Newborns Latest Stars Of Twitter & Facebook Parents Set Up Social Media Accounts For Infants
- One in 8 parents set up social network accounts for their baby
- 4% even set up an account before the baby is born
- 9% think taking photos is more important than weighing the baby after birth
- Two thirds of adults meet a friend or family member's baby digitally before they do in person
An eager four per cent even set up an account for their new arrival before they even enter the world, showing baby bump and scan photographs, the study found.
For one in ten Brits (nine per cent), taking a newborn's photograph ranks as the most important thing to do after the birth - above weighing their baby
A huge 65% of adults meet friend or family member's baby online before they do in person
New technologies and the explosion in social networking have transformed children's lives - and it starts at birth!
On average, new parents take 14 photos in the first day.
And an excited one in five new parents (19 per cent) who take photos at the birth share these treasured snaps online within 15 minutes.
The research, by Currys & PC World, demonstrates new technology is transforming the lives of babies.
Today, 65 per cent of adults meet a friend or family member's baby digitally before they get to do so in person.
Whether it's cameras with built-in WiFi, mobile phones or simply email, it's never been easier for everyone to share in the happy moment.
Half of parents (50 per cent) post a picture of their baby on social media during their child's first 24 hours.
For one in ten Britons, taking a newborn's photograph ranks as the most important thing to do after the birth
Claire Smith, 25, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said: "When I gave birth to my daughter my husband had taken a photo of her within an hour.
'We posted it on Facebook later that day. She's so beautiful, we couldn't wait to show her off to the world.'
The trend has left some older parents feeling they have missed out, the study of 2,000 parents found.
Nearly 50 per cent of parents over 60 wish more technology had been available when their children were young to capture them growing up.
And 60 per cent wish they owned more photos and videos of their children in their younger days.
The news comes as Britain enjoys a baby boom, with a 50 per cent rise in births since 2001, and eagerly awaits the forthcoming royal birth.
Ben Lovett, a Currys & PC World spokesman, said: 'Exciting advanced technologies have made photography more accessible and connected.
'This allows new parents to capture and share their special moments more easily.
'Pictures are being taken and shared just minutes after parents have held their baby for the first time, which wasn't possible a generation ago.
'It's heart-warming that technology is helping family and friends to share in these precious moments even if they can't be there to enjoy it in person.'