Okay parents-to-be, the order goes like this:
Inform friends and family.
Update Facebook and register your child with their own Instagram account.
Yep, apparently it’s no longer enough to simply spam your own friends with your baby pictures, they need their very own social media account to update with their own adventures.
In fact, if the behaviour of celebrities is anything to go by, your child’s account should be up and running within hours of their arrival into the world.
Judge on The Face and Canadian born model Coco Rocha and her husband set up an Instagram account for their newborn daughter Ioni only two hours after she was born.
Two hours after my kids were born, I was still in a drug induced haze wondering what the hell to do with this small person starring up adoringly at me. Forget social media, how the hell do I feed it?
It can be assumed that the account for Ioni was established to provide friends and family with the highly sought after first pics of bub but the account has since been developed into the little ones very own daily diary. Complete with captions and musings (oh, except she is yet to develop the ability to speak).
To date, the account of baby Ioni has over 30,000 followers and has only been active since March this year. Yep, 30,000 followers in three months. That’s nothing if not impressive.
Ioni is not alone in her baby Instagram presence. The Huffington Post estimates that approximately 40 per cent of modern day parents have a social media account of some description specifically for their child.
Being pregnant with my third child, I think it’s safe to say that I fall well within the category of potential account holders. But I can safely say that this is one parenting trend I absolutely will not be jumping on board with. In fact, in an age where online safety is an issue that all parents need to be extra vigilant about, it confuses me as to why someone would willingly broadcast pictures of their child in a manner which has little control.