Instagram. It’s fast become my newest social media obsession. I have fallen a little bit in love with the platform along with some of the most amazing Instagrammers who inspire me and add colour into my day with their story telling squares. But just how do you go about building your Instagram using Parenting Hashtags?
Back in December I really didn’t think much on the importance of Instagram or see it’s use as a blogging media platform for a parenting blogger blogging about her boys. But then a conversation made me look again. Each Instagram picture is a story in itself just like every blog post that I write. Each Instagram picture is a moment captured in time. Each Instagram is a piece of someone’s heart and soul. Instagram is an extension of me and my blog. Instagram is another way to tell my story of my boys and their childhood.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
― Elliott Erwitt
From changing my perception I changed the way I approached Instagram and since then have doubled my Instagram following from 500 to 1000, and I am (hopefully) still growing. To me the whole purpose of putting my photos onto Instagram is to show your story to the world. Have the world engage with your story. And, most importantly, engage back with the world. Make sure that you engage with others who’s photos you find inspiring, who are using the same hashtags, be involved, take part in the community.
But how do you get your photos seen by the world?
Hashtags. Or more specifically in my case, parenting hashtags.
By using relevant, (parenting) hashtags you can get your photos seen by others posting similar pictures, looking at similar pictures and being involved in communities. I didn’t really know much about hashtags, and I’m still learning to be honest, but these are my favourites at the moment.
By asking questions and getting some tips from the best I now write my Instagram post and then comment with a few (okay a LOT) of hashtags. You can’t have any more than thirty per post and apparently the optimum number is eleven. Seeing as the optimum number is 11 I thought that today I would share my eleven favourite parenting hashtags for Instagram.
My 11 Favourite Parenting Hashtags
1. #candid childhood
Seeing as my boys are rubbish at posing for photos, with cross eyes and lopsided grins, the majority of my photos are taken while they aren’t looking. Truly capturing the moment. This hashtag is linked through with @candidchildhood who also feature the best photos from this parenting hashtag.
➕Weekly Top Four➕ —————————————————- It looks like you all still love seeing napping babes! Don’t forget to check out @candidslumber ! These four photos are the community chosen, most liked photos from the last seven days !! These four accounts get the chance to be a moderator for one photo within the next week. You each can look under the #candidchildhood tag and choose a photo (that hasn’t already been posted) for us to share! When you find the photo you want, hit the arrow underneath it and choose to DM it to this account! Special congrats to @christinaloewen for having our top liked photo EVER (almost 10k likes)! She gets to choose a weekly theme ! We can’t wait to see what you choose @christinaloewen , @morganfaithsuarez @laughterechos and @veronikagphotography ! —————————————————- Thank you for your involvement in this community 💜!
And though she be but little, she is fierce
Any picture of your children being their fierce selves goes. And as my gallery is all my boys I tend to use this a lot! A chance to be featured weekly, with both Amy and Aby picking their top 3 photos from the community then sharing on their respective Instagram and blogs gives your gallery yet more exposure. This photo of the Baby at Christmas was one of Amy’s picks for her week four round up.
There is no sound more joyful than baby giggles, and we had baby giggles a plenty when we were busy posing for Christmas pictures and the tinsel tickled the tickly Baby. A photo posted by Laura | Life with Baby Kicks (@laura_babykicks) on
One of the most popular hashtags on Instagram with nearly 882 million tags and counting. Who doesn’t love baby toes?
A community for, unsurprisingly, the children of Instagram under @childrenofinstagram. You will find many stunning shots from the everyday moments to the extraordinary. By using the hashtag you can be featured on their gallery and alongside that there are themes running for particular photo types such as the family photo #coi_family.
The world is your oyster….. Today’s @pocruises stop was Jamaica so we spent some time at the beach. My three boys looking out across the waves as I sat on the sandy shores watching as the Big One gazed out in wonder. A photo posted by Laura | Life with Baby Kicks (@laura_babykicks) on
Started by two of my favourite bloggers and Instagrammers; What Katy Said and Quite Frankly She Said, Sian and Katy want you to share any moment that has made you smile or be happy. Whatever it may be. I love this #MyHappyCapture from Mrs H’s Favourite Things:
A lot of my photos are close up portraits of the boys so this one is right up my street. I love close up photography and this hashtag from Lets Talk Mommy has a lovely community feel with a chance to be featured weekly.
HAPPY SUNDAY!! Here are my favorite instagrammers this week on #lifecloseup come see their amazing feeds and be inspired. Remember anyone can join in with a zoomed in capture just use hashtag it can be anything! Great way to make more ig friends and get sharing!! Don’t forget to come say hello!!! A photo posted by Jenny Taylor (@letstalkmommy) on
With so much technology being available to little ones compared to when we were young it can be all too easy to spend day after day “plugged in”. I love sharing our moments when we’ve blown off the cobwebs and really got back to basic without the use of the TV or iPad, painted big pictures on the floor, splashed in muddy puddles. Captured the memories of my boys childhood that I have of my own.
Because nothing in life is ordinary. There are also themes which run frequently by @nothingisordinary_ with a chance to feature from the theme as well as from the main hashtag. This photo of the Big One featured for the emotive theme day (#nio_emotive)
You’re never too old to need a cuddle from a new friend. Especially when your new friend has the softest of ears and gives the best snuggles when you’re tired. And our brand new Bunny from @lamilloume is perfect for tiny heads to rest against, it’s ears perfect for little fingers to stroke, a perfect sleepy companion for my little sleepy boy who’s struggling with no naptime today. #lamillou A photo posted by Laura | Life with Baby Kicks (@laura_babykicks) on
It’s very easy to share the exotic and the exciting photos, the ones that make your heart sing. But the everyday moments can be just as beautiful.
Getting our festive bake on making gingerbread to take into nursery. Something tells me we’re going to be sticky with our newfound love of #lylesgoldensyrup A photo posted by Laura | Life with Baby Kicks (@laura_babykicks) on
A new hashtag on the block for the new year, hosted by Ickle Pickle and Zenas Suitcase. A lovely place to showcase all your travelling photos, and being the wanderlust travel lovers we are, perfect for me. Not only that, when you scroll through the hashtag you get the urge to jump on a plane to go explore the world IMMEDIATELY.
It turns out we have a little surf dude on our hands! A photo posted by Laura | Life with Baby Kicks (@laura_babykicks) on
Because after all, that’s what Instagram is. And what better story could I ask for than my littlest man sat in the white sandy beaches of Jamaica as we enjoyed our family holiday cruise together?
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” ~~ Dalai Lama ~~ We’re back home and suffering from jetlag following our cruise out on @pocruises #Azura touring the beautiful Caribbean. Some may say that the distance we travelled and the time difference was too much effort but I don’t agree. We got to explore a beautiful part of the world that we haven’t been too before whilst spending time together as a family, new sights, new sensations, new countries. A photo posted by Laura | Life with Baby Kicks (@laura_babykicks) on
What is your favourite Instagram Parenting Hashtag? I’d love to know in the comments, or even let me know on Instagram!