Caring for baby

Caring for 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.

Mistakes with newborns

Seven mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Leaving the little one

It always feels unusual the first time you leave your little one at home, like you're missing a limb.

A case of PFS

Precious Firstborn Syndrome (PFS) describes the bizarre things first-time parents do.

Soothed by Katy Perry

This little lady is going to whinge unless you let her get her groove on to some pure pop beats.


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Sleep, wake, repeat

Waking up repeatedly to care for little ones isn't good for moods or the ability to attend to tasks.

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'She wasn't at home'

Julia strapped her two-month-old daughter into her car seat and forgot about her.

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What baby group to join

Anna is thinking about getting out more with Ruby, but is wondering where to go.


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.

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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...


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.

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The trending baby names of 2014

See which baby names are proving popular with parents this year - and what's inspiring them.

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Remembering the little things

Last week I got a call from the nurse at our doctors saying I was overdue for Ruby's immunisations and did we want her to have them done.

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Parenting a crier

Some babies cry more than others. They're the ones who let you know how they’re feeling by crying - a lot.


Banned baby names

You can't have a baby Bear in Germany, while Harriet has Icelandic officials scratching their heads.

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No presents please

I don't want to sound difficult or mean-spirited but I don't really want people to buy birthday presents for my daughter.


The first birthday

In one month's time, Jasmin will turn one. I'm already feeling a little emotional about it, particularly as I start to plan a little party for her.

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Competitive parenting

Since I've had children I've been introduced to a different kind of competition. It's the inter-parent kind. And it's not a lot of fun.


The comfort bunnies

When Milin is unwell or upset, he asks for 'bunny'. It helps wipe away tears, and generally makes the world a better place.

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