30 signs you’re a child of the 2010s
I love all those nostalgia articles that are constantly being shared over Facebook – you know you’re a child of the 1970s/1980s when…. You know you grew up in Cardiff/or wherever it is you live when…. It got me thinking about the kinds of throwback articles my own children will be reading when they are older and what things will classify their childhoods. Admittedly, my three little ones are all five and a half and under, and we’re only half way through the decade (and we still haven’t decided what it should be called – the 2010s, the teens?!), but there are definitely certain things that they and all their friends have or do that we, their parents, never did. Here are 30 signs you’re a child of the 2010s decade. Does this list ring true for your little ones? How many can you tick off the list? Are there any you would add?
- You slept in one of these.
2. You owned at least one Jellycat toy.
3. And at least one Lamaze toy.
4. You spent hours chewing on a Sophie the giraffe toy. You probably chewed on all your friends’ Sophies too. What’s a bit of spit between friends, hey?!
5. You learnt to walk with one of these.
6. And you never understood why its theme-song ‘Hello, puppy calling. Do you want to play with me?’ annoyed your parents so much.
7. When you got to the wriggling stage, you spent hours in a Jumperoo so that your mummy could get things done.
8. You wore one of these happy nappies for your weekly Waterbabies class.
9. You spent the first 10 months of your life in one of these – and can’t believe they didn’t even exist in the olden days when your parents were babies.
10. You ate your dinner in an Ikea antelop high chair at least once.
11. Or if you were going somewhere more upmarket, a Stokke Tripp Trapp.
12. You drank out of a Tommy Tippee beaker.
13. Although your favourite drink was a babychino.
14. These were some of your favourite snacks.
15. You had a Red Book and a percentile chart.
16. Your parents tried to fob you off with one of these – but you much preferred playing with their iPhones.
17. You made your Facebook debut when you were just two hours old and hundreds of people your parents hadn’t seen for decades passed on their congratulations.
18. You got a daily full-body baby massage for the first six months of your life. Unless you were the second, third or subsequent child, in which case you never knew a relaxing bath-time routine.
19. You got excited when you saw the Calpol bottle and the little purple syringe.
20. You had at least one Julia Donaldson book on your bookshelf.
21. And at least one from the “That’s not my…” collection.
22. But there was still room for the classics and these were among your first bedtime stories.
23. You loved CBeebies and these guys were your first-ever heroes…
24. Until you discovered Nick Jnr and Peppa Pig.
25. You got excited when it rained because it meant you could go to soft play! You still can’t believe your parents are so ancient it didn’t exist when they were young.
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26. Your first alarm clock was a Gro-Clock and it worked for a couple of weeks until you discovered you could make the sun come up by yourself.
27. You went to Clarks for your first pair of shoes – although as soon as you could express an opinion, you wanted ones with lights on them.
28. You owned an Elsa from Frozen dress (or your sister/cousin/girls from your pre-school or nursery class did) and you knew every word from Let It Go.
29. And you went to more Frozen-themed birthday parties than you could count.
30. Your Mini Micro scooter was your first taste of freedom.
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I absolutely adore this, you’ve got it spot on! I am pinning this and in 15 years time I hope to see it making a big resurgence in popularity.
Glad you liked it. Hopefully I can update it at the end of the decade too! x
I agree with nearly all of these. My son is a bit older, so I’d add: “Despite massive advances in computer generated animation, your favourite game was a boxy world that made your parents’ 90s computer games look furturistic”.
Glad you could relate. I have a 10-year-old nephew so I know exactly which game you are talking about!! x
HA! This is genius. Love it!
Aw, thanks for the lovely comment and for sharing on Twitter. Certainly a lot of parents can tick off most the list! x
Love this, shared it, if I hadn’t already done my BiB’s this would have swung me – good luck, this is a very clever post!
Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing. That’s really kind of you to say about the BIBs – I should have written this a couple of weeks earlier then 😉 Great that you already had someone to nominate, it’s brilliant there are so many fab blogs out there x
Love this all but the jumperoo applies not that I didn’t want one for then just didn’t have the space!
Yep, they certainly take up a lot of space. My house will feel massive again once baby grows out of it and it can go back up in the attic! x
Just all too true 🙂 I especially love the idea of a whole generation of (firstborn) babies laying back enjoying daily full body massages!!
Ha, I know! I feel so guilty towards my second and third children x
Great post, nicely observed. Def true for us on at least 20 of these…
Ah, glad you liked it. Thanks so much x
Yes, yes, yes, yes! To pretty much everyone one of those. Both mine have worn that exact same sleeping bag in 2 different sizes.
Sounds like you have great taste in sleeping bags 😉
Glad you could relate x
BrillIant haha! Far too true although I’m so pleased say peppa pig comes no where near this house! Xx
I’m so impressed you have managed to avoid Peppa so far! You are a wiser mummy than me! x
We can tick them all off, except the jumperoo. We had a Leapfrog number that looked like a satellite dish – took up practically the whole kitchen! Great post….
Ha, why do they always make them so big?! Glad to hear you could relate to the list. x
This is an amazing post! I have one born in 2010 and I can relate to every point! Fabulous!
Haha, seems we 2010s mummies are all of the same mindset. Funny how so many of us do exactly the same, x
Love it! I really enjoyed reading your post x
Yes, pretty much all of them for my one born in 2011!! I already feel nostalgic 🙂
Awww, I know! My third baby has just turned one and it made me feel nostalgic too thinking of all these things that have definied their childhood. x
Yes all except Peppa Pig!
I’m so impressed you have avoided PP! Once you do, there is no going back! x
So very very true!!!
Glad you could relate x
Instead of a scooter, swap with a balance bike!
Yep, we have one of those too, but my friends seem divided on them. x
Yes to all of these for my 2010 and 2013 children! Big things for us are/were sleeping bags, v tech walker, jumperoo, in the night garden, Peppa pig, getting excited at the calpol syringe! They are boys and aren’t into Frozen but I love it and their girl friends are! The massages thing is hilariously true my 4 year old did indeed get a daily body massage and my now 2 year old never got even one!! (The second one never got water babies classes either, poor sod). How did you know?? 🙂
Haha! Glad to hear so much of it rang true for you.So many people seem to be able to tick most of the list off!
I feel so guilty towards my 2nd and 3rd children sometimes! x
No 5! But ALWAYS with the phone missing.
Yes! Ha ha! Our phone is never where it is supposed to be either!
You missed one! Your trip to the airport involved speeding around the terminal on a trunki!!!! Brilliant – my 2 definitely tick off most on this list.
Haha, yes a Trunki! My children don’t have Trunkis. They have their own little suitcases but they’re lovely ones with different characters on that their grandparents bought for them. So lovely to travel in style when you are so young! x
Brilliant. I feel like such a bad mother because my daughter (born in late 2009) never had a Sophie. And I didn’t do regular baby massage although I may have tried it once. But I think every single other item is true. Is that good or bad???!
I haven’t quite worked out if it is good or bad yet, but thousands and thousands of parents have all said they can pretty much tick the whole list off, so either way, you are in good company! x
Love this, all of them are so true for my little boy born in 2010, well except for owning the frozen dress, is cousins have them though. Thank you xx
yes, yes, yes, and yes. All so true. Especially the Calpol one. Unless they are actually ill, in which case they refuse it, Contrary little so & sos …
Ha, yes, that is indeed very true! x
Yep used most of these with my 3yr old and they’ll be doing the rounds with my 11 week old twins soon enough! Good job I sell some of them.
Get ur groclocks from us 😉 http://goo.gl/NjCvst lol …and Sophie the Giraffe 🙂
Except for the frozen dress, all of these apply to babies in the 2000s too.
Really made us laugh. Thanks for posting! Don’t forget the balance bikes too (stabilisers delay children learning to cycle with pedals as any Cycle Instructor will confirm). If you have £149 spare(!), Isla Rohan balance bikes are becoming more visible in Cardiff’s parks as lightweight with child-specific brakes. Great resale on EBay.
Frog bikes are more reasonably priced and also popular.
Glad you liked it, Yes, we have a balance bike too, although my friends seem split on them, hence not including it in the original post. x
Brilliant post – well done! So funny and all so True xx
Ha, glad you could relate to it. I love how many people have told me they can tick everything off the list! x
Spot on – but I outfoxed my 3 year old by locking the Gro-Clock (press and hold the down button until an “X” flashes on star’s cheek”), he hasn’t managed to unlock it yet, though he got frustrated for the first few days when his previous method to force a sunrise didn’t work any more!
OOh, you are clever! That’ll teach me for not reading the instructions properly!
Such a clever post, love it. Gave me a giggle
Aw, glad it made you laugh. I love your blog x
Yes! All bang on. Although I have never been able to bring myself to ask for a babyccino because, well, just no. Brill observations – a little slice of history!
Haha, what about “warm frothy milk for children” instead?! Glad you liked it x
This makes no sense. Since when do you recall what you had as a baby?! You remember things from 5 ish onwards and if you have happy memories of these items at that age there’s a problem. Completely pointless observations…This is more about what mums will remember their babies had.
Okay, Cathryn, have you been spying on us?!? I spend half my life (and salary) buying babyccinos in Costa …
Haha! It seems we 2010 parents all think the same way. I know we’re all supposed to hate Starbucks, but their babyccinos are free 😉
I love this – I didn’t think I’d tick many but I did, how did you know? My sister and I have just started blogging about baby led weaning on our new website minimunchclub.com so I was interested to see about the awards. Good luck with ‘fresh new voice’ category, 2 nominations for you here!
Haha, seems we parents of the 2010s all think alike! So kind of you to nominate me, much appreciated, Good luck with your new blog. All three of my children have been BLW. It’s such an amazing thing to do with them. x
Ahhhh I meant to put http://www.minimunchclub.com – can you tell I’m new to this?
Lol, I love this post – brilliant and absolutely spot on! 🙂
Glad you liked it, I love how many parents have told me they can tick off most or all of the list x
Wow, absolutely on the money there! We’ve never had a jumperoo or the vtech walker but every other one of those things from books to gro bags and clocks has been in our house – including BOTH types of highchair (love them both)! Brilliant!
Haha, glad you could relate. Lucky you not being subjected to hello puppy calling on the walker, and the Jumperoo music. Two tunes you do not want stuck in your head! x
This is the best blog post I have ever read on any mummy type blog !!!! You missed out the balance bike though lol
Oh, that’s so kind of you to say. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it so much – it has certainly been read and shared a lot of times, with a lot of people telling me they can tick off the whole list! Yep, balance bikes are another sign of the times, we have one, although my friends do seem divided on them. x
Love this! What about the great gripe water scandal of 2012?! Ha ha. Where everywhere totally sold out and people were ebaying bottles for like £20. I look back on that now and laugh but at the time I was one of those desperate parents driving round to every chemist trying to buy it!!! Ha ha x
Ha, it happened with Ashton and Palmer’s teething granules too, didn’t it? Apparently the factory burned down and there were no packets of the stuff anywhere. Glad you liked the post x
Love it! My grandson Bear is only 11 months and we can tick so many of those things. Love the mobile phone one, he’s the same with remotes lol! x