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

2014 Baby Name Predictions: The Top 12 Trends


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


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Outdated Baby Names: Once So Hot, Now So Not

Outdated Baby Names, according to Nameberry.com

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


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


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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First-Time Moms’ Maternity Checklist


Congrats, you’re pregnant! Get ready—during these next nine months, you’re going to go through a lot of changes: physical, emotional, and yes, financial.  But before you start shopping for cribs and strollers, you’ll need to take care of your own maternity needs.

Whether you plan on buying a whole new maternity wardrobe or just borrowing from friends and family, here’s the rundown on some things to keep in mind — from the must-haves, to some nice-to-haves.

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Baby’s First Tests and Procedures


Your newborn is just a few minutes old, yet he’s already taking his first tests. But don’t let performance anxiety get to you. In-hospital tests are there to help doctors assess your baby’s health and to give them an earlier opportunity to discover potential (sometimes life-threatening) disorders before they adversely affect your baby’s health.

Tests vary from state to state; some are required, some are offered, but all are there to help assess the well-being of your newborn and to make sure your baby is on the right track to a healthy, happy life.

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