Caring for baby

Caring for baby



Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons - particularly because you really have no idea what you are doing.

My must-have baby items

During these past few weeks, I've come to rely on some certain key items to get through my day

You're not alone

Hillary Frank's complicated, gruellng labour gave birth to two lovely beings: her daughter, Sasha, and her delightful podcast, The Longest Shortest Time.

Not keeping a baby book

I haven't filled out either of the baby books I was given when my daughter was born, instead I've found digital ways to record her milestones.

Going it alone

It was a blissful kind of existence, those first two weeks with our first newborn. Then it was time to go it alone.


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mum and baby

Mums out-talk dads with babies

Mums talk more than dads to new babies, and baby girls get spoken to more than baby boys according to a new study.

Greer Berry

First week of motherhood

There are so many things that I've learnt, discovered, failed at and laughed at in this past week as a mother.


Am I ignoring my baby?

Do you feel guilty when you leave your baby on the floor to attend to daily tasks? Don't.

Newborn baby

Mother-baby bonding a generational thing

Researchers have found a woman's relationship with her mother can have an impact on how she bonds with her own baby.

sleep deprivation

Are you ready for your baby?

Bombarded by joyful images of instant bonding and instinctive breastfeeding many new parents are unprepared for the realities of caring for newborns.

Baby six months

Solids and constipation

Introducing solids to babies can play havoc on their tiny digestive systems.

baby food

'I will never do that with my kids...'

I haven't been a parent long, but it's been long enough to know that half the things I said I'd always or never do before kids were lies.

Anna Guy

Disrupting the routine

Ruby's a very cruisy baby, but even she will spit the dummy sometimes.

Asking for money instead of gifts

Is it okay to ask for money instead of gifts for a christening or naming day, or is it in bad taste?


A dad's diary: 5 - 8 months

Anxiety, joy, exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

Milk, glass of milk

Breastmilk soap

Convinced of breast milk's healing powers, one mother has been using this so-called "liquid gold" to make organic soap.


Banana balls: Food babies love

Your baby will love you for these. Like a piece of cake in a ball, they're also great for anyone with egg allergies.


Chicken nuggets for babies

These delicious nuggets make great finger food for babies and can be served with dips or diced veges.

sleep deprivation

When will I feel like myself again?

New mothers repeat: Sleepness nights aren't forever. Pumping isn't forever. Nappies aren't forever.

Newborn baby

Home alone with a newborn

It's my husband's first day back at work after paternity leave and my first full day alone with our baby. I have nowhere to be and everything to do.

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