2017 is here -- and like any New Year, it comes with fresh ideas and new trends. From nature-inspired nurseries to embracing a less-can-be-more approach to parenting, we’re highlighting parenting trends that everyone will be talking about and taking on in 2017.
Nature Inspired Nurseries
There’s no denying that 2016 was a tumultuous year for political and social causes, so when the folks at The Pantone Color Institute were tackling the decision of what to choose for 2017’s color of the year, they decided on a color that is symbolic with new beginnings and fresh starts. Greenery, the chosen color, is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. The trend design, particularly in nurseries, will be to incorporate this gender-neutral color and bring the outdoors inside.
Another trend that is gaining steam for 2017 is a less-is-more approach to parenting. Parents will downsize after school activities, birthday parties, and over the top holidays which will inevitably leave more time and patience for being present and enjoying the moment.
Box Subscription Services
Along with simplifying schedules, you’ll see a trend towards the belief that parents can’t and shouldn’t feel like they have to “do it all.” This idea has opened the door for businesses to offer services that make mom and dad’s life easier. The number of companies offering subscription box services skyrocketed in 2016 and the industry is sure to grow in the year to come. From gourmet meals, to stylish and eco-friendly diapers, you can sign up for services that bring you what you need on a regular basis.
Acknowledging that there’s not a one size fits all equation for most families, more people will start customizing their own diets. From Paleo to Gluten Free and beyond, 2017 will be the year that more people take their diet into their own hands.
Say No To Helicopter Parenting
In August of 2016, former freshman dean of Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims, wrote a book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. In her profession, she saw an epidemic of “over parenting” and the effects it was having on an entire generation of kids. This book and others like it will start a trend of saying no to helicopter parenting and embracing the idea that a parent’s job is to raise a productive adult who can solve problems and fend for themselves.
On Demand Workouts
In the coming year, the online workout streaming category will expand and companies will evolve from offering pre-recorded workouts to providing instructor led live-streamed exercise classes like The Daily Burn. This will be a huge bonus for new moms looking to get back in shape after giving birth. They can now work out on their own schedule.
Wearable Tech for Fertility
Wearable tech has been gaining momentum over the last few years and in 2016 the first ever wearable fertility tracker was approved by the FDA. The Ava Fertility Tracker is a bracelet that you can wear at night, that collects more than three million data points and measures nine physiological parameters on your fertility status. The Ava bracelet looks similar to the Apple watch or Fitbit surge and at $199 is priced about the same.