2017 is in the rearview mirror and we’re already looking ahead at all the new trends for kids and parenting with all the excitement we can muster! Pinterest rounded up not 10, not 25, but 100 up-and-coming trend predictions for 2018 that families can be on the lookout in the coming months. From natural and organic textures to stylish kids spaces, 2018 is shaping up to be a trendy year for little ones and parents alike—and we can’t wait. Check out this list of hot trends you won’t want to miss in the coming year.
Au Naturale Toys
Toys are going old school and we're okay with that. Wooden toys are making a comeback as we see parents embracing natural elements in lieu of their plastic counterparts. Timeless products like blocks and trains encourage kids to use their imagination, are much quieter than battery-operated toys, are pretty inexpensive and last a lifetime. Land of Nod's Bucket O' Blocks is a great starter kit for jumping into the wooden toy game, and you never know—you may have a budding architect on your hands!
If you want to make a smaller footprint, buy more sustainable clothing or just shop more consciously, you'll love that eco-friendly clothing is trending. Shopping organic fabrics and styles is not only functional, but it makes a positive impact on our environment, too. We are seeing a push to reuse more, buy less and rethink how we consume products like clothing. Companies like Nui Organics pride themselves on using certified organic fabrics like cotton, lambskin and wool that strive to keep little ones not only stylish, but socially-conscious too.
Chewelry For Mom & Baby
Silicone products were projected to hit it big in 2017 and that trend is carrying over into 2018—and in fashion, no less! Teething jewelry, or "chewelry" as we like to call it, has been gaining in popularity—and for good reason. Companies like Little Teether have taken the chewelry game to a new level, making stylish accessories that pull double duty for both you and your teething babe. The non-toxic and BPA-free beads come in tons of styles and colors, rounding out any outfit while saving your little one's aching gums too!
Goodbye frilly details, hello modern nursery! This upcoming year is embracing bold and mature style, using dark accent walls, large prints and wallpapers usually found in spaces like your dining room, with lots of adult-inspired rugs. Take some inspiration from Foxy Oxie and go with neutral blacks and whites that are perfectly accented with metals and blush pink. Perhaps the best part about these kid spaces (aside from being totally jealous of their trendy look) is that they'll age beautifully along with your child.
We all know kids grow like crazy and that's why we love that removable wall decals are trending this year. High-quality vinyl stickers that can be removed without destroying your walls are a win for any parent. From dreamy balloon wall decals, to nature scenes, to custom slogans and names, the creative possibilities are endless when it comes to using decals to dress up your little's space. You can find custom wall decals all over Etsy or shop your favorite big box stores or online retailers for tons of options.
Weighted blankets are trending in 2018 and they serve a wonderful purpose. Research has shown that applying weight to your body's deep pressure touch sensors can help relieve both kids and adults from feelings of stress, anxiety and even insomnia. Whether you've had a stressful day at the office or your child manages a sensory processing disorder, using a weighted blanket like this one from Mosaic Weighted Blanket can help relax the mind and prepare the body for sleep. Kids with other processing disorders also find the use of weighted lap pads or wraps can help calm them down after school or during therapies.
Pom Pom Decor
Colorful, cozy and full of texture, pom poms are the perfect addition to your wee one's nursery. Whether it's a plush rug, bouncy mobile or cheery wall hang like this one from Sugar & Cloth, pom poms are on trend in 2018. The best part? They are perfect for any level DIY-er and fully customizable when it comes to matching that offbeat nursery color you're embracing.
It's no secret that kids love forts, and so do parents when it comes to hours of entertainment. This year, the "perma-fort" is taking centerstage–a designated area that's built into your kiddo's room or favorite space and is there to stay. Tee-pees, reading nooks and spaces like this amazing fort built under a lofted bed from Domino give kids a trusty space to use their imagination whenever they want. Perma-forts match your own decor, so no looking at sheet tents and cardboard boxes as your kids engage in flights of fancy.
We love the focus on design and a return to simplicity when it comes to the trends for 2018. What are you most looking forward to when it comes to trends in the upcoming year?