Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

As a mother of two girls, I look for books with female protagonists who aren’t limited by our culture’s definition of “feminine.”  Pink and glitter are part of my daily life, and there’s nothing wrong with that; but I feel it’s important to share books with them that feature girls doing things, not girls doing circumscribed girly things.  Read More

Anagram Names

Hi Jennifer,

For as long as I remember, I planned on giving all my children names which are anagrams of my name, Adina. I named our first baby boy Aidan.

I’m expecting my second baby in January, so I don’t know the sex yet. Read More

Matching Meanings

Hi Jennifer,

Your site has been my most visited site recently.

My wife and I are expecting a baby boy this fall (first child). However we got into a bit of confusion over a name we initially chosen. The name is Jayson Dallas Teo. Read More

Nicknames and Tribe Names

Hi Jennifer!

I have a little boy Noah Benjamin. I never thought when I was pregnant that Noah could be shortened but he has become Nono, No and Nose to pretty much everyone, including myself!

My real question is when I have my second boy what to name him? Read More

Smart Diaper will detect dehydration

Yes, it’s another online project to develop another wearable device for a baby… but this one specifically takes advantage of — get this — dirty diapers.

How? Well, as the developer Pixie Scientific says, “Kidneys filter specific solutes from blood into urine.   Read More

Wonder Whale kicking gym

We don’t recommend training your toddler to kick whales, but Infantino says “babies will love kicking their feet and watching the soft sea creatures sway.”

The Wonder Whale Kicks and Giggles Gym comes with a water-filled pat mat, a tummy time bolster, and four linkable activity toys for “baby-activated fun.” It all makes for “a playful way to help improve motor skills and teach cause-and-effect,” the company adds. Read More

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