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  • Things We've Read: Week of Jan. 16th, 2017

    Why This Fashion Designer Is Teaching Girls To Have A Strong Voice (Fast Company): Eileen Fisher discusses how her lack of a role model growing up led her to create programs to empower young girls and women.

    As The Economy Gets Worse, American Baby Names Get Weirder (Refinery29): According to psychologists, more and more Americans are coming up with unusual and sometimes unique baby names, and the reason may not be what you expected (hint: it’s not the influence of pop culture).

    Are Hydroponic Vegetables As Nutritious As Those Grown In Soil? (NY Times): The bottom line is that it depends on the nutrient solution, but hydroponically grown vegetables CAN be just as nutritious as those grown in soil. 

    What The French Get So Right About Taking Care Of New Moms (Huff Post): Hint: it involves something called “perineal re-education.”

    To Encourage Creativity In Kids, Ask Them: "What If"? (NY Times): The "what if" exercise is a great way to encourage a laid-back, nonjudgmental approach to open-ended thinking.

    Celmatix Wants To Help Women Conceive With This New DNA-Based Fertility Test (Fast Company): Interesting technology developments--this genetic test, "Fertilome" provides insights into how a woman's DNA might impact her reproductive health.

    Parents View New Peanut Guidelines With Guilt And Skepticism (NY Times): While national health officials have a track record of reversing medical advice from time to time, few topics are as fraught as food allergies. 

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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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  • 9 Engaging Activities for Baby

    Enhance baby’s growth with these fun, development-boosting activities.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Babies are born scientists. From the moment they come into being, they are observing and absorbing the world around them. Countless studies tout the incredible growth and development of a child’s first 3 years. More specifically, experiences and interactions within the very first year of life have lasting impacts on a child’s foundation for thought, feeling and overall well-being. Here’s a list of engaging activities that stimulate development, nurture curiosity and foster happiness in children under one:

    During Reading Time. Everyone knows the importance of reading. Beyond simply reading a book, there are so many easy activities to incorporate into reading time to maximize the experience and impact.

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Jan. 9th, 2017

    The Japanese Art Of Grieving A Miscarriage (NY Times): According to Buddhist belief, a baby who is never born can't go to heaven. But Jizo, a sort of patron saint of fetal demise, can smuggle these half-baked souls to paradise in his pockets. 

    This Singer Boldly Shouts Out "Loose Mommy Skin" In Post-Pregnancy Selfie (Refinery29): Bravo to Decker for also helping women celebrate that they're not made of elastic.

    After One-Child Policy, Outrage At China's Offer To Remove IUDs (NY Times): "In the eyes of the government, women are labor units. When the country needs you to give birth, you have to do so. And when they don't need you to give birth, you don't."

    These Products Are So Insane, We Can't Believe They're Real (Refinery29): The Willow pump sits in your bra, meaning you can pump literally anywhere while doing anything. The pump connects to an accompanying app, letting you track milk volume and set alerts.

    Hazardous 9/11 Dust Made Newborn Babies Smaller (National Geographic): The finding adds to a host of research showing the ill effects of air pollution on infants.

    Can Tech Reduce Your Health Care Costs? (Huff Post): With mobile remote platforms, maternity care providers and pregnant women meaningfully interact between office visits. 

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  • 6 Meal Delivery Services for New Moms

    These services take the pressure off putting healthy food on the dinner table.

    Article courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    I used to love to cook — spending hours in the kitchen making healthy, gourmet meals for myself and my (mostly appreciative and adventurous) husband. But eight weeks in my first pregnancy, I was passing out every evening at 8 pm and my husband was ordering Chinese food so often that they knew our order by heart. All plans for an organic, nourishing prenatal diet were out the window.

    There’s so much pressure on pregnant and nursing women to eat healthy but, ironically, pregnancy and new motherhood are not ideally suited for long hours in the kitchen.

    For urban mamas and mamas-to-be who are too busy (or too exhausted) to cook for themselves, this city has everything from personal chefs to a-la-carte catering to take the pressure off putting healthy food on the table.

    Read on to find a meal delivery service that works for you!

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