As we bid adieu to 2015, we're taking a look back at the top 25 Inhabitots stories that really struck a chord with readers. Amazing advancements in medicine, technology and green design for kids all made the list, as did stunning and compelling photography, sweaters for penguins, a co-sleeping bed for a family of 5 one mom made herself, the ingenious idea to put a preschool in a retirement home -- and so much more! Reminisce with us over the stories of the past year that truly inspired us, made us laugh, made us think more deeply, and made us want to grab a coloring book!
Our most popular story of 2015 featured the breathtaking photography of Ivette Ivens, who captured the beauty of breastfeeding by pairing mothers with Mother Nature.
In a major breakthrough medical discovery this year, Dr. Daniel Rubens believes he knows what causes the mysterious and cruel killer, sudden infant death syndrome.
No one puts baby in… the back seat? Volvo debuted a wildly popular new concept for car seats — yet it had many parents scratching their head with regard to safety.
One mom is changing the concept of beauty with a compelling pictorial of her daughters which highlights girls’ strength and determination over typical, superficial norms of the notion of “pretty.”
5. LEGO is investing $150 million to ditch plastic & start creating their blocks with sustainable materials
It’s about time! This year LEGO hopes to continue to build their empire brick by brick — but with eco-friendly materials, not plastic.
Readers LOVE the ColoringNotebook, which features plenty of pages for note taking and fun designs and drawings for adults and older kids to color in.
No matter where you stand on co-sleeping, we can all agree that this mom created a clever and cozy bed for her clan to share.
8 year-old Gabi had no idea that by feeding the crows in her neighborhood, they would express their gratitude by bringing her all the bits and baubles they could fit in their beaks.
Protecting skin from the sun is always on trend… which is why EWG’s informative 2015 sunscreen guide to the safest and worst sunscreens was a huge hit.
Readers couldn’t resist a colony of typically tuxedo-clad penguins dressed-down in colorful hand-knit sweaters lovingly made by a 109 year-old man — all in an effort to protect them!
11. Preschool housed in a retirement home offers children & the elderly a magical opportunity to learn from each other
We were all totally smitten with this story about preschool children and the elderly having magnificent, mutually beneficial learning experiences in this school housed in a retirement center.
12. European Parliament member has brought her daughter to work since infancy in an effort to support women’s rights
We all gave a giant collective cheer to awesome mom and European Parliament member Licia Ronzulli for supporting women’s rights by bringing her daughter to work since she was an infant.
Johanna Basford’s coloring books for adults took the world by storm selling over 1.5 million copies to people of all ages who simply love to color!
You’re going to want to bookmark this recipe for Superbowl Sunday and meatless Monday… and any day of the week, really. These cruelty-free cauliflower wings are beyond delicious — and healthy too!
Everyone was curious to know which country in the world was the best place to be a mom in 2015… find out here.
16. IKEA welcomes breastfeeding mothers to nurse in the chair of their choice in any staged living room storewide
This refreshingly supportive sign posted at IKEA encourages moms to find the most cozy chair in the store to nurse their little ones!
17. The Man with the Golden Arm” has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years
The selfless generosity of James Harrison has saved the lives of two million babies and counting. He has spent the past 60 years donating his rare blood type every single week.
Now that’s how you up the ante on giving someone flowers! James Cameron’s birthday gift to his wife of giant solar Sun Flowers impressed all of us!
We applaud France for banning WiFi service in facilities that cater to young children… and we wish the U.S. would follow suit.
We simultaneously cringed in collective germophobia, yet were transfixed by the beauty of this bacteria laden handprint of a young boy.
We’re pretty certain all of our readers have felt the pain of stepping on a LEGO with bare feet, given the popularity of these padded LEGO slippers.
Delicious vegan dinners that only require one-pot clean-up? Everyone eagerly clicked through the meal ideas in this helpful story.
These mother/daughter artistic collaborations are not to be missed. The first story we ran in 2015 features the work of the artist’s two year-old child… and we also recently published a story on their continuing works now that her daughter has turned 3.
Where were Emily Stoneking’s cruelty-free animal dissections when we were in biology class? Genius.
You won’t believe the amazing costumes one dad and his creative team makes for children in wheelchairs.
Lead image © Ivette Ivens Photography