The Difference in a Decade: Parenting in the 2010s vs 2020s
Parenting in the early 2010s versus early 2020s has undergone significant changes, from the introduction of prenatal genetic testing and increased awareness of car seat safety to shifts in fashion trends for infants. These changes reflect a decade of evolving cultural norms and social media campaigns that have impacted parenting practices.
For a lot of millennials, 2010 hardly seems like a full decade ago. Time seems to move even faster when you’re the parent of multiple kids of various different age groups, juggling a myriad of calendar items from middle school band concerts to preschool playdates.
Yet despite the perception of time and how quickly ten years seems to have passed, the vast difference in parenting trends in the early 2010s vs the norms in the early 2020s will reveal that a decade can bring many changes in cultural norms.
A mother who gave birth to her first child in 2010 and her final child in 2023 is likely to say that she doesn’t feel much time has passed since her first pregnancy. However, the trends, cultural norms, and even common medical advice from each pregnancy appears to be from two different realities.
Evidence of the passage of time can be found documented on popular online pregnancy forums, where in 2010 expectant mothers were commiserating with each other on the long wait for the 20 week anatomy scan to finally find out the sex of her baby, while in 2023 they create posts anxiously asking their fellow woman how long they should expect to wait for their noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) results which will not only reveal potential chromosomal abnormalities but also the fetal sex.
The NIPT test was first introduced in 2011 for women whose pregnancies are medically considered high-risk, but over the past decade genetic testing became a staple of prenatal care and a means to throw a gender reveal party before the end of the first trimester.
“Know better, do better” is an adage that permeates multiple areas of life but perhaps most particularly parenthood, and the span of ten years is plenty of time for social media campaigns to reach the…