Here to help: What we thanked Mumsnet for in 2016

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From the little things (the best hack for defrosting your car) to crucial tips (helping your baby sleep) – we bring you a selection of the funny, moving and downright amazing things Mumsnetters were grateful to each other for in 2016

Not giving up

Not giving up

“I've not posted about it, but just reading various threads has given me the confidence to tackle the casual sexism at work.”

The hand-holding

The hand-holding

“I’m especially grateful to the women on Elderly Parents talk boards – they have helped me through another year of supporting my parents.”

Eternal curiosity

Eternal curiosity

“Simply being able to ask any question (however ridiculous it is). Sometimes I'll see a thread and think 'I've always wondered about that'.”

Issues of life and death

Issues of life and death

“For saving a woman’s life when she posted about her heavy period, which turned out to be a serious infection.”

Getting dinner on the table

Getting dinner on the table

“The what's for dinner? threads have saved my life a thousand times when I just couldn't think what to cook.

Vaccinations and other health advice

Vaccinations and other health advice

“Telling me about the availability of the Men B vaccine through Boots. My child was too old for it to be part of his vaccine schedule so I paid for it. I had NO idea about it being available beforehand!”

Eureka moments

Eureka moments

“Discussions on gas lighting and fogging. The feminism board has made light bulbs light up all over my brain this year.”

Finding like-minded souls

Finding like-minded souls

“Being able to chat on the suspected autism threads and finding people with similar experiences to my own. That's been massive for me.”

Actual hacks

Actual hacks

“I read on Mumsnet about defrosting the car windscreen by putting a hot water bottle on the dashboard. Genius! Tried it the other day, put the bottle in my car then went back in for breakfast. Came out to my windscreen clear while all the neighbours were busy scraping theirs.”

Sleep advice that changed everything

Sleep advice that changed everything

“All the baby sleep advice. I'm still knackered, but knackered with a plan (and I do love a good plan).”

Baby making support

Baby making support

“I honestly believe that the women on the 'trying to conceive' boards deserve as much credit as my husband for my two-week old baby sleeping in my arms right now! Their support and advice was incredible and helped me deal with months of heartache. I have learned so much from my time spent on those boards.”

Seeing the bigger picture

Seeing the bigger picture

“The EU referendum threads gave me a chance to really talk about the issues and hear both sides. It was good to listen to the views of some posters who were in situations very different from my own and hear how the EU affected them and why they thought what they did. Not something I could easily do in real life.”

Ingenious housekeeping hints

Ingenious housekeeping hints

“The tip on how to clean your oven with a moistened dishwasher tablet has been fairly life changing.”

Dream-following encouragement

Dream-following encouragement

“Giving me courage and support in sending children's book ideas to agents.”

And let's not forget all those glorious parking threads

And let's not forget all those glorious parking threads

“For the parking threads, especially the ones with diagrams, thank you!”