'This is brilliant': the heartwarming reason baby Albie's mum is happy this adorable video went viral

Photo:Facebook: Positive About Down Syndrome
Photo:Facebook: Positive About Down Syndrome 

An adorable video of a little boy completely and utterly enjoying his spaghetti dinner has gone viral - and his mum couldn't be happier.

Emma Ayers of Royston, Hertfordshire, shared the clip of her one-year-old which was then posted to the Facebook community Positive About Down Syndrome.

"Saturday night treat in the shape of one-year-old Albie really enjoying his dinner," they wrote.

The clip has been viewed over 12 million times and is spreading joy around the world.

"This is the cutest and best thing I've ever seen," wrote one commenter. " A belly like that deserves to be covered and rubbed with food. Just too adorable!!!"

"When there is so much wrong in the world, everyone needs an Albie to put a smile on their face. Albie, we love you," wrote another.

"This is amazing. A full body experience!"

Even the notoriously grumpy Twitter didn't have a bad word to say.

While the response has delighted Ms Ayers, she admits the aftermath was a tad messy.
"If people can get the same joy out of Albie that we do we're thrilled," she told BBC news. "But then they didn't have to clear up afterwards."
The proud mum says the thousands of comments have been free of judgement.
"Everyone is commenting on what a cute baby he is, nobody has said the words 'Down's syndrome', they haven't judged," she said. "If one person who is in the same situation as we are can watch this and just see Albie, and not see anything else, then this has been brilliant."

Fresh from his viral fame, Albie is also set to appear in a book to be published by Positive about Down syndrome. The book, which is currently being crowdfunded is slated to "challenge perceptions, address outdated attitudes, bust myths and show the world the reality about having a child with Down syndrome in modern Britain.

"The publication will reflect the lives and experiences of a wide range of people with Down syndrome and their families. We will tackle head on the inaccurate outdated images and information often presented to potential, expectant and new parents in order that people understand the truth about Down syndrome."

It comes as earlier this year, Australian parenting writer Kaz Cooke was forced to respond to claims her latest book  "perpetuates out-dated stereotypes" of people with Down syndrome.

In an open letter to Kaz Cooke, the Chief Executive Officer of Down Syndrome Australia Ellen Zkladzien called the recently released updated edition of the hugely popular Up The Duff "hurtful towards people with Down syndrome and those who love them".

"The suggestion that 'a child with Down syndrome will have a serious mental disability' is at best a very outdated way of discussing an intellectual disability and at worst purely biased and inaccurate information," the letter read.

"There is no discussion of the fact that most children with Down syndrome are included and valued in their communities or that the vast majority of people with Down syndrome report having a high quality of life."

Cooke later agreed to work with the organisation for future editions of her work. 

"We will be talking with Kaz about how to best update the information in her book and have also offered to meet with her," they wrote. "We will keep you updated as we work with Kaz and get more details about when the reprint will occur and any other steps being taken to remedy the situation. Thanks to everyone for their passion and commitment to this important issue."