Caring for baby

Caring for baby



Parent lines offer national support

Manawatu and Wellington parenting support services launch 24-hour national help line.

Most expensive daycare?

This day care in New York costs almost as much in tuition as Harvard University.

You can't argue with a baby

Reasoning with babies is a futile endeavor that will ultimately end in disappointment - but it is still funny to watch.

When should you pierce?

So what is it that shapes our opinions on what’s an appropriate age for our children to get their ears pierced?

Baby roadmap

Babies develop according to their own timeline, but there are some key milestones that are worth understanding and celebrating.


what's in this section?


Zoey and Jasper

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in an adorable picture series together.

Suzie Ioata

Mother didn't know

Mother whose baby died in her arms believed cot death could only happen in cots.

anna guy

A cruisy baby

When the kids were asked what they thought of their baby sister, they said "we don't even notice she's around, she's so quiet!"

miss a - for blog use only

Repeating mistakes

As parents we often take the path of least resistance, even though it probably sets us up for more pain in the long term.

Sour baby

Sour sensations

Watching babies' reactions when they try lemon for the first time is quite funny, but watching it in slow motion is hilarious.

Awatea Eat

Why do babies throw food?

When Miss A is in her food throwing mood (which is every day at the moment) I have to take a deep breath.

isabella mcrae

'All in the same boat'

Baby Isabella's two dads say parenting is the same for them, Prince George's mum and dad and anyone else.


Feeling down

I often like to think I've got things totally sorted but I just don't.

anna guy

Running low on time

If I thought I didn't have enough time in the day before, I know I definitely don't now.

Kiran phone

Mums on the phone

Since when did becoming a parent make you fair game for being openly judged?

miss a - for blog use only

The future musician

I wish I had Miss A's sense of rhythm, because at best my dancing is pretty tragic and embarrassing for the world.


Royal car seat debate

The placement of Prince George's Kiwi car seat is causing a storm of outrage on social media.

baby suite

Babysuiting new craze

Check out the cutest baby meme this side of Wall Street. It's called #babysuiting.

anna guy

Coping without sleep

Sleep deprivation, lack of sleep, becoming a Mombie (Mum/Zombie)...whatever you call it, all of us have experienced it at some stage.

Kelly Boateng

Baby sling warnings

The suffocation of an Australian baby has prompted warnings about the risks of using baby slings incorrectly.

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!