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A Traveling Play Yard

With the Pack ‘n Play On The Go, your baby will be kept comfy and cozy whether at home or away, says maker Graco, “and the durable frame makes it perfectly suited for travel.”

The whole thing folds up at the push of a button, making it easy to store and to carry. Read More

The Dexter Association

Hi Jennifer,

My husband and I have a last name ending in –er so I always said I would NEVER name a child something ending in –er to avoid the rhyming sound. Lately, I’ve been hung up on Trent and he’s liking Dexter…I actually don’t think it sounds as rhyming as a lot of other  –er names and actually do like it, but I’m not sure I like the idea of telling our son we came up with his name from a serial killer on TV. Read More

Blending Surnames

Hi Jennifer!

I’d love to hear your advice about blending my last name, Rothschild, (ROTH-child) with my fiance’s last name, Meyer (MY-er). The readily available options are Rothsmeyer and Meychild, (although we’d probably do Rothmeyer or Mychild, to spare our kids the trouble of spelling it over and over for people). Read More

Gadgets Past: Paul’s Previous Posts

Take the Tub Temperature: digital spout Listen in on your unborn: Prenatal Listener Detect against Ear infections: EarCheck Educate your Unborn Baby: BabyPlus Puppy plays to learn Stop SIDS: Snuza monitors baby Did Einstein bend balls? The Bendy Ball. Chewing and Winking: the Winkel Robot teaches tots: Cogsley Little Scholar educational tablet for kids Seat holds baby and iPad: the Apptivity Foam case keeps your kid’s iPad safe: the Khomo Safekids Amazon Kindle FreeTime — a better babysitter Kids can learn electronics A robot pet based on your iPhone Make better baby food Hi-tech Teddy monitors baby: TediTalk Help your baby start to walk: Walking Wings Take a Temp without a Touch: VeraTemp Bounce the baby: MamaRoo Bellybuds pump sound to the Baby Bump Remotely ensure your baby is breathing: Owlet Vitals Monitor Bathe and weigh the baby: Aqua Scale Baby’s First photo album: Discovery Forget Me Not Baby-sized blender for complete nutrition iPad on the iPotty: Activity Seat Find out if you’re Fertile: OvaCue Time-lapse app records facial changes: Watch Me One futuristic super-stroller: 4Moms origami Warm those baby wipes Shush the baby: Pneo baby shusher Why are you crying, Baby? Read More

Manic for Manoch

Hello Jennifer,

I recently lost my great-grandmother over the holiday season. A woman I loved very much and am honoured to be named after. However, since her passing I’ve been doing an abundance of family research. She had thirteen bothers and sisters! Read More

Formal Name v. Nick Name

Hi Jenni,

I was wonder what you think of the name Skyley for a girl? It’s going to pronounce like skylee it just the spelling is different.

Stephanie V.

Dear Stephanie,

First, my name is Jennifer. And I’m not just correcting you, I’m making a point about diminutive names.  Read More

Street Name for Baby Name

Hi Jennifer,

I was wondering what you thought of the name Adderley for a girl, nicknamed Addy. It’s the name of a street in my hometown.



Dear Molly,

I like it, and the fact that you associate it with a good memory.  Read More

Grandma Permilla

Hi Jennifer, My grandmother’s middle name is Permilla, as was her grandmother’s middle name that died three months before my grandmother’s birth. I love the name and I wouldn’t mind having one of my future children’s middle name as Permilla (if I have a daughter), but I would like to know what it means. Read More

About Evuska and Feedback on Cherry

Hi Jennifer,

My question is:  Do you know the meaning of Evuska?  I was told it is basically my own name (Evelyn) in Slovak. Could you in some way verify this for me?  Thank you so very much.

My Comment is:  You advised a writer to you not to name her child Cherry. Read More

Ya-Ya Sisterhood Name

Hi Jennifer,

We are having a baby girl soon and have not picked a name. I just read the ya-ya sisterhood and fell in love with Siddalee.

I can not find its meaning anywhere. Did the author make it up? Do you think having such a different name would be a burden on her? Read More

Did Einstein bend balls?

“Soft, flexible plastic with bright primary colors make this Ball fun and easy for little fingers to bend, squeeze, grasp, and roll,” says Baby Einstein.
The Bendy Ball also has a rolling Rattle Ball inside inside to add additional sounds and visual stimulation to the toy. Read More