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Almonzo Wilder’s Name

Hi Jennifer!

 Thanks so much for babynames.com. I love to daydream about names, and your site is a treasure trove.

I’m also an avid reader, and I have been re-reading some of my childhood favorites, including the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Read More

Origin of the name Minette

Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that.

Thanks,
Madeline

Hi Madeline,

The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. Read More

Lights and Learning

 

Babies crave stimulation, and this little device delivers plenty. It’ll also help teach basic numbers with songs and color.

The Spin and Learn Color Flashlight combines animal sounds, changing color lights, music, and more than 50 songs to sing along with. Read More

Baby in a Box?

 

The Skinner Box, that is: a “futuristic” baby bed designed by psychologist B.F. Skinner to keep his new daughter comfortable and secure.

It seems like old-school tech now, but when Skinner built his “Air-Crib” it was the latest and greatest. Read More

Author’s “Western” Pen Name

Dear Ms. Moss:

I am trying to break into becoming a new writer. My editor has asked me to start thinking of a pen name for myself. I told her that I wanted my name to be Tim Brian (which is part of my name, first and middle) she doesn’t think that would fly too well in the book industry. Read More

Baby air travel made easy

 

Too often having a baby means traveling with your child to introduce them to far off relatives. The Flyebaby airplane baby comfort system can make the trip less of an ordeal without carrying around a heavy seat.

The hammock-like chair attaches to the seat in front of you and around your waist, keeping you face-to-face with your baby. Read More

Glenn for a Girl

Hi Jennifer!

My husband wants to honor his father (Edward) and uncle (Glen) by naming our first boy Edward Glen. I have suggested using each as a middle name as my uncle and cousin are both named Edward. I have also suggested using Glenn as a middle name for a girl (Emily Glenn being my top choice) but would this be strange if we are trying to honor a man? Read More

Find your toddler fast

 

Kids can wander off — and while they might just be having some fun, new parents can quickly panic.

Now BeLuvv is developing the $25 Guardian accessory to ensure no panic is necessary: the wearable waterproof device sends parents a notification the instant a child goes beyond a custom-set distance. Read More

Don’t drop this cam

There are a lot of “baby cams” on the market, offering many ways to keep watch over your child when you are out of the room. One great choice was first designed as a general-purpose surveillance camera, not a parental device — and so it may deliver more features at a less boutique-y price. Read More

Bedtime Baby beside you

The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first 6 months is in their own sleeping area beside your bed, according to the Royal College of Midwifes — and so Little Green Sheep in the UK is offering “a safe alternative to bed-sharing: The SnuzPod bedside crib.”

The 3-in-1 design combines a bedside crib for a safe and easy night’s sleep; a stand-alone crib for the nursery later; and a removable rocking bassinet that can be used around the home.  Read More

Baby Name is His Company Name

Dear Jennifer,

We are having a boy and the name we most like is the same name of part of the company my husband works with. What do you think about it as he is feeling strange about it given he answers the phone with the same name numerous times a day   Bella Dear Bella,

It’s difficult to form an opinion if I don’t know the name as I go through a list of tests when making recommendations. Read More

Math Genius Names

Hi Jennifer,

I’m carrying boy/girl twins. I really like the names Kepler and Ada. Folks seem to hate Kepler, though, as it’s unusual. Is it really that unusual? I don’t want a name that is too trendy, but I also don’t want to saddle my kid with a name that is more bizarre than I’m giving it credit for. Read More