Hey, baby! Even the most experienced mum will tell you that each baby is different - what works for one baby may not necessarily work for the other! BellyBelly has a collection of fantastic articles for baby, designed to give you a range of options to try with your own, unique bundle of joy. You'll also find many useful and practical articles written by BellyBelly's 'Gentle' Parenting Expert, Pinky McKay. BellyBelly.com.au is the Thinking Woman's Website for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.
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Do other people's comments have you thinking that you are 'doing it wrong' raising your baby? Pinky McKay offers some wise advice if you feel like you're 'doing it all wrong'.
Can't wait to visit the new baby - and be invited back again and again? Be sure to follow these 10 tips for a happy mother, father and baby who love having you over.
Having a baby boy? Here are 10 great (and humourous) things about having a baby boy.
Having a baby girl? Here are 10 great (and humourous) things about having a baby girl.
The witching hour can be an awful time - for you and your baby. Here are 12 helpful tips to get you through.
You said you wouldn't do it... but you did. 13 things you swore you wouldn't do when you have a baby.
New parents - fancy a giggle? Here's 20 hilariously realistic things your newborn would say if they could talk. Any others you can add?
No matter if you formula feed or breastfeed your baby, judgments can come at you thick and fast. Here are 5 things worth saying to formula feeding mothers.
Want a giggle? Here are 51 ways you know you have a baby - and I will bet you have already ticked most of these off your list!
Pregnant with your second (or more!) baby? Pinky McKay suggests 7 great tips to help to encourage sibling harmony when a new baby comes into your home.
Before you even ovulate, formula companies are targeting YOU without you even realising it. How? Here are 9 sneaky ways that formula companies work to increase their marketshare.
The shocking truth about what an everyday activity is doing to your baby or toddler's brain. A MUST watch for all parents and parents to be - especially if you want to prevent attention problems.
An amber teething necklace is a natural alternative to the array of teething gels, creams and medicines. Find out what you need to know about using an amber teething necklace.
In this thought provoking article, Yvette O'Dowd asks why there such a divide between women who breastfeed and those who resort to artificial baby milk. What led to the divide and who is to blame? A must read for all mothers, no matter how you feed your baby.
Attachment parenting is based on the belief that a child’s attachment to their caregiver(s) will have lifelong consequences. Find out what principles are part of attachment parenting.
Baby bonus eligibility in Australia - find out if you're entitled to receive the baby bonus and how much you can expect to be paid.
Baby clothes - with so many cute and gorgeous baby clothes available these days, it can be tempting to over buy. Here's a run down of what you need.
Baby crying? When a baby cries, it means he is having a hard time - and crying is your baby's only language. Find out how to help the cries in this great article.
I'm hungry! Play with me! Give me a break! I'm sleepy! These are all things your baby will try to tell you, in ways other than words. It can be hard to decipher the code unless you understand your baby's cues. What are they and how can you tell? Read on to find out!
If you're starting out with baby formula, here's some essentials on what you need to know to get started.
Baby games can be so much fun for a baby who is discovering a world of so many new things! Here's 5 fun baby games that will keep your baby amused and entertained.
Does your baby HATE being in his or her car seat? Here are some tips from parents who have survived car baby seat woes!
Baby hunger cues can be observed - learning how to tell if your baby is hungry can prevent tears (not just baby's!) and build your self esteem and confidence as a mother. Here is some information on hunger cues for babies.
Baby led weaning is becoming a popular topic amongst new mothers. Its well known that starting solids should ideally commence no sooner than 6 months. So how does baby led weaning fit in with all of this?
Baby massage is a wonderful way for mums and dads to bond with their baby. It has many health benefits too! Find out how to get started massaging your baby about what baby massage can do for your baby, while bonding with him at the same time.
Baby massage offers so many powerful benefits, for premature babies and older. If you haven't yet discovered the benefits of massage, infant massage instructor and parenting expert Pinky McKay explains the wonderful gifts you can offer when you massage your baby.
Baby names - most popular baby names in 2012 according to Births, Deaths and Marriages (Victoria). Take a look at this top 20 list and see if the name you've chosen is one of the most popular baby names in 2012.
Yes, baby poo... one of the most talked about topics amongst new parents. Find out which of these 11 types of baby poo is normal, and whats not.
Is your baby starting solids? You may have a few questions, for example, 'when is the best time to introduce solid food?' or 'will solids help my baby sleep through the night?' Find out answers to these questions on starting solids in this article written by a fabulous breastfeeding counsellor.
Baby wipes are simple to make from home and gentler on baby's bum. I was a commercial baby wipe user, until the pin finally dropped one day when I asked mums for advice on how to get creative pen 'artwork' off the sofa - the overwhelming response? Baby wipes - 'It'll get anything out!' But what was it getting out of my baby's skin?
Babymoons should be compulsory for every new mother! Stay in your pyjamas for two weeks new mammas - the 'babymoon' helps with recovery and establishing bonding with your baby.
Babywearing has so many benefits for you and your baby. Here's a list of convincing reasons to wear your baby.
Advice flies at you like a machine gun when you have a baby. BellyBelly mammas reveal the good, the bad and the ugly of baby advice.
Best buys for baby - here's 5 great products that wont be a waste of your money - I would put them in the 'life savers' category! Don't have a baby without them.
Blocked noses and colds are common in babies, especially leading up to the winter months. Does your baby have a blocked nose or a cold? A young baby's natural instinct is to breathe through their nose - even when it is blocked. Find out how you can help your baby with a cold or blocked nose.
Formula feeding your baby? Here are 6 things that you can do to increase bonding with your formula fed baby.
Breast refusal can be a most distressing problem for a breastfeeding mother. It can be hard not to feel upset when her baby screams when trying to breastfeed. She may feel that her baby is rejecting her as a mother and doesn't want her, need her, or even like her very much. So why does it happen and what can you do?
Another baby sales catalogue has arrived in our letterbox. The range of baby gear is overwhelming to me, let alone new or prospective parents: what is necessary? What could we do without? What might be really helpful? What will it turn out to be a waste of money? So how do you know what you REALLY do need?
Child sexual abuse is a fear many parents experience, so how can you best protect your child against sexual abuse?
Circumcision is a controversial subject. Parents want to make the best decisions for their children - including circumcision - but it can be confusing trying to make a decision with so many differing opinions and misinformation. This article includes some FAQ's on infant circumcison with facts to help you decide.
Got a clingy baby? Fussy, high need - she doesn't give a damn about the labels. Unless she's attached to you (constantly), she yells! Meet 'Velcro baby!'.
Coconut oil contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It smells divine, saves you money buying a heap of baby products and is better for the planet and your baby’s skin.
Colic babies are notorious for being very fussy and unsettled - and formula is not always the answer. Here's what you need to know about your baby and colic.
Conjunctivitis can be very unpleasant for both mother and baby, and is highly contagious. Find out the different causes of conjunctivitis as well as conjunctivitis treatments to help your baby be as comfortable and happy as possible.
Constipation in babies - symptoms, remedies and treatment for constipation in babies.
Could your baby be bored? If your baby is restless and cries, they may be bored. Read on to find out more.
Do you have a wakeful baby or toddler at bedtime? Could the foods that you're feeding your toddler or the foods that you are eating (if breastfeeding) be keeping him or her awake? Read on to find out if the food your little one is eating is preventing him - and you - from getting a good nights sleep.
Cradle Cap is a very common, harmless condition in babies and infants, which can disappear on its own. However some parents prefer to remove cradle cap scales due to its often unattractive appearance. After a cradle cap treatment? Read on.
Croup and your baby. If you suspect your baby has croup or if you're wondering, 'Is croup contagious?' Read on to find out about croup symptom and treatment.
When your competence as a mother comes under scrutiny, it's easy for doubts to creep in that you just might be 'giving in' to your baby or that she really is a little rascal plotting to wrap you around her proverbial little finger. Find out why you should listen to your instincts and cuddle your baby.
Cuddles help your baby thrive and become a well adjusted little person. Find out how here.
Do amber teething necklaces cause SIDS? Stories have been shared on Facebook, claiming that amber teething necklaces caused a case of sudden infant death syndrome in Australia in 2013. Find out more here.
Fathers can bear the brunt when they don’t do things just right! Here's how to down 'Super Mummy' and let go of the control freak when you have a baby!
A commonly used ingredient in baby wipes have been found to be the leading cause of contact dermatitis in babies. Do your baby wipes contain this irritating ingredient?
Using a dummy or thinking about it? It's important to make an informed decision about dummy use. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Diane Wiessinger, writes about what current research has to say about dummies and what it all means for you and your baby.
Eczema and your baby. It can be heartbreaking seeing your baby suffering from eczema. If you're looking for an eczema treatment for your baby, this article contains great information from the Eczema Association of Australasia as well as tips on what has worked for BellyBelly mothers.
If you find your attention and focus has majorly shifted towards your newborn, here are some tips on falling in love with your firstborn again.
The Family Assistance Office provides a number of different types of assistance to Australian families including Paid Parental Leave, Baby Bonus, Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate, Family Tax Benefits and the Maternity Immunisation Allowance. Find out whats available to you and what you're entitled to as a family with children.
Before buying into feeding routines for your baby, there are real risks which are important to consider. Read on for some great advice for both breastfed and bottlefed babies.
Footprint dough recipe that enables you to make a soft dough which you can take a footprint from. The beauty of taking footprints this way is that if the print messes up, you can always re-knead the dough and start again! Once you have the footprint, simply bake and then paint if you wish. A great idea for a gift, Christmas present for the family or to treasure your little ones footprints forever.
Formula feeding your baby? Here are 8 important things you should avoid when formula feeding a baby.
If you see a formula feeding parent, avoid making these 5 comments about formula feeding.
Gastroenteritis (or gastro for short), is an infection of the bowel which is very common in young children. This is usually the result of a virus, which are easily contracted from other people, even if they are immune to the virus.
Gift ideas for a new mother that are useful and helpful - even BETTER than the usual gift of clothes, toys or lotions and potions. Here are 11 great gift ideas that you might not have thought thought about yet - but a new mother would love!
Thinking of having another baby? Here are a list of 7 reasons for and against having another baby.
How often should you feed your baby? It may feel like a silly question to ask, but having reassurance about feeding your baby can make a huge difference to your confidence as a mother. Find out what Pinky McKay IBCLC has to say about feeding your baby.
What baby wants...? I know exactly what baby wants!
Lactose intolerance and your baby. Find out why lactose intolerance is so misunderstood and often misdiagnosed.
With a baby on the scene, love and lust certainly changes. Here are 8 things no-one ever told you about love, lust and little ones.
If you're pregnant with your second baby and are worried that you'll be 'taking' something from your firstborn, then you MUST read this article.
Do you feel judged and/or incompetent when a complete stranger, or a member of your family, tells you what they think is a better way to do things?
Modern cloth nappy benefits. If you're pregnant, or even if you've already had your baby, here's the argument FOR modern cloth nappies.
Modern cloth nappies have become very popular in recent years, however there are some modern cloth nappy myths which may stop you from considering them. Modern cloth nappy addict and BellyBelly writer Fiona explains 7 myths which just may make you change your mind...
Modern cloth nappies or disposable nappies? Since 1948, there has been the option of cloth or disposable nappies. So what are the pros and cons for cloth and disposable nappies? How do you decide which way you'll go? Find out the low down on modern cloth and disposable nappies.
Having a baby opens your eyes to a whole new market of products, gadgets, gizmos and contraptions. It can be so very confusing, with some parents left wondering what they actually need to buy and what is truly essential. Find out what the most popular three things mums think was a waste of money in our poll.
Nappy rash issues? Many babies will suffer from a case of nappy rash in their lives - so what is the best treatment for nappy rash? Are nappy rash creams the best thing for baby's bottom? Could baby have thrush, a fungal nappy rash? Find out all this and more in our nappy rash article.
Newborn clothes size guide. If you're pregnant and wanting to start clothes shopping for your baby, or if you're shopping for someone else's newborn, here's some information on clothing size so you know what to buy.
Parenting books to help you raise happy, confident children. These books will give you plenty of 'a-ha!' moments, challenge your ideas and give you some great new tools.
Bringing up children is not an easy task, and Multiple Sclerosis can add extra challenges. Often parents feel this is a task for which they are unprepared or inadequate.
Gastro-oesophageal reflux, or reflux for short, occurs when food and stomach acid flows back into the oesophagus (foodpipe). Find out what factors are suspected of causing reflux, what you can do and some survival tips for parents of reflux babies.
When baby is born, financially this usually means that a) there is now an extra person generating expenses and b) there is one less income in the house. This can put a great deal of pressure on the household budget
SIDS and Kids has revised their safe sleeping tips - are you aware of the risks and how to prevent SIDS? Here are the six SIDS safe sleeping tips - make sure you know them and share them with your friends so your baby can sleep safe.
Smash cake - doesn't that sound fun! The first birthday cake smash is growing in popularity. Find out how you can plan a cake smash.
Starting your baby on solids? Find out when you should start baby on solids and get some ideas for baby's first foods. Includes up-to-date, government recommendations for baby feeding (2013).
For all parents, the thought of cot death is there until that magical “12-month” mark where the child apparently becomes invulnerable. So much greater the shock therefore when on a September morning, I found my little boy, still, in his cot.
In most areas of Australia, we face periods of hot weather. This can be exhausting for everyone. Babies and mothers need special attention in extremes of temperature to ensure that they are comfortable and well hydrated. Find out answers to questions like 'Does My Baby Need Extra Fluids?', 'How Do I Tell if My Baby is Getting Enough Milk?' and more...
The arsenic hour... it conjures up images of evil forces and supernatural powers let loose. During this time we may become out of control, lose our senses and succumb to our dark side. Sound familiar? Read on for some fantastic tips on how you can survive the arsenic hour in your household!
Is your mother-in-law really going out of her way to needle you or could she actually be trying to impart some well-meant (although mis-guided) information? Pinky McKay gives us some great advice on surviving the in-laws.
Teething symptoms can vary from baby to baby - some babies have no teething symptoms and others have several. Here's what to expect.
The fourth trimester has so many benefits for both babies and parents. Will you give your baby a fourth trimester?
From milk production to your baby's first bowel motions, midwife, Alan Rooney, shares what to expect in the first week after you've just given birth.
Have you had a Mummy Margarita? It takes you to the place where all that routine and structure you thought about during pregnancy will be thrown out the window.
The Wonder Weeks is a brilliant book about 10 major, predictable, age-linked leaps every baby will make. They are, the wonder weeks!
Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is the name of the condition when babies have an unusually tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth. Find out the symptoms and treatment for tongue tie.
Tummy time is important for babies to learn to push up and crawl. But what can you do if your baby doesn't like tummy time? Is it really that important?
Umbilical cord stump care for your baby. Find out how to manage your baby's cord stump with 5 simple tips.
If your baby son is uncircumcised, or if you're looking at whats involved if you don't circumcise, this article has some great information about the foreskin, how to care for it and at what ages a foreskin changes. If you have an uncircumcised son, this information is invaluable!
A baby's "expectations" are not learned. They are the natural instincts of all babies, and they are the same as they were thousands of years ago. If you meet his expectations, you'll have a happier baby.
When do babies roll over? If you're wondering when your little one will get his or her roll on, check this out!
When do babies start crawling? Read this article to find out when you can expect your bub to start crawling.
When do babies start talking? Find out when you can expect those precious first words!
Thinking about a second baby but not sure when the right time would be? Here are 11 helpful tips to consider in making your decision.
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