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Hints for Naming Your Baby
Names for your Baby
Congratulations! I hope you're having a wonderfully, exciting time preparing for your new baby. I've put together some terrific references for you to find popular and unusual names, boys and girls names, middle names and generally get ideas to help you find the perfect name for your bundle of joy. To round it off I've also added a few tips to help you along on this incredible journey called parenthood. The sleeping beauty pictured here is named Amber, she is a real gem :)
Names have meanings.
I was named after the rose of Sharon - a hibiscus plant, but Sharon is actually a Hebrew name, meaning The Plains (of the Holy Land) and the rose itself is even refered to in the Bible. It's a lovely name, very popular here in Barbados - I like it :)
If you've got a name in mind - check out its meaning and origin, while you're at it you can check out the meaning of your own name.
Do You Know if It's a Boy or a Girl yet?
Three of my best friends had baby girls during the past year. I see Amber quite a lot because she lives here in Barbados. Chiara was born in October in Miami, her mom brought her for a brief visit in January - she's a sweetie pie - I probably won't see her again til the summer (sigh - they grow up so fast:)) and there is Zara who was born mid-Feb. I've been playing phone tag with her mom.... got lost on the way to deliver the gift for the baby after I had missed the shower - took about half an hour to find the house - she lives in a maze!! I'm planning to meet up with her somewhere soon... maybe follow her home ...hmmmm.
When I was having my kids I did not want to know whether it was a boy or girl - I just wanted healthy babies. I have however, always said I wanted to have a little boy as well. My oldest sister had a boy then 2 girls so maybe I'm doing it the other way around :)... In the back of my mind, I still figure one of these days I'll have my son - I may even choose to adopt :) I do sometimes refer to my girls as Kris and Hans - they know mummy is a little odd and don't mind at all. My mom has 2 girls and so did I, so for now I am pretty happy with that.
... there I go rambling - I'm here to help YOU find your names ....here are the top 100 baby names of boys and girls for 2008. It's always good to know what everyone else is doing - you may want to have a unique name for your baby - so this also helps you to know what IS popular so you'll be able to avoid that kind of name.
Perhaps, you want to get a little creative. Amber's middle name is Kaija - which is a combination of her parents names Kamal and Tonija. I have a cousin who was named after a combination of my grandparents' names so he's Kelvonne - for Kelvin and Yvonne. You might choose to honour a family member (or members) by naming your baby after them.
Here is a great source for unusual names - good luck, I hope I've helped. Have fun, and remember it's ok to choose the name after the baby is born, I called my Hannah-Banana "Baby" until she was nearly a week old :) Sometimes you just have to get to know your baby before you decide on a name.
Check out some girls names, or boys names, and what about middle names - they're pretty important too. You gotta turn them around and try to figure out how it sounds best, I'm sure my parents realised Sharon Chi sounded better than Chi Sharon :)
A little advice to keep you sane:
Remember, this is not rocket science, we were all babies at some point and people obviously managed to figure out what to do with babies a long time ago or there wouldn't be so many of us :)
There are always going to be people who can give you advice but you don't want to have an information overload either. My younger sister had completed her first year at medical school and came home while I was pregnant with my first daughter. She gave me a couple of books so I could "see" how my baby was developing - it was actually pretty cool, considering I never wanted to be a doctor (can't really stand the sight of blood). However, it was defnitely very interesting to be able to learn about what was happening from that persective.
She also helped organise a baby shower at a friend's house (so I would be completely surprised) I remember I received a great book which I refered to on many occasions and even bought to give to other friends when they had their kids.
They say knowledge is power so find one or two good books and, if you can, spend time with some new moms and newborns so you can learn from the experience. There have been a lot of changes and developments since I had my Hannah in '99 - it really is a good idea to talk to a new mom asap... find out what all the new trends and best products are. There's even a "new" early hearing test that they can only do while your baby is asleep which is extremely important... lots of info out there - good luck!!
Here's A Funniest Baby Video! - See what you have to look forward to :)
Shopping for your baby!
Now is the time to start going into the baby sections in stores to look at all of the cute little outifts. Soon you'll be looking at bags, changing mats, cribs, playpens, strollers, car seats, towels, booties and the list goes on....
If you register at Babies "R" Us, you're bound to find all of the above and so much more.
You'll also want to keep in mind that once you've had your baby shower, you will then be able to start looking for anything you don't already have - a carrying case for baby wipes for example, so don't shop til you drop just yet ;) A registry is also a great idea for your friends and family to see WHAT you still need OR a big help for those who can't figure out what to buy.
Also keep in mind that you will be provided with a list of all the items you need to pack for you AND your baby during your hospital stay. It is normally recommended that you have this bag ready and waiting 6 weeks before your due date.
Have to start somewhere!
Of course you need to buy more onesies! Newborns go through clothes like no one else! This set is perfect for a little girls but you know you can find any baby product you could possibly need on Amazon so make your list and start shopping for what you need.
Understanding Your Baby
Babies are genuinely the sweetest people. They have no hang ups or issues, they aren't judging you and simply need to be protected and cared for. Every one of them deserves the best parent you can be. It's so wonderful to see them growing and learning new things, if you're not taking care of yourself, you can miss most of it. They develop and learn so much in the first year and some parents are oblivious to several stages of their baby's development. Of course at most stages our little people catch on quickly, especially when there are all these big people around for them to imitate :)
Your baby is not a guinea pig - I tasted everything my kids ate when they were babies - I never gave them the processed baby food simply because I did not like them. I cooked potatoes and carrots added some baby formula and a lil butter to make the orange mashed potatoes that was one of their favorite first foods. Of course they also ate the rice cereal - that I thought was "icky" but - to each his own!! They certainly loved it - lol I just HAD to taste it.
It's always a good idea to be very careful and wary of what you feed your baby, AND what YOU eat if you are breastfeeding. An allergic reaction can be very scary, but sometimes you aren't even aware of what's happening.
Babies who are lactose intolerant for example may just cry or spit out the milk and you may think they're just not hungry but then have an issue because he/she is still crying. Both of my girls were breastfed, but also used formula in a bottle at some stage. Kristen had to use a soy-based formula and Hannah used a regular milk-based one. Each child is different - your pediatrician is the best person to advise you if you have any trouble with getting a baby to eat or drink something new, or even WHEN to allow your baby to try new things. Sneezing, runny noses and coughing may seem common enough but sometimes these may actually be the symptoms of an allergy!!
The most important thing is to consider how we would feel if we were helpless and had to wait for someone to feed and clean us... especially in the early stages when your poor little baby does not actually know WHAT he or she wants/needs - all they can do to show their discomfort or hunger is "yell".... wouldn't you??