Prepare for baby

Prepare for baby


Gender reveal cakes

Gender reveal parties

Let them eat cake... while finding out if you're having a girl or a boy.

Organising a baby shower

What do we say to people when they ask what we'd like as gifts for our new family member?

Packing your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

Commando Dad

Former British Commando Neil Sinclair has written a parenting book telling dads how to raise their kids with military precision.

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.


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'Cocooning' your baby

When Jeannie Entin was pregnant, she insisted anyone who planned to visit her newborn baby had to get a whooping cough booster.

Greer Berry

Planning a babymoon

I want to try savour all the things they say you miss when a baby comes along - sleep-ins, time to yourself...


Budgeting for baby

Can you afford the estimated $250,000 it takes to raise a child? Here are some tips on making ends meet.


Useless baby products

Have you wasted money on pointless baby products? Check out these lists of what you do and don't need.

Pregnant belly

Why do pregnant women nest?

If you're worried that you haven't experienced the nesting instinct, don't panic. It can manifest in lots of different ways.


Bumpy reads

There are plenty of pregnancy books around but how many are relevant to NZ mums? Essential Mums readers give their verdicts.


Puppy as parent school

I often hear friends mulling over the pros and cons of getting a dog and how it could be good ''practice'' for parenthood.


The 'fourth trimester'

Yes, I know, pregnancy is only three trimesters, but in my opinion the postpartum period should count too.

pregnant women talking on phone looking at ultrasound

Mum's the word

There are rules about posting baby news on social media. Do you follow them?


Third trimester essentials

Tired, heavy, bloated, anxious. The third trimester of pregnancy can drag. Here are a few tips on how to cope.


Thinking about breastfeeding?

Here are 11 breastfeeding tips to think about BEFORE you have have the baby.

Buzz Michelangelo Fletcher

From bump to Buzz

McFly singer Tom Fletcher made a very sweet timelapse video during his wife's pregnancy.

Greer Berry

Calling the midwife

Barely five weeks pregnant, friends said to get in quick with nailing down the midwife we wanted.

Down Syndrome

A baby with Down syndrome

"I'm expecting a baby. I've discovered he has Down syndrome. I'm scared: what kind of life will my child have?"

baby shower

Baby shower shaming

So, you get an invitation to a baby shower but you barely know the woman so decide not to go. Next thing you get a 'poem' demanding a present...

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