It’s been a big year of parenting and baby-related news and we’ve loved bringing you incredible stories from across the globe. From latest trends and viral videos to research and real-life tales, these are the news posts that have fascinated and touched our readers this year.
The astounding story of a miracle baby who survived miscarriage and abortion pills (pictured above) was the story you loved most. And no wonder – it’s an astonishing, feelgood story with the happiest of endings.
A very talented dad filmed his wife’s pregnancy and turned the whole thing into an amazing six-second Vine timelapse loop – and it really captured your imagination, over and over again.
Third on the list was the bittersweet tale of a mum who went to great lengths to fulfil her terminally ill daughter’s bucket list. She managed to tick off everything on the list – including meeting One Direction, seeing a West End show and visiting Disneyland, Legoland and Santa in Lapland – just before her daughter died, aged just nine.
We hear so many negative stories involving the web, which made the story of a grieving dad overwhelmed by the kindness of internet strangers even more special. He asked Reddit users if anyone could Photoshop out hospital tubes from his baby daughter’s only photo after she died at six weeks old – and was inundated with beautiful photos, drawings and paintings to treasure forever.
It’s every mum-to-be’s nightmare – giving birth to a premature baby far from home. That’s exactly what happened to a WA mum who went into labour shortly after arriving in Bali for her babymoon, and then faced an uphill battle to get her tiny baby home for medical treatment. The story sparked debate about travel during pregnancy, and a stark reminder of the importance of (good) travel insurance.
Another hot topic was research that suggests babies breastfeed overnight to prevent siblings. It may not be as far-fetched as it sounds – a Harvard University study says night-waking is a historical survival method for newborns because round-the-clock breastfeeding decreases mum’s fertility. This prevents another baby that would compete with them and ultimately reduce their chance of survival. Some of you thought the research was way off, but others thought it might explain a thing or two.
Proud aunt Kate T. Parker trained her camera lens on her sister’s family for six months as they welcomed their long-awaited and much-loved adopted son. We thought the resulting photos, for her “Blended” project, were absolutely gorgeous – and you agreed.
Another series of photos formed our seventh most-read news post – this time a controversial baby-shaming trend on social media. As parents around the world posted pictures of their babies behind handwritten signs dobbing them in for apparent sins, we covered the debate about whether it was just parents blowing off a bit of steam or a cruel prank that may lead to long-term emotional harm. You be the judge on that one.
We’ve all been there – you finally get bub to sleep, but then you have to work out how to get away without waking them. One couple produced a hilarious video showing some of their best “escape” moves – and boy, could you relate!
Last but most definitely not least, No. 10 on our list was a post covering an issue many mums spend a great chunk of time thinking about – our post-pregnancy bodies. That may be why we were all so enthralled by The Bodies of Mothers, a book showing 150 photos of what mums really look like after pregnancy. It’s well worth a look if you haven’t already seen it.
Catch up on all Babyology’s news posts in our archives. Which was your favourite news story of the year?