baby glue

Baby head glue is a thing

For frustrated parents of bald she-babies, a company is selling glue to stick pretty bows on their heads. That's right, glue. To stick bows on your baby.


Most popular Maori baby names

Nikau and Aria are currently the most popular Maori baby names, followed closely behind by Wiremu and Maia.


Birthday party planning

I didn't think I'd invited too many people, but somehow we have 15 children coming to Jasmin's first birthday party.

sorry dog

World's sorriest dog

Charlie the beagle is consumed by guilt the moment baby Laura started crying after he stole her toy. Watch him try to make amends.

Talking baby

Baby talk

Babies language skills develop rapidly and seemingly without much effort, but how do they do it?


what's in this section?

Development Baby's 10th month

First milestones

Track your baby’s developmental progress during its first year with our milestone checklist guide.


Sign up to our newsletters

Sign up for monthly newsletters detailing your baby's milestones, and tips on everything from sleep to teething.

Caring for baby MOTHER AND BABY

When bonding takes time

Not all women feel a rush of love when they first see their baby, for some the mother-baby bond takes time to develop.

sleep deprivation

Six parenting milestones

The first time you use your baby as an excuse to get out of a social engagement, the first time you hide in your room...


'Breastfeeding madness'

It begins in the hospital. The minute you are in recovery after giving birth, they try to latch baby on.


Breastfeeding: What's 'normal'?

There's a wide range of 'normal' when it comes to breastfeeding.

Health baby beads

Bead maker disregards criticism

A company's claims about beads helping teething babies have been slammed as misleading.


My hypermobile baby

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.

Education & play AWATEA

My kids and drawers

For weeks Miss A has been standing at the kitchen drawer, rifling through its contents like a detective looking for clues.


The benefits of baby talk

If you've found yourself cooing in 'baby talk' to your baby, you're off to a good start.

Products baby beads

Bead maker disregards criticism

A company's claims about beads helping teething babies have been slammed as misleading.

Greer Berry

What a newborn really needs

The baby industry is a minefield when it comes to the fine line between 'needs' and 'wants' for first-time mothers.

Join our Mums' Hub community!
Get exclusive access to:
  • Discussions on our forums
  • Comments on our stories
  • Newsletter guides to pregnancy, babies and toddlers
  • A personal profile and the chance to connect with other mums
  • Newsletter updates from the Essential Mums team
  • Competitions and the chance to win great prizes.
sign up now!