20 Of The Most Anticipated Baby Girl Names For 2018

Believe it or not, 2018 is just around the corner and parents-to-be have
likely already started running through a list of names for their precious bundle of joy. While it may be too early to tell the baby’s sex, it’s always good to have name choices for both genders. For the sake of this list, however, we will be focusing solely on girls’ names. More specifically, girl names that are highly anticipated winners for 2018.
One of the most fun things about naming a girl is the gorgeous options to choose from. There are so many beauties out there, and while it may be hard to narrow it down to just one, we trust that you’ll make the perfect choice for both you and baby. If you are however in need of some help deciding on a perfect name for your baby girl, we’re here! That’s right! Whether you’re looking for something inspiring, or simply a name to fall in love with, look no further.
Below is our list of the 20 most anticipated girls names for 2018. This list is based on accumulated data from the current year, and we can assure you that these names are truly some of our favourites to date. There really is something for everyone and we can’t wait for you to see what they are.

20 Stella

Latin in origin, Stella is a delightful choice for any little girl. In its Latin roots, the name means “star.” Not only is Stella intriguing in sound, it also maintains the ease of pronunciation. The name has been around for ages but has never been widely successful until now. Today, it stands as the 34th most popular girl name in the U.S., and we anticipate it to get even more prevalent in 2018.
People with the name Stella are said to have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving community. They are excellent observers, patient and are most happy when they are serving humanity. Stella’s are also very levelheaded individuals and strive for peace, harmony and balance in their lives.
Stylish and commanding, Stella is easily one of our favorite names on this list. Still undecided on a name for your little girl? Why not go with Stella?

19 Harper

The name Harper is a unisex name of English origin meaning “harpist; minstrel.” While it was originally seen as a male name, Harper has begun to rank on the top charts as a female given name. In fact, in the United States, Harper was the ninth most popular female given name in 2017.  The name – used in its feminine form – doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, as it’s a desirable choice today for many parents expecting a little girl.
People with the name Harper are said to be extremely creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts and love a life filled with fun, freedom and randomness. Harper’s are often the center of attention and excel in careers that put them in the limelight. Because they like to become involved in many different activities, they can often become reckless with both their energy and money. Don’t worry, though. Harper’s are some of the smartest and most sincere individuals out there, and any parent would be lucky to have a Harper in his/her life.

18 Amelia

Amelia is a female Teutonic name that means “defender.” Once seen as a popular name in the past, Amelia has made a comeback, making its way onto the top charts today. In 2017, the name Amelia was ranked as the seventh most popular female given name in the U.S.,  and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, but closer to the top. For 2018, we predict Amelia to break it’s way into the top five most popular baby girl names.
Bearers of the name Amelia hold an expression number of five, which means they are extremely excited by change, adventure, and excitement. Amelia’s are very dynamic, visionary and versatile, and are able to make constructive use of freedom. Because they tend to resent authority and fight being restricted by rules and conventions, they may become changeable, restless and rebellious at times.
Above all, we love the name Amelia and we think that it’s a completely ageless choice for any baby girl. So, if you’re a parent looking for something beautiful, popular and timeless, Amelia is perfect.

17 Zoe

Zoe is a lovely female name of Greek origin. In its Greek derivation, the name can be translated to “life; or alive.” Not only is the name one that sounds super cute on a little girl, but it’s also super chic for any young woman. Popularity-wise, Zoe is also a hit among parents today. The name currently ranks as the 50th most popular female given name in the U.S., and we expect it to rise on the charts in 2018.
People with the name Zoe hold an expression number of one. What does this mean exactly? That Zoe’s are bold individuals who know how to take control. They love initiating events, are extremely organized, and can have very powerful, but amazing personalities. Bearers of the name Zoe are also said to be extremely determined and if things don’t go their way, they can become a bit aggressive or impatient. Truth be told, Zoe’s are a ball of fun, and if you’re considering this name for your little girl, get ready for an adventurous life.

16 Nora

 Nora is a lovely female Anglo-Norman name from the Latin meaning, “honor.” Originally seen as a short form for Eleanora, a Greek name that means “light,” Nora is a beautiful choice on its own.

It has been said that people with the name Nora have a deep inner need for peace and harmony. They tend to analyze the world in which they live and often look at the bigger picture in order to seek deeper truths. Nora’s also love to be the center of attention, which is why they excel in careers that put them in the limelight.
In 2017, Nora has ranked as the 33rd most popular female given name in the U.S. Additionally, in Norway, Nora is also the ultimate go-to as it ranked the second most popular female given name in 2015. This is certainly good news for parents considering this name. Nora is not only a name with rich historical presence, but it’s also a sophisticated classic that will remain a favorite among parents worldwide.

15 Scarlett

 Scarlett is a female name of English origin that means “red.” Beautiful in sound, Scarlett has become a widely used name for many baby girls around the world. In fact, the name currently sits as the seventeenth most popular female given name in the U.S. We expect this ranking to rise in 2018, not only because we think it’s one of the best names a girl could have, but also because we seem to be hearing it anywhere and everywhere.

Bearers of the name Scarlett have a SoulUrge number of six meaning they yearn to be a part of a stable, loving community. Scarlett’s are also very fiery individuals and are passionate about everything they do. They tend to be very successful in business and commercial affairs, however, this can also become their weakness as their success can overshadow their personal relationships with others. Above all, Scarlett is a beautiful name to consider and one that we absolutely adore.

14 Aurora

 The name Aurora is of Latin origin meaning “the mythical Roman goddess of the dawn.” The name first sparked interest among parents after Charles Perrault wrote the fairy tale “The Sleeping Beauty,” which depicts the story of Aurora – a gentle and loving princess who is raised by three fairies named Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Princess Aurora lives in the forest, where she meets the Prince, her one true love.

Bearers of the name Aurora are said to be idealistic, highly imaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They have a deep inner desire for inspiration and can be very opinionated when sharing their views of the world with others. They also tend to be visionary people who easily know how to inspire others around them. If they fail to develop their potential, they may misuse their imagination.
In terms of popularity today, Aurora is once again a hit amongst parents expecting a baby girl. It currently sits at number 47 on the top female baby name charts and it’s anticipated to rise in 2018. Not only is Aurora a beautifully sounding name, but it’s also tied to that of a Disney Princess – what little girl wouldn’t want that?

13 Rylie

 Rylie is a unisex name derived from the Old English ryge leah, meaning “wood clearing.” It’s also an adaptation of the Irish last name Reilly, which (in it’s Irish form) means “valiant.” Traditionally, the name is used for males, however, in recent years, it has spiked in popularity as a female given name – and we’re not the slightest bit surprised! The gentle and subtle sound of the name gives it a rich feminine feel. Today, Rylie sits as the 22nd most popular name for a baby girl.

Thinking of having a little Rylie in your life? Take note of the name’s special meaning. For example, it has been said that bearers of the name Rylie thrive in settings of change and spontaneity. They are known to have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and would rather set own pace in life without being governed by tradition. Rylie’s are also very practical individuals and will respond positively to beautiful things. Does this sound like your future little one?

12 Luna

 This beautiful name of Latin origin can be translated to “the moon.” In Latin Mythology, Luna is the name Artemis the moon goddess. While the name may not seem like a common choice for new parents, it has in fact made it on the top charts for baby girl names in 2017. Today, Luna sits as the 32nd most popular female given name. For 2018, we expect the name to break into the top 30 most popular female names.

People with the name Luna have a SoulUrge number of four meaning they have a deep inner yearning for order, creativity and conventionalism. They are very creative individuals and are often drawn to the arts. Luna’s are also known to be the center of attention and will excel in careers that put them in the limelight. Truth be told, Luna is one of our favorite names on this list. It’s symbolic, adorable and absolutely beautiful in sound.

11 Natalie

 Natalie is a beautiful female name that derives from the Russian name Natalia, meaning “birthday” or “Christmas.” The name also has Latin roots, which also translates to “born at Christmas.” Popularity-wise, Natalie sits as the 37th most popular female given name in the U.S. And, because we’ve encountered so many little Natalie’s this year, we only anticipate the name to become even more widespread in 2018.

When it comes to the name Natalie, there’s really no going wrong. It’s not only a classic name that will always remain in style, but its also a beautifully feminine choice for any sweet little girl.
Additionally, bearers of the name Natalie have a distinct trait about them. They are known to be very analytical thinkers and excel at seeking deeper truths. Natalie’s are spiritual, practical and competent, and can get along with just about anyone. So, if you’re planning on having a Natalie in your life, you will quickly come to realize just how wonderful and fun-to-be-around she is.

10 Hazel

 Hazel is a beautiful female name of Teutonic origin. When translated, the name means “commander,” or “the hazelnut tree.” In terms of popularity, Hazel is slowly rising and currently ranks at 63 on the top baby girl name charts. Moreover, the name has steadily grown in popularity since 2004 thanks to when Julia Roberts named one of her twins Hazel.

In addition to being a celebrity pick – most recently by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Hazel is an excellent choice because of its beautiful meaning. Because Hazel is a nature name – thanks to its association with the hazelnut tree – it symbolizes protection and authority.
Bearers of the name Hazel are said to be excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They are born teachers and because they live so much in the mind, they tend to be quiet and introspective. Above all, we think Hazel is an excellent choice and any little girl would be lucky to hold this beautiful name.

Ellie

 Ellie is a wonderful female name of Greek origin. Short for Eleanor or Eleanora, Ellie has made its way onto the mainstream stage as an adorable standalone option for any little girl. In its Greek origin, the name can be translated to “shining light.” Today, Ellie is the 24th most popular girl name in the U.S. and it’s only anticipated to become even more predominant in 2018. Ellie is one of those names that people don’t forget. The name is not only fun, but it’s also adorable in sound and easy to pronounce.

It has been said that people with the name Ellie are excellent at expressing themselves. They love to analyze the world in which they live and can easily make constructive use of free time. Ellie’s tend to me mystics, philosophers and teachers, and are known to be some of the most loyal people around. Truth be told, Ellie’s are wonderful people and any parent would be lucky to have an Ellie in his/her life.

Victoria

 No surprise here! Victoria has once again neared the top of the female name charts for 2017, ranking 27th. Timeless and beautiful, Victoria, which can be translated to “victory” from its Latin origin, is a perfect choice for any parent expecting a little girl in 2018. Think about it. Victoria is one of those names that has long stood the test of time with its beauty and grace. It’s not only versatile with the many nicknames it comes with, but it’s also a name that can grow from baby to toddler to adult.

It has been said that people with name Victoria are excellent observers and are very adaptable. They can learn new things very quickly with little to no direction. And, even though their solitary thoughtfulness and analysis of people may make them seem aloof, they are some of the most intelligent individuals you’ll ever meet.

Penelope

 Penelope is a beautiful female name of Greek origin. In its Greek meaning, the name can be translated to “white shoulder.” According to research, the name Penelope was ranked as the 28th most popular female name of 2017 in the United States. Additionally, recent trends are showing that this name will continue to rise on the baby name charts for 2018 – and for good reason! The name is not only adorable, it is also an absolutely beautiful name to say.

According to SheKnows, the name Penelope has a SoulUrge number of three, which means that they have deep inner desire to express themselves through public speaking, acting, writing or singing. Not only do Penelope’s yearn to have beauty around them, but they also strive for success in everything they do.
If you ask us, Penelope is one of those names that people never forget. It’s an impactful name that has rich meaning and any little girl would be lucky to hold such a lovely name.

Savannah

 The name Savannah derives from the Taino (Native American) word “zabana,” which means “large grassy plain.” In the 19th-century, the name came into use as a given name in America, and since then, has risen in popularity. Today, Savannah is the 40th most popular girl name in the U.S.

We love the name Savannah for its soft, romantic feel. It’s also a popular name for characters in love stories. For example, Savannah is the name of the main female character in Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tale “Dear John.”
People who hold the name Savannah are said to be natural born performers. They love being the center of attention and excel in careers that put them in the limelight. Considering the name Savannah for your baby girl? Get ready for a little showstopper!

Kennedy

 Originally seen as a male name, Kennedy is making its way onto the top charts for female given names. Irish in origin, the name can be translated to “helmeted; helmed head.” It’s also worth mentioning that Kennedy is a common surname, most recognized on the assassinated U.S. president John F. Kennedy, who held office from 1961 to 1963. While the name is quite common as a surname, its first-name status for a baby girl is quickly rising in popularity. Don’t believe us? Check the charts, Kennedy sits as the 57th most popular female name today in the United States.

Additionally, bearers of the name Kennedy are known to be are very versatile, idealistic and intuitive. They are natural born leaders and use this ability to serve humanity, rather than for self-glorification. Kennedy’s are also eventful and enjoy creating excitement in their lives. Truth be told, Kennedy is a name that demands attention and respect, and one that is definitely worth considering for any little girl.

Violet

 Violet is a beautiful English name that means “flower” or “purple,” and is one that many parents are considering today. The name also has many variants and can be used in a variety of cultures. For example, Violet is commonly used the Italian, Latin and French cultures. In Italian, the name can be pronounced as Violetta. In Latin, it can be pronounced Viola, and in French it can be pronounced Violette.

Popularity-wise, Violet is the fiftieth most used female given name, and it’s expected to become more prevalently used in 2018. The name is truly a lovely option for any little girl. It’s soft and sweet, and its versatility allows the name to grow from baby to adult very easily.
Additionally, people with the name Violet are said to be highly imaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and often find it. They are excellent observers and can inspire just about anyone around them. Violets are truly wonderful people, so consider this name if you’re expecting a little girl.

Sadie

 A nickname for Sarah (meaning “princess”), Sadie is a Hebrew name that we absolutely love. Sadie is not only adorable in sound, but its also becoming a hit among parents today. The name currently sits at number 52 on the top baby girl name chart for 2017 and its anticipated to become even more popular in 2018.

People with the name Sadie are said to be quiet, cooperative and sympathetic. They are very adaptable and can get along with just about anyone. They are also very trustworthy and know how to respect the confidence of others, making them excellent encouragers.
Think Sadie is a gorgeous name? That’s probably because of its association to the meaning princess. And while the name is not as common as it’s alternate, Sarah (also meaning princess), it still as equally as beautiful in our eyes.

Charlotte

 Charlotte is a beautiful French name that means “tiny and feminine.” It’s also seen as the feminine form of Charles, and is one of our favorite names on this list. In fact, we are not alone when swooning over this name. Charlotte is a hit among parents today and currently sits as the ninth most popular female given name in the United States. For 2018, we expect Charlotte to become even higher on the baby name charts – possibly breaking its way into the top five.

According to SheKnows, people with the name Charlotte have a SoulUrge number of three, meaning, they hold a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in the form of public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They are creative individuals and can easily become the center of attention.
Above all, Charlotte is a pretty special name and parents should consider it when choosing one for their little girl. Why? It’s truly an elegant choice that can appeal to a wide range of parents because it sounds feminine, yet grownup. If you ask us, that’s a win-win situation right there!

Emma

Darling and adorable, Emma is a Germanic name meaning “complete, whole, or universal.” Beautiful for any little girl, the name has continuously rested in the top baby girl name charts this passed decade. This year, Emma currently sits at number one (as it has for the last three years) and we don’t expect it to go anywhere in 2018.
Emma is a simple name that has streamlined a modern-feeling of distinct femininity. The name took on its modern day boost when it was given to Rachel and Ross’s baby on Friends in 2002. Since then, Emma has become a common worldwide choice for parents expecting a little girl.
It has been said that people with the name Emma are often excited by change and adventure. They are dynamic, versatile and know how to make constructive use of freedom. Above all, Emma’s are optimistic people who are able to make friends easily, so if you’re considering the name Emma, get ready for a loveable little girl!
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Calcium Deficiency In KID – Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Does your little one have enough milk? Does he jerk his limbs or twitch uncontrollably? Does he suffer from convulsions? He might be suffering from calcium deficiency. Calcium deficiency is quite common in babies, and you can treat most cases by changing their diet. However, it may lead to complications. But, don’t panic just yet, read this post.
When it comes to feeding babies, there aren’t many options. So, it becomes essential that you keep a tab on what you feed your kid, or what he consumes provides him enough nutrients. One nutrient, which is extremely important for your kid’s development is calcium. A shortage of the nutrient can lead to calcium deficiency. Read on to learn about calcium deficiency in babies.
Calcium is one of the most important elements for babies and adults. It is essential for healthy muscle functioning, nervous system, and heart. Calcium also helps develop bones and maintains bone mass in babies. During the first year of your baby’s life, his body mass increases and he gains weight, followed by a rapid growth of the body. Proper bone mass in adulthood is the result of proper calcium intake from infancy to adolescence.
In adults, a lack of adequate calcium in the diet can lead to calcium deficiency. For babies, the causes can include:
  • Low oxygen availability during child birth.
  • If you suffer from diabetes, then it is likely that your infant will have lower levels of calcium in his body.
  • Certain medicines like Gentamicin can reduce calcium levels in your kid’s body and even lead to hypocalcemia.
    • If you feed your kid formula milk or cow milk, which is rich in phosphorous, it can lead to hypocalcemia.
    • Vitamin D deficiencies also reduce calcium levels, as vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the body.
    • There may be a rare reason for low calcium levels in your infant’s body-DiGeorge Syndrome (DGS), a defect in chromosome no. 22 of 23.
    • Congenital hypothyroidism can also trigger hypocalcemia.
    • If you suffer from low Vitamin D or low calcium, your kid is more likely to contract calcium deficiency.
    • Premature babies are often susceptible to hypocalcemia.
    • Symptoms Of Calcium Deficiency In Babies?

      Babies exhibit several symptoms while suffering from calcium deficiency, which include:
      • Insomnia
      • Muscle Cramps
      • Muscle aches
      • Jitteriness
      • Tremors
      • Twitchiness
      • Jerking movements of limbs
      • Lowered heart rate
      • Seizures, due to a reduction in oxygen supply to the brain
      • Convulsions
      • Low calcium levels can cause low blood pressure in your kid
      • Tongue-thrusting, tongue and lip twitching, eye fluttering, etc.

      Treating Kid Calcium Deficiency:

      Apart from including calcium in their diet, some ways to treat calcium deficiency include:
      • Expose your kid to sunlight. The process will help boost Vitamin D levels in his body and increase calcium absorption as well.
      • Feed your kid humanized milk formulas and not cow’s milk or evaporated milk supplements.
      • One of the best ways to help your kid overcome calcium deficiency in infants is breastfeeding.
      • If your kid has congenital asymptomatic hypocalcemia, you can treat him in a nursery where they use special calcium formula-based milk supplements.
      • Now that you know the innumerable health benefits of calcium and repercussions of low levels of calcium in the body ensure that your little angel gets enough calcium in his diet. Give your little darling a healthy diet so that he grows up to be a healthy boy.
        We hope you found the post informative. Tell us about your experiences below.

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Magical Baby: Updated Ultimate Baby Registry Guide

Magical Baby: Updated Ultimate Baby Registry Guide: When I decided to take on the task of tackling the Baby Registry back in the spring, the first thing I did was take a look at our  I Guess…

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Magical Baby: Updated Ultimate Baby Registry Guide

Magical Baby: Updated Ultimate Baby Registry Guide: When I decided to take on the task of tackling the Baby Registry back in the spring, the first thing I did was take a look at our  I Guess…

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Updated Ultimate Baby Registry Guide

When I decided to take on the task of tackling the Baby Registry back in the spring, the first thing I did was take a look at our I Guess I’m Due Ultimate Registry Guide. That was my jumping off point. I then surveyed all of my other mom friends and they were kind enough to send their excel sheets and recommend brands and products. 


I decided to register with MyRegistry.com because the site allowed me to combine multiple registries into one.  So my registries at Amazon, Target, & Pottery Barn Kids (Which I would not recommend. Things were constantly on back order or out of stock. Very frustrating.) were combined into one. 


A registry can be a daunting task. (All that work, and then no one seems to follow it anyways!) It is important to put everything you want on there, because if it is not gifted, you can use the completion discounts from the sites to purchase any of the items you need in the end! 


Everyone has different tastes and every baby is different, but I wanted to update our guide and provide you with pictures & brands of EVERY ITEM on my list in order of importance in hopes of making your life easier! 


**This has been updated since I’ve had the baby. I’m now a year out – so the products on here are the ones that worked for me! It also includes what we went out to buy after baby was born.**

ESSENTIALS


Crib: Of course those fancy cribs can be mighty appealing, but I opted for a simple, traditional look at a very affordable price and went with the Jenny Lind Convertible Crib


Crib Mattress: These too can be expensive, but I figured there was going to be sheets and pads on top, so why spend an outrageous amount? I went with the DaVinci Hypoallergenic Mattress because they also made my crib, so I knew it would fit. 


Glider/Rocker: I was shocked at how expensive these dang things were! Even simple ones were $300 bucks. Luckily, we found ourSparrow Glider at the Pottery Barn Kids Outlet, so it was close to 70% off. Always check outlets or Craiglist before you pay the full amount for these things!


Travel System: We opted to go with the Stokke Brand for Carseat & Stroller, but I’ve also heard great things about Britax, andUppaBaby Travel Systems as well! In hindsight, I should have just gotten one that converts to a double stroller, now that we are thinking of expanding. If you want more than one, think about this before you buy a stroller! Be sure to also get a stroller organizer – it’s perfect for holding your water and phone while out shopping or on walks! Also ‘The Mommy Hook’ is perfect for holding all of your groceries!


Crib Sheets & Mattress Pads: QuickZip Sheets all the way! I bought the drop-in sheet with base, two heavenly soft covers, and two QuickZip Mattress Pads


Monitor: My husband was trying to be tech savvy and use an app (which will work during the day, but uh, your phone turns off at night). So we went with this Video Monitor by Motorola for nighttime. It’s pretty basic and there are new ones out there. We will most likely get a new one in the future that is wireless. Now that she is mobile, it’s proving to be an issue. Once again, things you don’t think of with a newborn!


SOOTHING ITEMS


Rock n’ Play: Out of every mom I talked to, the Fisher Price Auto Rock n’ Play was a must have! Most of their kids preferred napping and sleeping in this over anything else!


Bouncer: There are tons out there and I’m sure all do the trick. I wanted something very portable. This Baby Bjorn Bouncer came highly recommended because it uses the child’s movements to get it into motion and converts into a seat for toddlers. We also got another bouncer from one of Kyle’s co-workers. It is by Bright Starts and she likes this one the best because the toys hang down in front of her! For bouncers, I’d go with the simple Bright Starts one!


Swing: We went with the Fisher Price Cradle Swing and thank God we did. This is her favorite device and allows me to get things done around the house while she’s in it!


White Noise Machine: I was reading reviews and a lot of baby sound machines burn out quickly because of so much use. A friend recommended this Sound Therapy System because it has lasted over four years!


Swaddles: There are so many to choose from! A new mom just recommended the latest swaddle to come out called the NuRoowhich grows with your child. I use that for naps during the day. I also went with the Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets, I don’t really use them to swaddle but they are great to have on hand to cover her up. They are light and great for the summer! For the nighttime, lots of people swear by the Miracle Blanket, in the end Rynnie just preferred being double swaddled in her hospital blankets. Be sure to ransack that hospital – take everything! We also purchased the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit at three months old to transition her from the swaddle – it helped a ton!


Sleep Sacks: I used the  Halo Sleep Sack in size small as a transition out of the Merlin’s sleep suit. I then went with the Aden and Anais Sleeping Bags in medium and large, but ended up not using them. Once she started rolling and sleeping on her stomach around 6 months, I just let her sleep in her PJ’s. 


Carriers: We went with the ErgoBaby 360 Cool Air Carrier (Because anyone who has played volleyball with Kyle knows he’s a sweater. And it’s pretty gross.) As for myself, I went with the soft wrap from Solly Baby Wrap and the Beco Ring Sling. I attempted the Solly at week 3 and was too overwhelmed by all the fabric. Kyle and I then went to a Baby Wearing class at the park and figured out what the hell we were doing with these things. It really helped. I now love the Solly Wrap for my long morning walks with the dog. She falls asleep in it every time! And I keep the ring sling in my diaper bag. It is very easy and convenient when you are on the go! Carriers for women are tough, it may take a bit to find the one you like – so don’t take the tags off at the beginning!


Diaper Bag: After purchasing and returning about 6 different ones (no joke), I was using a simple Target tote bag but needed something that zipped for when we went through aiport security, so I finally settled on the Skip Hop Grand Central. And now at 11 months, I bought a diaper bag back pack to transition to for travel. I think I’m going to stick with it. Doesn’t fit as much, but is definitely more compact and easier to manage now that baby is mobile!


BREAST FEEDING


Bottles, Storage, & Warmer Kit: I just came across this Breastfeeding Gift Set by Kiinde and am pretty psyched about it. The storage bags hook directly to your pump and their bottle goes directly over the bag. No transferring needed! The warmer also warms both bottles & storage bags. (Obviously you need a breast pump, but this should be covered by your insurance so you won’t need to register for it!) Rynn ended up not liking these bottles, so they system wasn’t totally utilized to its fullest potential. But if the baby likes it, then it’s a win win. Unfortunately, it’s always trial and error!


You may also want to get some pump accessories like a hands-free pumping bra and simple bag for all of your pump supplies! I am not the biggest fan of pumping, so at my Mommy and Me class they suggested buying a simple hand pump for when you are on the go or traveling. That is the only thing I use now! It is more comfortable and I enjoy it much better – just a tip if the electric pump is hurting you!


DO NOT REGISTER FOR BOTTLES. Only buy a couple single bottles until you see what the baby likes. We’ve gone through about five kinds so far! All babies are different and prefer different kinds. You won’t know until they are here! The cheap-o simple Gerber First Essentials Bottles with the old school latex nipple is what did it for us!


Nursing Pads: Lansinoh disposable pads or the Target brand. Buy tons of these! Plan on at least a box or two a month!


Bottle Sterilizer & Sterilizing Bags: This item is definitely debatable, some moms say a sterilizer is necessary and others say you can just boil water. Well, our dishwasher sucks so I hand wash everything anyways, and I can barely wait for water to boil for pasta! This Baby Brezza Sterilizer drys the bottles as well which is a plus. Medela Sterilizing Bags are also nice to have on hand in case you need to clean anything in a hurry! I used the big sterilizer alot when she was a newborn and I was more anal about germs, now that she’s almost one I never really use it!


Unscented Bottle Soap: Apparently any sort of fragrance can be absorbed by the bottles when you clean them and can turn off the baby to that bottle, so a friend recommended using Babyganics Unscented Dish & Bottle Soap when washing & rinsing off. I purchased this white Boon drying rack for things to dry on and this Boon bottle brush as well. 


Nursing Cover: I went with a simple gray colored cover that snaps up the side. 


Burp Cloths: Extra large Cloth Diapers do the trick!


Nursing Pillow: A couple to choose from, but my doula recommended the My Brest Friend Pillow


Gas Drops: Go with Mylicon. We’ve tried others but this is by far our favorite. The dropper is much better than the other brands. She likes these best. We give them to her BEFORE her feedings and they really help with gas. Buy stock in these! You’ll need them! Pick up some Infant Tylenol too – you’ll need that for after vaccinations. If you are still having trouble with gas, you may want to trybaby probiotics. Our doctor recommended we do so at 6-8 weeks and it really helped!


Nipple Cream: Medela Lanolin Cream is all-natural and is safe for baby and mom! The hospital gave us lots of samples. You will go through lots of it in the beginning weeks. Use after every feeding!


DIAPERING

Changing Pad: I went with the Summer Infant Contour Changing Pad.


Changing Pad Covers: Make sure to get at least two of these! We opted for the Burt’s Bees brand. Also, we bought two packs ofMunchkin Waterproof Changing Pad Liners as another protective layer against blowouts!


Diaper Pail: Make sure you get one that you can open with your foot, no one wants to be sticking their hands in that mess! We went with the Dekor Plus Hands Free Pail


Pail Refills: Can’t forget the diaper pail bag refills!


Wipes: A friend recommended using WaterWipes from Target for the first three months because her son got bad diaper rash from regular ones. I plan on using Pampers or Costco wipes in the months after that. 


Travel Changing Clutch: A portable extra changing pad and organizer for your diaper bag or car. 


Diapers: Have heard great things about Pampers and horrible things about Huggies. (Sorry – just sayin’!) We only needed one box of newborn diapers at the beginning. After, we started using Amazon’s Subscribe & Save and get a box of Pampers Sensitive Swaddlers delivered each month. 


Cleanser & Rash Cream: Mustela Physiobebe Cleanser comes highly recommended for keeping the bottom clean after diaper changes, as well as some Boudreaux Butt Paste for the inevitable rash! And don’t forget one of those little butt spatulas to apply the paste!


BATH TIME


Infant Tub: I got a little techie with this one and went with the 4Moms Infant Tub which displays the temperature and gives you a green light when you are good to go!


Shampoo & Body Wash: Mustela 2 in 1 Shampoo & Body Wash has no harsh chemicals and is safe to use early on. 


Mat: Something to kneel on for bath time as the baby gets older. 


Hooded Towels: I’m such a sucker for these. I think the animal ones are too cute! Get a couple, but we went with a duck & bear


Safety Kit: This kit by Safety First contains everything you need for grooming and healthcare for your newborn! We also ended up buying a Nose Frida – it sounds gross, but works the best especially with Little Remedies Saline Spray!


Wash Cloths: Don’t forget some nice soft wash cloths for those sponge baths in the early weeks. 


PLAY TIME


Boppy Pillows: A friend gave us her Newborn Lounger, and Rynn loved it her first months and the regular Boppy Pillow is for sitting and tummy time the later months. 


Play Mat: This Rainforest Melodies Mat by Fisher Price. She loves it during playtime. 


Exersaucer: You won’t need this for a couple months, but apparently an Excersaucer/Jumperoo keeps them busy once they are on the move! We ended up swapping out the exersaucer for this Fisher Price jumperoo and it has been the BEST INVESTMENT. She’s lived in from 4 months to 6 months and is by far her favorite thing to play in. Definitely a must!


Sit-Me-Up Chair: I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Bumbo, so here is an alternative – the Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Chair. It’s roomier and has a tray and toys. 


ACCESSORIES


Carseat Canopy: This Copper Pearl Canopy is great for shading your little one on walks, especially on windy days, and also doubles as a nursing cover! We also ended up buying the Brica Carseat Cover because an article freaked me out about overheating my child in the carseat. It has a solar cover to protect from the sun, but it mesh on the sides so there is still air flow. It’s been super hot here lately and this is the best thing I could find for summer babies! The JJ Cole seems to also be a good choice for a winter cover. 


WubbaNubs: Apparently, I should buy stock in these because I was told to buy a ton of WubbaNubs to have on hand! Kids love them!


Cart Cover: The Comfort & Harmony Neoprene Cart Cover is easy to clean and also doubles as a changing pad. 


Car Mirror: A mirror for the backseat so you can see the rear-facing baby!


Nuk Newborn Pacifiers: We ended up having to go out and buy these because Rynnie was a total sucker and needed one at 2 weeks to soothe her. The Wubbanubs seemed too big so we went with these Nuks and she loved them. 


Sleep Sheep: Great for some cute white noise on the go!


Teether: A Sophie the Giraffe for dreaded teething time.


Wipes Warmer: I wanted a dispenser for the changing table, but then my mother-in-law also bought us a wipes warmer when she came to visit. It really helped and stopped the crying during changes, so we use that instead!


AFTER NEWBORN

These items are last on the list because you won’t need them until baby is at least a couple months old. They are lowest priority in terms of registry. 


High Chair: 4Moms just came out with a new Magnetic High Chair. I know it isn’t going to stop food from being hurled at me, but it can’t hurt! I’ve also heard good things about the Joovy High Chair. This simple Ikea High Chair has also been recommended by some friends because its super easy to clean! I bought the Ikea one for when we travel to Ohio, and will most likely just buy this one if we have another!


Plates & Bowls: This is the magnetic Starter Set by 4Moms to go with their high chair. 


Food Storage: Some little storage containers if you decide to make your own baby food!


Portable High Chair: Not a necessity either, but this portable high chair came recommended if you want them to sit at the kitchen island or take out to a restaurant! WE USE THIS ALL THE TIME. A GREAT INVESTMENT!


Portable Playard: We are going to be traveling to see family a lot, so a portable crib was important. The Lotus Travel Crib folds into a back pack, which will definitely help us out on trips!


No-Touch Thermometer: Once we can stop taking its rectal temperature, this no-touch thermometer will probably be greatly appreciated on their end!


Additional Convertible Carseat: We have the infant car seat with the travel system, but the baby will eventually grow out of it. People have recommended either the Maxi Cosi Convertible Carseat or the Graco 4ever All in One Carseat for the other car so it can be used until its full grown.


Sippy Cups: These won’t be needed until months later, but the Munchkin 360 Trainer Cups have gotten rave reviews. But when you introduc the sippy at 6 months, Rynn had not a clue what to do with these! The Nuk Sippy Cup is what worked best. She takes her milk in this and uses a ThinkBaby Sippy for water!


Food Mats: I saw these EZPZ mats on Shark Tank. They are great for on the go or for at home. The mini mats are best for rolling up in your diaper bag when you’re on the run. 


Bibs: Besides the cloth bibs or bandana bibs (the Zoozik or Honest brands are my favs. Honest are small and work best for when your child starts drooling at 2-3 months, plus they are magnetic!) your kid may sport during the day, these OXO waterproof roll up bibs are great for feeding time! I also ended up buying these Green Sprouts bibs when she started teething at 5 months. These are the ones we use each day. The bandana bibs have become ones we wear with cute oufits. The Green Sprouts bibs soak up much more drool. And at 9 months she decided she liked to rip them off so I had to buy these JJ Cole ones with Snaps. If I were you I’d just go with the snaps ones from the get-go. You’ll need them in the end!


Playmat: For those of you who have wood floors, we purchased these Skip Hop floor tiles for our living room for her to play on around 3 months. I love it because they still look chic and go with the design of our house!


Carseat Neck Pillow: I also recommend getting one of these Benbat Neck Pillows for your infant in the carseat. Rynn had Torticollis and this helps keep her next straight rather than having to use rolled up blankets to prop her little head up!


Nursing Night Gowns: Last but certainly not least, all you moms of summer babies will love these. I have been living in thesenightgowns from Target! I have 7 already because I wear them day and night. They are so comfy to sleep in and I feel like I can wear them out and about as well!


I know, it’s a ton. Sorry if I got you overwhelmed. But I wanted to put all of my research and registry items out there to save you time. I wish I would have had some sort of guide with pictures and brands when I first started. Hope this helps!


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The 14 things a new mum REALLY needs

Forget oh-so cute outfits featuring 400 buttons and luxurious bubble bath to enjoy while the baby sleeps (when exactly is that?). Those first few days after birth, a new mum is often sore, tired and shell-shocked (sometimes all three) so rather than add to an already-busting 0-3 months wardrobe, focus on the new mother. If you turn up on her doorstep offering a few of these then you’ll be enjoying cuddles with a newborn before you can say ‘breast pads.’
  1. Maternity pads – Let’s cut straight to the glamorous part and save her a(nother) trip to Boots the Chemist.
  2. Muslins – She’s probably only bought a pack of six. Try not to laugh as you deliver another dozen to her. You can never have enough muslins. Actual parenting fact.
  3. Cake. All the cake – She’s knackered, sore and probably fairly confused. Whether you bake her something from your new Hemsley + Hemsley cookbook, or buy a Colin the Caterpillar, give the woman sugar.
  4. A box set. Or six – She’s going to be trapped under a feeding, sleeping, mewling baby for the foreseeable. May as well get mum up to speed on Orange is the New Black.
  5. Food –  This woman is HUNGRY. Go armed with a lasagna, or a Domino’s delivery: she won’t care. She’ll be too busy eating – one-handed, obviously.
  6. A shower – Not literally. But half an hour to wash her hair in the bathroom on her own is her equivalent of two weeks in the Caribbean at this point.
  7. Caffeine – Obviously not enough to wire her infant – that would not be helpful.
  8. A rubber ring – It’s not glamorous but she’s uncomfortable and you understand.
  9. A pair of marigolds – Cleaning will be right at the bottom of her to do list so a quick bleach of the bathroom, 15 minutes of hoovering or washing the dishes will make you friend of the year.
  10. Gossip – Instead of grilling her for gory birth details; how she plans to feed and whether there’s a routine in place, arrive with a few nuggets of gossip so she can sit back, listen and feel a bit like her pre-baby self.
  11. Tissues – Her hormones are going haywire; she’s sleep deprived and probably quite overwhelmed. A few tears are inevitable.
  12. Groceries – Dull, yes, but also incredibly useful. Arriving with a few items from the supermarket is really helpful when she’s still at the stage where leaving the house with the pram is on a par with a maiden space voyage.
  13. Handcream – She’s never washed her hands this much before.
  14. Reassurance – Everything is new and she’s worried she’s doing it all wrong. Give her a hug, tell her she’d doing brilliantly, and that no one knows her baby better than her.
Do you have anything to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below. 

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The Story Of The Fox And The Stork For Kids

Imagine your child asking for a story book to read instead of watching his favourite video on the YouTube. Sounds far-fetched, right? Unfortunately yes, because children of this generation are reluctant to read. However, if you want to introduce your child to the ways of this world, improve his language, or be a good communicator, book-reading is the best way forward. Introduce him to this habit early in life by reading him stories that are interesting as well as carry a moral, like the fox and the stork story. MomJunction helps you read it for your children.

The Fox And The Stork Story:

Short stories like ‘The Fox and the Stork’ can be interesting as well as fun for your kid. Here is how the story goes:
  • Elly stork and Foxy fox were two good friends. One day Foxy invited Elly for dinner and promised her delicious hot soup. Elly was elated and thanked him for the invitation.
  • At night Elly visited Foxy’s house. She could smell the soup. She said that she simply loved the smell.
  • Foxy thanked Elly and then served her the soup in flat plates.
  • Foxy took his soup very fast, while Elly could not drink it with her long bill.
    • At this, Foxy looked up at Elly and enquired if she did not like the taste and offered to have her share as well.
    • Poor Elly had to return home hungry. This made her very angry.
    • After few days, Elly invited Foxy for dinner. Foxy was very happy and went to her home. He was extremely hungry. He thanked Elly for the invitation.
      • Elly thanked him for coming and said she would bring him his soup. Foxy was excited to smell the soup. Elly got the soup in pitchers and asked him to have it. She placed a pitcher full of soup in front of him.
      • Elly quickly finished her soup and Foxy kept looking at the delicious soup. He could not reach inside the tall pitcher. He returned home hungry. This in turn made him very angry.
      • Moral Of The Story:

        The moral of the story is, we should learn to respect others and only then can we expect to be treated with respect.
        • Elly was hungry and expected to have a good dinner. Foxy, by serving soups in flat plates, showed how little he cared about her not being able to drink the soup.
        • Foxy gets the same treatment later. Elly serves him soup in a pitcher, which he cannot reach easily. Tit for tat!
        • Reading Aloud Similar Short Stories To Children:

          Your child loves listening to stories that you read aloud. You will hardly find him bored or tired even when you are reading the same stories again and again.
          This story of The Fox and Stork, when presented with illustrations will attract complete attention of your child. Thus, if you are thinking of ways to spend quality time with him, reading aloud small stories is the best option you can try. Such stories can not only be entertaining and interesting, but also convey important morals and values.
        • Remember:

          While reading short stories to your child remember the following:
          • Change your tone.
          • Include gestures and expressions.
          • Be dynamic.
          • Pace yourself.
          • Pause at times to garner interest.
        • Storytelling is more than just exchanging ideas and information, it is also about how your child learns to communicate and reach out to others. Stories are a common thread between cultures and acts as a bridging gap.
          Did your kid find this the fox and the stork story interesting? Do you have any other interesting story to share with our readers? Share your ideas and experiences with us in the comment section below:

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First 24 hours at home with your baby

You’ve probably heard that all a newborn baby does is eat, poop, cry, and sleep. Sounds simple, right? It may become simple, but chances are it won’t seem that way at first. Knowing what to expect from your newborn will make your first days home together a little less overwhelmingvide.

To help map out what’s in store after the big homecoming, we turned to pediatricians and mothers Laura Jana and Jennifer Shu, who literally wrote the book on the topic. The third edition of their book Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality was released in May 2015 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What to expect: Newborn feeding

Because their stomachs are so tiny, newborns need to eat small amounts – about 1 to 3 ounces – frequently. Some want to nurse or have a bottle every two to three hours, while others will be hungry even more often.

While some babies announce their hunger with strong cries, others will give more subtle cues such as sucking on their hands, smacking their lips, or rooting, which is when a baby purses her lips and turns her head toward the breast or bottle.

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In their first few days, newborns typically lose about 7 percent of their body weight. While this is normal, you’ll want to feed your baby every two hours or so until she’s back at her birth weight.

Newborns are sleepy, so you may need to wake your baby up to feed and give her gentle encouragement to stay awake while eating. Try undressing your baby down to the diaper, rubbing her head or back, or talking to her. The goal is for your baby to be back to her birth weight at her 2-week checkup.

What to expect: Newborn burps, hiccups, and spit-ups

Some newborns need to be burped frequently, while others burp on their own and need very little assistance from you. If your baby is fussy or uncomfortable during or after a feeding, that’s a cue to burp her.

You can also try burping your baby when you switch breasts, after every 2 or 3 ounces, every 10 to 15 minutes of feeding, or when your baby’s finished eating. After a day or two of feedings, you’ll find a pattern that works for your little one.

No need to bang your baby’s back like a bongo – a gentle circular motion or soft pats will bring up the bubbles. There are several burping positions to try, including holding your baby with her head resting on your shoulder, sitting her upright on your lap with the fingers of one hand supporting her chest and chin, or laying your baby tummy-down across your lap.

Don’t be alarmed by hiccups or spit-up. Hiccups are normal for new babies and don’t cause them discomfort. Likewise, spitting up during and after feedings – in small amounts or what may seem like the entire feeding – is pretty normal.

If your baby’s spitting-up seems excessive or is accompanied by her arching her back or crying, read more about the difference between reflux, which is normal and improves with your baby’s head control, and gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, which requires treatment. Whatever’s causing it, if your baby’s a spitter-upper, you’ll want to keep a burp cloth handy.

What to expect: Newborn pee and poop

A breastfed newborn will have at least five wet diapers a day. A formula-fed baby may have even more than that – up to ten per day.

There’s a large range for what’s a “normal” number of bowel movements, too. Breastfed babies tend to poop more than formula-fed ones, since formula takes a bit longer to digest. But breastfed babies vary widely, going as seldom as once every four or more days to as often as once per feeding. Formula-fed babies typically poop a few times a day, but it can range from one poop every other day to several poops per day.

You’ll want to keep track of your baby’s pee and poop schedule, as the doctor may ask about her urine and bowel movements at the first checkup.

The very first bowel movements – usually occurring during the first day or two, often when you’re still at the hospital – are called meconium. These first poops have a black, almost tar-like consistency. The ones that follow won’t look much like grown-up poop, either. Be prepared for greenish, light brown, or seedy, mustard-yellow poops from a breastfed baby. A formula-fed baby’s poop tends to be pastier and vary in color. Call the doc if your baby’s stool contains whitish mucus or streaks or flecks of red, which can indicate a problem. (Red is a sign of blood in the stool.)

Normal poop consistency also ranges from very soft to watery, with breastfed babies having looser poop. This can easily be confused with diarrhea. Basically you want to keep an eye out for a change from your baby’s usual pattern or consistency – which is admittedly hard when your baby is first creating a pattern. When in doubt, check with your doctor.

“If you’re confused, just remember this,” says Jennifer Shu. “Whether we’re talking about pooping, eating, sleeping, or crying, every baby is different. Normal is actually a big range. What matters most are sudden changes – and that’s when you should contact your doctor.”

See our complete baby poop slideshow for a visual guide to what you might find in your baby’s diaper.

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