While many celebrities have welcomed a baby into their family this year, it’s been a very different story for Hollywood couple Rob Pattinson and Julianne Moore. The couple, who have been married for 12 years, have faced major backlash from the celebrity community after giving birth to their first child together, a daughter named Grace. The backlash came from a place of concern that Pattinson and Moore weren’t making adequate provisions for their baby, and even harsher criticism accusing them of being uncaring parents. Here, we’ll explore how this year’s celebrity baby boom unfolded, the controversy that followed, and what this means for future parents.

The Year Of The Baby

2017 was a record-breaking year for celebrity babies, with an incredible eight baby news items making headlines in the United States. While many stars have been parenting for years, 2017 was the year that celebrities decided to have a baby shower, hire a baby-minder, or follow the help-yourself approach when it comes to feeding their newborn. As a result, Twitter was filled with pictures of famous mothers lounging with their kids, and fathers cooing over their newborns’ every move. The 2018 edition of the American Bazaar Survey found that 44% of women and 38% of men say that having children is one of the most important things in their lives. And it appears that these celebrities are heeding this call, as the percentage of parents in the United States is at an all-time high.

The Backlash From The Academy

Back in January, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its annual elections, with voting open to the general public. In total, 16 films were up for election, and Baby Box, a British horror movie that also happens to be one of the most profitable pictures of all time, scored four wins at the Oscars. While Box-office results and critical acclaim aren’t always the criteria used to decide these things, it’s clear that moviegoers had a lot to say about Baby, which made headlines when it became the first film in history to receive four Academy Award nominations without a single win. From the get-go, the Academy was divided over whether or not to give the film its coveted statue.

A Movie That Sparked A Revolution

In addition to the awards-season snubs, Baby also received a number of other accolades in 2017, including the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Film at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Film. All of this went to show just how much of a movie sensation Baby has been this year, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it become one of the biggest movies of all time. Baby was released in theaters on December 21, 2017, and has already made over a billion dollars worldwide.

What This Means For Future Parents

While it’s always exciting to see a celebrity child enter the world, it’s important to remember that life with a baby won’t be easy for the parents, especially if they’re already used to a more traditional lifestyle. In an effort to provide some peace of mind to new parents, here are a few suggestions from Parenting.com to make the transition easier: