There’s always interesting things happening in the world of parenting, and 2016 is no exception.
Although there’s no guaranteeing what becomes ‘cool’ this year for parents, we’ve got some ideas as to the trends we’ll be seeing more of in the coming year.
1. Simplified Family Life
If you’ve been struggling to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ in terms of family activities, extra-curriculars and scheduling, stress less. Small shifts have started in the world of parenting that will see more and more families opting for a minimalist approach to organising their lives. This means less after-school activities, less sending your children this way and that, and more enjoying family at a basic level, without all the extras.
2. Heartbeat Plush Toys
We love to see all the new gadgets and tech-savvy toys available to make the journey to motherhood even more interesting, and this is one that’s definitely going to make a splash. They’re a plush toy called the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, made by a company of the same name. Essentially they’re a fluffy toy (a number of animals are available), but they come bundled with a recorder that allows mums to record the heartbeat of their soon-to-be born baby to be played back and remembered forever more. Awww.
3. Placenta Pills
Mums are more willing than ever to try new things these days, and placenta pills are the latest in a long line of crazy trends. But, we think 2016 is going to be the year more and more mums try these supposed miracle pills, and see if the hype is true. According to supporters of placenta pills, women who have their placenta encapsulated following the birth of their child and then take the bills experience better moods, higher feelings of well-being, and other positive benefits. Read more about them here.
4. Free-Range Parenting
Good news for parents feeling the strain of performance, helicopter parenting will be less trendy than ever in the coming year, with Free-Range Parenting replacing it. Free-Range Parenting advocates for making children into more self-reliant adults by giving them appropriate levels of freedom and responsibility. We can definitely see the beginnings of parents pushing back against helicopter parenting, so we’re excited to see free-range kids in 2016.
5. Wet Nursing
There are so many supporters of the ‘breast is best’ movement, but the simple fact is not all mothers are able to breastfeed, even if they really want to. That’s why we think 2016 is going to be the year of the wet nurse. Of course, seeing as we’re modern people, we’ll probably call it ‘breast friends’. The groups are already in existence online, using social media to connect mums who want breastmilk with breastfeeding mums who express it for them.