Caring For Baby

Nature-inspired baby names

It's gone from flower names, to seasons, to more abstract connections to nature.

I called my daughter Summer a decade ago, and now she's right on trend.

Baby prankster trolls dad video

Dad has a tough time controlling his laughter as baby pranks him big time during fingernails trimming session.

Trimming a baby's fingernails can be daunting, but who knew it could also be hilarious?

Big milestones for new mums

Establishing a routine, and leaving your baby in someone else's care for the first time, are two big milestones for new mums.

Your baby's milestones are obvious - first smile, first laugh, first crawl. What about yours?

Shock after boy dies from pox

Parents shocked after boy, 4, dies from the chicken pox.

Parents of a four-year-old boy who died from chicken pox said they had no idea the disease "could lead to this."

Dear non-parents who offer advice

"When you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion."

People who are ready to give their 'expert' opinion on matters they know nothing about are everywhere. 

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?'

Out of the mouths of babes. Bless them.

The anatomical 'gifts' left behind are part and parcel of having children.

The one type of parent you need to be

Forget the tiger mum, or the helicopter parenting theories. There's only one thing you need to be: a reflective parent.

Forget helicopter parenting, tiger mothering, free-ranging or attachment parenting.

Dear David, don't ditch the dummy

David Beckham and daughter Harper Beckham in New York City.

Fear-mongerers are out in force again, all due to a little girl continuing to use a dummy.

Be careful what you wish for

Remember that chubby little baby who rocked on all fours? Remember how you wished he would start to crawl?

Oh, how you wished he could walk. Then you blinked and missed him as he ran past at full tilt.

Parenting in a Facebook age

Do you over-share baby photos on social media, or know someone who does?

Nothing stops us from sharing our kid's embarrassing stories with a virtual world - but what about their privacy?

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

I'm so sorry newborn. I didn't know what I was doing.

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

Immunity boosters for kids

With the winter months comes the dreaded lurgy.

There are no guaranteed ways to avoid dreaded lurgies, but there are ways we can boost our children's immunity.

Why lazy parenting is good for us - and our kids

I embraced 'lazy parenting' – or, as I liked to call it with her older siblings, 'benevolent neglect'.

By our fourth baby, I'd wholeheartedly embraced a philosophy of 'lazy parenting' – or, as I liked to call it 'benevolent neglect'.

10 signs you're over parenting

Do you 'over-parent'?

Well-intentioned and loving parents, beware! Over parenting is a 'thing'.

IKEA's safety campaign after two deaths

Curren Collas was killed when a Malm dresser pinned him to his bed.

Ikea begins safety campaign after two toddlers killed when pieces of furniture tipped over.

'Mummy, please let me die'

Morgan suffers from severe food allergies, including eczema, asthma and FSGS Nephrotic Syndrome = a life threatening kidney condition.

"On his fifth birthday, Morgan told me he'd rather die than cope with the pain of eczema anymore"

Parenting and decision overload

She's burped, changed, fed and warm. So why is she crying?

Before having your first baby, people flood you with warnings. Sleep now, they say, because you'll never sleep again.

The rookie mistakes we make as parents

Actor Ryan Reynolds has come under fire for carrying his six-month-old daughter, James, incorrectly in this photo.

It is often said that babies do not come with instruction manuals, and for good reason.

Every parent knows the 'poo face'

Ah yes, the classic 'pooface'.

Nappy manufacturer Pampers has used that universal look that indicates a baby is working hard in a clever advertising campaign for baby wipes.

An over-the-top child safety seat

Dartz's bullet-proof child safety seat.

Wild and wacky armoured car maker Dartz has moved into the world of baby protection.

Conchord's vax argument 'nonsense'

Kiwi comedian Jemaine Clement waded into  Jim Carrey's anti-vax rant on Twitter.

Jemaine Clement makes a "straw man argument" on vaccination, health expert says.

Jim Carrey's anti-vax rant

Jim Carrey has gone on a Twitter rant, saying the government is "poisoning more children" by enforcing vaccinations.

There is nothing funny about Jim Carrey's anti-vaccination Twitter rant.

Kiwi Dad's video cracks 1 million views

Jordan Watson demonstrating a few of the different baby holds.

A popular video of how to hold a baby has been viewed more than 1 million times in less than a week.

Tongue tie: What you need to know

Tongue tie is often behind feeding issues.

Tongue and lip ties make feeding very tiring for babies.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Matthew before his operation, and while wearing his special helmet afterwards.

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

How to play with babies (seriously! This isn’t easy!)

Kids benefit from playing on their own and not having everything structured by someone else.

Figuring out how to play with an infant beyond peek-a-boo and the itsy-bitsy-spider still remains a challenge.

Reflecting on the first year of motherhood

There's lots to learn during the first year of motherhood.

Just when I think I have it all under control, a new challenge arises.

Parenting lessons I've learnt

You barely have time to eat, let alone shower and catch up on episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians between feedings.

A year seems like a really short time - yet in some ways the longest of eternities.

Helping a child with a depressed parent

There are also many things you can do to help guide a child, gently and lovingly, through the sadness and confusion that so often accompany having a depressed parent.

When a parent or family member has depression it is easy to forget the effect this illness can have on our little ones

Why some dogs might attack babies or young kids

Dogs and children can be the best of friends, but they should be supervised when together, experts say.

It is rare for dogs to attack infants, but as Monday's attack by a family's pet dog on a newborn baby has shown, even a child who is not interacting with a dog can be at risk. 

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