Is that 2015 whizzing past already? With so much news keeping us busy this year, it’s not surprising it has just flown by at breakneck speed.
We’ve seen highs and lows, ups and downs as we’ve covered everything from tongue-in-cheek parenting guides to miracle tales and awful tragedies. But there were 10 standout posts that resonated most with you, Babyologists.
You were moved by No. 10 on our list, a heartwarming guide to what every parent of youngsters under five should try to remember each and every day (especially on those difficult ones).
If those hard days see you wrestle with the challenges of being a stay-at-home parent, you’ll love our ninth most popular post of the year. It reveals the hilarious photo series by photographer Anna Angenend, who captures her chaotic life as a stay-at-home mum.
We all know the common do’s and don’ts of pregnancy – avoid deli meats, forgo the wine, give up soft cheese and shellfish. But we bet you didn’t know about these other things you should definitely not do with a baby on board – including taking part in questionable photo shoots. Find out what else you should avoid with the year’s eighth most-popular post.
Next up was our cautionary tale about the hidden danger lurking inside every home – button batteries. We told you about young Emmett, who swallowed one of the potentially deadly batteries just after his first birthday. He is lucky to be alive, escaping with serious injuries.
Have you ever wondered how babies fit into wombs? It will make sense when you take a look at these incredible pictures, in our sixth most popular post of the year.
Halfway into our list of most-read stories was the heartbreaking tale of a home head lice treatment gone horribly wrong. An 18-month-old girl suffocated after being put to bed with a plastic bag over her scalp, which had been covered with mayonnaise to try to get rid of the pervasive parasites. It was a truly tragic accident, which hit a nerve with our readers.
Every parent obsesses at some point about food – who’s eating what and how often. That may be why this visual guide to how much toddlers and preschoolers really eat struck a chord to become our No.4 post of the year. If you haven’t already seen it, you may be surprised to learn how much you should be serving your little ones.
Speaking of obsessions, getting baby to nod off – and stay that way for more than three hours at a time – is the holy grail of new parenthood. That could explain why our No.3 post had you all clicking – a video that promises to show parents how to put a baby to sleep in a minute. Without bouncing. We even tested it ourselves.
But whether or not your baby sleeps, those first three months are always going to be tough. You’ll need these 11 survival tips for the “fourth trimester”, which made up our second most-popular story for 2015.
Our most-read story revealed the bizarre note sent home from a daycare centre to the mother of a baby girl. It accused her daughter of playing “roughly” and “aggressively”. At nine months old. Not surprisingly, you were as baffled as us!
And that, Babyologists, draws the curtains on another year of news that made us smile, agonise and sometimes scratch our heads. May your news over Christmas and beyond be nothing but wonderful!