Parenting trends of 2014
From viral pregnancy announcements to notable nicknames, abstract nursery art, high-tech baby gear and more, moms-to-be will have plenty of trends to inspire them this year. Here, TheBump.com, a pregnancy and parenting website, released its predictions for the top pregnancy trends for 2014.
Over-the-top birth announcements
This year, don't expect a call, text or email announcing your friend's pregnancy. According to The Bump #SocialMoms survey, 63 percent of moms used social media first to announce their pregnancy. Now, parents are upping the ante with entertaining announcements such as bare-bellied sonogram sketches featuring a fetus inside the womb, coffee stencils that leave the words "I'm pregnant" outlined in a drink and YouTube rap videos.
Accent walls in the nursery are so 2013. This year, nursery design is stepping up in a big way with abstract art. Parents are choosing large prints with bright colors, bold shapes and exaggerated strokes. Textures will also play a role in baby's room, with felt plush toys, leather gliders, velour accents and faux-fur rugs.
High-tech baby gear
It's no surprise that moms today are high-tech and craving innovative gear for their babies. According to The Bump, car seats that install themselves, onesies equipped with a chip that informs you of baby's functions and monitors that snap photos and video of baby and send them to an iPhone are just a few of today's advanced products that moms will be searching for and adding to their registries this year.
Forget showering the mom-to-be with gifts to celebrate the birth of her little one. In 2014, grandma-to-be is also taking center stage to get her own supply of baby gear. With more and more baby boomer parents taking on the role of nanny to their grandchildren, they too need a car seat, stroller, high chair and other gear that can cost hundreds of dollars. Now, Nana's friends can gift her with the essentials for her new grandbaby.
Registering for relaxation
Moms-to-be are not only registering for the basics like car seats, strollers, bottles and clothing, but they're also requesting experiences. New to the game are experiential registries allowing parents to register for massages, date nights, wine tastings (after baby is born!) and other treats to use before or after their little one arrives.
Parents are naming their babies nicknames instead of using full-length monikers, according to The Bump. Think: Charlie, Kate, Tommy, Abby, Jack, Maggie or Alex. Some parents are even picking unconventional nicknames like Busy Philipps did with Birdie and Cricket. Another name trend? Unisex names such as Bailey, Dylan, Hadley, Kai, Kennedy and Rowen are a few gender-neutral favorites.
Prenatal barre workouts
Expectant moms are raising the bar on prenatal exercise. Instead of opting for prenatal yoga and Pilates classes, pregnant moms are choosing the barre workout, which utilizes a ballet barre for a low-impact, full-body workout. Barre workouts to try: Pure Barre, Xtend Barre and the Bar Method.