Essential Baby Tools

Conception Tools

Ovulation Calculator


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

Conception App


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

Pregnancy Tools

Due Date Calculator


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


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!



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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


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


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

EK app

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

Finance Tools



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



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



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

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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.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show Brisbane (4-6 March). Register online now to save $20!

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

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.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

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.

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What's hot on EB

How I survived 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.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

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

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

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.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.


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