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One of the most exciting things new parents get to do before the arrival of their child is to choose the baby's name.  Will it be something popular or unusual?  A family name or something original?  We will explore the top baby names as well as some of the more unique possibilities to help you choose the perfect name.

Top Baby Names:

the most popular name for a boy was Michael.  For the past five years, the most common name has been Jacob.  Other popular names include Joshua, Matthew, Ethan, Andrew, Daniel, William, Joseph, Gregory, Jonathan, Benjamin, and Christopher.  If you are looking for a classic, these baby names have been popular for years.

The most popular name for a girl has not changed in the past fifteen years.  It continues to be Emily and is currently followed by Emma, Madison, Olivia, Hannah, Abigail, Isabella, Ashley, Samantha, and Elizabeth.  Except for Ashley and Elizabeth, the popularity of the others is recent and affected by pop culture, especially television shows.  

Other sources of popular names are best-selling novels and celebrities.  After Gweneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple, many people have done the same.  The Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings movies have also added many names to the list of the most popular.  

Unusual Baby Names:

One way today's parents have created unusual names for their children is by changing the spelling of a popular name.  Variations that are becoming less unusual include Emilie, Elisabeth, Karin, and Erika.  Names like Stacy can be spelled in three different ways (Stacy, Stacie, Staci).  

Another way to personalize a baby's name is to use a nickname as the child's full name.  For instance, Ben instead of Benjamin, Jon instead of Jonathan, and Matt instead of Matthew are becoming more common.  

Other unusual sources for baby names come from the world around us.  The popularity of names such as April and May continues to come and go, while names such as Winter, and Hazel are still unusual.  Consider choosing a baby name reminiscent of the time of year when your child will be born or the time of year they were conceived.  Fruit, vegetables, colors, and the adjectives that describe them are a good starting point (Pear, Lemon, Azure).  Other uncommon names are those of plants and flowers, such as Hyacinth, Daisy, and Fern.

Other ideas to get you thinking:







Names that describe an idea or a personality, such as Hope, Grace, Prudence, Patience, Temperance, or Chastity, are still unusual although not entirely unique.  Other descriptive baby names include Cadence and Candid.

Other unusual names come from sources that are not commonly used today.  While Biblical names are popular, Greek mythology is only rarely used.  Your child may be the only one in their class to have the name Athena, Minerva, or Pan.  Or you could give them a name from another culture, such as the Swedish Carina or the Polish Aleksy.  

Baby-names from other cultures include:

Anuket - Egyptian mythology

Augustyn - Polish

China - Romanian

Dimitriy (Dima) - Russian

Freya - Norse mythology

Hestia - Greek mythology

Kirill - Russian

The possibilities are endless!  But as mentioned above, remember that if the source of your baby's name is a television show, novel, or celebrity, the name may not be that unusual when they begin school several years down the road.  This is especially true for girls.  Look for Apple, Reese, and Uma to be popular over the next five years.

Perhaps you'd like something even more original.

Unique Baby Names:

If you don't want your child's name to be the same as anyone else's, you can create a unique baby name.  These names can have many sources.  The more common methods of creating something original are by the combination of family names or the addition of a syllable or letter to a popular name.  An example of the latter is Kylen, a unique girl's name which stems from the boy's name Kyle.  Unique baby names that may come from a family name include Stafford, Prestoff, and Kilin.  While some people may find these better suited for a middle name, others may prefer their unique nature.

A sampling of unique names:






The Meaning of a Name:

For some people, it doesn't matter whether a baby's name is popular or unique, it just has to mean a certain thing.  Rather than choose a baby name with an obvious connotation such as Spring, Grace, or Rose, they want a name that will bring goodwill to their child through its ancient origin.

Some popular, as well as unusual baby names, include:

Adelaide (Adelia, Alyssa, Allison) - noble

Albert - bright

Alethea - truth

Beatrice - traveler

Cara - beloved

Colbert - bright

Darwin - friend

Elfleda - beauty

Gertrude - strength

Hannah (Anna) - favor, grace

Henry (Henrietta) - power

Isolde - beauty

Keisha - favorite

Letitia - joy

Manfred - strength

Osmund - protector

Robert (Bob) - fame

Vivian - alive 

Tips For Choosing:

There are many things to consider when you finally select a baby name.  Will this be a name your child can use for life, or will it sound silly when it refers to an adult?  Will this name cause your child to be picked on?  Will they have to constantly correct people in its pronunciation or spelling, and does this concern you?  Are there any stereotypes (good or bad) associated with it?  

One last concern is: does it fit with your last name?  Generally, it sounds better if there are a different number of syllables in the first and last names.  Only rarely should the first letter of the first and last names be the same.  This is of course more of a concern for boys, as they will keep their name for life.  Of course, any decisions about hyphenation in the last name should be made before the first name is chosen.

Try not to get overwhelmed by the possibilities.  After all, you have nine months to make this decision!  Leave yourself open to the myriad sources of ideas, and you will find the baby name for you.  And of course, if you let people know you're looking, friends, family members, and even coworkers might add their own suggestions!

Keep these things in mind, and you will choose a popular, or unusual, or unique baby name that your child will be proud of for life. for more information click Today's Baby Names.

 I am sure that you have been in a situation where you didn’t know what to get for your parents or your mom and dad in law. Maybe it was their birthday or maybe it was for Christmas or maybe you just wanted to give them a present. Nevertheless, it can sometimes be a challenge to find a gift that is affordable and one that they will be glad that they got.

If you are a parent yourself (preferably if you have a child of age 0-6 years) then you now have an easy to do, affordable, and yet valuable gift to give. And the best part is that you can spend time with your child and he/she will think that it is fun to do.

The gift is to create a unique baby hand and footprint (or a child hand and footprint if your child isn’t a baby). It is easy to do if you choose to buy a keepsake kit from a local store or on the internet. If you’re going for the internet then be aware that it takes time for the shop to ship the kit to you.

Once you have the kit at home you’re ready to start making a baby handprint, a baby footprint, or maybe even both. Use your imagination and let your fantasy run wild. Use colors if you’re the artistic type or keep it in plain colors if you’re the more conservative type.

The great thing about a handprint or a footprint is that it will always be unique. No one can create a print that is exactly the same as your baby’s hands and feet are very unique. Secondly, I’ll bet that your parents or your mom and dad in law will be thrilled to get a little keepsake memory of their grandson or daughter.

If this is the first time that you have ever done a handprint or a footprint you might want to buy more than one kit. It isn’t difficult to do as most kits have an explanation inside but if you do something wrong you’ll have to run to the store to get another kit or buy another one on the internet (and wait for it to arrive).

A kit is just one way to do a handprint or a footprint but there are other ways that are more creative, fun, and unique. Actually, the kit solution is kind of “the easy way out”. If you feel that you could do more than just a kit print then I invite you to come to my site to see some of the other options that are available to you.

No matter what route you choose to go I can assure you that the baby handprint or footprint will be a gift that the grandparents will want to hold on to for the years to come.

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There are many different types of high chairs such as the very convenient ones like the on-the-go booster seat, the euro highchair two, the transition highchair, the Chicco Polly high chair, the sit 'n secure, bumbo baby sitter, and much more. You should do a high chair review to find the best baby high chair for your child.

The Chicco Polly high chair is a very lovely Italian high chair that is loaded with a lot of features such as a three-way footrest, armrests that lift up, and an adjustable leg rest. This Chicco Polly high chair is for infants only ages six months and up and it can hold up to thirty-seven pounds. Put this furniture near the dinner table and it will suit your toddler's needs.

This booster seat is for youth like nine-month infants and up and can withstand up to forty pounds. The on-the-go booster seat deflates and compresses for easy packing. It also weighs less than two pounds so it is very light to carry. This booster seat is very comfortable and it inflates at the parent's touch while keeping your youth content. The on-the-go booster seat has some cool features like a storage pocket to store food or what knots a wipe-clean vinyl cover, and a shoulder strap for easy portability. The on-the-go booster seat is an inflatable booster seat that has handles so it is portable that is why it is called the on-the-go booster seat. It is ranked as one of the top booster seats and high chairs for those mothers and fathers who are on the road a lot.

The bumbo baby sitter is another interesting chair that is only for infants that can hold their head up. This bumbo baby sitter is a soft, comfortable chair that is molded to support his or her back and sides. It also has passive restraints that help keep him or her from sliding forward. This baby sitter can support the weight that is between nine to twenty-two pounds. Look for a cushion that is going to prop up your toddler during those growing years.

The euro high chair two is a high chair that is three things in one. This is a high chair for your baby, and then converts into a booster seat for your toddler, and then it can be a chair for your teenager. The euro high chair two only takes about fifteen minutes to twenty minutes to assemble. This high chair is also a wooden chair that supports youth that weighs between eighteen to one hundred and fifty pounds. This euro high chair also comes with many different features such as a removable safety bar, anti-skid feet, built-in stabilizers, a seat cushion, and a five-point harness to make it very safe for your child. This high chair is for only those infants who can sit up on their own. for more products click Baby High Chair.

 As you may already know, there are a number of benefits to eating organic foods.  To reap the most benefits, organic food should be consumed for as long as possible.  What does this mean for parents?  It means that organic food consumption should start with baby food.  

If you just recently made the decision to integrate organic foods into your family meals, you may be looking for more information on organic foods for babies.  If so, you will want to continue reading on.  A few tips to help you get started with feeding your baby organic foods are highlighted below.

As previously stated, there are a number of benefits to eating organic foods.  These benefits include pesticide and chemical-free foods.  These types of foods are important for babies and other small children.  In fact, there are now some professional healthcare providers who recommend to their patients that they feed their babies organic baby foods.  Although there are no scientific studies that prove this, most think that eliminating potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides can help to promote healthy growth and good behavior in small children.  

When it comes to buying organic baby food, you will find that you can shop both locally and online.  Regardless of where you shop, it is important to look for certified organic foods.  These foods often have a specific label, which should be the same for all organic foods, no matter what the brand.  The United States does not allow a manufacturer to claim that their products are completely organic unless they truly are.  That is why you should look for certificate organic labels before making an organic baby food purchase.

As previously stated, organic baby food can be purchased both locally and online.  For many parents, they prefer to shop locally, as it is convenient to do.  Many supermarkets carry a small selection of organic baby foods.  This means that parents can buy food for their babies while doing the rest of their shopping.  This is very convenient for many parents.  With that being said, you are often only presented with a limited selection of organic baby foods.  This can be difficult when looking to “spice,” up the foods that your child eats.  Also, examine stores that specialize in the selling of natural, organic foods.

As for shopping online for organic baby food, it can also be convenient to do so.  As organic foods steadily increase in popularity, there are a number of online stores that sell organic foods, including organic baby food.  These websites can be found with a standard internet search.  To help get you started, Earth’s Best Organic, Diamond Organics, and Sweetpea Baby Foods all sell organic baby food.  Additional online stores and product manufacturers can be found with a standard internet search.  When looking to shop online, you may find it easier to search for the best prices.  As an important note, a credit or debit card that can proceed as a credit card is often needed to shop online

In addition to buying organic baby food, many parents wonder about making their own.  There are a number of books and online websites that highlight ways that baby food can easily be made at home.  When following these recipes, just be sure to use organic fruits and vegetables.  As a reminder, many supermarkets, specialty stores, and some farmer’s markets sell organic fruits and vegetables.  When using organic foods this way, you are essentially providing your baby with homemade organic baby food, which many claims are the best type of food to feed babies. 

for more food products click Organic Baby Food.

 Often, it seems fairly random whether or not babies sleep well. New parents will often discuss how they were simply "lucky" with one child as opposed to another. While it is true that in many cases how your child sleeps is largely out of your control, there remain many baby sleep tips you can employ to encourage better sleeping habits. One of the most important is to ensure that your baby is comfortable when he goes to sleep.

Bedtime is a transitional period for your child, and your efforts to make him sleep better should revolve around getting him to learn to sleep on his own. One of the most important elements of achieving this is to create an environment where your baby is as comfortable as possible. For this reason, the before-bed routine should always consist of changing and feedings - the worst thing for a baby, in terms of sleeping well, is to be in want of something when he is put to bed.

You should also be trying to make your baby as physically comfortable as possible when putting him to sleep. One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of this is allowing your baby to breathe easily through the nose. Most people, but especially babies, depend on clear nasal passages for a good night's sleep. It's important to remove all airborne allergens in the baby's nursery: everything should be well dusted, and you should keep dust collecting items - like fuzzy blankets and stuffed animals - to a minimum. When your baby is very young it takes time for him to learn to breathe through his mouth, so you must carefully pay attention to his nasal breathing when putting him to sleep. If you notice the problem is persistent, you may benefit from installing an air filter in the room that is designed to remove dust particles and allergens - this also has the added bonus of creating a soothing hum that will help many babies sleep better.

You should also pay particular attention to your baby's clothing. All babies are different in terms of their preferences, and you have to watch them closely. In many cases, things that look comfortable to you - very snug outfits, for example - may not be comfortable for your particular baby. Try both tight and loose-fitting clothes and see which ones your baby seems to prefer.

Finally, consider how well your baby sleeps with wet diapers. Most babies will sleep well through the night with a wet diaper, but some will not. If this is the case, you can often solve your baby's sleeping difficulties by giving him a change in the night.

The main thing to keep in mind in terms of your baby's comfort is to pay close attention and to trust your instincts. Although it is tempting to follow guides and stick to hard and fast rules, remember that the adage "mother knows best" is generally true. So if your baby seems uncomfortable in his clothes, don't hesitate to change him into something that doesn't "look" as comfortable. If you trust your own judgments over those of guides in terms of your baby's comfort, it's likely that he will sleep much better. for more products click Baby Sleep.

The Christmas holiday period is a time when, for millions of families, the daily routine is likely to change, sometimes drastically or sometimes just a little. If you have a newborn, or very young, baby in the house, do not believe that they will not be aware of what’s going on just because they are lazing around in their crib sleeping most of the time. They will be aware of differences in their environment, so it is a good idea to think about the well being of the baby in advance and plan your Christmas period accordingly.

Probably the first sign that something different is going on in the home will be the Christmas decorations and ornaments going up. While the baby may seem oblivious to all commotion and activity as the decorations go up all around, there is a good chance that a baby who has lived in the house for a few months will be very aware of them, even if they cannot focus on the detail of the decorations themselves. This is a good time to get the baby involved in Christmas, right at the start, by letting them lie in the room being decorated while they are awake. Let them watch the rest of the family as they hang the Christmas tree decorations and lights, and all the other ornaments. Once in a while, take over an ornament that is bright and let her see it up close; find some that make a noise, and let her hear the gentle sounds up close. Nothing too noisy, of course, that will scare the baby, just the gentle sounds. Also, pick her up and take her up close to hanging ornaments. That will help the baby feel a part of what is going on, even if they do not have a clue what it is all about.

If your Christmas holiday is being spent at home, then the routine with the baby need not change too much. If you are expecting a lot of guests, though, then it may be rather different, so try not to forget to plan for the baby too. If you are getting caught up in a frenzy of cooking and other preparation in the days before Christmas, and on Christmas morning, then try to involve the baby just a bit, by allowing her to lie in the kitchen with you, or in whatever room the preparation may be going on. Remember, your baby will sense stress and anxiety in the parents, so it is best to allow plenty of time for your preparation so that you are not too rushed and stressed out.

If the baby is used to having a lot of people around, then she will probably not be too disturbed by the sudden influx of visitors. Even then, remember she needs peaceful periods, and when she joins the throng while awake it is worth keeping an eye on whether she is becoming overwhelmed by too much boisterous attention, especially as the alcohol may flow later in the day, or sooner in some cases. Always remember, your baby just needs love, warmth, care, food, and security, so as long as you remain conscious of those things at all times, then your baby can enjoy Christmas as much as you, even though she may not be able to tell you so.

If you are going away, then the routine upset will be greater, so it may not be quite so easy for the baby or parents. Everything mentioned above for staying at home still applies, and the travel preparation should be no different than for an ordinary trip away. However, take extra care and ensure you have everything that you will need for the baby while traveling and away, listed well in advance and organized in plenty of time. Depending on where you live, there may not be shops open on Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve shopping may be a stressful nightmare for you and the baby. So, it is well worth getting yourself, and your baby’s, things well organized in advance.

Christmas should be a great time for you, your family, and your baby. Much will be just as normal, but it is always worth remembering that she will be aware of anything that is different, whether in surroundings, tension levels, or sounds. If you are breastfeeding, you should be aware that what you eat and drink will provide her milk.

So long as you remain aware of those things, and act accordingly, your baby will be happy and have a good grounding for getting more involved next Christmas.

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Baby’s first bath. It can be a little unnerving, especially if you are a new mother and never given a newborn a bath. Don’t worry though, you’ll do just fine. Mothers have been giving babies a bath since the beginning of time. Today is much safer with all the new types of tubs designed just for infants and toddlers. And many babies love getting a bath!

Your newborn should just get sponge baths for the first couple of weeks at home or until the umbilical cord heals. Since your baby doesn’t need a bath every day, you can give sponge baths twice a week or as often as you feel is necessary. It is important to go ahead and gather everything you will need before you start. And here is the equipment you will need to bath a newborn:

* 1. thick towels or a sponge-type bath cushion

* 2. soft washcloths

* 3. bath seat for basin or sink

* 4. cotton balls

* 5. baby shampoo and baby soap (non-irritating)

* 6. hooded baby towel

* 7. clean diaper and clothing

Make sure the room you are using is warm (around 75 degrees F). Place a non-skid cushion or towel at the bottom of the seat/tub so your baby will not slide around (little ones are very slippery). Run warm water (between 90 to 100 degrees or warm to the inside of your wrist) into the sink/tub. Gently undress your baby while talking in a soothing voice, explaining what you are doing. Place the baby in the water slowly.

Start with the face with just a little bit of baby soap. Next, wash the head, and continue moving downwards. When bathing your baby, make sure to clean the following areas (and creases) thoroughly: neck, ears, buttocks and groin area. Try not to get the umbilical cord area wet; gently clean with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. And if your son is circumcised, try not to move the foreskin back when cleaning the groin area. Once you have the front clean, then finish with the back side.

Dry your baby thoroughly and then dress them. Make sure the head is completely dry. The first time may take a little bit of time because they will squirm and they are very slippery. But never take your hands off your baby. Once you both get used to this routine, it will be extremely easy. Have fun!

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