We’ve come a long way… We’re very excited to be celebrating CharlottesvilleFamily’s 20th anniversary with you. To share our love of all things parenting, our staff traveled back in time to take a look at what things were like in the late 1990s compared to today. From parenting books and car seats to maternity fashion and parenting trends, we have seen things change in so many interesting ways. Join us as we journey back 20 years, to reflect on what parenting encompassed in our area and country when CharlottesvilleFamily was born in 1998.
Charlottesville & Albemarle Population 121,329 Albemarle County & Surrounding Area Births 2,972
Baby Gear Pack n’ Play, baby monitor (voice only), baby bouncer seat, battery-powered swing, Boppy Pillow, Baby Bjorn carrier
Mother’s average age at first baby’s birth 24 years
Feeding Baby In 1998, it was advised to start feeding rice cereal at 2 months old
Hot Toys Furby (#1), Beanie Babies, Talking Barney, Tonka Talking Truck, Nintendo 64, Game Boy
Popular Kids Snacks Cheese sticks, Trix Cereal, Lunchables, Goldfish crackers, Cheerios, Dunkaroos, Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks
Popular Books (#1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling, Goosebumps by R. L. Stine, A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon, Holes by Louis Sacher, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Car Seat Rules In 1998, a child needed to be 20 lbs. before switching to forward facing.
Family Movie Night Stroll the video rental store for a VHS Pregnancy Guide What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
Parenting Trends Co-sleeping, attachment parenting, beginning of helicopter parenting, utilizing programs like “Baby Einstein” and “Mozart for Baby” to ensure smart kids Teacher Beliefs 31% of teachers believed students should learn to read in kindergarten.
Popular Board Games Cranium, Scrabble, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Jumanji, Catan, Monopoly Television Shows Sesame Street, Arthur, Aladdin, Calliou, Bear in the Big Blue House, Teletubbies, Reading Rainbow, Dora the Explorer
photo courtesy: Joe+Jeanette Archie
photo courtesy: Teletubbies
20th Anniversary Issue