Names For Baby Knaddison (that we are NOT going to choose)

Submitted by greg on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 15:03

We don't know what name we are going to choose. Heck, we don't even know the baby's sex. Here are some names (serious and otherwise) that we are not going use.

  • Maddison - Madison Knaddison? A rhyming name? Really? This is our favorite answer when people ask us what the name will be.
  • Isabela - This actually was our favorite ever since a trip to Spain 2003 when we visited a garden that was originally built by Queen Isabela, but we feel like the twilight series has made it a bit too common.
  • Maya - Nikki likes. Greg vetos.
  • Melissa - Greg likes. Nikki has had two bosses with this name. No matter how much you like your boss, you can't name your baby after them.
  • Hugo - just no. Sorry, chavez.

List of Baby Gear

Submitted by nikki on Mon, 12/28/2009 - 12:38

What baby stuff do I need?

We've been asking parent friends for their baby gear recommendations, and below are a few lists.

The Minimalist's Baby Gear List

The short-list (must-have right away)

  • car seat
  • diapers & wipes
  • laundry detergent
  • a few clothes
  • nail file
  • thermometer
  • boppy pillow and two covers
  • nursing pads
  • nursing bra
  • recharge drink
  • overnight sanitary pads (make sure to get overnight ones)
  • nipple cream (I like motherlove products
  • arnica pellets (for swelling etc post-birth...take 3-4 pellets a few times a day)
  • ibuprofen (for swelling etc post-birth)
  • journal (to write about the birth shortly after it happens so you don't forget!)

the other list

  • crib
  • crib mattress

The best pregnancy advice I've gotten so far

Submitted by nikki on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 11:22
  1. Trust yourself (and your nose!). Evolution is a pretty amazing thing, and your body naturally adjusts to protect a baby. My body, for examples, was very averse to drinking alcohol and coffee the first several months of pregnancy. Being a wine and coffee lover, I was concerned about how I would live without my vices. My body, however, took away any temptation. Another interesting thing is that your sense of smell is extremely sensitive in order to protect you from hazards to your baby. I forgot that painting while pregnant was potentially dangerous, but when I opened a paint can and smelled the concentrated fumes, I realized it probably wasn't a good idea. I've also avoided foods that were potentially past due because of my new-found sensitivity.

How early do babies mimic their native language?

Submitted by nikki on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 10:37

How early do babies produce language?

According to a recent study about babies and language explored by NPR, babies may start to imitate their native language much earlier than previously thought: from their first cries.

Scientists recorded 30 French babies crying in their first days of life and compared them to the sounds of 30 German babies. They found that French babies tended to cry with a rising melody while German babies had a falling melody true to the sound of their native language pitch difference.


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