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Young Moms are Trending on Instagram

The newest crop of influencers just might bring the birth-age down.

Young Moms are Trending on Instagram

When 20-year-old Kylie Jenner introduced her newborn daughter Stormi to the world, I wondered, “should I be thinking about having a baby anytime soon?”

You see, I’m 20 too, and to me it feels like a vague in-between stage of life where I’m no longer a kid, but also not yet a full-fledged adult. I don’t feel ready to become a mom, but, like many people my age, I spend a lot of time on social media to see what people my age are up to. And as I scroll down through my social media feeds, it looks like they’re up to getting pregnant!

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Women in America tend to have children later in life; a recent study estimated 26 as the median age that women have their first baby. But I have noticed a different reality on social media: a lot of moms are young — very young!

It’s not just Kylie Jenner, who surprisingly kept her pregnancy private and decided to keep her daughter out of the spotlight. On Instagram in particular, many mom influencers get or got pregnant in their late teens and early 20s. They often share beautiful, glamourized images of motherhood, making it look easy and desirable. And since Instagram is the biggest platform for influencer marketing, this growing presence of young moms is potentially “influencing” many young people to become young parents themselves.

I’ve noticed this trend in my own entourage, knowing quite a few people my age who are already parents. I can’t tell for sure that images on Instagram played a big part in them deciding to become parents early in life; but I see that, just like many of the young momfluencers, their Instagram feeds revolve a lot around motherhood.

While I’m still not sure I’m ready to jump into motherhood yet, these little squares on my screen give me hope for when that time comes.They tell me that life can be fun with kids around; and seeing young women owning their role as moms -- whether they choose to work at home, stay at home, travel or go back to work -- makes motherhood more accessible and less frightening for all of us.

Here are 10 young Instagram momfluencers I’ve got on my feed:

1. Acacia Kersey @acaciakersey

Age: 20

Followers: 2 million

What she posts about: Acacia Kersey, previously Brinley, had a significant following before getting pregnant at 18; but more and more people have followed along her journey, as she’s documented every step -- from pregnancy to birth to how she and her husband are raising their daughter. Two years later, Acacia is pregnant with her second child.

2. Lilly Bennett @lillybennett__

Age: 17

Followers: 39K

What she posts about: Lilly Bennett got pregnant when she was 16 years old and dedicates a big portion of her Instagram account to the growth of her daughter, Aaliyah Rose, and to her life as a teen mom. This includes “real” images of herself as her postpartum body and her journey to getting her body back in shape.

3. T h e r e s e @tsimko96

Age: 20

Followers: 6K

What she posts about:. Therese is a photographer, blogger and a young mom who got pregnant at the age of 17. This Colorado mom features beautiful photos of her family in nature, and she also occasionally showcases some of her work as a photographer. Therese is also expecting her second child, and though she says always wanted to be young mom, her age is not the focus of her feed.

4. Victoria Hemeyer @victoriahemeyer

Age: 27

Followers: 3K

What she posts about:. Though Victoria posts mostly about her boys and family adventures, her feed is full of nature and outdoor experiences. At the beginning of her journey into motherhood, she also posted a lot about balancing her life as a mom with school work and finals.

5. Sydney Poulton @sydneyliann

Age: 28

Followers: 53K

What she posts about:. Though her kids are older now, Sydney became a mom at 22 years old and is now well established in the Instagram mom community. As a fashion blogger, she posts a lot about her fashion ventures, but not just. She also shares the sweetest family photos and talks about her adventures with her little ones.

6. Cara Loren @caraloren

Age: 27

Followers: 818K

What she posts about:. Cara Loren is now 27, but she had her first child, Hanes, at the age of 21. The Utah-based lifestyle blogger and influencer writes mostly about fashion, beauty, fitness and parenting. She and her husband, who now work together, have taken their business to a whole new level, with an online shop and various product collaborations, like a diaper bag with Fawn Design. They are now expecting their third child, their first daughter.

7. Sheridan Gregory @sheridangregory

Age: 28

Followers: 67K

Sheridan Gregory got pregnant with her first son at the age of 22. Now a mom of two and married to actor Adam Gregory, she’s a lifestyle blogger who focuses a lot on beauty, hair and style. Her YouTube videos consist in a lot of tutorials.

8. Melissa Isaacs @meland2minis

Age: 24

Followers: 1K

Melissa is 24 years old and already a mother of two. Her Instagram feed has featured the ins and outs of her experience as a mother and a mom-to-be. That includes the pretty and the messy -- from the celebration of expecting a baby girl to the messy mom bun.

9. Arianna Aleman @ariannaallen

Age: 21

Followers: 3K

Arianna Aleman is 21-year-old stay-at-home mom. A military wife, she is pregnant with her second baby, and her firstborn is almost a year old. Her instagram feed is all about documenting her journey as mom, and her blog, which she started to keep memories and share parenting tips, is stays raw and “real.”

10. Delilah Loeppky @loeppkyslife

Age: 21

Followers: 2.5K

Delilah Loeppky, 21, is a YouTube creator and a mom of one. On her YouTube channel, she documents her life as a mom, going over things like her morning routine and meal planning for her baby. One of her latest videos: all about her baby fever.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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Becoming a mother has been life-changing. It's been hard, tiring, gratifying, beautiful, challenging, scary and a thousand other things that only a parent would ever understand.

It is these life-changing experiences that have inspired me to draw my everyday life as a stay at home mom. Whether it's the mundane tasks like doing laundry or the exciting moments of James', my baby boy's, first steps, I want to put it down on paper so that I can better cherish these fleeting moments that are often overlooked.

Being a stay-at-home-mom can be incredibly lonely. I like to think that by drawing life's simple moments, I can connect with other mothers and help them feel less alone. By doing this, I feel less alone, too. It's a win-win situation and I have been able to connect with many lovely parents and fellow parent-illustrators through my Instagram account.

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