Christian: Name v. Faith

Hello, Jennifer!

I’ve been reading your BabyNames site for a while and I really enjoy it. I have a question about the name Christian. Can it be just a name, not connected with religious views of a person who bears it or his/her relatives? Read More

Packable play yard travels with you

The Pack ‘n Play On The Go has a durable frame that makes it perfectly suited for travel,  maker Graco says, and its push-button design makes it fold up fast and without a hassle.

The travel play yard is 20 percent more compact than traditional play yards, Graco adds, “making it the perfect piece of gear to bring along when you’re traveling.” The toy bar features three soft toys to give your baby lots of visual interest and amusement. Read More

Listen up, baby!

The Nuvo Advanced Pregnancy Audio System “provides a simple yet sophisticated way to safely deliver sounds, music, and recorded voices directly to your baby in the womb,” says maker Ritmo. “This system comes with the Safe and Sound Controller, which continually adjusts the music decibel level to provide an added level of safety to the listening experience for your developing child.”

The four-speaker surround sound belt offers a high-quality audio experience, while remaining lightweight and comfortable enough to wear at home and on-the-go. Read More

Warm the bottle and heat the food

The Bib Expresso lets you prepare a bottle in 90 seconds with one hand. “It doesn’t get easier than this,” maker Beaba says.

The 3-in-1 Baby Bottle & Food Warmer also warms bottles (pre-mixed or breast milk), warms jarred food, and sanitizes bottles with a “unique self-cleaning option to ensure a healthy baby.”

It’s $150 here. Read More

Similar Sibling Names

Hello,

My boys are 2.5 years apart and we wanted to give them strong Persian names. Our oldest is Darius (Dariush) and our youngest is Darian. I loved their names until recently when people/strangers started commenting on how similar they are, and it’s confusing. Read More

On Name Sniping

Hi Jennifer,   My husband and I are expecting our first child in a few weeks and we do not know if we are having a boy or girl.  We have been set on a boy’s name for more than two years, and it is actually my great-grandfather’s name, and I love it. Read More

Origin and Meaning of Alyda

Hi Jennifer!

I love your site; it’s Internet candy for me!  I have a quick question about my middle name: Alyda.  It’s tough to find name meanings for it and I have no idea what the origin of it is.  I inherited it from my grandmother (whom everyone called Lyda) and I’ve only met one other person who has this name.   Read More

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