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Initials That Do and Don't Make Great Boy Names

It’s hard enough to come up with a great name for your baby-to-be that works with your last name and makes you and your partner happy. But there’s something else you should take into account -- what your future son’s initials spell out.

It’s something that’s easy to overlook since initials aren’t used all that often. But not only do you want to think about how they will look monogrammed on a kindergarten backpack or even someday embroidered on the shirt under his business suit, you also want to protect him on the playground, says Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of BabyNames.com

You want to avoid initials that form an undesirable or unflattering word or can be an unfortunate abbreviation or acronym. “You don’t want them to spell anything that could be embarrassing for your child,” says Moss. She lists the “teasing potential” of names and initials as one of her top seven tips for choosing a baby name in her “The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book.”  Consider not only how the initials look, but sound, as well, she says.

You might also want to stay away from initials that make up common text phrases like OMG or LOL. Of course, in our Twitter and text society, every day we’re shortening words and creating new acronyms, but at least try to avoid the less desirable ones that are around today. Of course, you also don’t want your son’s initials to spell out words like FAT, ICK, or UGH, for example.  Remember, kids can be merciless and schoolyard taunts can be cruel. Give the bullies one less reason to pick on your child, says Moss.

Then again, there are some initials that can make great nicknames for boys -- A.J., D.J. and J.J. all work on their own. Some people, in fact, choose the initials first and then find names that fit. If you choose the initials of a special person you want to name your son after, this gives them extra meaning.

Initials make an informal, classic nickname that can work for any age. Think P.J., T.J., K.C. and J.T., if Justin Timberlake doesn’t mind you borrowing his.

There are also many three letter initial combos that make great names and nicknames. How about AXE, ACE, KIT or ZED? These all sound and look good. JAX, JOE, ELI, ARI, SAM, AXL, REX and GUS are all strong male names from initials. They’re short and snappy. Adorbs for a baby or a teen and even nice and informal for the boardroom. Hey, you’ve got to think ahead.


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Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Diapers at Disney Parks

Going on a Disney vacation with your baby or toddler is an exciting time for many parents — but as you might imagine, taking your child’s usual gear and routine on the road can be a little tricky! One part of that daily routine is, of course, diaper changes. Where will you change Baby? What do you do if you need supplies quickly?

Luckily, we’ve gotten the scoop on all things diaper at the Disney parks, and there are lots of options. Walt Disney World and Disneyland make the process logistically easy, in order to help families through every diaper contingency.

Where to Change Your Baby

For routine diaper changes, it doesn’t get much easier than at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The Disney parks and Disney resort hotels provide so many readily accessible places for a quick diaper change. You’ll never have to walk any farther than the closest bathroom to find a clean and convenient changing table. There is at least one (and usually more) in every bathroom. Consider packing your own changing pad to keep things clean and comfy for Baby.

Want even more changing table space with other amenities for diaper changes? Head to one of the Disney Baby Care Centers. There’s one in each park at Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) and at Disneyland (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park). At the Baby Care Centers, parents will find a number of additional changing tables plus plenty of baby supplies for purchase. Plus, they have quiet spots for nursing, pumping, or bottle feeding.

Purchasing Diapers in the Parks and Hotels

If you need diapers (and are in a park) simply head to the nearest Baby Care Center. The Baby Care Centers stock a limited supply of wipes and Huggies® diapers in a few different sizes. Not every diaper size will always be available, but there is always enough variety to work in a pinch. The most popular sizes — 3, 4, and 5 — are the most commonly found.

Alternatively, you may be able to find diapering supplies in regular bathrooms too. Select bathrooms in the Disney parks sell diaper-changing kits in wall-mounted vending machines for about $1.50. Those quarters you packed for pressed penny machines could do double duty for meeting your diaper needs.

One last on-property location where diapers are commonly available is gift shops. Larger shops, in places like Disney Springs or in the Disney hotels, commonly stock Huggies® diapers in several sizes just like in the Baby Care Centers.

Headed to a water park or pool? Disney has thought of that as well. There are Huggies® Little Swimmers® available for purchase in the gift shops at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach as well as swim diapers in most Disney hotels for use in the pools.

Off-Site Diaper Supply Options

If you need a larger supply of diapers, there are plenty of other options short of packing a suitcase full of diapers for your Disney vacation. Consider ordering diapers from an online retailer and shipping them ahead to your Disney resort hotel. Put your name and check-in date on the box and the hotel will hold it for your arrival. Or, you could look into one of the grocery delivery services in Orlando or Anaheim. Thankfully, diapers can be delivered just like any other essentials your family might need.

For Those Unexpected Moments

Bring a change of clothing or two along with you in your park daypack for any unexpected diaper messes. Pack whatever you might need to clean up Baby, your stroller (and even yourself). Also, if you need a clothing change, Disney gift shops are always nearby ready to sell you either baby or adult clothing that can double as an outfit change and souvenir.

Potty Training at Disney Parks

If your toddler is potty training, keep in mind that the Disney Baby Care Centers and select resort hotels and gift shops stock Pull-Ups® Training Pants in addition to diapers. The Baby Care Centers also are the only place you can find smaller kid-sized toilets. Disney certainly makes it as easy as it can be for little ones who are potty training!

Some of the information in this post may have changed after this writing. Please visit Guest Services online at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, or ask Disney Parks Moms Panel to confirm current policies.

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Co-Ed Baby Showers Honoring Both Mom and Dad

Who says baby showers have to be for women only? Guys want to have fun, too, since they're just as excited about the little one on its way. Some couples may split up and do his and her showers, but others join forces and have co-ed celebrations, inviting fathers, brothers, uncles and male friends, too.

For the best outcome, ask your better-half if he wants to join in and then come up with a theme that works for you both. You may want to stay clear of anything too “girly” and some of the traditional shower games if there will be guys attending. Not to worry, there are plenty of activities that work for mixed genders and can be just as muchif not morefun

Here are some party ideas to get you started:

  • Literary Lunch: Have everyone bring their favorite children’s book to start baby’s library off right. Ask them to write a special message to baby inside instead of a card. Print up quotes from some of the most popular kid's books and let the guests guess which title it’s from for great prizes.
  • Backyard Baby-Q Bash: A perfect co-ed theme for your bun in the oven is a barbecue – or Baby-Q -- with burgers on the grill and a special bun in the oven. Do a toppings bar with everything from mustard and ketchup to chili, shredded cheese, sautéed onions and peppers, sauerkraut, and more.

Instead of spending hours opening presents, Mike Mohammed and his wife Ana played lots of games at their party. “We were very competitive and played guess the baby food, place the egg in the ovary (like pin the tail on the donkey) and how big is mama’s belly,” says Mohammed, a new dad who wouldn’t have expected anything but a co-ed baby shower before his son was born. After all, he too was becoming a parent, not just his wife, he says. “We did a BBQ with lots of food, beer, tunes and fun games we all played together.”

Here are some other games to play at a co-ed shower:

  • Have a relay where teams have to diaper a baby doll, open and eat a container of baby food and dress a doll in record time.
  • Open a bag of Huggies and have guests add their own message with colorful permanent pens. New parents will get a laugh at the jokes and advice when it’s time to change baby, especially in the middle of the night.
  • Instead of the Newlywed Game, play a Parenting Guess Who with questions about the new mommy and daddy. Whose belly is bigger? Who got to name the baby? Who weighed more at birth? Everyone fills out an answer sheet and the one with the most correct answers wins a prize.
  • And then there’s a classic: have everyone bring a baby picture of their own and try to figure out who’s who at the party.

The secret to a co-ed bash is just to have fun honoring both mom and dad. “I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” says Mohammed, of his co-ed festivity.

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A Gender-Neutral Disney Nursery: The Lion King

By Michelle Horton, Disney Baby

If you’re searching around for a unique gender-neutral baby nursery theme, and you also happen to be a fan of (ahem) Disney, here’s a cute idea:

The Lion King! Here’s why: Lion King Nursery Collection

The Lion King theme for a baby nursery is the perfect gender-neutral, nature-inspired, jungle-like design scheme — and with a fun, classic Disney focus.

Lion King Finishing Touches

They have an extensive collection of Lion King nursery items — like sheets, a bumper, mobile, swaddle blankets, plush blankets, changing pad covers, and

Simba Soother

You can even buy one of these cloud B "Disney Baby Dreamy Sound Soothers" in their brand new Simba design. See more about the Simba white noise soother.

Animal Print Details

Finish off the room with animal-print valances, changing pad covers, and other decorative details.

IKEA leaf

You could also buy the IKEA LOVA leaf crib canopy ($14.99) to finish off the jungle-y look.

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8 Tips for a Healthier, Eco-Friendly Baby Nursery

By: Michelle Horton, Disney Baby

If you’re committed to a green lifestyle (or if you want to start being more eco-conscious), it’s only natural to take this approach with your baby, too. But it can feel like an overwhelming goal when there’s so much stuff to buy — so much furniture and clothes and short-lived baby gear that only lasts a few months before heading to storage. And what’s eco-friendly about that?

On the other hand, you might be looking into natural baby products for the health and safety of your baby, first and foremost.

Either way, here are 8 tips on making your baby nursery a chemical-free, eco-friendly haven:

1. Use VOC-free or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint in a well-ventilated room
And paint weeks before your due date so that any lingering fumes will be gone by the time your baby arrives.

2. Upcycle used furniture and decor
Although experts warn that it’s best to buy a new crib that meets the recently revised safety regulations (namely banning drop-side cribs), reusing an old dresser, glider, wall art, etc. is the more eco-friendly approach. (See which other baby products are best to buy new.)

3. Choose quality wood
If you do buy new furniture — such as the baby’s crib — look for furniture that uses real, solid wood with water-based finishes (preferably with an eco-friendly certification like Greenguard and/or wood that’s been sustainably produced). These kinds of cribs are pricier, yet, but their heirloom quality can be passed down to future babies. Examples: Oeuf, Arlington, Nurseryworks, Kalon Studios, and many, many more. "Green" companies will highlight their features on their websites.

4. Choose wood floors over carpet
But if carpet is a must, have it delivered well ahead of time so that it can be unrolled and aired out (preferably not in your baby’s room) before installing it.

5. Use organic, naturally dyed crib bedding
If you’re looking to be as chemical-free as possible, don’t forget about the sheets and blankets (which can contain nasty things like formaldehyde). It’s always good to look for an Oeko-Tex certification.

6. Don’t forget about the mattress!
It’s common to hem and haw over the perfect baby crib and then impulsively buy whichever crib mattress is on sale without the kind of extensive research that a car seat — or even a baby bouncer! — might get. But the safety of common crib mattress materials was called into question a few years back, resulting in a 2009 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that banned several types of phthalates from crib mattresses. The common offender of crib mattresses is typically the waterproof vinyl coverings, which has encouraged companies to find more natural, eco-friendly substitutions that still keep mattresses safe and dry. So in short: Don’t use a questionable hand-me-down crib mattress — especially one that was made before 2009 — and search through this Babble.com guide for a safer alternative.

7. Register for (and buy) eco-friendly baby products
You might drive yourself crazy sifting through the eco-friendly products at your local Baby Superstore — combing through reviews and labels — which is why I recommend registering through an eco-friendly store like Ecomom or Abe’s Market. Abe’s Market has the biggest natural baby registry, offering thousands of products plus valuable tips and advice. And Ecomom (which also offers a gift registry) does all of the research that you don’t have time to do — conveniently labeling every product with symbols like "organic," "fair-trade production," "recyclable," and "vegan".

See some of my favorite eco-friendly baby gear here and here.

8. Use an air purifier/fresh air ventilation
If you’re not sure which room to use as the baby’s nursery, choose whichever room has the most windows for fresh air and natural sunlight. It’s also a good idea to use an air purifier to reduce common irritants like dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander.

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Unique Diaper Cake Ideas for Girls

Planning a baby shower is a chance to show the mom-to-be how much her friends and family care for and support her. After choosing the theme, décor, food and location, it’s time to get down to the details. And inevitably a key highlight of any shower is the diaper cake.  If mom has already revealed the baby’s gender as a girl, you can try one of these fun diaper cake ideas to celebrate everything feminine and fun!

Flowers abound

A garden party is a lovely way to celebrate a baby girl. For the diaper cake, you can create a whimsical garden with simple supplies from a craft store and local florist. Wrap artificial ivy vines around the diaper tiers and layer with mom’s favorite flowers. Or coordinate the floral colors with the shower theme to produce an English garden diaper cake centerpiece. Place a small bouquet right on top for the ultimate topper.

Like mother like daughter

What is mom’s favorite hobby, sport, or activity? Tailor the diaper cake to reflect mom’s interests, which she hopes to share with her baby girl. Deck out the diaper cake in mom’s favorite sports team paraphernalia and colors. If mom loves music make a musical cake by wrapping the diapers in ribbon festooned with musical notes and printed lyrics from her favorite songs. No matter what, it’s bound to be special when it’s truly personalized.

Storytime

What's better than a giant cake made of diapers? A cake of diapers decked out with classic children’s books and characters. Make a diaper cake that’s decorated with small plush toys of well-loved storybook and fairy tale characters, and easy-to-read board book versions of the stories. Your guest of honor will leave her shower with a supply of diapers and the beginning of a wonderful library for her baby girl.

Glam it up

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend so fête the mom with a diaper cake that is glamorous and glittery. Use plenty of sparkly ribbons to wrap the diaper tiers, or drape strands of faux pearls. Top it off with a fabulous tiara.

Ballerina baby

There’s a tiny dancer on the way. Build a diaper cake with layers of pink tulle skirting the bottom layer and then use pink satin ribbon around each of the top layers to create a full ballerina tutu cake. Craft a ribbon bouquet on top, or place a sweet ballerina doll in the center.

You can find inspiration from all different kinds of sources when designing a diaper cake for a baby girl, just be sure to incorporate it with the theme of your shower and place it where all of your guests are sure to admire it!

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10 Unique Diaper Cakes

Celebrate baby’s impending arrival with your family and friends by indulging in delicious food, participating in amusing games, and unwrapping thoughtful gifts that your baby will soon enjoy. Of course, no baby shower would be complete without a decorative diaper cake, and no diaper cake would be complete without Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers that help to keep your newborn’s perfect skin clean and healthy.

Classic Confection

The traditional three tiered diaper cake can serve as a great base for numerous creative designs. Here’s how to build it:

Gather at least 6 dozen (depending on the size of your cake) diapers, both small and large rubber bands, a flat circular cardboard base, a large bottle of baby powder, and a small toilet paper roll (stuffed with paper towel to ensure stability).

From front to back, roll 10 diapers individually and secure them with a small rubber band. Place the baby powder in the center of the circular cardboard base and vertically stack all of the diapers around the bottle; secure with a large rubber band. Roll enough diapers (approximately 35) to create two more ring layers that will be stacked and secured around the previous layer(s), but be sure that the outermost layer is big enough to cover the edges of the circular base.

Using a hot glue gun, secure the toilet paper roll to the top of the baby powder bottle to create the next tier. Roll 8 diapers individually and vertically stack them around the bottle to create the first layer of the second tier; secure with a larger rubber band. Roll 14 diapers to create the second layer and secure with a large rubber band.

Roll the remaining diapers to create the top layer of the cake, using one rolled diaper as the center, and secure with a large rubber band. Place this tier in the center of the second tier. Hide the rubber bands around each tier with ribbon, and then get creative with the decorations. Here are 4 ways to transform the classic diaper cake into a beautiful baby shower display:

Bella Ballerina

Secure pink tulle around each layer with double sided tape to resemble a ballerina’s tutu. Place a decorative ballerina figurine, similar to the one that you’d see in a jewelry box, in the center top layer for added elegance. Find a small music box that plays Tchaikovsky’s “ Swan Lake” theme song (a standard music box tune) and hide it within the bottom layer of diapers, making sure to twist it occasionally throughout the celebration to entertain guests.

Tasty Treat

Trick your baby shower guests into thinking that they’ll soon enjoy a slice of gourmet cake by decorating the classic diaper cake with an array of plastic flowers and ribbons to hide the materials. They’ll be amazed when you reveal that the three-tiered artwork is actually made of Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers, which are mom-preferred over Pampers Swaddlers†.

Chilly Snowman

Ideal for a winter baby shower celebration, create a snowman diaper cake by first building the classic diaper cake structure, but stop at two layers. Craft the head out of a Styrofoam ball and decorate with cut out paper eyes, nose, and mouth; or secure edible sugar cake decorating facial features to the Styrofoam ball for a more realistic touch. Place small, fallen branches or brown pipe cleaners on each side of the second diaper layer to resemble arms, top the head with a baby hat in your color of choice, and pin jingle bells in the center of the diaper layers to serve as buttons.

Wacky Water Fountain

Assemble a classic three-tiered diaper cake and then secure a sheet of paper that is the same height as the largest layer to it with double sided tape. Tape or hot glue small rocks all over that sheet of paper to resemble the base of a water fountain structure. Cover the rubber bands securing the middle and top two layers with a small white ribbon and double sided tape. Grab two dozen (if not more) blue pipe cleaners and twirl them beginning in the middle of the pipe cleaner. Stick the twirled decorations all over the middle and top layers to resemble water spray from a fountain. Add a decorative drawer handle or brooch to the top layer to serve as a water fountain finial.

Made to Move

Tricycle

Perhaps one of the harder diaper cake to build, you’ll need approximately 100 size 1 diapers, 2 receiving blankets in your choice of color, one pair of baby socks, 2 bibs in your choice of color, one plastic baby bottle and decorative ribbon. Create three circular stacks of the same size using the typical layered diaper technique and then secure with rubber bands; hide rubber bands with decorative ribbon secured with double sided tape. Make a hole in the center of each stack using your fist, and then insert one tightly folded receiving blanket into two of the circular stacks, before pulling them forward to insert and secure with safety pins into the remaining stack (tire) that should be centered in front of the two rear stacks (tires). Fold the other receiving blanket tightly and feed it through the front tire. Lay the bib on the front stack with the neck of the bib facing the rear of the tricycle. Place the plastic baby bottle on top of the bib to resemble a headlight and tuck the nipple end into the blanket. Bring both ends of the second blanket up and over the bottle, and be sure to secure with a large rubber band. Create handle bars by putting one baby sock on each end of the blanket, and then add another bib to resemble the seat with the neck of the bib facing the handle bars. Finish the trike with a decorative bow in front to hide the rubber band.

Tractor

Create three stacks—one smaller circular stack and two larger oval stacks—using the typical layered diaper technique and then secure with rubber bands. Hide the rubber bands by covering them with yellow or green decorative ribbon. Hold the two larger stacks upright and connect them with a wooden dowel to allow for a sturdy base for a Huggies Natural Care® Wipes box, which will serve as the cab of the tractor, to securely rest atop of it. Tape or tie the smaller circular stack to the dowel to resemble the front tire. Hang a stuffed animal off the back of the wipes tractor cab to man the wheel and secure with double sided tape.

Special Delivery

Diaper Wreath

Purchase a cardboard wreath form (to ensure stability, a heavier weight form is preferable) and use it as your base. Roll up at least 22 diapers (depending on the size of your wreath form) individually, secure with a rubber band, and then cover the rubber band with a thick decorative ribbon using double sided tape. Place a drop of hot glue in the center of the decorative ribbon wrapped around the diaper and gently secure it to the form; continue until all diapers are secure. To amplify the look, add additional ribbons and embellishments, or secure a small stuffed animal in the lower center of the wreath form. Hang the wreath on your front door—to serve as decoration and a house marker for your baby shower guests—by strongly securing a ribbon ontothe back of the form.

Stork

To create this whimsical diaper cake, fold a large receiving blanket horizontally into fourths and lay it flat on a table. Build a triangle of diapers within the walls of the blanket by rolling at least 8 diapers (wrap each individually with a rubber band to ensure shape) and securing them flat to the blanket with double sided tape. Add another layer of 6 diapers (making sure to secure them with double sided tape) on top of the first layer and then continue by adding a layer of 4 diapers, and then a layer of 2, and finish by securing 1 diaper to the top of the triangle. Gather the ends of the blanket and tie them together in the center with a decorative ribbon. Purchase a stork that can be stuck into the top, or create your own using different colored paper stock.

It’s a Zoo

Owl

You’ll need approximately three dozen diapers, two large plastic flowers with embellished centers, a bib (color of choice, depending on gender of baby), a baby blanket, ribbon, pipe cleaners, and a washcloth. Use a circular cake pan or hat box cover to layer diapers to create a circular pattern, and then secure them together with a large rubber band. Create eyes with two small circular stacks of diapers made using the same technique and a smaller circular mold. Lay the larger circular diaper stack flat and then place a bib half-way over it to hide the center of the stack. Place the smaller circular diaper stacks (the two eyes) above the larger stack, and secure the entire owl (body and eyes) with a large decorative ribbon. Fold a receiving blanket into a thin strip and drape it over the entire structure, securing it with a thin ribbon underneath the bib to keep the blanket in place. Fold the baby washcloth into a triangle and tuck it in between the two smaller circular stacks to create a hawk-like beak. Finally, tape the flowers onto the centers of the smaller circular stacks to give the illusion of eyes.

Baby Bear

Stack diapers horizontally inside a onesie (from one side to another) to create the body of the bear, and then snap the onesie closed at the bottom. Roll up two diapers and place one in each arm hole. Additionally, roll up two diapers and place one next to each leg hole on your designated display surface (as you won’t want to move the bear following this step). To create the head, start with one diaper rolled tight and then create a swirl around that diaper using other diapers laid over it. Secure the diapers to the onesie or diaper body using safety pins. To finish the bear, roll up two diapers to serve as the ears, decorate the face, as desired, and place a pacifier in the bear’s mouth to increase the cuteness factor.

Whether you’re looking for ideas on how to create the perfect diaper cake to add whimsy to your baby shower decorations or to gift to your favorite mom-to-be, make sure to always start with Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers.

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How to Choose the Perfect Stroller

Your baby is on the way! While at first your little one will be tiny enough to carry around in a front pack, before long you will probably need a stroller to get around town. But what kind to get?

Which stroller you choose all depends on how you will use it, advises Vanessa Antonelli, baby gear expert and owner of NessaLee Baby boutiques. “Assess your own lifestyle,” she says. “Not your best friend’s, not your cousin’s, not someone you read about on the internet. What do you think your own life with a baby will look like?”

Will your stroller be used on city streets or bumpy country roads? For long walks or short jaunts? Will you need to fold it to take on buses or put in the back of your car? These answers will dictate style, wheel size and important features.

Other decisions include whether you want to buy a stroller that is compatible with an infant car seat and then upgrade to a different model later. You may want a jogging stroller if you’re always on the run or a double stroller if you have two children. An umbrella stroller is light and compact and good for traveling. Visit BabyWheels.net to find the pros and cons of different types of strollers.

Although you may want to do some advanced research online, Antonelli suggests that you go to a brick and mortar store that specializes in strollers to get a feel for several models and talk to an expert who knows the ins and outs of each one. You’ll even be able to take them for a test drive, “just like a car” to see what feels right for you and baby.

Regina Siles did just that. “My stroller is my savior,” says the first grade teacher who has traveled three continents with baby and stroller in tow since 16-month-old Stella was born. Here are some of the features she says are important when considering which stroller to buy:

Lightweight

You don’t want something too heavy if you are carting it around. “I was looking for something I could lift with one hand,” she says.

Easy Closure

This is important if you are opening and closing it frequently. Bonus points if you can do it with one hand.

Quality

Look for a sturdy stroller that will last for years, possibly through multiple children. “With all the traveling I do, I needed something that wouldn't break at the airport.”

Style

Like driving your car, you want to feel good pushing it, says Siles. “I didn't want any cheap looking or old fashioned models. It had to be something I liked looking at.”

Stress-free handling

How easy is the stroller to maneuver up and down curbs or stairs? Are the handles at a comfortable height or are they adjustable for a tall dad and shorter mom?

Comfort

Ask yourself whether baby will be comfortable in it for long periods of time. Make sure it has features that work for both baby and mom including ample underneath st orage, a secure but comfy seat belt, a sun visor and rain shield.

Care

Make sure the stroller will be easy to keep clean. “I wanted pieces to detach so I could machine wash them,” says Siles.

Ask friends and family for recommendations, she suggests. But the bottom line is to actually try them out for yourself. If possible, put baby in for a spin around the store and get a real life experience before purchasing.

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20 Baby Names That Sound Lovely in English or Spanish

When I was single, I started making a list of names I liked. They were usually names I heard in a movie, or through a book I was reading. Other times, they were just names inspired from my family background. Growing up, it was important to know the meaning of names in addition to liking the name. It was a sign of how the baby’s personality might be or even would encompass their lives.

Of course, when I started having my daughters, my name list changed, and my husband also had an idea of names he liked for his girls. Naming your kids is not (and should not) be an easy task, but it should be fun. Perhaps it will not be as hardcore as it was for us, because as musicians, we made sure the girls’ full names had a great rhythm with the perfect amount of syllables.

Yes, I am not kidding. Our girls have no idea the time it took to name them, but we are happy! I am a blend of two cultures, so having names that are unique with a great meaning is huge for me.

If you ever have trouble coming up with names, rest assured, I can help you find some great baby names — especially Hispanic baby names.

GIRLS

Juliana – I have a great-aunt in Mexico whose name was Juliana, but I was not so sure of the name until I saw the spelling and also found out that a Queen of the Netherlands had the same name, which means “youthful.”

Sofia – Long before the Disney cartoon, I very much loved the name because it sounded dainty and sophisticated. The meaning of the name means “wisdom” or to be wise.

Amelia – After watching the French film Amélie, I knew I wanted a similar name that was not exactly Emily, but a derivative, which means “industrious.”

Isabel – In other countries, the other form of the name is Elizabeth. I knew that it was a name given to royalty. In Hebrew, it means someone who is devoted to God.

Alejandra – This name means “great conqueror” and is a beautiful Spanish name for those looking for a feminine version of Alexander.

Natalia – When I watched Natalie Wood in West Side Story, I kept her name in my journal. The Spanish version is even prettier and means “natal day,” or Christmas.

Adriana – I am very familiar with this name, since I have an aunt in Mexico who is almost my age with three boys. The name emits a strong character but it means “one that comes from the sea.”

Eliana – My Chilean grandmother’s name was Eliana. Since she dies more than 15 years ago, I thought it would be great to name one of daughter’s after her. The name means “God has answered.”

Carolina – The name has such a stylish ring to it. No wonder if fits Carolina Herrera well. It means “strong.”

Lucia – There is an amazing character in an opera called Lucia, but while C sound in Italian is “ch,” I knew that in Spanish it would be easier to pronounce. It means “graceful light.”

BOYS

Lucas (or Luca) – This name has always been high on my list. I’ve heard it Italian films but it is also popular within the Hispanic community. It means “bright” or “shining.”

Marcelo – My father’s brother is Marcelo, which is a derivative of Marcus that is not as popular. I think it should be a name that is used more often for a boy. It is unique and Mars would be a cool nickname.

Gustavo – While my father usually went by Gus, I prefer Gustavo since it is much more professional and sounds what like it means: “royal staff.”

Matías – I think this Spanish version of Matthew sounds a lot more unique. It is shorter and means “gift of God.”

Ian – I would not have gathered it to be a popular Hispanic name, but I have always had this name on my list if we had a boy. It means “God is gracious” and is another version of Juan.

Liam – This is a shortened name for William and flows well with our last name. It is kingly and means “strong protector.”

Daniel – I love the sound of it in Spanish. I remember how faithful of a person he was in the Bible. The name means “God is my judge.”

Oliver – It is a well-known musical about an orphan boy, but despite it being of French origin, I love it’s pronunciation in Spanish. It is quite distinguished-sounding.

Alejandro – I am a fan of Alejando Sanz’ music and it is a Spanish version of Alexander meaning “defender or protector of mankind.”

Diego – This is Spanish for James and means “he that replaces.” It sounds very much like someone who likes to travel and is an outdoors person.


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