Baby names: William and Charlotte on top for 2013 as conservatism rules the roost

newborn baby wearing crown

Sarah Berry Despite an abundance of bizarre baby names, most people tend to have a far more sedate sensibility.

Looking young

The trouble with being baby-faced


Effie Mann It’s tough being 28 and still looking like a teenager

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Bitter sweet

Sugar daddy, meet your sugar baby

Ulterior motive ... Emmanuelle Beart in a scene from the French film, 'Nathalie'.

Sarah Berry Meet Ashley. She’s "tall, sweet, smart, caring and non-judgmental”, lives in Sydney and is 24-years-old...

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Royal baby

Royal baby: Aussie magazines mobilise

Andrew Hornery dinkus

Andrew Hornery It is not just Buckingham Palace celebrating the news of a new heir on the way, but also Australia’s legion of women’s magazines.

Sales bump

'A Royal Baby in 2013': Making mugs of us all

Royal baby Emma Bridgewater mug

Daisy Dumas There was a certain inevitability about the next round of royal-themed kitsch: the royal baby keepsake.

Child free

No baby on board

cracked egg on yellow background

Shelly Horton I don't want children. Why do so many people have a problem with that?

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Increased risk

Mum's stress impacts unborn baby's brain


Sarah Berry The placenta of a pregnant woman absorbs more than just nutrition and oxygen, a new study has found.

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In your baby face

Mother and son, baby, mum, maternal, maternity leave, child.

Nicholas Day How cultural differences in mother-baby interaction affect a child's personality.

Baby watch

Britain's royal baby: 10 strange facts


London There's still no sign of Britain's royal baby, even though the world's media have been camped for three weeks outside the London hospital where Prince William's wife Catherine is due to give birth.

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Princess bump

Duchess Kate's post baby body


Shelly Horton I'm so sick of the pressure on new mums to hide their bellies until they lose the baby weight.

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Controversial methods

Who listens to the baby whisperer?

Tizzie Hall aka Elizabeth Maher.

Tizzie Hall's advice on getting babies to sleep has made her a rich woman. But she is both adored and reviled by new parents for her controversial methods, writes Julia May.

For crying out loud: study backs baby sleep strategies

Controlled crying does not harm babies, new research has found.

Kate Hagan Controlled crying improves infants' sleep, reduces mothers' depression and does not cause any long-term harm, a Melbourne study has shown.

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Let's sing about sex, baby

Katherine Feeney CityKat.

Natalie Bochenski Salt n Pepa? AC/DC? Katy Perry? Who sings the best sex song?

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Is this baby really a crime?

Tim Barlass From March 1, it will be a crime to enter into a commercial surrogacy agreement paying a willing mother at a clinic in India, as Krista and Matt Geary have done with their new daughter Elizabeth.

Labour pains begin for baby leave

Yuko Narushima AUSTRALIA'S first paid parental leave scheme places undue administrative stress on employers, the opposition and business groups say.

Two mums, one dad and a baby


Surrogacy has been a sleeper issue, but it's about to wake up, writes Brian Robins.

I'm proud of her: dad's tribute to baby Luella

Jarrad McVeigh and wife Clementine.

The image of Adam Goodes weeping after the Sydney Swans' win over Geelong last August is etched into the memory of fans.

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And baby makes … trouble

A ?mother and her newborn son.

Adele Horin MOST couples assume having children will make them happier. But time and again researchers find parents are no happier than childless couples. More often children seem to bring unhappiness.

Devil in the detail

Banned: the baby names that didn't make it


Tamara McLean Naming your new bundle of joy Lucifer has been effectively banned by New Zealand's names registrar after three parents had the odd request knocked back.

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Uncertain future

Baby boomer divorcees face homeless risk

Elizabeth Blades-Hamilton, one of many middle-aged divorcees women who may never gte back into th housing market.

Michelle Griffin Middle-class divorcees risk poverty and homelessness as they grow older.

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