Model breastfeeds on runway video

Mara Martin hopes her runway walk will help to 'normalise' breastfeeding.

New mum earns praise for breastfeeding her baby on the catwalk at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show.

Confessions of an 'unmumsy' mum

Mums' group are meant to be fun and supportive but that is not always the case.

OPINION: When I ghosted my coffee group, I wanted to let them know 'it's not you, it's me'.

'I cried': mums console Serena

Serena Williams admits she cried over missing her daughter's first steps.

Other parents were quick to comfort the tennis star after she missed one of her daughter's milestones.

Solid food won't help babies sleep

Giving babies solid foods early: do the cons outweigh the pros?

As much as tired parents may want to believe a new study, giving babies solid food early won't improve their sleep.

Parents name baby Abcde

Lots of people want a unique name for their bub but is Abcde going too far? (File photo)

Apparently, it's pronounced "Ab-si-dee" and it's actually fairly common in the US.

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Baby

Inside the 'pain-free' birth

Auckland mother Kate O'Byrne with son Ruairi. Kate used the HypnoBirthing technique.

According to advocates of HypnoBirthing, having a baby without drugs should be a pain-free experience.

Food's just what the doctor ordered

A New Plymouth GP wanted better food for her baby daughter, so she set about making it herself.

Bikini model breastfeeds on runway video

Confessions of an 'unmumsy' mum

Pregnancy

'Shocking' condition for young mums video

There will likely be one or two new mums in your coffee group affected by prolapse, but too worried to say anything.

There will likely be one or two new mums in your coffee group affected by prolapse, but too worried to say anything.

Rise of 'Insta' baby showers video

An event stylist says baby showers have "gone crazy", with many mums-to-be hiring her to outdo the last baby shower they attended.

Felicity Farrell and her 8 month old baby, Jackson, photographed at their home in West Auckland. Felicity was able to ...

Connect to newborn or followers?

Researchers are looking into the role social media plays in the 'golden hour' immediately following child birth.

Little Kids

'You're actually scared of balloons?'

Greer Berry's worst nightmare. Berry suffers from globophobia (file photo).

OPINION: Indeed Greer Berry is scared of Satan's plaything. And now the world hates them too.

Spellbound by my mini magician

Miss Five is a magician in the making and needs lots of practice- and I'm her captive audience.

George Griggs, left, is happy to have arrived at Taylor Dam with his dad Lee Griggs.

Saddling up for a bumpy bike ride

This week George and I decided to ditch the walking shoes and strap on our helmets for a two wheeled adventure up the Taylor River. 

Big Kids

The danger of gift cards video

Are youngsters ready to handle the wiles of advertisers and the complexities of 'credit' on a card?

Are youngsters ready to handle the wiles of advertisers and the complexities of 'credit' on a card?

'Talk to your kids about porn' video

OPINION: Young girls are presenting with sex-related injuries from trying to recreate pornography.

GirlGuiding NZ was criticised for posting 'outdated' advice for girls on its Facebook page.

GirlGuiding apologises for 'sexist' advice

GirlGuiding NZ has apologised for advising parents to teach young girls to "dress classy" and "learn the joy of cooking".

Family Life

The vegan kids are all right

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Flip Grater and husband Youssef Iskrane and daughter Anais Iskrane (2 and a half) are ...

Two-year-old Anaïs chooses olives over cake. She's the healthiest kid around.

Dinner time is more than just food

Nadia Lim has always believed that what goes on around the table at dinner time is just as important.

Making our own sourdough bread has brought joy and warmth to our family.

Sourdough worth the hard work

OPINION: The recipe runs to five pages and includes incredibly specific measurements and instructions, but my husband gave it a go and now I will never leave him.

Mum's Life

Food's just what the doctor ordered

Co-owner of Two Spoons baby food, Sarah Prior, says a desire for better baby food has now turned into a business.

A New Plymouth GP wanted better food for her baby daughter, so she set about making it herself.

Hey girls, science for you

There's nothing nerdy about changing our world for the better.

Marriage is not an alchemical experience: it does not alloy your fundamental personality into precious metal.

My lawful wedded life

If you marry, you’ll be the same schmuck you always were. But one aspect of your personal behaviour will permanently change.

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