What will baby’s future look like?Wondering what kind of economy your baby will grow up in? What kind of technology she’ll use? What her future career will be? We’ve got predictions on what babies born now will experience throughout their lives.
They'll know a better economy
Sigh of relief, mama: The economy is expected to improve -- and soon. In fact, some experts predict that by 2020, real income will increase by about 10 percent, unemployment will drop to 6 percent, housing prices will rise, and interest rates will stay low, compared with 2011. So baby is more likely to have some luxuries while growing up.
They'll have friends named Sophia, Jacob, Isabella and Jayden
These names hit the most popular baby names lists in both 2010 and 2011, and we don't expect them to wane too much in the next few years. If your baby has one of these monikers, be warned that they may have to use their last initial in class to avoid confusion with another Sophia, Jacob, Isabella or Jayden.
They'll think of cell phones the way we think of dial-up
Sure, when baby's older, he'll have something like a cell phone, but some predictions of what future phones will look like are dramatically different from the handheld devices we use today. We've heard of ideas from wearable eyeglasses to wristbands and even a microchip installed in your brain (crazy, we know!). A phone you hold in your hand might be something baby just reminisces about from his childhood.
They may drive a flying car (well, maybe)
Once baby gets her driver's license, she may not have to sit in traffic. At least two models of "flying cars" do already exist (think: mini airplanes or helicopters), but before they become commonplace, some improvements need to be made and the price tag needs to come down (one of them costs $279,000!). So baby driving a flying car isn't exactly a guarantee, but it's definitely a possibility.
For their college education you'll pay (brace yourself)...
...Over $100,000 for a four-year private school for the 2029-2030 school year, according to several sources. Start saving now, mama!
Their future job may be one you've never heard of
One UK study predicts that some of the most popular new careers in 2030 will be:
Body-part maker -- Advances in bio-tissues, robotics and plastics may mean creating high-tech new prosthetics, which may have such high demand that there will be body-part stores, says the study.
Memory augmentation surgeon -- Surgeons may, in the near future, be able to add memory capacity to people's brains (wow!).
Vertical farmer -- Urban farms are expected to grow in popularity -- and height! A vertical farmer specializes in hydroponically fed foods, grown under artificial lighting in multistory buildings.
They won't worry so much about when to have children
As fertility specialists improve embryo- and egg-freezing technologies, increase the success rates of fertility procedures and experiment with the ability to generate new eggs and sperm from other cells of the body -- you never know -- our kids may see the end of infertility as we know it, putting less pressure on them to have their own babies by a certain age.
Their life expectancy may be 100!
Some experts believe that, with current medical advances and future breakthroughs, life expectancies will continue to increase. And baby just might live to be a centenarian!
More from MSN Living:
parenting, education, activities and more
Learning these 10 things is a good base with which to begin the tough preteen and teen years. Helping our children maneuver life is our jobs as parents, even if we haven't quite figured it all out ourselves yet.
We've all seen her... But should we judge her?
Unique, or downright strange?
In a few short weeks you'll be dropping your child off at college, where they'll spend the next four years learning, laughing, and probably partying. Of course, in true teen fashion, your child has already started shopping for their dorm room essentials. Don't panic just yet!
When tots burst through the door after a busy day at school, the first order of business is securing a snack.
The only thing more important than what you pack your child for lunch is what you pack it in.
Frustrated mom invents Ignore No More app
Do you have the right mix of moms surrounding you?
It's hard to keep young kids entertained while being confined indoors, but fear not, for we have some fun ideas to keep the entire family from climbing the walls during rainy days.
Back in our day, ending up with the same exact backpack as your BFF was a legitimate back-to-school concern. Nowadays? There are so many options, it's dizzying!
It is a parent’s eternal dilemma: What do I make the kids for lunch today? And tomorrow? And next week? We fall into ruts, succumb to the tried-and-true, give in to our children’s demands for junk food. No more! These school lunch ideas—for everything from sandwiches to snacks to hot meals—will freshen up your daily routine, so much so you may be tempted to make them for yourself.
Whether your kids have recently gone back to school or are preparing to go shortly, it's never too late to start thinking about how we can make this year successful and low-stress, both for our kids and ourselves. With that, here are 6 things parents might want to stop doing this year in order to make it the best one yet...for all of you!