In our quest to give our kids unique and meaningful names, sometimes we don’t even realize that the special name we choose is being chosen by thousands of others who think they, too, are selecting a unique name. For instance, the name I chose for my daughter ended up being one of the top names that year…and yet I had never heard it before.
When looking at the 2013 list of top 100 baby names, it’s fun to see which names have shifted in popularity. For instance, the name Emily has risen to the number 9 spot for BabyCenter’s list.
Other names new to the top 50 include Aria, which rocketed to number 27 from last year’s 63. The name Lila has settled back in to number 30 while the more unique Lyla has fallen off the top 100 list. Adalyn moved to number 32, and the girl’s name Scarlett is in the number 40 spot.
Other popular names new to the top 50 include Nora, and Mila. And when looking at the top 100 I see my 95-year-old mother-in-law’s name, Adeline, is coming back into vogue.
Boy’s names climbing into the top 50 list for 2013 include Caden (number 11), Jayce (number 27) which weren’t even in the top 100 last year, and Christian which is now number 45. Newcomers to the top 100 include Muhammad, Camden, Josiah, Mateo, and Elliot which took the 100 spot.
With the climb in popularity of these names, other names fall off the most popular list, so which names have fallen out of favor? Girl names that have dropped off the top 100 list include:
Boys names that dropped from the top 50 included Joseph, Tyler, and Zachary, and those that dropped from the top 100 include:
Naming our kids is such a big decision. Many people are turning to their family heritage for baby names others are using last names of celebrities to come up with unique names. I perused lists of baby names for my daughter and turned to family names for my son.
How did you choose your baby’s name?
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I remember when prices for some quality vacuum cleaners shot to over $1,000. A grand to pick up dirt efficiently; I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
Recently, I saw all the hub-bub about the new Bugaboo Buffalo Stroller and how people stood in line to be the first one to pay over a grand, like they were standing in line for the next Harry Potter book or the latest iPhone.
It’s been years since my kids were in a stroller. Back then, because they were close in age, I had a stroller that offered a one or two seat option. Now I walk my neighbor’s baby a few days a week to give her a break while I exercise.
I don’t really know the brand of her stroller. It has a place for a cup or water bottle, reclining seat, sun canopy, and a place to store things under the seat. It has everything you need. So what makes the Bugaboo Buffalo Stroller such a hot item?
First of all, this trendy stroller brand has celebrity fans including Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and Victoria Beckham. Sometimes that’s all it takes to start a trend, but this stroller really does have a lot to offer.
It’s an “all-terrain” model with tough tires that promises as smooth even when you’re pushing it “off-road” or along bumpy sidewalks. The fact that it can navigate both is something every mother can appreciate. New features like the extendable sun canopy and massive shopping basket also make it a dream stroller…it’s just that price.
Would you pay over a grand for your baby’s stroller?
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As soon as the weather turns cool and the heat comes on in the house, my skincare routine changes to fight everything from dry elbows and heels to dry lips. If you have a little one, it’s also time to take special steps to look after their delicate skin.
Babies are smaller and lose heat faster than adults and are more vulnerable the effects of the cold. Skincare starts with how you dress your baby. Dress them in layers of light to medium weight clothing. This traps air to produce an effective insulator.
Natural fabrics like fleece and cotton work best. It’s also important to have a warm coat, hat, mittens, and socks to protect your baby’s skin outdoors, but what I’m talking about is combating the effects of dry air caused by central heating and dry winter air.
I moisturize two times a day…morning and evening, and we should do the same for our babies. For their delicate skin, the best products are fragrance-free hypoallergenic lotions like Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Free Lotion or the fragrance-free Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion.
When applying lotion remember cheeks, nose and lips which tend to get really dry during the winter months. In fact, baby’s faces are washed often, and it can help to moisturize the cheeks and lips more often if your baby’s skin is dry.
If your child is a toddler and spends time outside playing in the snow, the lotion you use should also include a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 because the sun reflects off the snow.
Choose alcohol-free wipes like the Johnson’s Baby Hand and Face Wipes. They gently remove dirt and germs from your baby’s face and hands without drying their delicate skin.
When you think about it, baby skincare really isn’t much different that adult skincare…except they depend on someone else to do it for them.
When our kids are born, nurses clean them up and dress them with those little knitted caps to keep their heads warm.
They don’t have to wear those hats for long, but in the winter hats still help keep our kids warm because they prevent heat from escaping from the head, which means retained body heat that keeps them warmer.
The fun thing is there are so many cute baby hats for winter. My girlfriend’s little boy wears a fleece hat with little ears that makes him look like a teddy bear.
The nice thing about many of these cute animal-looking baby hats is that many are designed with ear flaps that naturally fall over the baby’s ears. Many just pull on so there’s no fussing with a fastener.
Aside from looking cute, choose a hat that is machine washable and comfortable. You don’t want it to constrict your baby in any way.
Choosing a hat with fleece lining offers both comfort and an added layer of warmth. And if you do pick a hat that needs to be fastened, buy one that fastens easily with Velcro or snaps. If they are complicated, babies can get fussy if it takes too long and no one needs a battle when it’s time to go bye-bye.
Avoid hats with embellishments like buttons that can become choking hazards or like feathers which could cause an allergic reaction. Just keep it simple…and cute.
When buying a hat for your baby, be sure to try it on for fit. A hat that’s too small will be uncomfortable and will have to be replaced quickly.
If your baby throws a fit when you try to put a hat on him, go with a cozy fleece hoodie. They are easy to put on and the hood makes a handy head covering that can be slipped off if the baby starts to get too warm in the car.
I recently caught the Christmas movie Jingle All the Way, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a dad who has promised his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas only to find out it’s the hottest toy of the year and impossible to find. It always makes me think of the Cabbage Patch dolls of the 80s.
So what are the hot toys flying off the shelves this year?
Elmo is making a comeback this year as a hot Christmas toy as Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo. And Mattel has found another way to tap into their Barbie brand with Mattel’s Barbie Digital Makeover, which lets little girls put make up on their own digital face. I like this much better than real make up on young faces.
Disney Infinity for Xbox 360 is another hot item. It’s the perfect toy to hook your kids on video games. Wait! Is that what we really want to do?
Not to sound like a commercial, but these items are flying off the shelves, so if you plan to have any one of them under the tree, its best to buy them sooner than later. I think it was so much easier when we had one hot toy to deal with.
I remember nap time in kindergarten. I only attended half a day and time at school included a snack and nap time. When my son attended preschool it included a nap time. For him, that was a learning experience because he was one of those kids who tried to stop taking a nap at 18 mos.
To prepare him for his preschool experience, I told him he didn’t have to sleep but he had to lie there for naptime. Once it was part of what everyone was doing, he did lie down and “nap” without a fuss.
A recent study shows that napping should be part of preschool curriculum because it helps kids learn. As preschoolers nap, their brains process and store memories which are the basis for learning.
Rebecca Spencer, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Amerst and her team conducted a study of 40 preschoolers. They taught the kids a version of the memory matching game with pairs of pictures face down placed on a grid. Once the pictures were revealed, the kids had to remember their place in the grid in order to pair identical images.
After the first time the kids played through the game they napped for about 77 minutes, and then they played the game again with improved memory. The following week, these same preschoolers repeated the process without the nap. It revealed a 10% drop in the children’s accuracy.
Researchers adjusted for the fact that children may have been more tired and distracted by letting them play the game the next day, after a good night’s sleep, but the link between better performance and naps remained strong.
These findings support a previous study that showed naps might boost cognitive performance. Scientists believe it makes it easier for the brain to access and retrieve information later because the brain works while they sleep. Memories are filed into long-term “storage” while napping which frees up the hippocampus where new experiences are “recorded” like remembering which image is where in a matching game.
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Whether or not you should pierce your baby’s ears is a matter of conscience. Though if you decide to do it, don’t be surprised if some people react negatively.
In some cultures, like Spain and Latin America, piercing a baby girl’s ears is done in the hospital. In other cultures, it is treated more as a rite of passage performed around age 10, and in still others it is thought to be reserved for gypsies or women of ill-repute.
Realize that your decision won’t please everyone, and it doesn’t have to.
I grew up in a household where my father told me that, “if God wanted you to have holes in your ears you’d have been born with them.” As a teen, he finally relented and I got my ears pierced at Claire’s Boutique. When my daughter was 10, she received pierced ears as a birthday gift, so I guess I fell into the rite of passage group. I just figured she’d be old enough to keep her piercings clean and cared for.
Now many pediatricians will pierce baby’s ears at age 3 months and up. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there is little risk at any age if the piercing is performed carefully and it’s properly cared for. However, they do recommend waiting until the child is old enough to take care of the piercing (yay, I did this right).
If you do decide to pierce when your child is an infant, be sure not to place the earring hole too low on their earlobe, because as the baby grows, the hole will become lower. Keep a close eye on your baby’s ears for any sign of infection and stay in touch with your doctor if you have any questions. Be sure to notify them if your baby runs a fever or the earlobe becomes swollen or red.
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Kim Kardashian is tweeting mad over rumors that she underwent cutting-edge cosmetic procedures to get her figure back following the birth of her daughter.
The 33-year-old Kardashian has said she’s lost 50 pounds since the birth of North West by following the Atkins Diet, but a Life & Style magazine report suggests she didn’t achieve that weight loss without some extra help. The magazine reports that they have proof that the star has been getting secret cutting-edge cosmetic procedures to get her figure back.
According to Life & Style’s source, the reality star has been seeing the Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Simon Ourian, at the discreet and upscale Epione clinic in Beverly Hills where they say she’s had work done including a fat-reducing ultrasound procedure on her stomach that costs up to $5,000 a session as well as fillers and Coolaser treatments that chill the skin and then use light pulses to vaporize skin cells. This procedure is used to removed stretch-marks, saggy skin, scars, and wrinkles. According to the insider source, the Epione clinic can also use ultrasound to melt a layer of fat just beneath the skin.
Kim says it’s not so, and tweeted “I am very frustrated today seeing reports that I got surgery to lose my baby weight! This is FALSE.”
I don’t know what’s true, but I do know this is the price people pay for celebrity. If she’s getting treatments to lose weight, it could put a dent in the rumored post-baby weight loss book she’s said to be writing. Even if she isn’t writing the book I can understand why she wouldn’t want to have that news burn a path throughout social media.
Women want to be a “natural” beauty and once you have work done, that’s no longer the case. While Kim has another rumor battle to fight, the thing I learned from all of this is that there may be hope for getting rid of stretch marks after all. Never thought Kim Kardashian’s life could have taught me something that might have some value.
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported on November 21, that Angelcare Monitors Inc. is voluntarily recalling 600,000 baby monitors following the death of two infants due to strangulation. A cord attached to the sensor pad, which is placed beneath the mattress of the crib to monitor movement of the baby, is said to pose a strangulation risk if it is pulled into the crib.
According to the report, along with the two infants who have died due to strangulation from the cord, two others have been entangled but not fatally.
Angelcare, which is based in Canada, is making a repair kit available that includes a rigid protective cord cover. The cord will thread through this piece to keep it safely tucked away out of reach and will also include a new electric cord warning label and revised instructions. Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact the company for the repair kit.
The recall includes all versions of Angelcare sensor monitors including model numbers:
Look for the model number on the back of the nursery monitor unit.
This is a voluntary recall on the part of Angelcare Monitors, Inc. For more information, visit the website or call toll-free at 1- 855-355-2643 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or email at email@example.com.
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