ICYMI: the Bump’s Most Popular Articles, Posts and Products of 2021


A whole lot happened in 2021. We got a new president, COVID vaccines were rolled out, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave a blockbuster Oprah interview, the Momnibus Act passed the House and Bindi Irwin gave birth (to name a few). So we wouldn’t blame you if you happened to miss one or two of the biggest moments on The Bump. Don’t stress—to keep that FOMO at bay, we’ve rounded up our most popular articles, social posts, baby names, content campaigns and pregnancy and baby products of the year, so you can relish it all.

Most Read Articles of 2021

We’re here to serve up the most timely information, whether it’s the latest scientific study on child development, the hottest baby name trends, checklists of what to buy and what to pack, how to get pregnant or what symptoms you may experience when you do. These are the top 10 news and feature articles you guys clicked on this year.

Most read news articles

Most read feature articles

Most Popular Social Posts of 2021

Pregnancy and parenting can be hard. The good news? We’re all in it together. From pregnancy announcements to problem-solving charts and motivational messages from moms, here are the top Instagram posts that resonated with you this year.

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Most loved posts

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Most Popular Baby Names of 2021

If you’re expecting a baby (or, to be honest, even if you’re not), it’s always fun to see which popular names topped the trend charts. Below are the girl, boy and gender-neutral baby names that were most searched for on The Bump this past year. (See the full list here!)

Most popular girl names

Maeve: The name Maeve is of Irish origin and means “intoxicating.”

Mia: The name Mia is of Australian origin and means “moon” and “month.”

Nova: The name Nova is of Latin origin and means “new.”

Most popular boy names

Zion: The name Zion is of Hebrew origin and means “highest point.”

Luca: The name Luca is of Italian origin and means “bringer of light.”

Ezra: The name Ezra is of Hebrew origin and means “helper.”

Most popular gender-neutral names

Kai: The name Kai is of Hawaiian origin and means “earth” or “keeper of the keys.”

Jayden: The name Jayden is of Hebrew origin and means “thankful.”

Quinn: The name Quinn is of Gaelic origin and means “wisdom” and “chief.”

Most Purchased Maternity and Baby Products

As a parent or parent-to-be, you need a bunch of stuff. Of course, with so many options out there, figuring out exactly what to get can be a headache—which is why we do the hard work for you. Wondering what the most popular items were in 2021? Here are the top 10 purchased products based on The Bump recommendations.

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Motherhood Maternity Seamless Clip Down Maternity and Nursing Bra

Buy it: $25, Motherhood.com

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ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Nursing Bra

Buy it: $65, ThirdLove.com

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Lively The Mesh Trim Maternity Bralette

Buy it: $45, Lively.com

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Motherhood Essential Stretch Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings

Buy it: $28, Motherhood.com

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Zella Mamasana Live In Maternity Ankle Leggings

Buy it: $65, Nordstrom.com

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The North Face Toddler Alpenglow II Boot

Buy it: $50, TheNorthFace.com

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Motherhood Wrap Maternity and Nursing Sleep Cotton Bra

Buy it: $20, Motherhood.com

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Motherhood Momma Tote

Buy it: $11, Motherhood.com

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Motherhood V-neck side ruched maternity tee

Buy it: $25, Motherhood.com

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H&M MAMA Before & After Leggings

Buy it: $25, HM.com

Most Popular Highlights of 2021

We’re always looking for fresh stories, exciting events and engaging series to share with you. Here are some of the highlight content campaigns of 2021.

#RealTalk Influencer Series

Throughout 2021, we chatted with celebrities and influencers—from Bindi Irwin to Melanie Fiona and many more in between—about their pregnancy and parenting journeys and shared their moving stories with you.

The Bump Baby Shower

In 2021 we hosted the first-ever Baby Shower, a virtual event showcasing live and on-demand talks with The Bump editors and industry experts about how to prepare for life with baby (plus some amazing swag to boot!).

The Bump Best of Pregnancy Awards

Another first: The unveiling of the inaugural Best of Pregnancy Awards, which featured more than 30 standout products designed to help ease pregnancy.

The Bump Best of Baby Awards

For the ninth year running, The Bump editors revealed the 50+ best tried-and-tested baby products across seven different Best of Baby Awards categories.

Celebrity news

We kept you up-to-date on the latest celebrity pregnancy and baby announcements all year long—and 2021 saw some particularly good ones.

DEI initiatives

The Bump is an inclusive, safe space for all those on a path to pregnancy or parenthood, and we work hard every day, every year, to share diverse stories and perspectives to help you feel seen, heard and supported.

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Those who can and choose to breastfeed need all the guidance and support available to help see them through a successful and shame-free experience—and we step up every year.

The Bump Black Maternal Health Hub

Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white and Hispanic women. That’s unacceptable. We put together an online hub of articles, resources, personal essays and community forums to help Black moms be informed, supported and empowered throughout their pregnancy and beyond.

Cyber Week sales coverage

All those maternity items and baby gear can get expensive, fast. Which is why during Cyber Week—and all year long—we hunt down the best sales, deals and discounts so you can score your wish-list items at slashed prices.

The Bump Parent Superlatives

Who doesn’t love fun superlatives? In honor of National Parents Day 2021, we rounded up a few of the most beloved celebrity parents (think: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin, Andy Cohen, Beyonce and Jay Z, Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik) who earned themselves some lighthearted superlative awards.

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