Top five news posts in December

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The year may have been winding down but there was no shortage of parenting news last month. Here’s what hit the headlines in December.

Heartbroken Queensland mum Sarah Pugh bravely spoke out to warn other parents after her newborn daughter, Eloise (above), died at just 24 days old after contracting the cold sore virus. Herpes simplex virus is common among adults, but can have devastating effects on newborns.

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Get ready to hear more “adventurous” names, gender twists and new pop-culture influences if your friends or loved ones are having babies this year. That’s according to Nameberry, which released its top naming predictions for 2015. Rowdy Lazer, anyone?

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Keeping up with younger sister Kim, Kourtney Kardashian posed for a revealing pregnancy photoshoot that showed off her baby bump in all its glory. (By way of update, she gave birth to son Reign Aston Disick on December 14, just a few weeks after the photos were taken).

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As the terrifying Sydney siege unfolded, we asked psychologist Dr Susie Burke how parents could help their children come to terms with the events. She gave us excellent tips on what to do, what to say and how to make them feel safe in such an emergency.

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Finally, Baby Walker was born at 26 weeks gestation, weighing little more than a tub of margarine. He spent 80 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, where his milestones were captured every step of the way for a gorgeous video that we – and you – loved.

Keep an eye on all the latest parenting, child and baby-related happenings in our news section.

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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