A new year means it’s peak season for fresh starts, thoughtful resolutions and, of coursegame-changing trends! From new-generation monitors that help you understand and improve your baby’s sleep to how your favorite bloggers will be decorating their nurseries this year, we’ve got all the intel on what trends will dominate the bump and baby scene in 2019.

Baby, What's Your Name?

Without a doubt, one of the most talked about and followed trends every year for parents-to-be is baby names. Some parents want to get ahead of the curve and pick a name that's up-and-coming in popularity, while others try to avoid a name that may pop up all over their little one's kindergarten class in five years. Whichever camp you reside in, we're here to help by sharing the hottest trends in baby names for 2019.

You'll see an influx of names fit for royalty as we all anxiously await the arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first baby. Names like James, Albert, Victoria and Diana are all in the running to make huge leaps in popularity. Bohemian names such as Peace and Shanti will also spike in the name game in the year ahead as parents look to get in touch with their inner zen and spread some much-needed positive vibes. Another trend picking up steam is names that are short and sweet, so don't be surprised if you hear more calls for Ella, Opal and Kace on the playground in the next few years. Lastly, thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the movie A Star Is Born, we hear new parents will be going gaga for the name Ally.

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Nursery Design Trends

Nursery trends often mirror design trends we see in the rest of the home, and 2019 will be no different.  Designers love to add natural elements to a room, so don't be surprised if you scroll through many 'gram-worthy photos of nurseries decked out with live houseplants and nature-inspired wall hangings like this driftwood and brass piece by Vida and Luz. Our favorite bloggers, such as Sarah from A House in the Hills, show us how natural fibers like rattan can add warmth to any nursery space.

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral, a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings. It's right in line with this trend toward deriving inspiration from our environment and would warm up a nursery. Desert themes and rustic looks will also be a common trend as parents look to design a cozy and modern space for their little one. 

Personalized Self-Care

Parents will be choosing their own unique road to self-care in 2019, whether that means sharing struggles with infertility and miscarriages (a trend that is getting a lot of attention thanks to Michelle Obama and others who have chosen to speak publicly about their own challenges) or consistently carving out time each day to do something just for them.

Companies like Bella Beat know self-care is here to stay. They've developed personalized products like this wearable (and stylish!) smart jewelry designed to not only help you track your sleep, mediation and reproductive health but to also offer chakra energy and relaxation techniques that help you on your journey to self-care. Taking care of yourself is so 2019. 

Sleep Tech Is the New Lullaby

All new parents are looking for that secret sauce that helps their baby (and themselves!) get a good night's sleep. So we're embracing the sleep tech trend that's hitting the scene in 2019 with open arms!

A new generation of baby monitor, such as the Nanit Sleep System, named one of the best inventions of 2018 by Time magazine, and Miku's Sensor Fusion monitor, are helping parents get insights into baby's breathing and sleeping patterns throughout the night. Miku's monitor, available in 2019, will even alert you to the humidity levels in your baby's room as well as playing sleep sounds or lullabies via the monitor's custom dual monitor. Going away for the night? Your new baby monitor allows you to whisper "I love you" to your baby from anywhere in the world with the device's crystal-clear two-way talk. Sounds pretty dreamy to us!

Go Minimalist, Mama!

There is a strong movement among certain groups of parents today to get less stuff! Expectant parents, especially those figuring out how to incorporate their growing family into their already tight spaces, are eager to avoid filling every nook and cranny with plastic toys and bulky gear. These parents are ready to say goodbye to over-consuming and hello to mindful purchasing.

Cult books like The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending offer an alternative to the idea that more is better, and in 2019, parents are finally ready to go minimalist. Gifting platforms like Little Fund are popping up to make it easy for families to gift savings toward bigger, more meaningful goals. Sometimes, less really is more. 

Curious what was trending in 2018? Scroll down for our 2018 baby and pregnancy trend predictions, from eco-friendly, au natural toys and sophisticated nurseries that grow with your child to 2018-worthy baby names.

Gender-Neutral Nurseries that Transcend from Tiny to Teen

Gone are the days of finding out the sex of your baby and rushing to decorate a baby-blue or perfectly pink nursery. Research from the data brainiacs at Pinterest shows that searches for "gender neutral nursery decor" rose more than 50 percent in 2017, proving that today’s parents are eager to avoid forcing stereotypes on children at any age.  

Something else modern mamas and papas are doing more than ever: designing spaces that are style-conscious and sophisticated so the room can easily grow with baby. One sure-fire way to follow this trend is by designing a room that is calm and soothing. Steer clear of lots of bright colors and wild patterns and go with muted, warm tones that create a cozy space. If you’re worried the room won’t feel playful enough, accessorize with fun bedding (like this ice cream-patterned quilt from Clementine Kids), pillows, a rug or other items you can easily swap out over time.

Baby Showers Get a Makeover

Don’t panic, traditional baby showers are not going away. But more and more parents are opting for other types of events to celebrate their child. One popular party alternative is a sip and see, in which parents welcome friends and family to their home after baby's arrival. It’s a helpful way for new (and often exhausted!) parents to limit houseguests to one designated time, and it gives them a great excuse to have a libation of choice with their nearest and dearest!

Another party invite you're likely to get this year might say: Save the shower, we only need a sprinkle! A sprinkle shower is exactly what you’d think, a way to celebrate the new arrival with less hoopla. It's usually reserved for second- or third-time moms who want a simple gathering rather than a full-blown shower.

Major Baby-Name Trends

It’s no surprise baby names are one of the most talked about and followed every year because, as parents, we take our new job pretty seriously and it’s one task we really want to get right. So we checked in with Nameberry to find out how to play the name game in 2018. They predict monikers will be influenced by powerful women, superheroes and, of course, Game of Thrones. What are a few of the names you should expect to hear at the playground over the next few years? Ruth, Kennedy, Arya, Rey and Vaughn.

Au Natural Toys and Clothes

Birkenstocks are optional, but wood toys and eco-friendly wear will be all the rage in 2018. Parents will say goodbye to plastic gadgets that light up and beep; instead, they’ll search for sustainable toys their child can enjoy for years to come. Expect eco-friendly brands like Finn and Emma and Kate Quinn Organics to continue to gain popularity. One huge fan of this trend -- our overworked planet!

The Power of Hygge

Something that has been trending in Denmark for a long time is happiness! The Danish have been voted the world's happiest people for the last four decades. Many say this nation-wide joy can be attributed to hygge (pronounced hooga), which roughly means to have cozy time together and is one of the key pillars of Danish parenting. US parents are finally paying attention, and self-care is set to be a huge trend for 2018. Realizing that being an effective parent means taking care of your own mental, physical and emotional health first is something we can definitely get on board with!

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Aimee Della Bitta

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