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23 of the most relatable questions parents googled in 2017

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As google releases their annual trends, it seems as a nation, this year we have all spent a lot of time making slime and trying to buy bitcoins. Our favourite TV programmes include ‘13 Reasons Why’, ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. In the kitchen, we’ve been googling Chilli con carne, Hot cross buns and Millionaire shortbread recipes.

We’ve taken a look at some of the most common questions googled in 2017 and have come up with this, very relatable list. Mums (and dads) hands up, how many of these have you googled this year:

1. How to be a good parent?

It turns out Google's answer to this one is to 'give them encouragement with constructive criticism'. In our eyes, we think you just need to try your best and remember, you're doing an amazing job! 

2. How to make slime?

Yep, we seem to be a nation obsessed with making slime! Look out for our slime-shaped video coming soon! 

3. How to stay young?

Those sleepless nights can take their toll and it seems like we're all feeling it! 

4. How to make Yorkshire puddings?

One word - yum! 

5. How to make a fidget spinner?

One of the biggest crazes of 2017, if you didn't have one in your handbag, you were trying to make your own for your tot. 

6. How to download youtube videos?

Because sometimes, Peppa Pig is needed, even on the tube...

7. How to have twins?

We've got the answer to this one, take a look at these six factors that increase your chances of having twins or multiples.

8. How to tell why my baby is teething?

Swot up on those warning signs and take a look at these nine golden rules of teething.

9. How to stay awake?

If you're pregnant or breastfeeding and looking for ways to boost your energy without turning to coffee, take a look at these superfoods that fight fatigue

10. How to draw a unicorn?

Another huge trend this year - unicorns! It turns out if you're not planning a unicorn party, you're trying to draw them! 

11. How to have a baby?

One we've definitely got the answer to, from trying to conceive tips, to birthing plans, you're in the right place! 

12. How to tell why my baby’s poo is green?

As scary as it might look, green baby poo is actually pretty normal. To make things easier, we've even designed a baby poo colour chart! 

13. How to French braid?

Looking for cute hair styles for your two-year old, nows the time to learn how to plait! 

14. How to knit?

Whether it's a cure to the pregnancy insomnia or something to do whilst expressing, learning to knit can be a great boredom buster! 

15. How to unblock my baby’s nose?

Take a look at our top 10 ways to unblock your baby's nose here. 

16. How to become a midwife?

For those thinking about becoming a midwife, you'll need to do a degree, or an 18-month conversion course if you're already a nurse. 

17. How to induce labour?

From power walking to bouncing on a birthing ball, take a look at these ten natural ways to induce labour yourself!

18. How to not be tired?

It's official - the most common subject on most parent's minds? Sleep. 

19. How to get my baby to sleep?

Still struggling to get your little one into a routine? Don't worry, we've got all you need to know about bedtime routines covered

20. How to potty train a boy?

On average, boys are ready to be potty trained a few months after girls, so don't worry if his friends at nursery seem ahead. We've got everything you need to know about potty training boys here. 

21. How to sleep train my baby?

Searching Google to find the secrets of a silent night? We've got your baby sleep problems sorted.

22. How to potty train a girl?

As their communication skills are often more advanced than their male peers, girls are usually ready to start potty training before boys. If you are getting ready to potty train your daughter, these ideas might help.

23. How to do baby led weaning?

From brilliant finger foods for baby led weaning, to how to cope with all the mess, we've all got a question or two about baby led weaning! 

Read next: The top baby names for 2018 

Read next: 11 little luxuries you only appreciate now you’re a mum:

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A (hot) cup of tea

You have countless ones that are stone cold or at best luke warm. So being able to sit back (OK, hide in the kitchen) with a fresh tea and finish it… well, that’s heaven in a teacup.
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Reading a book

Right til the end. These days, your literary opportunities tend to revolve around supermarket labels, picture books and a quick scroll of your friends' status updates on Facebook.
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The commute

You relish the music from your train neighbour’s headphones simply because it’s not anything from a Disney film. And you laugh when you hear someone complain about a long journey. Do they not realise how amazing that time is for catching up on Twitter? Or, let’s be honest, napping.
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Proper yoghurt

Your usual is Petit Filou – makes sense if your toddler’s having them anyway. So treating yourself to a grown-up yoghurt with a special fruit compote or chocolate section? Bliss.
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Watching Made In Chelsea

Those evenings where you get to finish a full episode of something on Netflix without falling asleep. Winning.
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A trip to the hairdresser ALONE!

You’d usually be taking your toddler for a trim, in a constant slight cold sweat that he won’t sit still or might run riot. So, getting to go on your own? To sit in that chair, drink the herbal tea, read the magazines (yes, plural!)… Bliss.
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Sleep beyond 7am

Now that’s what they call a lie-in.
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Wearing those earrings

You know the ones – big, beautiful, don’t-need-a-necklace earrings that make any outfit. Except they’re also baby eye candy, enticing her to pull on them at every opportunity. Ouch! Got a babysitter for the evening? Out they come.
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Wine time

Forget pouring it in the spag bol – that glass of red is predominantly being drunk by you.
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Moments of silence

Before, you might've phoned a friend or put on the radio. Now? Sit back. Close eyes. Ahhhh…..
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Going to the toilet by yourself

The peace and quiet of being in the bathroom alone with your, erm… thoughts.
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A bath

One without brightly coloured bubble bath, squeaky plastic toys or the potential for the room to be flooded.

 
 
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