this time we should be celebrating life and grateful for what we have: our loved ones who we cherish fiercely.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

There are pros and cons to this policy.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

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

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What's hot on EB

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children’s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we’re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child’s pre-school or day care!

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.