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The top 10 Pinterest parenting tips + trends you need to know in 2017?

We have a pretty good idea of what words you’ll be typing into the Pinterest search bar next year.

The top 10 Pinterest parenting tips + trends  you need to know in 2017?

From meal planning to family planning and everything in between, Pinterest is filled with all the ideas you could ever need—75 billion, to be exact! And, thanks to a little *magic* we have a pretty good idea of what words you'll be typing into the search bar next year.


In the newly released Pinterest 100 for 2017, the folks behind the scenes waded through all the analytics they could get their hands on to determine the coolest emerging trends, including the top 10 parenting trends.

So you can stay on the cutting edge, here's your sneak peek at what the mamas in your moms' group may be talking about in the coming months. . .

6. Fingerplays

Creative finger puppets with interesting stories to tell are making a comeback! Best of all, you can make another activity of crafting new characters.

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Pro tip: Thanks to a brilliant new feature, you can now check off the pins you've tried and include notes about whether it was a success or fail!

4. Woodland Nursery Design?

A variation on last year's mega popular “gender neutral nursery" trend, rooms that transport your little ones to the forest are popular among moms of boys and girls.

5. Development Through Play ?

Activities that seem like play to your little one, but big learning opportunities to you? Win-win! It's easy to see why classics such as finger painting, wooden blocks and musical instruments are popular all around.

Be sure to check out the full Pinterest 100 to see the latest trends for style, home, beauty and more!

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8. Virtual Reality Gear

Popular with adults and kids, virtual reality gear offers easy entertainment options—including some that work directly with your smartphone. (Last-minute gift ideas, anyone? ?)

9. Learning Spanish

With a 305% boost, making your home bilingual appears to be the biggest parenting trend of all. Can you say, “Muy impresionante"?

10. Road Trips

From survival tips to car-friendly activities, ideas for hitting the open highway with family in tow is up this year—and we probably have low gas prices to thank for that!

2. Fairy Gardens ?

Adding miniature cottages and whimsical features to the potted plants sitting out back is not only a great way to involve little ones with gardening, but also encourages their imaginations to run wild.

1. Story Starters

Look at you go, mama—finding new ways to develop your child's creativity! Here, the name of the game is to promote your child's natural imagination.

3. Homemade Popsicles ?

It's easy to see why these simple treats are popular with moms and kids—so many recipes offer ways to sneak in some tasty fruits and veggies!

7. Classic Baby Names

Tried and true monikers may very well be the way of the future, according the the latest Pinterest trends!

Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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