Sister 'steals' baby name - twice

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but that doesn't apply to baby names.

She was willing to let it slide when it happened once. But twice?

Capturing first rays of birthdays video

Thomas Britton and Caitlin Sankey share a sunrise.

Giving the perfect gift for a newborn has an Auckland couple waking up before the sun each day.

Ivanka reveals depression battle video

Ivanka Trump says the periods after her children's births were "very challenging, emotional" times.

US president's daughter and adviser opens up on difficulties after her children's births.

Pregnant? Eat salmon

Freshly cooked salmon carries a low risk of mercury contamination, and is fine to eat when pregnant, Massey researchers say.

Shunning fish during pregnancy for fears of toxicity has meant women are lacking in nutrients essential for a growing fetus.

Store's 'plus size' kids clothes

Next says it's new ranges acknowledge 'children come in all different shapes and sizes'.

UK store Next is offering a new range of children's sizes, including "plus fit" clothes for kids as young as 3.

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Baby

Capturing first rays of birthdays video

Thomas Britton and Caitlin Sankey share a sunrise.

Giving the perfect gift for a newborn has an Auckland couple waking up before the sun each day.

Sister 'steals' baby name - twice

She was willing to let it slide when it happened once. But twice?

Ivanka reveals depression struggles video

Endangered baby names

Pregnancy

Pregnant? Eat salmon

Freshly cooked salmon carries a low risk of mercury contamination, and is fine to eat when pregnant, Massey researchers say.

Shunning fish during pregnancy for fears of toxicity has meant women are lacking in nutrients essential for a growing fetus.

Flu mum in coma, unaware of birth

An Australian woman who should be cuddling her new baby is fighting for her life.

Pregnancy can be challenging, but telling the boss early on can ease the pressure.

Telling the boss you're pregnant

Telling the boss you are pregnant can be a tricky conversation for women, a human resources expert says.

Little Kids

Aunty baffled by toddler gift list

Is it reasonable to expect people to buy gifts from a list - for a two-year-old?

Woman questions stringent present requests for 2-year-old after family tells her "not to bother" buying a gift not on their list.

Mum refuses daycare with fat staff

A British mum has ignited an online storm after rejecting a daycare centre because it had overweight staff.

Artist Dick Frizzel has released his own toy to take on the renowned Buzzy Bee.

Dick Frizzell's all-new Buzzy Bee

Prince William played with the original Buzzy Bee: now Frizzell hopes the new Royal baby will love his KiWi KiWi.

Big Kids

'Plus size' clothes for kids

Next says it's new ranges acknowledge 'children come in all different shapes and sizes'.

UK store Next is offering a new range of children's sizes, including "plus fit" clothes for kids as young as 3.

Instagram's 'discrimination' move

The social media giant removed a photo of a boy wearing his prosthetic eye.

The main characters from the Curious Critters Club, a new augmented reality game focused on New Zealand stories.

It's NZ's Pokemon Go video

A new augmented reality game encourages children to uncover mythical creatures and New Zealand legends.

Family Life

How food saved Sarah Tuck video

Sarah Tuck shot all the recipes in Coming Unstuck at her home studio, next to her kitchen.

Her sons left home, and then her husband. Sarah Tuck reached an all time low.

Teaching kids financial sense early

Starting early will help your children get ahead financially.

Edith Bramald celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday September 6, a few weeks after the birth of ...

A century apart

Edith Bramald and Amber Nicole Bevins are 100 years and five generations apart.

Mum's Life

Why Cheryl Cole ditched makeup

Cheryl Cole says she didn't have time to glam up like this after becoming a mum.

The new mum admits "when you're taking care of a baby 24/7, it's just not practical".

3 mums who chose abortions

Three women open up about their reasons for choosing to end a pregnancy.

Being a mum is tough enough without the advice and judgment of well-meaning friends and family.

Never, ever, judge another parent stuff nation

Before you roll your eyes at a parent struggling to deal with a public toddler meltdown, remember: One day, it will be you.

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