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Top Baby Names of 2017 so far!

Babycentre UK has revealed which names are coming up top so far this year in 2017. If you are undecided about what to name that precious bump, well here is some inspiration! Olivia is still claiming that top spot for the girls, two years in a row, followed by long time favourites Sophia and Amelia.
For the boys, Muhammed is back on top after a brief spell at number two, Muhammad (along with alternate spellings such as Mohammed) means “praiser of God”. Oliver and Harry are still firm favourites.

Most popular girls names:
1. Olivia
2. Sophia
3. Amelia
4. Isla
5. Lily
6. Emily
7. Ava
8. Isabella
9. Mia
10. Isabelle
11. Grace
12. Charlotte
13. Poppy
14. Ella
15. Evie
16. Sophie
17. Phoebe
18. Freya
19. Chloe
20. Ivy

Most popular boys names:
1. Muhammad
2. Oliver
3. Harry
4. Noah
5. Freddie
6. George
7. Jack
8. Jacob
9. Charlie
10. Leo
11. William
12. Joshua
13. Oscar
14. Henry
15 James
16. Archie
17. Alfie
18. Theo
19. Logan
20. Max

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9 Smart Tips on How to Prepare for Pregnancy

If you think that both of you are capable of having a family and are preparing for pregnancy, then go on. Aside from being financially and physically ready, you must also prepare your mind and inner self. Try to think of this, if I want to become pregnant, am I ready for it, and what can I do. Getting pregnant and having a family isn’t an easy job. A lot of patience, effort and understanding are needed. Here are some pregnancy tips that may be the best way in preparing pregnancy:

Visit your healthcare provider

Visit your trusted healthcare provider and voiced out your plan and asks for what’s the fastest way in conceiving a baby. Also asks for reproductive specialists that will do all check-ups, such as general health assessment, pap smear and much more. If ever you can find a doctor who is/are supportive or known for both Western and Eastern medicine the better. It can bring you the best tips on how to get pregnant. Acupuncture which is an example of complementary therapies from Eastern World are recognized by the World Health Organization and is recommended for treatment of some conditions from formal medical institutions. Before you prepare for pregnancy, make sure that your body, especially reproductive organs are both healthy and are capable of conceiving.

Take prenatal supplement

As early as possible, make sure that your body is getting healthy. Perhaps, it is the first things to do. Babies are wired for survival, so it is important to make sure that you have enough and a good supply of essential nutrients and vitamins. Yes, we can get the most of the nutrients out in the foods we eat, but these doesn’t contain all the nutrients needed in our body. So some are advised to take a good quality of prenatal vitamins. This is to prevent any possible health problems and complications for yourself and your baby.

It can be difficult to get all the folate that you need from the food you eat. So it is a good idea to take a quality prenatal supplement and multivitamin with some adequate folic acid levels. This might help you prevent some neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Spina bifida is one of the most common birth defects. Start taking some prenatal supplements three months before conception, but if you’re expecting to conceive earlier, then start as soon as possible. Nutrients and vitamins are most crucial in the first trimester. It is because the brain and the spinal cord of your baby are still developing.

Do some exercise

What to do before getting pregnant? Simple. Keep you body healthy. How? Do some exercise. Women who exercise before conception period have a greater chance of having a successful pregnancy and healthy you shoulbaby. No need to go to the gym. Just aim or practice at a 30-60 minute walk every day, if possible do it with your partner so that you can build a stronger relationship. Walking together with the love of your life presents a great connection for both of you and can improve the chances of getting pregnant at a faster rate. Plus, walking in the sunshine you can get a dose of vitamin D which is highly beneficial for mood, immune system, and fertility. But if you prefer in going to gym, why not, Perhaps, you can either play your sport as a form of an exercise, fun and keeping your body healthy at a time can be executed. The fitter you are, the better for your body for it can cope with the needs and demands of being pregnant, as well as for childbirth.

Improve or change your lifestyle

You should aim for a healthy weight for your body and for your future baby. This is the most important tips to get pregnant. An underweight or overweight body can impact your fertility, and can also cause some health complication at the time of pregnancy. Studies suggested that women can reduce the risk of acquiring gestational diabetes by adopting or exercising a healthy lifestyle prior to their conception. Women who ate healthy and nutritious foods and exercise for about 150 minutes every week, tend to have a BMI less than 25.

Moreover, women who don’t smoke are 83% less likely to develop gestational diabetes compared to those women who did not meet a healthy lifestyle. For you to prepare, no matter how long a healthy pregnancy is, you should eat healthy foods. But, what food should you eat and foods that you should avoid? Foods with sugars including sweetened drinks such as flavored milk, sports drinks, and juices must be avoided. Drinking plenty of water is also advisable. Eat a balanced diet. Your diet must include a lot of fresh veggies and fruits in a variety of color, eggs, chia seeds, and healthy seafood and other nutritious foods. This is to make sure that you can get enough amount of protein, iodine, good fats and other essential nutrients.

If you’re a smoker or a drinker, or both stop it now. It is not good for your health. Reduce also your caffeine intake for it is not good for your baby and your health.

Prepare all the essential things needed

If you’re planning for a baby, better to prepare the things needed during and after conceiving a baby. Shop for essential things such as clothes, diapers, milk etc.. Avail discounts or promos as possible, as long as it is of good quality.

Know your family health history

To be able to know future health complications better to know your family’s previous health problems. This will give conceive tip in preparing, or as possible preventing such complications to affect your baby. And if your family has a history of any genetic disorders, consult it with your healthcare provider for further assessment and prevention.

Preparing for a baby doesn’t need any supernatural efforts. It only needs common sense. These preparations are not only for your own sake, this for the benefits of your baby and for your future family. Better to be prepared, that never. After all, pregnancy should not stress you, rather it’s the time you should enjoy.


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Baby Naming Ceremony

A Baby Naming Ceremony is  a  relatively new idea, that is fast becoming very popular with many new parents who are not particularly or at all religious.

They are easily organised by mums and dads who know that they wish to mark their baby or  child’s arrival,  but want to do so in a tasteful way that isn’t overly religious. That said, the baby naming ceremony can and often is held in a church, or church hall

Baby Naming Ceremonies, can also be held wherever you want to, not just a church!, for example  you could have it at your local school, or  at home,or in your garden, the local Scout hut, village hall or even a restaurants venue room, all kitted out with lovely decorations.

Sometimes naming ceremonies can involved more than just the one child, for example if they are siblings they may share the day with either a brother or sister, or possibly both. Either way, it is important to ensure that all their personalities are catered for, and that their friends and family and other close connections are all involved, especially as they should all bring

As to when is best to have a baby naming ceremony, the simple answer is, they can be held whenever you and baby or your child are ready. There’s no rush at all, some are also combined with first or even 2nd birthday celebrations, and some are held during the holidays to assist with time of for relatives who have to travel.
A typical baby naming ceremony may include some special readings or maybe poems either selected from previously written work, or home made. The home made versions are best because they can be tailored to your child’s personality etc. There can also be a parental promise to their baby or  child, along with the appointment of godparents and even a symbolic action such as planting a special tree, or writing in a wish book.

There’s no exact script for a baby naming ceremony – it’s far too personal an event for that. Instead, every naming ceremony is tailored to meet the family’s needs.

Enjoy creating your own baby naming ceremony day based on your own preferences and the needs of your baby /child and family.


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Do you pay your baby or your phone most attention?

If you spend more time looking at Facebook, emails, tweeting or browsing Mail online, then this new study may encourage you to put down your phone once in a while.

Distracted mothers checking emails and tweeting all day long can damage their baby’s brain development by not giving ‘consistent care’

According to early development researchers at Irvine, University of California, they found that erratic baby care can disrupt an infant’s brain development.

They suggest that babies and young children need ‘predictable stimuli’ to ensure the proper growth of neuron networks, i.e. the brain.

Once again this study was conducted on mice, although researchers are sure the results also apply to humans who are distracted by mobiles, iPad’s and other gadgets. Not entirely sure how they replicated mummy mice checking Facebook pages etc, and ignoring baby mouse’s calls or squeaks for attention.

The findings come hot on the heels of previous newspaper reports suggesting that young children are increasingly feeling ignored due to their parents’ constant use of tablets and mobile phones.

Distracted mothers ignoring their babies or young children have been found to disrupt the brains development, and may even lead to emotional disorders later in life. The study goes on to suggest that relatively harmless everyday interruptions, such as texts, phone calls or internet browsing, can have a long-lasting effect on a child, even though the research was carried out on mice.

What do you think? do you believe that checking your mobile now can lead to a crazed attention seeking, emotional wreck of a future teenager?

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According to on-line luxury baby gifts boutique Lullaby-babies 8 out of 10 new mums admitted that their eventual choice of baby name was influenced either significantly or partially by previous encounters with the “name” either with adults, children or other babies, throughout the lives of both baby names 2015

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most significant negative influence on choosing a new babies name is the delicate subject of the new parent’s exes.

In the confidential telephone survey of new mums, the name of their husbands, boyfriends, or partner’s exes were the single largest negative influences, with 8 out of 10 confessing their partners exes names were first to be removed from the possibilities list, followed closely with the names of their own exes.

The next highest influence as to what not to name your newborn is either a current or past boss at work, being marginally more influential than work colleagues, either past or present affecting 60% of mums.

Other reasons identified as to why a name was rejected based on past experiences with it were; the names of school friends or best friends, the name of your friends or neighbours babies and children, the school bully’s name, the school nerds name, and also certain celebrity names.

However, celebrity names don’t just act as a negative influence, some new mums said celebrity names actually had a positive influence on them, with 2 out of 10 admitting being partially influenced by them, and a slightly higher 3 out of 10 being influenced by TV personalities or movie stars.

Favorite football team players, probably prompted by dad, and other sports heroes were also positive influencers, but the most common positive name influencers were names that already appeared within the family, either immediate or extended family, with both living or deceased relative names being considered an influence for 50% of new mums. Only names that are currently “popular” had a larger influence on mums than family names, with 7 out of 10 mums being influenced by the annual top 100 baby names survey, and in particular the top 10 names of both sexes.

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In a recent article in the Times newspaper, researchers claim that a baby’s first word is no accident. Rhys Blakely from Los Angeles writes, Infants silently rehearse their earliest words for many months, practising their first “mumma” or “dadda” inside their heads before finally blurting it out.

Scientists from the University of Washington say they have captured the most precise look yet of what happens inside a baby’s brain when they hear adults speaking.

The researchers discovered that the area of the brain that is used to produce speech buzzes with activity in babies aged between 7 and 12 month old when they hear speech components, and build toward babys first word.

“What we’re seeing is that the babies are practising because they want to talk back” says Patricia Kuhl, a speech psychologist. Her findings were published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr Kuhl’s team used a special machine that measures the brains magnetic field. Unlike other devices, such as an MRI machine, which requires patients to remain completely still, the MEG can deal with a moving subject, such as a wriggling baby.

The research suggests that babies behave like citizens of the world in their earliest months, reacting to the sounds of all languages equally. However, when they reach about eight months, they begin to latch on to the sound of the language of their parents, effectively ignoring foreign sounds.

The work may help to solve the riddle of how children of the world over acquire their native language in such a short time. Infants learn phonology and grammar via exposure to speech, and produce speech patterns by the age of one that can be deciphered by their parents, the researchers say a feat that has so far beaten the most advanced computers. Dr Kuhl said babies are ready to listen and ready to pay attention.