Expecting? We’ve got some great advice to prepare you for your pregnancy and the birth of your child.

From Pearl to Persephone: Unique Springtime Baby Names

Springtime Baby Names for Girls

Spring—to use an overused phrase—has sprung.  The snows of winter have finally melted, buds are budding, birds are chirping.  Which means it’s time to offer a seasonal menu of names—this time a multi-cultural mix whose meanings connote spring, plus names of ancient goddesses, and a few flowers and birthstones.

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14 Baby Girl Names Inspired by Our Favorite Olympians

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The roster of US athletes hoping to compete in the Olympic games is a name list as diverse as the nation itself.  Here I have curated a list of some girl names that feel like winners for a 2014 baby.

Petra- As in Petra Acker, college student and speed skater.  This feminization of Peter is from the Greek word for “rock” or “stone”.  I’ve always thought that Petra sounds elegant and sophisticated, yet wearable for a little one. More »

2014 Baby Name Predictions: The Top 12 Trends

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The baby names of 2014 will no doubt see parents reviving family names and long-dormant choices, finding inspiration in literary characters and world leaders, looking to names to make their children seem stronger or spicier.

From the baby name experts at Nameberry.com, come the top 12 trends that will take over the new year, plus the names that may just rule the roost… More »

Unisex Baby Names: Names That Morphed from Blue to Pink

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Some unisex baby names start as female choices and shift over time to become more boyish, but many more begin as all-boy names and over the decades cross to the girls’ side.

The baby names here are extreme cases.  Most started life, back when the US government began recording babies’ names, as 100% male choices, and now have become mostly girls’ names. More »

7 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Baby Namers Make

7 Biggest Mistakes New Baby Namers Make

There are few things more thrilling in life than having your first baby.  But newbie baby namers are prone to making some mistakes that more experienced name choosers are able to avoid. More »

Outdated Baby Names: Once So Hot, Now So Not

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The history of baby names is littered with former stars that burned brightly for a decade or two, only to fade from view.

It’s hard to believe, from this vantage point, that Gladys or Edna ever made the Top 20, that names such as Harold or Larry were ever popular enough to dominate an entire decade. More »

Popular Baby Names On-the-Rise in 2013

Popular Baby Names on the Rise

Popular baby names aren’t always replaced at the top by similar names, though sometimes it feels that way.  Emily moves down, Emma moves up.  Jason slips, while Jacob and Mason rise.

With the new US popularity list due out in less than a month, we thought it would be fun to look at today’s most popular baby names and guess which similar choices might move in to replace them — if not at the next tally, then at some point in the future. More »

22 Baby Naming Rules Worth Following

Baby Naming Rules Worth Following

A few weeks ago we asked the Nameberry moms and dads to tell us their best baby name rules.  What followed were hundreds of suggestions, from the idiosyncratically individual (All middle names must be Celtic and begin with R) to rules so universal they might apply to everyone.

Rule Number 1, according to one berry?  No dumb names.  We’re down with that, along with these 21 other smart, sensible rules that every modern baby namer should follow: More »

5 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

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by Margie Kelly, Communications Manager, Healthy Child Healthy World

Do you remember the moment you first learned you were pregnant? After the shock and awe period passes, pregnancy is the perfect time to commit to eliminating toxic chemicals from your food, home, and personal care products.

Making your daily routines as healthy as possible during pregnancy will make you feel better and will go a long way toward protecting your unborn child from toxic chemicals like BPA, mercury, phthalates and more, all of which have been found in the bodies of pregnant women. Clearing out chemicals from your daily routines now is good practice for creating a healthy home environment for your newborn baby, who will be particularly vulnerable to harmful chemicals found in everyday products.

Over the years, Healthy Child has gathered some excellent pregnancy advice from our experts and friends. Consider these tips for a greener, healthier pregnancy.

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Hospital Checklist: What to Pack

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You’ve seen it on dozens of TV shows and in the movies. “Honey, grab the suitcase – it’s time!!” So what do you really need (or want?) in your hospital bag?

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