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  • Favorite Baby Names for 2017

    It’s a new year! Fashions change, pop culture trends emerge, and the latest favored baby names emerge on every expectant parents’ list. In 2016, classic names like Sophia, Emma, Olivia were all the rage for girls and parents loved names like Aiden, Lucas, and Jackson for boys. Which baby names will trend this year? And which are our favorites?

    GIRLS

    Aria: This name has a classic feel with a uniqueness that many traditional girls' names don’t possess. Bonus points for giving this name to a baby in a musical family.

    Mia: Rising on the top-names lists in 2016, Mia is a playful and feminine name for a 2017 arrival.

    Matilda: According to nameberry.com, Matilda was the 75th most popular name of 2016, but we think this vintage name will be trending soon, especially given its literary allusions.

    Luna: In Latin, Luna means “moon,” and its dreamy origin makes it a compelling name choice for 2017 babies.

    Grace: We love the strength and beauty of the name Grace, a classic virtue name. With the resurgence of old-fashioned names, Grace has enjoyed a rise in popularity in the past several years.

    Azalea: Flower names are always in style, and Azalea is a unique choice for those trying to stay away from the regular floral standbys.

    Embry: This is a lesser-known name of 2016, but we like to think its originality is its charm. Embry works well for parents who love Emily and Emma, but want to avoid the super-popular names.

    Jade: Strong and short, the name Jade is has a powerfully evocative quality to it. It’s no wonder: according to nameberry.com, the jade stone is said to spread wisdom, courage, and clarity.

    Zoe: This name has enjoyed an upsurge in recent years. Not only is Zoe a newly popular choice in the U.S., parents in Spain, New Zealand, and France are also fond of the name.  


    BOYS

    Declan: In 2015, Declan was hardly on the radar and has enjoyed increased popularity in 2016. Irish names have surged in approval for little lads, and we think it’s time for the name Declan to shine.

    William: A traditional name that withstands the latest fads, William is a top pick for princes and regular folk alike.

    Oliver: Much like the uber-popular female counterpart, Olivia, Oliver is a lively name with a vintage air to it. Nameberry.com notes that it was very well-used in medieval times, but fell out of favor after the rule of Oliver Cromwell.

    Noah: This is a popular name with biblical roots, and though it’s been trending for awhile, it has tremendous staying power.

    Hudson: Hudson is well known as a surname and as the NYC river, but it’s becoming increasingly well known as a first name, too.

    Vaughn: The meaning of the name is “small,” but we think this name makes a big statement.

    Bodhi: Bodhi comes from the Sanskrit word for “awakening” or “enlightenment” and is a meaningful choice for a 2017 baby.

    Knox: Perhaps most known from Fort Knox, Kentucky, the name has been used as a surname for centuries and has a rare ring to it.

    Wyatt: The meaning of this English-origin name is “brave in war,” and had become more well-known in the last several years.

    Lincoln: The name Lincoln has been slowly rising in popularity over the past several years and is most likely to stir up thoughts of former presidents.

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  • Unisex Baby Names We Love

    A unisex baby name is an excellent choice for your 2017 new arrival. Maybe you’re waiting to discover the sex of your baby, or perhaps you’d like a name without unyielding feminine or masculine associations. Whether you’re leaning toward the classic and traditional or the cutting-edge and funky, there are plenty of fabulous unisex names for every little boy or girl. We’ve rounded up our 15 favorite unisex names for you to add to your baby name shortlist.

    Avery: This name has been rising in popularity over the past ten years and has been materializing all over popular culture. Avery is of English origin and means “ruler of the elves:” a whimsical choice for either sex.  

    Parker: Another name of English origin, Parker is an occupational name meaning “park keeper.” To date, Parker is used as a name for both boys or girls in nearly equal measure.

    Sawyer: The name Sawyer might evoke images of Mark Twain characters, but Sawyer is being given to girls with nearly as much frequency as boys in recent years.

    Albany: Place-based names always have a dedicated following, and Albany (of the New York state capital, of course) is a unique and stately choice.

    Hadley: This name means “heather field,” and while Heather is more associated as a female name today, Hadley can easily go either way.

    Cyan: The color cyan is a gorgeous greenish-blue, and the name is equally mysterious and rare-sounding. “Cy” as a nickname could also work well for either gender.

    Addison: Addison has been rising on the popularity charts in the past few years. Though its meaning is “son of Adam,” it’s been used across the board for girls and for boys.

    Lyric: This name works wonderfully for music-loving families especially, or for any parents who want a melodic name for either boy or girl. The name originates from the Greek word for “lyre” and has strong musical connotations.

    Reese: Thanks to actress Reese Witherspoon, this name is slightly more popular for girls than for boys, but it is still a definitively unisex name. The name Reese means “ardor,” which is a captivating association for both genders.

    Marley: The name Marley is a unique choice for boys and girls, and though it is not in the lists of trendiest names, we think it’s due for a comeback. Meaning “pleasant seaside meadow,” the name Marley has a calm and distinctive ring to it.

    Merritt: With roots as a surname, Merritt has enjoyed a small surge as a unisex first name. With an unmistakable classic flair, the name Merritt can also be spelled Merit, as in the noun meaning “advantage” or “virtue.”

    Kai: A bold name, Kai is a multicultural unisex name that boasts different meanings. According to nameberry.com, Kai means “sea” in Hawaiian, “forgiveness” in Japanese, “food” in Maori, and “willow tree” in Navajo.

    Shiloh: The name Shiloh comes from Hebrew origins and is actually a Biblical place-name. It’s a relatively uncommon name, which is perfect for parents who want a rarer name for their baby girl or boy.

    Sage: On the other hand, the name Sage is increasingly popular and is given in equal measure to both boys and girls alike. This monosyllabic herbal name is striking and fearless, and immediately brings to mind wisdom and great intellect.

    Morgan: Welsh in its origin, Morgan has climbed the charts as a girl's name more quickly than for boys, but is beginning to even out. The name has many connotations, from Arthurian legends to the Morgan horse, yet remains a familiar name for boys and girls.

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  • Smile For The Camera Mama – Maternity Photoshoot Tips From Nine Naturals & Photofaire

    If you’re expecting, the thought of a stranger documenting your growing body may be nerve-wracking. However, with the right maternity photographer, you can comfortably capture the beautiful bond between a mother and her child even before your baby arrives, in ways you never could have imagined. To bring your fantasy photoshoot to life and get the best bang for your buck, try these top maternity photoshoot tips from our friends at Photofaire:

    CHOOSE THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER.

    1. Given the inherent intimacy of the occasion, choose a photographer who is not only skilled artistically, but also someone who you feel completely comfortable with. This is especially important if you plan to bare your growing belly. Ask friends and family for photographer recommendations or connect with a local photographer on Photofaire. Go through photographers’ portfolios and keep an eye on artistic direction, posing, set design, and more. It’s all about you, so don’t be afraid to have your own vision.
    2. Schedule a short phone conversation with each potential photographer to get a better sense of his/her style and personality and don’t be afraid to ask any question regarding the shoot, including what the total investment will look like. For example, does the amount include photo session, makeup, retouching, digital photo files, and more? Walking in and out of the shoot with total confidence in what to expect will help relieve butterflies–channel that inner Chrissy Teigen, mama!

    PREP & PRIME

    1. To capture belly at its roundest before it gets difficult to move around, schedule your session at the 30-week mark. This is important because the photoshoot typically last 1-2 hours and you don’t want to be (or appear) fatigued.
    2. Try to wear something snug and stretchy to accentuate your beautiful curves and stick to solid or simple. This will keep the focus on your belly and give the shoot a timeless feel. If you plan on baring belly, apply lotion at least an hour prior to the shoot. This will give it a soft glow. But be wary of wearing anything too tight, as it could leave behind marks on the skin.

    In the end it is all about you and how the experience makes you feel, but don’t forget about your partner (or other children). They are part of the welcome crew after all. Involve them as much as you can–it can make the experience that much more special. And don’t forget to tag us using #NineNaturals! We can’t wait to see that beautiful bump!

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  • Get Inspired: Gender Reveal Ideas

    Announcing your pregnancy garnered well wishes and many congratulatory statements, but lately you’ve been bombarded with questions about your baby’s gender. If you and your partner have decided to learn whether or not baby is a boy or girl, here are three creative ways to make the big reveal!

    Drawing a Conclusion

    Forget the typical gender reveal party tactics—like cutting a cake to find either pink or blue frosting, opening a box filled with color-appropriate balloons, or releasing colored paper and tinsel from confetti pops—and instead opt for an interactive announcement. At your anatomy scan, ask the ultrasound technician to write your baby’s sex on a slip of paper and put it into a sealed envelope. Give that envelope to a family member or friend whom you can trust with the secret, and then ask him or her to create a Pictionary-themed reveal game for your upcoming (and surely planned down to the last detail) gender reveal party.

    Your loved one should craft a version of the game where he or she is the artist and the party guests are split into two teams—boys and girls. The teams will take turns guessing clues that the secret keeper wrote—borrowing inspiration from popular movies, songs, books, and television shows—where the ultimate goal is to piece together each correct clue into a phrase that will reveal your baby’s sex. Provide the following clues to your artist as reference, but make sure that he or she doesn’t re-use these exact clues: “Baby Mama”, “Big Daddy”, “Bee (Movie)”, “Thriller”, “Fore”, and “Girl” (or “Boy). The parent-to-be from the team that shouts out the correct final clue earns the right to read the completed puzzle (and thus reveal the secret) to the party attendees.

    Picture Perfect

    Capture on film the moment in which you learn your baby’s sex, by giving the sealed envelope from your anatomy scan to a chosen photographer and asking him or her to help you create a unique reveal picture. Set against the backdrop of your choosing, position yourself and your partner on opposing sides of a classic Tug O’ War rope, and then gently begin tugging the rope from side to side, as the photographer clicks away. Mid-picture, the camera artiste will then inform the spouse standing on the side that corresponds to baby’s sex (Mommy if baby is a girl, and Daddy if baby is a boy) to give in to the other partner, so that the image shows the valiant “winner” tugging his or her opponent over the middle line (denoted by a white ribbon tied smack dab in the middle of the rope).

    Exploding Excitement

    Go grand with your announcement by hosting a New Year’s Eve gender reveal party. At your anatomy scan, ask the ultrasound technician to write your baby’s sex on a slip of paper and put it into a sealed envelope. Give that envelope to a close friend or relative and ask them to purchase enough sparklers so that each guest has one in the color that corresponds to baby’s sex (pink for girl, blue for boy). At one minute until midnight, retreat inside with your partner and shield your eyes, so that your guests can prepare to light up their sparklers during the 10-second countdown to midnight. When the New Year dawns, re-appear with your partner (post-kiss, of course) and see the magical color dancing in the night sky to learn whether your baby-to-be is a boy or a girl. Make sure to designate one party attendee to take pictures for posterity (and to share on Pinterest)!
    No matter how you decide to share your exciting news, make sure to enjoy the moment and share it with us on Instagram and Facebook and see your announcement on Nine Naturals! Simply tag us and use hashtag #NineNaturals.

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  • Our Newest Product: Nine Naturals CEO & Founder Is Pregnant!

    Launching new products is like birthing babies to us at Nine Naturals. But we get especially excited when an actual baby joins our team. Our founder Grace is pregnant! And we’re thrilled to meet the new baby in June! Grace is excited to share her pregnancy journey with the Nine Naturals community – follow Nine Naturals on Facebook and Instagram for her updates!

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