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.

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.

The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Breastfeeding friendly café goes viral

A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.

First look at the Bugaboo Bee3

The newest Bugaboo Bee – the Bee3 – offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.

Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We’re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

We lost three babies in two years

Our first pregnancy ended the way we all expected it to - with a healthy, happy baby in our arms. What a true blessing he was, for we were not to know the heartache we were about endure.

Family turned back from doomed flight MH17

'There must have been someone watching over us and saying, 'You must not get on that flight,' says mother who narrowly avoided boarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which exploded in mid-air over the Ukraine last night.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.

My baby is hypermobile

For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

When you don’t bond with your baby

They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

Grieving father asks for help to Photoshop his daughter's image

When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.

Raising kids in a 'low media' home

Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.

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.

Find a Nanny or Babysitter

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What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We’re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.