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Unique Baby Names: Are They Harmful?

Baby NameWhen hip-hop royalty couple Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z gave birth to their new baby girl earlier this month (January 2012), only a slight few were surprised when the couple gave their daughter a “unique” princess-worthy name—Blue Ivy.  While some scoffed that her name sounded like a new strain of marijuana, others congratulated the couple for choosing a name that was so personable to them. In fact, many non-celebrity parents have begun following suit and are now donning their newborns with non-traditional names too. But will straying away from the baby books potentially cause havoc on your child’s self-esteem and success rate later on in life? Some researchers believe so.

In a 2010 study, British researchers evaluated more than 3,000 parents who had either given their child a unique name, unique spelling, or gave their child a “unisex” name such as Taylor, Ashley, or Bailey. What researchers found were pretty astonishing—20% of surveyed parents wish they could change their child’s name. Why? They found out a little too late that a name is someone’s identifier and can cause several consequences for them later on in life. To learn how, continue reading below.

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Bringing Home Baby

Bring Home Baby from Hospital

There is nothing like anticipating the birth of a new baby, whether it is your first or your third. Parents wait nine months for their new addition to to arrive, and they go through the process of planning the event and preparing to bring the little one home.

However, when it starts getting close to your due date, there are a few key things that can be done to help better prepare the growing family. From ensuring that the nursery is ready-to-go to taking care of the needs of other family members, it’s best that these things are done in advance.

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How to Cut Baby’s Fingernails in 3 Simple Steps

Trim Baby NailsCutting fingernails is something you should have mastered by now. After all, you’ve been cutting your own nails for most of your life . . . but when it comes to trimming your baby’s nails, you may be feeling a little nervous – or even scared. Don’t be nervous. Trimming a baby’s nails gets easier the more times you do it. Here’s a big tip – Always cut your baby’s fingernails when he or she is asleep. It makes the job easier, and it’s less stress on you!

Although your baby’s fingernails are softer and more flexible than an adult’s, don’t make the big mistake of allowing them to get too long. Those fingernails are sharp, and because your newborn has very little control over his arms and legs, his nails can easily end up scratching up his precious face. Because your baby’s nails will grow pretty fast, you may need to trim those baby nails several times a week. Cut your baby’s fingernails at least once a week to be on the safe side. Luckily, toenails grow more slowly, so they don’t require as many nail trimmings – maybe once a month. Just pay attention to the length of the nail, and be your own judge.

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Financial Planning: Can You Afford Having a Baby?

financial planning for a babyBefore you start trying to conceive, you need to ask yourself an important question – Can I afford having a baby?

Everything is becoming more expensive these days, from buying groceries to the high price of gas and the increasing cost of rent and housing. With the rising costs of living, incomes aren’t keeping up. In fact, the medium household income has decreased 7 percent in the last 10 years. And with the United States economy the way it is, more parents are losing their jobs and families are scrambling to make ends meet.

So, if you are thinking of getting pregnant, you need to factor in the costs of raising a child until they’re of legal age.

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Potty Training Your Toddler: Helpful Tips and Advice

potty training
Potty training is a huge milestone for many parents. After all, for at least two years – sometimes three -you’ve  been cleaning up the messes your little one has made in his or her diapers.

Many parents excitedly buy the training pants and potty chair, and they enthusiastically explain the whole process to their toddler, hoping that their children catch on to the idea of being a “big kid.” Yet all too often, many children are clueless as to what this all means. Some are downright combative and resistant when mom and dad take them to the toilet.

However, if you follow some of these simple tips, it is likely your child will quickly catch on to potty training, and diapers will become a thing of the past.

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Baby Advice: Life and Relationships After Having a Baby

Relationship after BabyGuest Post by James Green.

After nine months of pregnancy, a tiny little person has arrived in the center of your lives with an explosive force that has all but destroyed your previous life style. Having dinner out, going to the movies, and spending quality time with friends has become a distant memory. Your new baby consumes all of your free time, and your energy too!

So, how do you stay on track with your relationship with your husband (or significant other) when you are so tired you can’t think straight? And you can’t even remember the last time you were alone with your partner?

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Should You Splurge or Save on Your Baby?

Raising a baby is expensive. As I had mentioned in my previous post, “Are You Ready for a Baby?” the average cost of a middle income family raising a child from birth until he or she is 18 is an estimated $226,920. And that’s without account for inflation.

Your baby’s health and happiness is important though, so should you splurge or save on your baby? I found a very cool graphic (thanks to BabyAuthority.com) that compares the pros and cons of baby essentials including:

  • Disposable Diapers vs. Cloth Diapers
  • Store Bought baby Food vs. Homemade Baby Food
  • Regular Cribs vs. Convertible Cribs
  • Formula Milk vs. Breast Milk
  • New Baby Products vs. Secondhand Baby Products
  • Designer Crib Bedding vs. Budget Crib Bedding
  • Daycare vs. Grandparents Childcare
  • Nanny Childcare vs. Stay at Home Mom Childcare

Check out the graphic below, and share your thoughts about the points made. I’d love to hear what you think!

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How to Get Started with Cloth Diapers

By Guest Blogger, April from Mama on a Green Mission

When you think of cloth diapers, do you think of the plain foldable diapers that are closed with diaper pins? Those were the diapers of years ago! The cloth diapering world of today has actually become very hip and versatile. There is a type of cloth diaper for pretty much anyone!

I want to give a brief description of some of the most common types of cloth diapers on the market today, and then explain exactly how you can get started using cloth diapers.

Types of Cloth Diapers

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First, we do have the flats or prefolds which are the closest to the cloth diapers of years ago. These diapers are rectangular shaped diapers (think dish towel) and can be laid in a waterproof cover to prevent leaking and then put on a baby like a disposable diaper. The covers come in various colors and prints. Many people love this option and find it to be the most economical. (Photo of Flats or Prefold Cloth Diapers above.) [click to continue…]
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10 Surprising Facts about Having a Baby

Having a baby is an exciting and joyous event in any woman’s life, but people don’t always tell you everything that having a baby entails.

What No One Tells You about Having a Baby

Here are 10 surprising facts about having a baby.

1. You’ll still look pregnant for several months after you give birth. Even if you were a marathon-running, obsessive exercising machine before you got pregnant, it’s going to take some time before your uterus shrinks back to normal. You will still look six or seven months pregnant right after you have a baby. Try not to snap at strangers who ask you, “So when are you due?”

For a majority of women, it takes them at least a year before they return to their pre-pregnancy size. Some women never go back to their original weight. (Don’t be misled by the supermodels who look amazingly fit within two months of giving birth. They probably starved and exercised like crazy to regain their shape; all while nannies and other people took care of their kids.)
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