I know we all said it before we became parents. We wouldn’t be like our parents before us, we would be the “cool” parents…we would be different. We would not only keep up with our kids, but we would also know what the latest trends and newest gadgets where.
Then we actually had kids.
I am still trying to figure out what YOLO means and don’t even get me started on PSY (Opa what?). One of my resolutions this year was to keep up with the latest trends no matter what. The thing is I always have my mommy-brain on, cause I’m a mom and stuff. What I saw in all these trend “lists” was about 90% of trends predicted for 2013 are just…not really for kids, or families even. So I grabbed the best and threw it together for you. Cause I am a sharer, and also, cause cool people have friends that like the same stuff. So be my friend, and enjoy this list of nine hot trends for 2013…for parents. Now, I can be cool again. Kinda.
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Popcorn for Everybody! 1 of 9Popcorn isn't just for the movie theaters anymore. Foodies predict that Popcorn will be one of the hot food items of 2013. What kid doesn't like popcorn?
Tea for two, and two for tea.. 2 of 9While coffee will always hold a special place in most parents hearts, tea can be not only it's equivalent, but an alternative. With loads of machines, flavors and exotic blends, you may be calling this your morning drink of choice.
Rosemary Roast Chicken 3 of 9Photo by: The Culinary Geek
Chicken.. it's what's for dinner. You can bake, fry, slow cook, batter, marinate... basically you can make it a million different ways, and it's easy on the wallet. Save me a drumstick!
Sip and See Parties 4 of 9Photo by: Tastefully Entertaining
Originally started as a Jewish custom, these "after" baby showers have become hugely popular with 2013 parents to be. Held within the first month or two after the birth of a new baby, the parents invite friends and family over to "sip on some beverages and enjoy finger foods, and they "see" the new baby. Easy, breezy, and you won't have a collection of neutral colors to return.
Royal Baby Watch 2013 5 of 9Photo by: Alexandre Goulet / Nick Warner
It's royal baby watch 2013! Just as we were wondering who she would wear for the wedding in 2011, now it's all about the baby (and her morning sickness). Boy? Girl? Who's maternity clothes will she wear? Who is designing the nursery? This baby kicked Prince Harry our of the running to be King, and all eyes will be on the expecting royal family this year.
Vintage…everything! 6 of 9Photo taken from: Kidsomania
From linens to mobiles, if it's for your nursery, vintage is a must. Pinterest has a lot to do for this growing trend, with tons of helpful DIY pins, everybody wants their baby to be in a Jany Austen book.
Need to pay for something? There’s an app for that… 7 of 9Photo taken from: CNN Money
Forgot your wallet at home? No worries, as long as you have your phone. Mobile payments are being made easier and being taken in more and more places. Soon.. we won't even remember what holding a real dollar felt like.
The Newest Accessory: Tech Gadgets 8 of 9Remember the days were your tech gadgets were the size of...well, you? Those days are long gone, and now, the hottest and best gadgets around can be worn like your favorite watch, eye glasses or..hidden in your bra. Wearable tech...the fashion of the future.
Not your mama’s iPad…Tablets for kids 9 of 9Bringing up children in the digital age means that not only do they know what a tablet is, but most 2 year olds own their very own iPad. But the cost is still $$ and kids are still kids. While LeapFrog was one of the first to venture into tablets for kids, the market is rapidly expanding giving parents, and kids options for all ages.