The biggest parenting trends for 2018, according to Pinterest

Here’s what mamas can look forward to pinning in the year ahead. ?

The biggest parenting trends for 2018, according to Pinterest

With over two billion ideas, Pinterest is a gold mine of tried-and-tested mom hacks, oh-so-adorable nurseries, product must-haves, educational activities for kiddos, and much more. In fact, one out of every three parents uses this social media platform.

Their insights team harnessed the power of all this search and save data to come up with their fourth annual Top 100 Trend Report—predictions of what we’ll be adding to our mama + baby boards in 2018. From wooden toys to permanent forts, the following picks are low-tech and score points for creativity.

Here’s what mamas can look forward to in the year ahead. ?

1. Wooden toys

Parents are forgoing plastic gadgets with flashing lights and loud sounds in favor of classic, understated toys in natural materials. Saves for “wooden toys” are up 173%, and they make a great addition to your toddler’s toy chest because they encourage hours of open-ended play.


Shop more tech-free toys that inspire imagination, here.

2. Weighted blankets

Traditionally used in occupational therapy for kids with sensory disorders or anxiety, they provide pressure and a soothing hug-like feel. Now weighted blankets are becoming mainstream—saves increased 259% this past year— thanks to their calming, sleep-inducing benefits.

3. Modern nurseries

Style-conscious mamas and papas are designing spaces that are more sophisticated than babyish for their bundle of joy. Promote a conducive environment for zzzs with subdued, neutral hues, furniture in clean lines, cozy textiles and geometric shapes.

Check out more nursery trends we can’t wait to see more of in 2018.

4. Pom-poms

Saves for pom-pom decor spiked 444% this year. Parents are incorporating this whimsical decoration on mobiles, ceiling installations, and rugs. For a more subtle approach, use them as accents on curtains or even storage bins.

5. Removable wall art

Revamping your child’s room doesn’t require a total overhaul and paint job. Wall decals are an easy, convenient way to update the space to reflect their current favorite interests (no wonder saves have surged 219%)

6. Eco-everything

It is possible to source planet-friendly baby goods and reduce your environmental footprint without losing your sanity. Moms and dads are scoping out gear like baby bouncers and high chairs, as well as reusable diapers and cloths, with saves for “eco-friendly clothing,” specifically, jumping up 750%.

7. Teething necklaces

One of the more surprising emerging trends on this list, jewelry that serves double-duty as a distraction tool for baby are dominating Pinterest. The different sizes and textures of the beads on teething necklaces (saves are up 146%) are not only eye-catching but fun for baby to turn over in their fingers during nursing

8. Forts

Instead of using pillows and blankets for a makeshift fort that needs to be cleaned up and rebuilt each day, parents are embracing child-like sanctuaries that are part of the permanent decor. Think teepees or bed storage compartments with curtains (shown below).

9. Baby trackers

Busy parents are staying up-to-date on all of baby’s daily habits like feedings, diaper changes, and sleep patterns by logging their information. Months (or even years) from now, it’ll be rewarding to look back on all of the “firsts” of those precious early days. ?

10. Sprinkle showers

Unlike a traditional baby shower, a sprinkle is a smaller, much more low-key gathering thrown to honor a mama who is pregnant with her second or third child. (Because after all, who can ever really have enough diapers?) Not only have saves for “sprinkle baby shower” increased 180% but also some are using the term literally with colorful rainbow decor. ?

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin

Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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