Maybe you bought a baby shower gift off an online registry. Or maybe you googled “ovulation calculator”. Or maybe a bunch of your friends have infants and you liked one of their posts. Whatever the reason, your Facebook feed is now flooded with ads for pregnancy and baby products, and it is the worst.
For those experiencing infertility or dealing with a miscarriage, Facebook can become excruciating. The Mother’s Day posts, the rants from mums and dads about how they just need a break, the excessive baby videos that document every coo, smile and hiccup. All painful. You can snooze or unfollow friends – and I am sure you have – but you can also get rid of all those targeted ads related to parenting, which can sometimes feel even more startling. I don’t just mean hide the ads one by one, but eliminate all of them (or at least reduce the number of them) – for six months, one year or forever. Here’s how to do it:
1) Go to www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/
2) Under “Hide ad topics”, click on “Parenting”, choose how long you’d like to hide the ads, and toggle on that amount of time.
1) Go to your Account Settings.
2) Scroll to the bottom and choose “Ads”.
3) Under “Hide ad topics”, select “Parenting”, choose how long you’d like to hide the ads, and toggle on that amount of time.
Facebook notes that you may still see ads related to the topic, but they will “use your input to improve the ads you see”. The total number of ads you see on Facebook will not change, but hopefully, you’ll see fewer posts promoting car seat monitors, sleep consultants and biodegradable nappies.