I'm lazy. That's why I breastfeed

How you feed your baby and the reasons behind it doesn't matter.

"I don't want to do extra dishes, I don't want to spend extra time preparing bottles."

Best time to have a second child

Are smaller gaps between children better?

Age spacing between kids: Parents open up about the pros and cons of common gaps.

Non-practising, but baptised

Katherine Feeney decided to baptise her baby despite almost never going to church.

Are we frauds? We baptised our baby despite almost never going to church.

3-month-old says 'I love you'?

Mark can be heard trying to reply "I love you" back.

Watch the sweet moment when a 13-week-old melts his astonished mum's heart.

Call the midwife, or not?

New Zealand favours midwives over doctors in childbirth, but new research suggests that's not safest for baby.

NZ favours midwives over doctors in childbirth, but new research suggests that's not safest for baby.

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Baby

I'm lazy. That's why I breastfeed

How you feed your baby and the reasons behind it doesn't matter.

"I don't want to do extra dishes, I don't want to spend extra time preparing bottles."

Non-practising, but baptised baby

Are we frauds? We baptised our baby despite almost never going to church.

3-month-old says 'I love you'?

Through lens of toddler photographer gallery

Pregnancy

The business of birthdays

Tyeis Olsson 5, left, Kaylee Wood 5 and KJ Katene-Awhitu 6 all celebrated their birthdays at the Rumpus Room on September 28.

A "happy new year" is having a positive effect for one party venue business - nine months later.

No thanks, I'm happy with only boys

"I knew that I'd be in for more soccer, more toilet humour and much more farting.

katherine heigl

Katherine Heigl's pregnancy tips

The actress shares a pic of her baby bump and talks gas, coffee and trusting your instincts.

Little Kids

Women with nannies may not be lucky

Having a nanny is normal for celebrities, businesswomen, and the otherwise wealthy. It's not for regular people.

OPINION: It challenges perceptions, but what happens when an extra pair of hands in the household becomes a necessity, not a luxury?

Prince George's high five snub video

High-five fail: Prince George just wasn't charmed by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

Cold coffee is better than no coffee, according to parenting columnist Greer Berry.

Why comparing lifestyles is dangerous

Playing the comparison game with other mums? It's one you'll never win, says Greer Berry.

Big Kids

Gifts and letters for 'no friends' boy

People around the world have sent gifts and cards to Christopher.

He listed "no-one" as his friends on a homework sheet, but things are looking up for young Christopher.

'Never have five letters cut so deep'

A father has shared the emotional moment when five small letters, written by his son, broke his heart.

"Teens don't need gel manicures and they don't need teeth whitening," says one expert.

Beauty treatments safe for teens?

Tanning, tattoos and teeth whitening: The experts weight in on what's safe to allow.

Family Life

Best time to have a second child

Are smaller gaps between children better?

Age spacing between kids: Parents open up about the pros and cons of common gaps.

'My husband and I did a role swap'

What happens when a stay-at-home mum and a full-time working dad swap roles?

Petra Graney explores Mill Flat.

Be a holiday explorer

COLUMN: There is no need to be at a loss for holiday fun, writes Department of Conservation community ranger Brigid Graney.

Mum's Life

8 'bad day' tips for parents

We all have them. Those days when we feel like we can't go on.

We all have them. Those days when we feel like we can't go on. Use these tips to help cope.

Emily Blunt on 'mommy cults' danger

"There is a huge societal pressure on women when it comes to motherhood."

Merryn Porter decided to invest in a clicker to measure the number of times her sons called her.

Constant call of 'Mum' drove me batty

One mum decided to count how many times her kids said her name a day and the results are terrifying.

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