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Baby Stuff You Don’t Have to Buy: Essential Baby Supplies

Feel free to nix these baby supplies items from your shopping list and just stick with the bazillion other things you’re planning to get.

1. Lots and lots of precious baby outfits
Yes, miniature rompers are the height of cuteness, but here’s the truth: Your newborn will likely be living in a tightly wrapped blanket 24/7 for at least the first few weeks of her life. What is worth buying: A cute cap and blanket for bringing your tot home from the hospital.


2.
Beautiful crib sheets/quilts/bumpers
More important: Having a whole bunch of backup sheets for incidents involving pee, spit-up, and other surprises. As for bumpers and quilts, keep those out of your baby’s crib until she’s at least 12 months old. The reason: They can cause suffocation or contribute to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).


3.
A bottle warmer
Placing a prepared bottle in a cup of hot water for a few minutes works just as well.


4.
Lots of teeny bottles
Skip those smaller 4-ounce bottles, which your baby will only use for a few months, and just partially fill full-size ones for the time being.

5. A baby wipes warmer
Some moms love ‘em, but you can easily get by without a baby wipes warmer. Truth is, most babies are fine with room-temperature wipes, especially if that’s what you use from the very beginning. Besides, you can always warm a wipe up in your hands for a few seconds before using.

6. That expensive stroller
Since many strollers are designed for when baby can sit upright comfortably (around three months), you can easily go without one for a while. Instead, start with a lightweight stroller frame that’s designed to fit your car seat. Simply snap the car seat to the stroller frame, and off you go. The baby stays bundled and comfy, and you can spend a few more months researching strollers. Win-win.

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Planning a Stress-Free 1st Birthday Party

The first year of your baby’s life is full of milestones. First smile, first solid food, first laugh and hopefully even the first time they sleep through the night. All of these wonderful firsts culminate in the big celebration – your baby’s first birthday!

Create a memorable and stress-free first birthday celebration by following these tips and tricks.

Plan the party around your baby’s schedule and temperament. Your baby will do best if the party is arranged around their naps so they aren’t tired or hungry. Having a well-rested birthday baby will help ensure a smoother party for everyone. If your baby is easily over-stimulated, keep the guest list small and plan some activities in another space for older kids. That way the noise level won't get out of control. Your baby is the star of the day so keep the focus on her needs and everything else will fall into place.

Keep it short. Chances are your baby will be somewhat overwhelmed by the birthday experience. Even with a small crowd, all of the attention, singing and energy can be a lot for a baby to process. Keep the party to an hour or two at most to avoid a meltdown. If you can’t keep the party short, plan on giving baby some breaks in a quieter space throughout the day.

Have a family-only celebration before the guests arrive. Take time to be with your baby. Take pictures and have a small party with just the immediate family so you can enjoy the special day without the noise and fuss of a big blowout. You’ll be happy to have those pictures of just the family after the big day, and your baby will be more relaxed during that time.

Delegate. You’ve done a great job taking care of your baby through the magical first year – so congratulate yourself by letting others help with the party so you can enjoy it too. Bring in food, let others deal with clean up, and hire a babysitter if there are going to be many kids in attendance. There should always be someone in charge of keeping the peace and ensuring little guests are entertained.

Décor should be simple and baby-proof friendly. Stay away from long tablecloths that crawling babies could grab on to, and don’t decorate with latex balloons since they can be a choking hazard. A simple way to personalize your décor is to print and enlarge a picture from each month of baby’s first year and hang them around the party space.

Assign a photographer and videographer. You want to participate and engage with your baby during this party, not be observing everything through a screen. Pick a few adults – or teens – to take pictures and capture video of guests and the birthday baby during the event. Make sure you are in pictures too!

Celebrating your baby’s first birthday can be a magical and wonderful event – just remember to take time to enjoy it and create a party that works for you and your baby!

 

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20 'Oh' So Cute Baby Names With an 'O' Sound

What do Noah and Sophia, two of the hottest baby names right now, have in common? Throw out as many adjectives as you want -- they're both elegant, charming, traditional, etc. But the secret to their attraction may just be that they both have a long "O" sound. And baby names that include the sound of "oh" are all the rage.

"Parents don't want to just write the circle of an O, like Robert," explains baby naming expert Laura Wattenberg, founder of Baby Name Wizard. "They want the 'oh' sound itself."

Certainly, some celeb parents jumped on the "oh"-sound bandwagon early on. Brad and Angelina have Shiloh. Nicole Richie named her daughters Harlow and Sparrow. "But trends this big don't come from celebrity names," says Wattenberg. "There's a huge overarching desire right now to choose names that contain long vowels and crisp consonants."

Names with long "A" sounds like Aiden and Ava have been "hugely dominant for years," Wattenberg points out, "so now parents are looking to I, U, and O."

Surprisingly, names that actually end with the letter "O" aren't as popular as names that end on a consonant. "For instance, 'Marlo' is still stuck in the '60's," Wattenberg says, "but 'Marlow' is a rising name for girls. It has a nice, unexpected sound without going too masculine."

So what are some other hot names containing "oh" to look out for? Here are a few to put on your short list.

For Boys:

  1. Arrow:
    Straight-shooting and strong, this name is only going up in popularity.
  2. Bruno:
    Already popular in other parts of the world, Bruno's old-world charm is starting to catch on in the US.
  3. Carrow:
    Pronounced "CAR-oh," we like the prep-school feel of this boys' name.
  4. Kohl:
    A freshened up version of Cole, although both spellings share a likable charm.
  5. Leonardo:
    Leo is strong enough to appeal to guys and sweet enough for girls to relate to.
  6. Otto:
    This name of German descent is confident and smart, with just a hint of cuddliness.
  7. Rocco:
    A big name for baby boys to grow into.
  8. Shadow:
    No longer just for black cats, this name has real depth.
  9. Woodrow:
    Responsible, fair-minded, and trustworthy -- all the qualities you want your son to grow up to have.
  10. Yarrow:
    Unique without being off-putting, Yarrow has a quirky likability.

For Girls:

  1. Harlow:
    This quiet bombshell of a name manages to connote equal parts smarts and style.
  2. Joey:
    Dawson's Creek is long gone, but the irresistably tomboy-ish name Joey will live forever in our hearts.
  3. Margot:
    Sophisticated, distinctive, and come on, what other name allows you to use "Go-go" for the cutest nickname ever?
  4. Meadow:
    You don't have to be a fan of The Sopranos to appreciate the natural beauty of this girls' name.
  5. Morrow:
    Meaning "the morning," we feel certain this name is on the rise.
  6. Posey:
    We have no idea why this unique name isn't on everyone's short list. Reminiscent of olde England and princesses, with a hint of whimsy. Try it spelled "Posy" or "Poesie," too.
  7. Shiloh:
    Endearing, especially when you consider it comes with two equally sweet nicknames, "Shi" or "Lo."
  8. Sparrow:
    We love the delicate strength of this uplifting name.
  9. Willow:
    A name as graceful and resilient as the tree it's named for.
  10. Wynslow:
    The "y" makes this staid moniker surprisingly modern and feminine.

Which of these "oh" names do you like the best?

 

For more great baby name ideas to find your perfect baby name match, visit Baby Name Wizard.

 

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25 Awesome 'A' Names for Baby Boys

Whether it's your first-born or not, A-names are always the initial stop on any alphabetical name list. They're the number one, an A-list top find, and would make great additions to your baby boy name list.

And we have 25 A-plus suggestions to get you started. They range from androgynous to absolutely masculine, but these A-names are just what you need to top that list:

  1. Abbott:
    Whether it's George Abbott or Bud Abbott (of Abbott and Costello), the name has plenty of historical figures who've carried it. Notably, it's also rooted in the Aramaic word abba, which means "Father" and is the highest figure in the religious community. 
  2. Adair:
    Though its one of the few androgynous names on this list, Adair is mostly still a masculine name that stems from the Olde English Eadgar, which means "riches and spears."
  3. Adler:
    You know Jonathan Adler (the famous sculptor and designer) and Steven Adler of Guns 'n' Roses, but did you know that it's a vintage German name that means "noble eagle"?
  4. Ace:
    In both English and Latin, it stands for number one. Have a first-born son? Ace is the right way to go, just like Jessica Simpson did with son Ace Knute. 
  5. Albus:
    Harry Potter fans, unite! It's undoubtedly an older name, but any good Muggle will know that it's the name of the best and most powerful wizard: Albus Dumbledore.
  6. Aleph:
    It's the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and the name of Natalie Portman's first child!
  7. Alistair:
    While Alasdair is the Gaelic form of Alexander, this different spelling is the official British version of the same name.
  8. Aldo:
    Ladies, you know who Aldo is! It's the famed shoe designer, but it's also a great baby name that can be linked back to author Aldo Leopold and Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.
  9. Alpin:
    It's the Americanized name of the Gaelic Ailpein, and translates directly into "white." 
  10. Alvy:
    In Olde English, it means "friend of the elves," and parents, we all know the real association of the name: Woody Allen's character's name in Annie Hall!
  11. Amos:
    It's the name of one of the 12 minor prophets in the Hebrew religion, but for another Harry Potter reference: It's also the name of Cedric Diggory's father.
  12. Anders:
    Based on the Greek andreios, which means "manly," it's a purely strong-sounding name. It's also a biblical name, and a possible shortened version of the more common Anderson. 
  13. Ansel:
    Actor Ansel Elgort is giving the name a much-needed comeback, but it was originally photographer Ansel Adams who made it known. It's a traditionally German name that means "God's protection" and is commonly compared to the better-known Hansel.
  14. Archibald:
    It might not be the trendiest name, at least not in the 21st century, but it's definitely a favorite in Hollywood. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler named their first son Archibald, or Archie, for short. 
  15. Ari:
    It means "lion" in Hebrew, and if that wasn't great enough, there are also plenty of respected Ari's from which your little guy can take examples. Ari Fleischer was the White House press secretary under George W. Bush, and Ari Shapiro is a famed American science writer. 
  16. Aris:
    The Americanized version of Ares, the Greek name meaning "male" or "bane." But if you're looking for a longer name, Aris is technically the shortened version of Aristides or Aristotle.
  17. Arlo:
    Of course, you have the famous folk musician Arlo Guthrie, but did you know that it's actually the American version of the Italian Charles? And another international root for you: it's the Spanish word for "barberry tree."
  18. Asher:
    It's a Jewish name meaning "happy" or "blessed" and is carried by rapper Asher Roth. R&B singer Usher just has a varied spelling. If you'd like a monosyllabic twist: Ash makes for a great nickname.
  19. Ashton: Ashton Kutcher and Ashton Eaton are just two of the most famous Ashtons in the world, and the androgynous name has been on the rise for both sexes, but especially for boys. 
  20. Astor:
    Another unisex name, it's generally served as a baby boy name in recent years. Overall, it's a historically male name as well, and takes origin in the Scandinavian combination of As (meaning "God") and tor (meaning "thunder").
  21. Atlas:
    Actor Edward Norton recently revealed that his son's name is Atlas, and the entire world took notice. It's certainly a big name for a little guy and is most commonly associated with the Titan in Greek mythology who was cursed to carry the weight of the world on shoulders. 
  22. Aubrey:
    Yes, it could very well work for a little girl, but there are also plenty of male Aubreys in the world (rapper Drake being just one of them). Like Alvy (see above), it also means "elf ruler" in Old German.
  23. August:
    It means "great" and "venerable" in Latin and is also the short version of Augustus or Augustine. Take a cue from musician Dave Matthews in this case. He named his son August!
  24. Avory:
    It's a different form of Alfred but has been on the rise for both boys and girls. Whether it's spelled Avory or Avery, the fun moniker is getting more and more popular. 
  25. Axel:
    Fergie and Josh Duhamel shocked us all when they named their son Axl (and left out the "e"), but the meaning still remains. "Father of peace" is the universal definition of the name and is both connected to Axl Rose of Guns 'n' Roses and the most recent Axel, a character on the popular show The Middle.

Which is your favorite "A" name for boys?

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5 Drama-Free Ways to Name Baby

Maybe it’s a family tradition that every new baby must be named after great-grandmother Edna. Or perhaps the name Horace is one that your hubs holds close to his heart. Whatever the reason behind your baby-naming drama, negotiating what you will call your child—when one of you already has a name in mind—can be a huge challenge.

If you need some alternative ways to generate options for your little one’s name, read on. Turning to the five sources of inspiration below can help you face those egos and family expectations with meaningful names, selected through a thoughtful approach—who can argue with that? Increase your odds of success by getting your partner involved in the research and brainstorming.

Languages

Since there are about 7,000 languages in the world, you definitely have lots of options if you take this route. A great place to start is with a meaningful word and a search to see what inspires you. A quick look at how to say “peace” in other languages reveals that in Spanish the word is paz. When translated into Swahili, the word for “peace” is amani. Either one of these could make a beautiful name for a baby girl. Pick a language that’s close to your heart because of your travels or family ties for added significance. 

Mythology

For thousands of years humankind has been inspired by Greek mythology. Maybe you and baby’s daddy will be too. Tapping into mythology for naming inspiration opens up the possibility of your daughter being able to claim Hera, the queen of the gods, as her namesake. Hoping your son will be a future musician? You may want to consider christening him Apollo after the ancient Greek god of music.

Countries of origin

Are you dealing with a baby-naming drama that’s linked to heritage? If so, you may not want to stray too far for your inspiration. Explore the culture in question and find something about it that moves you. It could be a city or town, a national hero or simply a popular name from the country that you find appealing. This approach can be a great way to compromise and honor a family’s heritage without giving in to the pressure of using a pre-selected name.

Literature

Turn to the pages of the classics, contemporary novels or children’s books and you’ll find that the literary world can be a great source for baby-naming ideas. For example, a quick look at Shakespeare produces the regal sounding names of Orlando or Juliet. With an exploration of kids lit, you can find cute and original monikers such as Colin, Madeline or Charlotte. Even your favorite author’s name is fair game when considering literature as your inspiration.

History

Who could argue against a name that indicates your little one is destined for greatness? Look to the annals of history and you’ll find plenty of inspiring names that are likely to make everyone in the family feel proud. Considering presidents, heroes, activists and others who have made significant contributions to the world we live in allows you to make a personal statement too. Think about issues and significant events that you feel connected to and start your research there.  

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Where Do You Keep Diapers?

Every parent knows that carefully-stashed diapers can be a real lifesaver. Moms share their secret hiding places—and smart storage tips.

Diapers on board:

 "I keep several diapers and a small pack of wipes in my car's glove compartment. When I forget to refill my diaper bag—often!—or end up with a ton of unanticipated errands, I'm always thankful for that extra stash."
—Jessica M., mom of one, Puyallup, Washington

Basket case:

"I have diapers everywhere. They’re even in the den, stored in a chic wicker basket under the coffee table, which blends in with my décor. I also have a couple in every bag I own since you never know which one you'll decide to grab. It's good to be prepared."
—Jessica L., mom of two, Anchorage, Alaska

Short stack:

"When my kids were newborns, I stashed diapers in the pretty fabric diaper stackers my mother-in-law made. I’d keep them there until the kids got older and started pulling them out and tossing them all over the room—at which point I’d hide them in their dresser drawers!"
—Rebecca G., mom of three, Clinton, Mississippi

BYO!

"There are going to be situations where you don't want to lug a diaper bag around, like tailgating. I skip the diaper bag and just stuff a couple of diapers in a big purse with a travel pack of wipes and a couple of small toys."
—Amy W., mom of one, Metairie, Louisiana

One step ahead:

"For whatever reason, both of my daughters like to go to the bathroom right after I pull them out of the tub. I used to have floor accidents before I could get a diaper on them, and got tired of washing the rug. So now I keep diapers in the bathroom vanity and get them wrapped up as quickly as possible!"
—Megan C., mom of two, Waynesville, North Carolina

Show ‘em off:

"This may sound weird, but I really like the way diapers look when stacked in a neat pile. White, crisp, clean—they just fit the décor of my nursery. I keep two stacks on the shelf beneath the changing table. It’s so convenient; I can just grab one while keeping a hand on my baby. Between the two stacks of diapers, I keep a cute little bunny that my mom gave me when I was a kid, so the shelf looks designed, like something you’d see in a catalog. I love it!"
—Christina E., Pearl River, New York

Floor plan:

"I always make sure that there are diapers on both floors of our home—I keep some in my daughter's room, and some in the pocket of her playpen downstairs. There's nothing worse than having to run up or down a flight of stairs in the middle of a change."
—Amanda P., mom of three, Jacksonville, Florida

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Nursery Design: How to Create a Nursery That Grows with Your Baby

Creating the perfect space for your baby-to-be is one of the most enjoyable activities of pregnancy. While you are designing and decorating the nursery, you are dreaming of the little one who will soon occupy it and fantasizing about who that person will be.

These days, for both value and versatility, it’s a good idea not to go too “baby” when designing the nursery. Since your little one will only be a baby for a short while, why not think long-term and create a room that will grow with your child? You won't have too much added cost or effort with items that do double-duty now and later.

“Designing your nursery can be a process that helps you get accustomed to preparing for the future,” says Patricia Davis Brown, a professional interior designer from Vero Beach, FL, who blogs at www.DigThisDesign.net. “Almost any parent will tell you that your baby will grow up faster than you ever thought possible. By planning ahead, you can purchase items that can transition to a toddler or beyond, enabling you to make easy and inexpensive changes to the nursery decor as it morphs into a fun bedroom that reflects your growing child’s development and the emergence of his or her personality.”

Here are some tips for creating a practical nursery:

Select non-permanent.

Instead of expensive wallpaper or hand-painted murals, choose from the wide array of removable wall decals and borders that can change with the season or your child's interests. Does your little boy love Disney one day and become fascinated with dinosaurs the next? No problem! Simply peel and stick and you'll have a whole new theme for the room.

Go neutral.

Instead of painting a room pink or blue, consider a neutral color on the walls and add splashes of color throughout with throw rugs, matching picture frames, coordinated art prints, chair pillows and curtains. You can always switch those details out at a later date and get a whole new look without a major investment or a big paint job. Don’t forget doorknobs, light fixtures and storage containers in the color scheme.

Or choose colors you love.

Thankfully, stores are filled with children's furniture and décor in a wide palette of colors, way beyond the traditional nursery colors of days past. Love black and white? Perfect for babies who see those colors first. Or consider colors in the green, turquoise, melon or primary color family.

Multi-functionality is key.

Choose “grow with me” furniture,“ says Brown. “One function is wasteful.” Ditch the changing table and opt for a dresser topped with a changing tray (make sure it is the right height before purchasing). Buy a convertible crib that turns into a toddler bed and then becomes the foot and headboards for a full-sized bed that can last until your child heads to college. Instead of white, choose a wood finish that won’t be too juvenile later on.

Think long-term.

 Since your infant will soon be crawling, make sure everything you buy will pass the baby-proof test. Safety first.

Use ingenuity.

Can the adorable toy chest decorated with bears and rabbits be easily painted to give it a new life later on? Can you switch out the pastel cloth storage baskets on the shelves for something sturdier when baby is crawling?

Who says a nursery has to be “cute.”

Feel free to let the nursery reflect the style you use elsewhere in your home, whether you favor traditional, classic designs or a minimalist, modern look. Furniture and accessories that aren’t meant for a baby’s room can work just fine.

Of course, there are some nursery essentials that only work for baby – a mobile, crib sheets, etc.– so have fun choosing those, too. You can always save them for your next baby or pass them along to a friend or relative when baby grows up. 

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What You Need To Know About Infant Car Seats

A car seat is the most important piece of baby gear—the hospital won’t let you drive your baby home without one. Before you get behind the wheel, read this.

  1. Pricier does not mean safer.

    All car seat manufacturers are required to meet the same strict safety standards, notes Alisa Baer, M.D., a New York City-based pediatrician and certified child passenger safety instructor. "When I first shopped for a seat, I realized the difference in price is often due to a designer name or fancier fabric," says Jill Hunt, a mom of three in Atlanta, Georgia. What’s most important: making sure a model fits your car. 
  2. Go for new over used.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) caution against buying a second-hand car seat if you don’t know the seat’s history(to make sure it hasn’t been in an accident); it’s older than six years; it has visible cracks; it’s missing parts or the instructions; or the seat was recalled (check safercar.gov or call the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236). Says Dr. Baer, who runs the website The Car Seat Lady, "When in doubt, it is best to buy a new car seat—it’s the only baby product parents purchase that has the potential to save a child's life." 
  3. Make sure properly installed.

    A certified child passenger safety technician can teach you how to install the seat correctly. To find one near you, visit seatcheck.org or call 1-866-SEAT-CHECK. Breanna Gunn, a mom of one in Friendswood, Texas, got help from a trained technician at her local police station: "As a new mom, I was relieved to find someone who could make sure my car seat was installed the right way."
  4. Keep the straps snug.

    In the winter, bulky snowsuits or coats can prevent straps from fitting right. Dr. Baer recommends dressing the baby in three thin layers instead, such as a bodysuit, a footed sleeper, and a button-down cardigan, and then adding a blanket (over the straps, which should be snug against baby’s body).
  5. Keep baby rear-facing as long as possible.

    You might be eager to switch your convertible car seat to the forward-facing position, but the AAP recommends that children ride rear-facing as long as possible—until they reach the height and weight limits set by the car seat manufacturer. (At a minimum, babies should stay rear-facing until they turn 1 and weigh at least 20 lbs.) Says Dr. Baer, "Studies show that even 3- and 4-year-olds are five times safer riding rear-facing than forward." Drive safely!

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15 Weirdest Baby Shower Gifts Moms Have Ever Received

Most people stick to the registry when it comes to buying a gift for a baby shower. After all, it's what the mama-to-be is specifically asking for. Some folk, however, go rogue, abandoning all requests the guest of honor has made. And when that happens, things can go one of two ways: Really great or super weird.

We asked moms to reveal the strangest gift they received at their baby shower. Spoiler alert: Some people truly have a warped sense of what new moms need!

  1. "I received a denture ice cube tray."
  2. "A placenta recipe book."
  3. "A girdle for after the birth, from my grandmother."
  4. "When our first child was born, my husband's aunt sent us a whole box of old, dirty and stained baby clothes she bought at garage sales. She was also kind enough to put an article about SIDS with it."
  5. "At my second son's baby shower I received a gift bag from my mother-in-law with a dozen girl onesies and two packs of baby head wraps decorated with flowers and bows. The invitation sent out was a blue baby bootie with "it's a boy!" printed on it. The invite also included blue baby confetti and baby's name."
  6. "Strawberry Flavored Nipple Butter. Apparently, they thought it was for breast feeding." 
  7. "A Chuck E. Cheese gift card. Like I'm going to take my newborn to Chuck E. Cheese."
  8. "I received a baseball cap with lights on the front of it from my grandmother. Her reasoning? I’d need something so I could see during midnight diaper changes!"
  9. "An open can of formula. She said her baby was allergic, and she didn't want it to go to waste!"
  10. "A car seat from the 1980s and an expired jar of baby food from my psychotic ex-sister-in-law."
  11. "A big box of condoms."
  12. "Expired formula. One, I had made it very clear I was breastfeeding; and two, my daughter was born in 2009, the formula had expired in 2003."
  13. "An obviously used picture frame and a pair of used, size 2T girls jeans. I was having a boy and everyone knew it."
  14. "A gift card to DEB, where I don't shop. It was from my sister who told me, 'It's for when you're not fat anymore.'"   
  15. "I got a used manual breast pump from a female coworker of my husband's ... cheap and gross!"   

What's the weirdest baby shower gift you received?

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21 Initials That Make Great Girl Names

Baby girl names don't have to be elaborate, flowery things, and one trend that proves this are the parents who choose names they don't plan to use very often. Ever met a girl who goes by her initials? Sometimes it's a nickname she picked up along the way ... but just as often parents actually plan for their baby girl to go by just two letters.

"For girls, initials can offer a gender-neutral alter ego to a feminine name," says explains Laura Wattenberg, baby name expert and founder of BabyNameWizard. If the possibility of a short, punchy initial-based nickname appeals to you, here are some names to get you started: 

A.J.

  • Alexa Jane -- A short (and hip!) version of Alexandra pairs well with the plainer and perennially popular Jane. 
  • Alyssa Joelle -- This variant of Alicia (which stands for nobility) creates great rhythm with Joelle -- which plays into the hot trend among girls of French middle names with a stressed second syllable.

C.C.

  • Claudia Celeste -- This first name hails from old Rome, while the middle French name adds an ethereal quality.

C.J.

  • Crystal Jade -- A New Age name all the way with a surprisingly down-to-earth nickname. 
  • Calliope Jo -- This elaborate first name after a Greek muse -- made popular by Grey's Anatomy character Calliope "Callie" Torres -- begs for a short, snappy second name like Jo.

D.J.

  • Diana Juliette -- This classy Latin first name (meaning "divine") gets a sweet flourish with the French diminutive of Julie at the end.
  • Donna Jo -- This famous character from Full House was probably the first time D.J. hit our radar for girls. So, it makes sense we pay homage to her here with this Italian-inspired name (Donna is Italian for "lady").

E.V.

  • Evie -- That's it. Get it? This plays off the growing trend of initials sounding just like the full first name.

J.K.

  • Joanne Kathleen -- Sound familiar, Harry Potter fans? This is J.K. Rowling's pen name; she was encouraged to use initials to hide her gender and avoid alienating male readers.

J.R.

  • Juliet Rae -- This ultra-romantic first name gets a dash of cool with this feminine form of Ray, short for Raymond. 

K.C.

  • Casey -- Playing off the above-mentioned initials-pronounced-as-nickname trend.
  • Karli Crane -- This feminine version of Carl or Charles picks up a nice echo with the "c" in the middle name.

K.T.

  • Katie -- Yet another nod to the trend of making a name and its initials sound the same. So cute!
  • Katherine Taylor -- This regal Greek first name pairs well with its more worldly "occupational" second name -- which has long been used as a last name but is gaining popularity as a first or middle name in its own right (hello, Taylor Swift). 

M.J.

  • Maria Joanna -- A fancier, lilting twist to your usual Mary Jo.

M.K.

  • Mary Kate -- Of Olsen twin fame, of course! The simplicity of this feminine name combined with its fun initial-based nickname are a nice combo.

P.J.

  • Penelope James -- "James" is a hot name for girls, but combining it with the ultra long, feminine Penelope is a particularly refreshing mix!
  • Peyton Jolie -- This Old English "place name" has a contemporary vibe for girls, plus Angelina Jolie fans will love this middle-name nod to their favorite celeb.
  • Pace Justice -- Such a stately name for a girl; she's bound to do great things!

T.J.

  • Tara Jacqueline -- This strong, simple Irish first name pairs well with the flourish of its French middle name. 
  • Tabitha Jett -- This ancient Greek first name is well complemented by the modern-sounding middle name. 

 

This article was written by Judy Dutton from CafeMom and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Image: Getty

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