The last time I was preparing for an infant was about seven years ago. I mean, that’s not that long ago, but man have things changed in just a short time! I hear my parent’s generation say things like this all the time: “Well we didn’t have that for you when you were a baby. It’s a wonder we all survived.” But guess what? I’ve found myself saying something like that more and more recently. My baby is about to turn seven. SEVEN. Check out seven BIG things that have changed for moms:
1) Baby food pouches with spoon attachments
Genius! Where was this when I was out and about trying to feed a 7 month old!? There are even options for parents who make their own baby food.
2) iPad/iPhone for toddler entertainment
This is definitely the biggest change for me. The iPad has only been around since 2010. Now that my kids are bigger they love playing the iPad on long trips but when they were little this gadget wasn’t around to provide entertainment. I remember when parents first started allowing kids to play with phones and tablets as entertainment in restaurants. I overheard several onlookers talking bad about those parents. Now it’s common place. In fact, now when kids are unruly at a restaurant, their neighbors are probably thinking, “Someone give that kid a phone to play with!” Ha.
3) Video monitors
Sure this was probably around but I didn’t know anyone who actually had one. Now every new mom registers for one. I think there are even some that can communicate with your smart phone. Right?
4) Baby Bumper
My little girl had the cutest baby bedding including a crib bumper. Apparently you can still buy crib bumpers (found some at Pottery Barn Kids) but I hear that it’s not recommended any more.
5)A market flood of chemical-free, safer baby lotions, soaps and diapers
The organic niche has always been around, but never so much as in the past decade. You don’t have to use a single chemical on your baby/toddler to keep them clean, nor do you have to feed them anything with GMOs. It’s easier than ever to go all organic (but not cheaper).
6) A rear facing 2 year old
All my kids faced the front in their car seat when they turned one (and maybe a tiny bit before that when I was impatient). Now it is recommended that kids stay rear facing until well beyond that age.
7) Sophie, the teether
All the new babies I’ve seen lately have one of these – a Vulli Sophie la Girafe Teether. Definitely something you can get by without, but it’s pretty cute, and easy to grab. So trendy. Ah, I miss the olden days …
Lots of changes for parents right? I’m not trying to say any of the changes are bad….some are good in fact. What other changes have you noticed in the last decade or so? Let us know!
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