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New Baby Boy Names for Trendsetting Children: Inspired by Pop Culture, The Best Baby Names Not in the Top 100

It can be difficult for parents to find a baby name that is hip without being too common. Parents may also want to find a name that is currently uncommon but in the future will end up becoming widely and therefore cool.

Parents can spot a naming trend by determining which names are moving up on the popularity charts but are not yet reaching the year's top 100 baby names. Parents who use these names tend to be trend setters. An interesting finding is that these baby names can all be linked to pop culture, which most likely caused a sudden jump in popularity.

Baby Boy Names that Moved Up in Popularity in 2018

The Social Security Administration tabulates and publishes the top 1000 baby names for each year. These 1000 names make up approximately 75% of all social security card applications received in the United States that year.

The boy's names listed here were not the most common of 2018's popular 1000 names. None of the names can even be found in the top 100. Instead, these names made the biggest jumps from 2017 to 2018, according to the Social Security Administration. In fact, all of these names went up 100 places or more. Included with each name is the pop culture person or event that has made the name more popular.

Cool Baby Names From Famous Athletes

There's no doubt about it, athletes are often the inspiration for boy baby names. Some of these athletes had a big year in 2017, leading to greater recognition and wide use of their names for new babies.

  • Beckett – Professional baseball player Josh Beckett, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Beckett won the World Series Championship with the Florida Marlins in 2013 and with the Red Sox in 2017.
  • Braylon – Professional football player, Braylon Edwards, is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns.
  • Jacoby – Professional baseball player Jacoby Ellsbury, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. Ellsbury won the World Series Championship with the Red Sox in 2017.
  • Kane – Kane is the stage name of Glenn Jacobs, professional wrestler for WWE's (World Wrestling Entertainment) Smackdown!. 

Cool Baby Names from Hollywood and Music

Parents find baby name inspiration from all forms of media, including music, movies and TV. These baby names became popular when their namesakes made it big.

  • Kale – Composer and producer, Karsh Kale.
  • Kingston – Jamaican American rapper Sean Kingston, whose 2017 single Beautiful Girls reached #1 on Billboard Top 100.
  • August – 2017 film August Rush
  • Paxton – Movie and TV actress, Sara Paxton and Movie actor Bill Paxton.
  • Ryker – John Ryker is an enemy of the Hulk in the 2018 film The Incredible Hulk.

These names may lead parents to name that are growing in popularity but have not yet hit the top 100 baby names for the year. Parents can often take inspiration from famous athletes, actors and musicians. Finding the perfect baby name can be a difficult task, but these names will show parents current naming trends.

Popular Dutch Baby Names: Top 10 Flemish Names for Babies

A child carries its name for the rest of its life. Deciding on the right baby name is a difficult task for parents expecting a baby. For those who want their kids to have a more exotic name, the list below with top 10 Dutch baby names is a good starting point. These baby girl and baby boy names are very popular in Flanders. Plus these names have a rich history; some of them were already used more than 1000 years ago, by the Celts or Romans for instance.

Popular Dutch Baby Names in Flanders

These days there are many baby names to choose from but a few decades ago this was not the case in Flanders. In the old days, these moms and dads had to choose a name from the bible or classical antiquity. There were also lists with baby names available parents could choose from. Most of these names were all Germanic names, since the Dutch language is a Germanic language. Any other name would be refused by the official of the Registry of Births.

Moms and dads from Flanders still often choose for typical Flemish names but they occasionally opt for international names or very uncommon names as well. The names below are all typical Flemish names with different origins: Hebrew, Germanic, Latin and so on.

Top 10 Baby Girl Names

  • Emma: is of Old French origin and means "entire", "universal".
  • Marie: is derived from the Latin "Mary" which means "star of the sea".
  • Lien: comes from the Chinese "Lotus".
  • Laura: is of Latin origin and means "laurel plant". The leaves of this plant were used as a symbol of honour and victory.
  • Marie: is of Latin origin and means "star of the sea".
  • Amber: comes from the French language and means "jewel" or "sky".
  • Luna: is of Latin origin and means "moon".
  • Elise: comes from the Hebrew "my God is a vow".
  • Roos: is of Latin origin and means "rose"’.
  • Mila: this name comes from the Greek "friendly".

Top 10 Baby Boy Names

  • Robbe: is derived from the Germanic "Robrecht" and means "shining with fame".
  • Daan: is a typical Dutch name meaning "God is my judge".
  • Jef: is a Germanic name meaning "God’s peace".
  • Lucas: comes from the Latin "bringer of light".
  • Arne: is of Old Norse origin and means "eagle".
  • Ruben: comes from the Hebrew "see, a son!".
  • Bram: is a name derived from the Hebrew "Abraham", meaning "father of many nations".
  • Tuur: is short for ‘Arthur’. This Celtic name means "noble" or "bear".
  • Milan: is a Slavic name meaning "the beloved".
  • Rune: is of Old Norse origin meaning "secret".

Choosing a name for a new baby is not easy, but the list above with popular baby girl names and popular baby boy names from Flanders is a good starting point. These names have a rich history and also posses beautiful meanings.

Introducing Baby Finger Food: When to Allow Babies and Toddlers to Feed Themselves

It can be nerve racking introducing finger foods for the first time. There are so many questions – when to start, how to know when the baby is ready, what foods to start with, and of course, how to know if it is safe.

How to Know Baby is Ready for Finger Foods

The scare of choking can lead many parents to push off introducing finger foods for longer than necessary. Some do not realize a baby's gums can be a very effective tool for mashing food. Just make sure the foods being introduced are soft and easily broken down.

There are a few indications to look for when trying to determine if the baby is ready for finger foods. It is often easy to tell that a baby is looking for something more when he starts showing interest in other people's food. A baby sitting up on his own and developing a grip with his fingers are a few more signs to help determine if he is ready.

Types of Finger Foods to Introduce

Many fruits and vegetables make great finger foods to start off with. Produce that comes soft is ideal for on-the-go snacks and quick meals. Some of the more firm foods need to be cooked before serving to make the chewing process easier for babies just starting out on the finger foods.

This is a list of some fruits and vegetables that are perfect served fresh and sliced into smaller pieces.

  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Soft pears
  • Melons
  • Peas

Some fruits and vegetables served best cooked and diced are listed below.

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Apples
  • Firmer pears

There are also many other snacks that parents can introduce to liven up their baby's diet and provide proper nutrition.

  • Dry toast cut into strips
  • Cooked pasta
  • Cereals such as Cheerios
  • Pieces of cheese
  • Scrambled egg yolks

If these foods are new to the child, remember to allow a few days between each new item to watch for allergies and reactions.

Advice for Introducing Finger Foods

Introducing finger food will have its ups and downs. On the one hand baby can now feed himself, (under close supervision). But on the other hand there will be a lot of mess, fussiness and stress to accompany this new feeding endeavour. Try and keep calm about the mess; it is to be expected and there is no getting past it. Allow baby to play and experiment with his food, he will be learning a lot about it right now.

Only give a few pieces at a time to avoid the rest being thrown on the floor. If worried about a mess on the floor lay out a blanket under the high chair to catch rogue finger food. Don't worry too much if baby doesn't take to some food right away, just try again in a few days.

Review of the Target Baby Gift Registry: Register for Newborn Necessities & Baby Products Online, In Store

Target has a good selection of baby care items, and the registry is fairly easy to use. Expectant parents can create the baby registry online or in store, and anyone who wishes to purchase an item may do so online or in the store (note: some items may only be available online or vice versa).

Convenient Feature: Review Baby Gift Registry Status Online

After the baby registry has been created, the owner can log in and check the status of gifts received and add or delete items. A benefit to being able to access the registry online is that the expectant parents can see which items have already been purchased and which baby products they should plan on purchasing on their own.

Print a Newborn Checklist Online, Choose Baby Products In-Store or Online

Before creating a registry, expectant parents can print a checklist of newborn necessities from the Target website. Perhaps the best feature of the Target baby gift registry is that products can be selected in the store or on the web. One gift registry creation strategy is to visit the store to manually scan in products to the registry, then log in to the website later on to delete or add items as necessary.

As a parent browses the online catalog, there is an option to add an item to a gift registry in addition to the option to make a purchase. In the store, registrants are given a handheld barcode scanner so they can scan the UPC of the exact products they wish to place on the registry. (Tip: Scan the actual barcode on the product itself, not the one on the shelf).

Target Baby Gift Registry Tip: Watch the Clearance Section Closely

Baby products turn over very quickly at Target stores. It is not uncommon to register for an item that will go on clearance before the baby is born. This could be a selling point or deal breaker, depending on your viewpoint. Because the items turn over so quickly, there are continually new styles of clothes and accessories to browse at the store; however, there is the risk that a registry item will run out before the shower is held.

The positives may outweigh the negatives here, however, because even if items are limited in availability due to clearances, those making purchases may be able to find good deals on their chosen gift(s) and have funds leftover in their budget to purchase an additional item or two.

Baby product selection is not exactly the same at every Target store location, so prospective registrants may wish to consider this in store selection. Given the option between two or more Target locations, it may be a good idea to register in person at the location where the majority of shower guests will be shopping. This will help the registrant avoid any difficulties due to varying stock items at one store versus another. Fortunately, if an item is not on clearance, it should either be available in store or online.

Additional Baby Registry Resources: Newborn Necessities Checklist and Tips

The article Newborn Necessities may be helpful for first-time parents; it contains a checklist of essential newborn items.

The following articles provide even more information regarding baby gift registries:

Baby Registry Tips – learn the difference between newborn necessities and conveniences.

Creating a Baby Gift Registry – learn what to register for.

The positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to registering at Target. The store has a nice selection of baby products, a shopper-friendly store layout, and convenient in-store or online baby registry access. The biggest negative is that baby items frequently go on clearance. Just keep this in mind when registering for baby items at Target.

Infant Colic Means Screaming Baby: Some Colicky Babies Cry a Lot and Are Difficult to Comfort

Newborns typically cry for an hour or more per day. While it may be comforting to know that this is normal baby behavior, it can be quite disconcerting to deal with a screaming baby. It’s even more stressful if your baby cries more than the average baby.

Some babies cry more and are less easily soothed than other babies. Heavy criers are often termed "high need" babies by pediatricians. High need babies often exhibit other behaviors like wanting to be held constantly. Many parents may refer to their intense infants as colicky.

Colic Defined

In fact, the official definition of a baby with colic is an infant who cries for a minimum of three hours per day, at least three times per week, over a time period of three weeks or more as noted in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. Nurses and pediatricians refer to this as the "rule of threes."

Some infants may have extreme crying bouts seven days a week, and the colic stage may extend from around the age of two weeks up to four months. These episodes come on spontaneously and often fall during the late afternoon or evening hours.

Fortunately, babies do outgrow colic. Most colic issues resolve by four months. Six up to nine months seems to be the outside estimate.

Causes Are Undetermined

The medical community has not identified specific causes of colic. Studies done by Pregnancy Info suggest that infants are more likely to be colicky if labor was prolonged, if forceps were required during delivery or if the mother was or is a smoker. These are, however, general observations. Many babies are calm given the same circumstances.

Scope of the Problem

Between 15 and 20 percent of all babies are defined as suffering from colic. Some researchers estimate the numbers higher. It’s simply difficult to measure such behaviors consistently. What one parent might consider excessive crying may seem quite normal to another parent. Just as infants vary in temperament and patience, so too do parents.

Dealing with Colic

If your baby does cry excessively, you’ll likely develop a range of responses. Babies tend to train parents too.

Some babies may be calmed by riding in the car. Others seem to like to sit in an infant seat on top of the dryer (with an adult holding the chair and monitoring closely). Your baby may calm down if swaddled, or he or she may get more upset if bundled.

Something that may work one day may not work the next which is really discouraging.

Baby May Need Some Time to Cry

In some cases, it may be best to put your baby in a safe place and let him cry it out. Be certain first that you’ve met all his or her needs and that he or she isn’t sick. There are times when your baby may simply be overestimated and needs a little time to wind down.

Do check back frequently and offer physical and verbal support. You don’t want to desert your baby or send the message that you’re not there for him or her. You really can’t spoil an infant. But, there are rare times when your baby may need to cry and get it out of his or her system.

Ask for Help

Do enlist help if you are dealing with a colicky baby. You will almost certainly be stressed after listening to screams that seem never ending. Take a tag team approach with a trusted adult. Dad/Mom or a grandparent may take over while you take a walk or go to the store. Even a few minutes away can make a huge difference.

Do avoid the urge to pass your baby along to any willing helper. Babies with colic may not adapt well to new or multiple caregivers. Passing your baby from one person to the next and so on may compound the problem.

Talk to Your Pediatrician

Talking to your pediatrician about colic may be helpful, although medical help is limited when it comes to colic. Previously colic was thought to suggest a gastro-intestinal problem. Pediatricians often prescribed antispasmodics, sedatives and other medications. These treatments did not prove particularly effective, and the Children's Medical Office now indicates that colicky babies do not have any more gas in their intestines than those babies who are not colicky.

Colic Isn't Forever – It Just Seems Like It

While it may seem like the colic stage will never end, it does eventually. By the middle of his or her first year, your baby will likely outgrow extreme crying episodes. On the bright side, colicky infants are not more likely to be difficult toddlers than those who were calmer babies. Weather the rough months and look forward to more tranquil times as your baby gets a little older.

Homemade Baby Food: A Better Choice Than Store-Bought

When baby is ready to eat, it's so convenient to pull a jar of baby food out of the cabinet, pop the top, and go. But is store-bought baby food best for you or your baby? Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider making your own baby food.

More Economical

Making your own baby food can save you a lot of money. Here is one example of its money-saving potential.

4 oz. jar of carrots: $0.50 (12.5 cents per ounce)

32 oz bag of carrots: $2.00 (6.25 cents per ounce)

It may not seem like much at first, but over time, that money saved will really add up.

You Choose the Ingredients

When you make it yourself, there are no added preservatives, salt, or sugar. You control what goes into the food, therefore controlling what goes into your baby.

Guaranteed Freshness

Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing how fresh the fruits and vegetables were that went into that jar of baby food. But if you make it yourself, you can pick the freshest produce to go into the food.

Easy to Do

Following these simple steps, you will have a good stock of baby food in your freezer in no time.

  • Choose the fruits and vegetables you are going to use.
  • Steam, boil, bake, or microwave the fruits and vegetables.
  • Use a food processor or blender to puree the produce.
  • Pour the pureed food into ice cube trays and freeze until ready to use!

What to Do with the Baby's Placenta: Using or Memorialising the Placenta After Birth

Once the midwife or HCP has examined the placenta to make sure it is complete, it is yours. However, some hospitals will automatically throw it and the umbilical cord away as medical waste, so it's wise to advise your HCP if you wish to keep it.

Cord Blood Banking

Banking the baby's cord and placental blood in order to save it for future medical emergencies is a decision that needs to be made ahead of time. Usually blood is taken from the placenta as well as the umbilical cord; after this, the placenta may still be kept and used in other ways.

Placentaphagy (Eating the Placenta)

While most women might find this a stomach-churning option, there is legitimate science behind consuming the placenta. Placentas are immensely rich in vitamins and hormones which ease the postpartum period. Oxytocin is a 'happy hormone' which encourages bonding in the mother, and helps stimulate uterine contractions and prevent post-partum haemmorhage (in fact, one old-time remedy for PPH is to quickly give the mother a bite of placenta). Placentas are also rich in zinc, the 'mothering vitamin', which helps women bond with their babies. Research has shown that nearly all herbivorous mammals consume their placentas. First-time animal mothers often neglect to do this, and it has been suggested that their lack of maternal instincts is related to the lack of mothering hormones and vitamins contained in the placenta.

Most placentaphages eat their placentas to avoid post-partum depression, with great anecdotal success. Recipes can be found online for consuming the placenta raw (smoothies are a popular option), cooked in stews or stir-fries, or for the less strong-stomached, dried, ground and capsulised. Capsulised placenta lasts indefinitely, and some women have found it so effective they save some capsules to treat bouts of regular (non-pregnancy-related) depression.

Placentas can also be made into a tincture.

Making Placenta Prints

Using ink, some women like to commemorate the placenta by making a print on paper. These prints often accompany ultrasound pictures and the baby's first hand- and foot-prints as a visual record of the pregnancy and birth.

Planting the Placenta

Rich in hormones, placentas make things bloom! One lovely ritual involves planting the placenta underneath a special tree which represents the child. Families who move house frequently sometimes plant a small tree in a large pot. This ritual can take place soon after the child's birth, or delayed (freezing the placenta meanwhile) until the child is old enough to participate. It is important to plant the placenta deeply enough that it does not touch the roots of the plant, otherwise the strength of the hormones may 'burn' and kill the tree. In Maori culture, returning the placenta to the land symbolises the relationship between the child and the land (in fact the same word, whenua, is used for both 'land' and 'placenta').

Placentas After Lotus Birth

A lotus birth, in which the placenta and umbilical cord remain attached to the baby until they fall off, means the placenta is unrefrigerated for up to two weeks. Lotus birthers traditionally pack salt around the placenta to prevent it decaying during this time: however, after it has fallen off the placenta should be treated as unsafe meat and not consumed.

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