Now that we’ve officially bid adieu to 2016 and happily clinked our way into the New Year, it’s time to share the latest and greatest trends coming up in the land of bumps and babies. From nurseries that bring the outdoors inside to the maternity trend we hope stays around forever, here’s what everyone will be talking about in 2017.

Silicone is the New Must-Have Material

Silicone, the rubbery and flexible material, has been creeping into the baby product world for awhile. But in 2017 it's poised to hit it big. EZPZ's placemats that do double duty as bowls make mealtime (and more importantly, clean up) easy peasy just as the brand would have you believe. Other baby and toddler dining ware is coming soon from Silikids and Marcus & Marcus is rocking the silicone trend with bright-colored offering in both mealtime and bathtime. Plus, teething tots will love the Brushies, a set of finger puppets that double as toothbrushes.

2017 is shaping up to be a great year for fresh designs and innovative products that cater to the needs of new and expectant parents. What trends are you most looking forward to in the year ahead? 

–Aimee Della Bitta