Friday, December 30, 2011

Stuff People Google 33

Rosie Pope's speech impediment has been a pillar of this blog.  The number of posts I've written (here, here, here and here) and the amount of web traffic I receive just from this issue is mind blowing.  Sophie the Giraffe has also been the subject of a fair amount of posts (here and here) and viewership.  This search phrase confused the two Next Stop Baby regulars and I got a good laugh out of it.

does sophie pope has a speech problem

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 New Year Resolutions

It's time to consider, reconsider and commit to a few resolutions for the new year.  The magical year of 2012 is almost upon us (in 2.5 days) and no time is better than RIGHT NOW to figure out the changes you'll make, bad habits you'll break and goals you'll achieve in the next 365 days. 

Before you do so, let me tell you a little about 2012.  I'm not psychic, just quick with my Wikipedia research.

  • The Year of the Dragon - According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.  It will be a year marked by intensity and enthusiasm.  Contrast that with 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, which is was marked by serenity and tranquility.  For those of you who just thought, "yeah right...serenity and tranquility my ass....", this first point might not impact your resolution making.
  • Leap Year - February 29th exists in 2012.
  • The Hunger Games - I couldn't end the year without another reference to this book and the entire trilogy.  For those keeping track, I will now reveal that I've finished all three books.  While I'm tempted to share my thoughts, they're not really "Next Stop Baby" relevant....though I could be persuaded.  The first movie, The Hunger Games, is due out in May 2012. 
  • Summer Olympics - London will host the 2012 summer olympics, from July 27 to August 12, making it the first city to host three olympic games.
  • Presidential Election - On November 6, 2012, the good folk of United States will elect a new (or the same) president.

Let's make some resolutions.

For the Baby Crazed individual, trying to simmer down in 2012 probably won't work.  You're baby CRAZY (not baby happy) and it's the Year of the Dragon.  Maybe resolve to put your energy toward something that will benefit your future offspring - learn to knit baby booties? 

For me, the relatively new blogger (it's been almost a year!), I've resolved to write at least two posts a week that are focused on story telling, quirky observations and deep thoughts.  Through the process of writing for Next Stop Baby, I've also become a blog follower.  In part, I wanted to see how other people did this blogging thing and, in part, I was genuinely interested in the subjects.  Blogs that post often have a certain appeal because you can count on a daily (or near daily) fix.  But, I'm a bigger fan of blogs that post quality content.  As an avid follower, it's easy to tell when a blogger publishes a cop-out post...I'm sure you've been able to spot my cop-out posts over the last 11 months.  So, I'm vowing to write quality posts only.  This will inevitably mean that I will post less often, but I'm cool with that.  I hope you are too.

What are your 2012 resolutions?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Your Baby Looks Like....

Your baby looks like David Letterman. 

Ever met a baby that looked so much like David Letterman that you absolutely needed to make the comment?  Thankfully, I haven't.  Not exactly.  I have wanted to say: your baby looks like an old man.  The baby was a little girl and I did actually say it.  Outloud.  But, I was alone on my couch perusing through Facebook photos so it didn't much matter.

I try to keep these type observations to myself.  Or, to the empty rooms of my apartment.  I've decided that any reference to a baby looking older than 6 months should be avoided.  Even if the baby looks like an adorable senior citizen, even if you mean it in the kindest way possible, it might not be perceived as a compliment.  I get offended when strangers comment on my dog's appearance.  Just last week, a youngish, hipsterish fellow told me that my dog looked like Baxter from Anchor Man.  I was pissed, though I thanked him.  Baxter's a fine looking dog, but he is a HE and my dog is a SHE.  And, my dog's looks far exceed fine.

Keeping it classy.

Consider this scenario: a baby who looks EXACTLY like one parent.  This little bundle defines the gross term "spitting image".  Do you comment about the obvious likeness? It seems like a no brainer - Yes.  It makes sense (genetically) and what parent doesn't want there child to look like them (or their spouse)?  Think again.  There are parents out there that don't appreciate your opinion that the baby looks like anyone other than them, the other parent included.

One final, even trickier, scenario: a baby who looks like no one.  Your brown hair, brown eyed friend and her brown hair, brown eyed husband introduce you to their blond hair, blue eyed baby.  The baby's nose is an original and her mouth is somehow the exact opposite of both parents' mouths.  There's a slight similarity between the shape of her eyes and the shape of one parent's eyes, kind of...not really.  Overall, this baby may have been switched at birth because the resemblance is shockingly absent.  Do you comment - where did this blond beauty come from?  Do you make a joke of it - someone was sleeping with the mailman.  Do you throw the question back at the parents - who do you think she looks like?  Do you ignore it altogether?

I've encountered all three of these scenarios at one time or another.  I've met the baby who looks like George Bush Sr.  I've met the mother who doesn't like people commenting that her baby looks like her husband.  I've met the baby who looks like neither of his parents.  Being that I'm not typically quick on my feet in the face of potentially awkward conversation, I've managed to say the wrong thing in all situations.  The lesson that I've learned and the most simplified rule of thumb is to always choose the path of least resistance.  When it comes to babies, even a slight bobble of words can create a highly offended parent.  It's a sensitive subject and understandably so.  What is this non-resistant path?  Just say "she/he is a combination of both parents."  If this is a complete lie and you're not comfortable with that (by the way, paaaaalease, it's so not a big deal), then just don't make any look-a-like comment.  Stick with general terms like "cute" and "adorable" and "perfect". 

Ever been in one of these situations?  Have any words of wisdom to share?  Moms (and dads...if you read...) how do you feel when someone makes a comment about your baby's appearance or resemblance to someone else?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Stuff People Google 32

There are probably some left field reasons for searching this phrase, but the reason why someone found Next Stop Baby is my reference to a scene from Pregnant in Heels in a post from May (here).

girl in wedding dress getting peed on

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hollywood Does Baby Names

Here are some of the more unusual baby names chosen by the celebs that we love...ish.  Look at these cute babies!!!

Ever Imre Morisette-Treadway
(Alanis Morisette's son)

Indiana Hawke
(Ethan Hawke's daughter)


Locklyn Kyla Vaughn
(Vince Vaughn's daughter)

Aleph Portman-Millepied
(Natalie Portman's son)

Cree Taylor Mowry
(Tia Mowry's son)

What is the most unusual baby name 
you heard this year?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Gift Countdown...over

Back in November I had this genius idea of posting 25 holiday gift ideas for the special baby in your life.  In my excitement of showing you these gifts, I forgot that you have to purchase and wrap the gift in advance.  And, that many of you (including myself) exchange gifts before December 25th.  I exchanged some gifts as early at December 10th this year.  Realizing this just the other day, I decided to bring my genius idea to a halt a bit

So, here is one last gift idea - not because I think you'll have time to purchase it in time for Christmas (if I'm being honest), but because it's the cutest thing and my bestie WW laughs every time she looks at the photo below.  It's a bearded hat and it's fantastic.  The Esty crafter who makes it (By Laura) also has adult sizes.  Get crazy.

Bearded Hat By Laura ($39)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Stuff People Google 31

I thought this was something that only happened in critically unacclaimed romantic comedies featuring Lindsay Lohan (did anyone actually see Labor Pains?).

pillow stuffed under her shirt

Thursday, December 15, 2011

First Name + Middle Name + Last Name = Awkward

You knew I couldn't last long without a baby name post.

A little while back (here) I raised the issue of choosing a first name that combines badly with a last name.  This could play out as Rose Petal, a name that's a common noun, or Julia Child, a name that's a well known person.  With either of those first name/last name combinations, your daughter is going to get a lot of feedback about her name...for the rest of her life.  Whether that feedback is good or bad is sort of beside the point because in either case it's going to get annoying after a lifetime of repetition. 

Today, I have two more issues for you: rhyming names and awkward initials.  Ever met a woman named Cheryl Merril?  I have.  It was impossible not to smirk during the introduction.  If my last name had been Padilla (pronounced Pa-dee-yah), it wouldn't have been as cool for my parents to name me Leah.  Leah Padilla sounds like a cartoon character, not a person.

Awkward initials are, well, just as awkward as a rhyming name.  If your last name is Smith, avoid naming your son Adam'd be making as ASS out of him (and you).  Another example would be a girl named Faith Uma Kingston.  FUK, while not the properly spelling for the expletive that we all know and love, still gets the message across and would be an unfortunate monogram for a third grader's backpack.  Do you really want your cutie patootie daughter's initials to spell PIG?  Pamela Isabel Gray, get yourself to the dinner table and eat yourself silly like you always do!  Ugh.

Choosing a name because you love it, because it's just right is always a solid foundation.  But these few issues are worth consideration.  You'd be pissed if your mom told you that she hadn't thought of the fact that your initials spell POO or that you share your name (since birth) with award-winning actress Meryl Streep.  The good news is that these unfortunate names are rare realities, the bad news is that when they are it's pretty much a deal breaker.   

Any additions to our list?
  • Names that are common nouns (i.e. Ruby Stone)
  • Names that are famous (i.e. Oprah Winfrey)
  • Names that rhyme (i.e. Cheryl Merril)
  • Names that have inappropriate initials (i.e. Adam Steven Smith)

Holiday Gift Countdown - Days 15 and 16

Today's (and tomorrows) choice holiday gifts are a cell phone teether and a remote control teether.  These eco-friendly toys are handcrafted by 3 Princesses Engraving, a Canadian based Etsy shop.  Both can be personalized and both retail for $12.  It's never too soon to introduce your child to technology, I suppose.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pregnant Ladies on the Train

Let's start today's afternoon post with a brief discussion on the many words that are substituted for "subway" depending on where you are in North America:

New York - Train
Chicago - L
Boston - T
San Fransisco - Bart
Atlanta - Marta
Montreal - Metro

That wasn't so much a discussion, as a list.  Moving on.  This morning on the train (reference list above), I couldn't help but notice an adorably dressed pregnant woman.  I loved everything she was wearing from her heeled suede booties to her beaded hoop earrings.  I came close to asking her where she got her striped cotton shirt (because I wanted it) until I realized that it was definitely maternity gear - she was that pregnant.

As I suppressed my need to ask about each item of her clothing, I realized that my fellow train riders were doing the opposite.  Well, not the exact opposite, which would be not suppressing their need to ask about each item of her clothing.  But, where as I was sort of stalking the hot mama-to-be, everyone else was completely avoiding her.  All eyes turned intentionally away.  Why?  Because no one wanted to give up their seat for her.  They seemed to be following the old Manhattan proverb: if you don't make eye contact, it never happened.  If they could pretend that she wasn't there, then they could pretend that they weren't assholes by making her stand while they sat.

I was standing, so I had no seat to give.  Meanwhile, many seemingly able bodied New Yorkers cozied up in their plastic chairs.  None were interested in standing, not even for a very hip and very pregnant lady.  Not one.  Ms. Preggers seemed to be following a different old proverb: if you stare at something long enough, it will eventually look back.  She glared up and down the row of commuters.  No one looked back.  Realizing that her tactic was failing, she upped the ante to belly rubbing.  She pushed aside her wool trapeze coat and started rubbing that big belly.  She was rubbing and staring and rubbing and staring.  At last, the deadly combo got some middle aged guy to stand and wave her over.  She gave a fake smile (he deserved it) and sat.  I sighed with relief and returned to considering her outfit.

Moral of the Story - If you're a pregnant woman on the subway/train/L/T/Bart/Marta/metro, don't mess around with subtle gestures.  Cut right to the belly rub and make those non-pregnant train riders feel like the assholes lazy people that they are.

Holiday Gift Countdown - Days 10-14....

Okay, it's probably no secret that I've been a little delinquent on the holiday gift countdown...and posts in general.  Tis the season for some after work drinking, chocolate chip cookie making and holiday movie watching.  I've fully indulged in all three and fully slacked on the post front.  Tis also the season of forgiveness?

Let's jump back into the holiday gift countdown with a brief look back at the gifts so far:

1. Handprint canvas kit by Red Envelope
2. Money pots by Uncommon Goods
3. Finger puppets by Restoration Hardware
4. Personalized pillow by Comfy Heaven
5. Red bow knit hat by Nita Mae's Garden
6. and 7. Origami crane mobile by Spare Bedroom Studio
8. Wool slippers from Garnett Hill
9. Chan Pie Gnon (friends of Sophie the Giraffe)

Today, for gifts 10 through 14, here are five amazing ornaments to celebrate a/your/some baby's first Christmas.

by Aphrodite's Canvas ($22)

by This Fine Day
($14 without custom engraving, $19 with)

by Rustic Blend ($6)

by Susabella ($28)

by Your Keepsake Co. ($20)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Stuff People Google 30

Another Friday, another search phrase that left me totally confused.  What was the context here?  Is there another kind of pee that I'm not aware of?

definition of pee

Holiday Gift Countdown - Day 9

Christmas is 16 days away and Hanukkah is a mere 11 days away.  Where has the year gone?  There's still plenty of some time to order gifts online and even more time to shop in store.  So get on it.  Here's another idea for the baby (or babies) in your life: Chan Pie Gnon.  You've met meet her friends, chan pie gnon (in blue, pink and yellow).  They're made of the same natural rubber as Sophie, but shaped like mushrooms.  They retail for as little as $12.89 on  


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Baby Shower Partay...Whoop Whoop

I'm a Gleek.  No, that's a slight exaggeration.  I'm not quite a Gleek.  Gleek status requires a Glee obsession and, truth be told, I've missed a few episodes.  But I do watch nearly every week and thoroughly enjoy it whenever I do.  Immediately following Glee is New Girl.  It's the new half hour sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel.  And, while it's no Glee, it's pretty good.  I first started watching it accidentally because I was too lazy to change the channel after Glee.  Holy couch potato Batman.  But in recent weeks it's been a conscious choice.  New Girl is kind of funny and kind of cute.  Plus, Justin Long just joined the cast as the boyfriend of Jess (Zooey Deschanel's character), which bolsters the shows Rom/Com credibility thanks to his starring role in She's Just Not That Into You.

You know Justin Long.
He dated Drew Barrymore for a while.

This week on New Girl, one of the male characters (Schmidt) attended a baby shower.  It was at some outdoor, pool, patio, potted tree locale.  It was at night, which was evident because it occurred after the work day and it was dark outside.  All the lady guests were sporting stilettos and evening attire.  Everyone was mingling around high top tables and sipping martinis.  In fact, it was quite the boozefest.  Schmidt and all the ladies, with the exception of the lady of honor, were three sheets by the end of the sitcom baby shower.

Bullet-pointed Review:

  • Swanky locale - Fairly normal in a Los Angeles type way
  • Night time - Slightly less normal, baby showers are more of a Sunday afternoon event
  • Stiletto and cocktail dress guest attire - Slightly less normal for a baby shower, but highly normal for a night time event in Los Angeles
  • Boozefest......wha????

Read only the bold words - sounds like a bachelorette party, not a baby shower.  So, why did I just recount a baby shower scene from a new (and arguably mediocre) sitcom?  Because art often mimics life often mimics art.  I'm wondering whether cocktail party baby showers the new, hot trend?  

Before I judge, let me confess that I've only ever attended the mid-afternoon tea and cookies type baby shower.  Now I'll judge: the boozy baby shower seems like an bad odd choice given that the mother-to-be is supposed to lay off the sauce.  It would be like throwing a peanut butter party for someone who is allergic to nuts.  Or something like that.  Does the pregnant honoree mind drinking sparkling apple cider while the guests chug champagne?  It just seems that when a baby shower turns alcohol-induced, it stops being about the mom-to-be and starts being about everyone else.  Thoughts?

Holiday Gift Countdown - Day 8

Garnet Hill makes these adorable boiled wool slippers.  They each retail for $44, but are on sale now for $33.  And, there's a free shipping promotion for the holidays.  And, I'm pretty sure if you search around the internet you could find yourself a coupon code for an even deeper discount (if you do share the wealth in a comment).  Sizes start at toddler (4-8) and go up to kids (1-3).  My favorites are the monster and the shark.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I Saw A Baby...In A Bar

This past Saturday night, I had a lovely dinner with six of my favorite friends.  Our reservation was for 8 p.m. and we managed to arrive right on time, a rarity.  We started the night with some champagne (it was a special occasion) and ordered a bunch of appetizers about a half hour later.  By 9 p.m. we were munching on edamame and finishing our second bottle of champagne.  By 9:30 p.m. we had finished the yuba dumplings, spicy tuna guessed it...our third bottle of champagne.  We were gossiping and giggling and having a grand old time when unexpectedly, from the bar, a baby started screaming.  It was sudden and loud, in the range of blood curdling.  I nearly dropped my salmon and avocado roll.

This image of a salmon and avocado roll
made me realize why sushi is served
in dimly lit restaurants.
Sushi isn't all that attractive.
(image here)  

I think most will agree that the sound of a screaming baby is a less pleasant sound.  On the scale of 1 to 10, definitely below a 5.  Even when it's your baby, you can't tell me that the screaming is cute.  You just can't.  The cooing is cute.  The screaming is not cute.  And when the baby isn't your baby, it's especially not cute.  And when it's at a restaurant and interrupts your champagne toasting, it's the worst.

Back in July, I wrote about an airline that was considering banning babies from certain first class flights (here).  I bring this up not because I want restaurants to ban babies, but because on Saturday night I really did wish that the parents had left their little screamer at home.  It didn't ruin the night, not by a mile.  But, the group collectively thought - party foul.

How do you feel about babies in restaurants?  Does the kind of restaurant matter (swanky and high priced versus casual and economic)?  Does the hour matter (early bird special versus late night apps)?

Holiday Gift Countdown - Day 7 (and 6 too)

I skipped Day 6 of the holiday gift countdown.  Did you notice?  I'm making it up with THREE gifts today.  All are made by Spare Bedroom Studio.  I've shared many a nursery mobile in the past (here, here, here).  But this mobile might just be my favorite.  The origami cranes are made of vintage music sheets, vintage maps and novels.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

They're Baaaaaack...

The new season of Teen Mom 2 is premiering tonight on MTV (10 pm/9 Central).  I think I'm even more excited about the return of these ladies than I was about the return of the Teen Mom ladies back in July (wrote about that here).  The Teen Mom 2 cast may not have been the original, but I think there's a strong argument that it's the most beloved.  They're the Godfather II of the Teen Mom empire.

I watched the Teen Mom 2 recap just yesterday to insure that the drama of last season is fresh in my mind.  By the way, can you believe there's only been one season of Teen Mom 2?  First there was 16 and Pregnant Season 2A (yeah...2A...), which opened with Jennelle Evans on February 16, 2010 and the others followed throughout the season.  Then, the ten girls from 16 and Pregnant Season 2A were cut down to four.  Those four were then featured in the first season of Teen Mom 2 that aired on January 11 this year.

That quick history made me realize that the lives of the Teen Mom 2 cast members have drastically changed in a very short period of time.  While we (the general public) were briefly introduced to Jenelle, Chelsea, Kailyn and Leah in spring 2010, we've come to know and gawk at love them just this past year.   And what a year it has been for them, both on and off screen.  This thought motivated me to search the world wide interweb and collect some off-camera happenings of the four mommy superstars.  Here is your one-stop shopping for what Jennelle Evans, Chelsea Houska, Kailyn Lowry and Leah Messer have been up to on the off season.

Jennelle Evans - Jennelle spent many of her off-camera hours hanging out with police officers, judges, attorneys and rehab counselors.  She was arrested on March 28, 2011.  The alleged crime?  Assault.  The truth behind the allegation became quite clear when a video surfaced.  The assault (aka Jennelle beating the crap out of another female teenager) was caught on tape...NOT by MTV (they wish), but some drunk teenager witness.  The video is below (thanks TMZ).  It's pretty vicious, in a haymaker, hair-pulling kind of way.  Keiffer Delps, Jennelle's on again off again, crazy again crazier again, boyfriend was most recently arrested for assault and is currently serving an 8 month jail sentence.  I couldn't quite get his legal history in chronological order, but it seems there's been a bunch of arrests in a bunch of states.

Chelsea Houska - Chelsea's friend and former roommate, Megan Nelson (who was featured in a few Teen Mom 2 episodes) had a baby on July 4th.  She NATURALLY delivered a BIG boy (9 lbs. 8 ounces).  Chelsea's pug named Pixie went missing on July 7th and I couldn't find any word that the little bugger was ever found.  Sad.  That was all I could gather about Chelsea, she seems to keep the lowest profile of the Teen Mom 2 ladies.

Kailyn Lowry - Kailyn started selling Amway products online.  Weird.  Check out the website (here) if you want to support her and buy Amway.  While your at it, head to Kailyn's personal website (here) and read posts about Isaac (her baby) and her other business (Isaac's clothing line).  I'd specifically like to direct your attention to the July 14, 2011 post entitled "Isaac was conceived...".  Weird.  Finally, just yesterday, Kailyn came to the rescue of Kourtney Kardashian.  Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham had criticized (via twitter) Kourtney K's announcement that she was pregnant with baby number two.  I guess Farrah was upset that the pregnancy is out of wedlock?  It wasn't clear.  Kailyn came to Kourtney's defense (also via twitter).  Weird.

Leah Messer - Leah Messer and Cory Simms were officially married on October 17, 2010.  We all watched the wedding on the season finale of Teen Mom 2 on March 29, 2011.  A couple weeks later, in April 2011, Leah filed for divorce.  Leah's decision to file for divorce was filmed by MTV and we will likely get both sides of the story during the new season.  In the meantime we can speculate about the breakup based on the two reasons that have surfaced: Leah cheated and/or Corey stole $19,000 from Leah.  The divorce was finalized in June 2011.  Also in June 2011?  Leah was rumored to have rekindled her relationship with ex-boyfriend Robbie Kidd, scandalous.

This past summer, Leah Messer with Robbie Kidd
and without post-divorce blues
(image here)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Gift Countdown - Day 5

It's a girly gift day with this adorable crocheted "red sparkle bow holiday hat" (actual product name) by Nita Mae's Garden ($24.95).  There is a one to two week turn around time between your order and receiving your gift, so no time to waste if you want to make this a Christmas gift.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Gift Countdown - Day 4

This personalized pillow is not the first personalized pillow I've featured on Next Stop Baby (other feature here).  I think they're nice gifts because they will be appreciated and cherished long beyond the nursery years.  If it's a holiday gift for an unborn baby and there is no chosen name, Comfy Heaven (maker of this pillow) will personalize the pillow with any word you'd like - Loved, Baby, Happy, etc.

by Comfy Heaven ($24.99)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday Gift Countdown - Day 3

Puppets hold a dear place in my heart.  Seriously.  I have a good friend who is a puppetry guru, she's incredibly talented, and being her roommate for a number of years left me with lasting memories of...puppets.  Plus, A Muppet Family Christmas is one of my favorite holiday movies.  I always thought the Swedish Chef was highly underrated, so seeing him shine in this movie was a real treat.

These six tiny finger puppets ($18) are sold by Restoration Hardware and would be a fantastic stocking stuffer for the toddler in your life (intended for ages 3+).

Friday, December 2, 2011

Stuff People Google 29

Today's edition of Stuff People Google is a term that first appeared on Next Stop Baby back in April 2011 in a post entitled The Things I Don't (Want to) Know.  I had hoped it was folklore, but learned that it's an actual, physiological occurrence.  Ouch.

uterus resizing

Holiday Gift Countdown - Day 2

Another day of December, another gift idea.  These are money pots from Uncommon Goods.  They would be a great gift for an expecting couple or a baby that has already arrived.  Each money pot is handmade in Italy.  Once a coin goes in it can't come out.   When the entire pot is filled it is then broken open and the money is used for the growing child.  Each pot comes with a "fortune coin" that is already inside.  The fortune coin is a memento to keep after the pot is broken and no longer in use.  

Check back at noon for this week's edition of Stuff People Google

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Gift Countdown - Day 1

Everyday (or nearly everyday) from today through Christmas Eve I will post holiday gift ideas for the babies in your life.  A gift per day.  The gift post will go live at the regular time (8 AM) and on some days a second, more substantive post will go live at 12 PM.  Double the Next Stop Baby, double the fun.

The internet in general and Etsy as it's own magical website make gift shopping a pleasure.  There are so many lovely choices.   Yet, with all the lovely choices it can feel overwhelming.  So, hopefully my gift ideas will help the process.  Please share your great gift ideas in comments or email me ( and just maybe I'll include your suggestion!

The first holiday gift suggestion is this handprint canvas kit by Red Envelope ($39.95).  It's intended use is for one baby.  The four similar hand prints with all the varying colors make for a very Andy Warhol feel.  I think it could also be perfect for a family of four (mom, dad and siblings), a family with four children, or to save over the course of four years and make a new print each year...a work of art in progress.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A New Top 1,000 List (seriously)

Yesterday I gave my Top 20 list of the most popular girl names from 2010.  The list was based on the social security administration's statistics, but lumped all spellings of the same name together.  Today, I'm ready to discuss my Top 20 list and give you the full and newly calculated Top 1,000 girl name list.  Technically, it's not 1,000 names because after combining all the different spellings of the same name (Haley, Hayleigh, Hailey...etc.) the list was shortened to a mere 672.

First, how interesting is it that Isabella wasn't the most popular girl name of 2010?  Since May, we all (admit it) whole-heartedly believed that Twilight's Isabella Swan was an unmatched pop culture phenomenon.  Little did we know that all the Sofias and Sophias were the real dominating force.  Actually, the percentages were very close between the Top 2 names: 1.3784% of girls born in 2010 were named Sophia/Sofia and 1.3121% of girls born in 2010 were named Isabella/Izabella/Isabela.  Meaning, we can still credit Stefenie Meyer and Kristen Stewart for programming our brains enchanting our socks off.

The purpose behind this wildly tedious project was to find the true percentage of the population that chose each name, regardless of how each member of the population decided to spell it.  By combining the multiple spellings, the percentages for many names increased.  But, even the increased percentages didn't come close to the percentages of the most popular names from 100 years ago.  In comparing the newly calculated 2010 stats to those from 1910, the difference is still glaring.  The top name in 1910 (Mary) boasted %5.4454 of the little lady population.  All the Top 10 names claimed over 1% of the population in 1910.  Last year, only Sophia and Isabella beat the 1% mark.

That's a lot of math...maybe a visual aid will help?

Top girl name 2010 = SOPHIA (1.3121%)


Top girl name 1910 = MARY (%5.4454)

another visual aid:

(Sophia Loren)


(Mary J. Blige)

Popularity really isn't what it used to be when it comes to girl baby names.  A hundred years ago nearly 20% of the girls born were named one of the Top 10 girl names.  Last year, less than 10% of the girls born were named one of the Top 10 girl names.  Relatively speaking, Mary was a more popular name in 1910 than Sophia was in 2010 even though both were the most popular name of their year.

Next up: boy names.  By "next up" I mean in the next few days weeks.

Below is my newly calculated Top 672 girl names.  Like yesterday, where I found more than one spelling for the name, the most popular spelling is capitalized and the alternative spellings follow in order of popularity.

  1. SOPHIA - Sofia
  2. ISABELLA - Izabella, Isabela
  3. OLIVIA - Alivia, Alyvia
  4. CHLOE - Khloe, Kloe
  5. EMMA
  6. EMILY - Emely, Emilee, Emmalee, Emilie
  7. MADISON - Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson
  8. AVA - Avah
  9. ABIGAIL - Abagail, Abbigail, Abigale
  10. HALEY - Hailey, Haylee, Hayley, Haleigh, Hailee, Haylie, Hayleigh
  11. ADDISON - Addysin, Addyson
  12. ZOE - Zoey, Zoie
  13. LILY - Lilly, Lillie
  14. RILEY - Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
  15. LAYLALaila, Lailah, Leyla, Leila, Leilah
  16. MIA - Miah
  17. NATALIE - Nataly, Nathalie, Natalee, Nathaly
  18. ELIZABETH - Elisabeth
  19. KAYLEE - Kayleigh, Kailey, Kaylie, Caylee, Kaleigh, Kailee
  20. KAITLYN - Katelyn, Caitlyn, Katelynn, Caitlin, Kaitlin, Kaitlynn
  21. ELLA
  22. ALLISON - Alison, Alisson, Allyson, Alyson
  23. BRIANNA - Briana, Breanna, Bryanna
  24. MAKAYLA - Mikayla, Michaela, Mikaela, Mckayla, Micaela
  25. ARIANNA - Ariana, Aryanna, Aryana
  26. SARAH - Sara
  27. PEYTON - Payton, Payten
  28. KYLIE - Kylee, Kyleigh, Kiley
  29. AALIYAH - Aliyah, Aliya, Aleah, Aleigha, Alia
  30. ALEXIS - Alexus
  32. BROOKLYN - Brooklynn
  33. MADELYN - Madeleine, Madilyn, Madalyn, Madelynn, Madalynn, Madilynn
  34. GABRIELLA - Gabriela
  35. MACKENZIE - Mckenzie, Makenzie
  36. JASMINE - Jazmin, Jazmine, Jasmin, Jazmyn
  37. LEAH - Lia, Lea
  38. MAYA - Mya, Maia, Myah
  39. ANNA - Ana
  40. ALYSSA - Alisa, Alissa
  41. HANNAH - Hanna, Hana
  42. GRACE
  43. AUBREY - Aubree, Aubrie
  44. AVERY - Averie, Averi
  46. KATHERINE - Catherine, Kathryn
  47. ASHLEY - Ashlee
  48. EVELYN - Evelynn, Evelin
  49. SAVANNAH - Savanna, Savanah
  50. NEVAEH
  52. TAYLOR
  53. ISABELLE - Isabel, Isabell
  54. JOCELYN - Joselyn, Joslyn, Jocelynn
  55. CAMILA - Kamila, Camilla
  56. AMELIA
  58. CLAIRE - Clare
  59. LILIANA - Lilliana, Lilyana, Lilianna, Lillianna, Lilyanna
  60. BELLA
  61. KAYLA
  62. LAUREN - Lauryn
  63. ALEXA
  64. SYDNEY - Sidney, Sydnee
  65. AUDREY
  66. JORDYN - Jordan, Jordynn
  67. BAILEY - Baylee, Bailee
  68. JULIANA - Julianna, Giuliana
  69. JULIA
  70. GIANNA - Giana
  71. SOPHIE
  72. JADA - Jayda, Jaida
  73. MELANIE - Melany
  74. KAELYN - Kaylin, Kailyn, Kaylynn, Kaylyn, Kaylen, Cailyn, Kaelynn
  75. ADRIANA - Adrianna
  76. CARLY - Karlee, Carley, Carlee, Carlie, Karly, Carleigh, Karli
  77. DESTINY - Destinee
  78. MORGAN
  80. LONDON - Londyn
  82. MOLLY - Mollie
  83. MACI - Macy, Macie, Macey
  84. BROOKE
  85. NATALIA - Natalya, Nathalia
  87. FAITH
  88. CADENCE - Kaydence, Kadence, Caydence
  89. LUCY
  91. ANDREA
  92. NAOMI - Noemi
  93. ADALYN - Adalynn, Addilyn, Adelyn, Adelynn
  94. AUTUMN
  95. SCARLETT - Scarlet
  96. MARIAH - Miriyah
  98. KENNEDY -  Kennedi
  99. STELLA
  100. MARIA
  101. RACHEL - Rachael
  103. GENESIS
  104. EVA
  105. ASHLYN - Ashlynn
  106. JESSICA
  107. DANIELA - Daniella
  109. VALERIA
  110. JAELYN - Jaylynn, Jaelynn, Jaylin, Jaylyn, Jaylen
  112. ANNABELLE - Annabel
  113. JADE - Jayde
  114. RUBY -  Rubi
  115. REBECCA - Rebekah
  116. CALLIE - Cali, Kali, Kallie
  117. JAYDEN - Jadyn, Jaiden, Jaden, Jaidyn
  118. NORA - Norah
  119. PAIGE
  120. CAMERON - Kamryn, Camryn
  121. LILA - Lilah
  122. MEGAN - Meghan
  123. ELLIE
  124. VANESSA
  125. KEIRA - Kiera, Kierra
  126. REAGAN - Regan
  127. MARY
  128. ALAINA - Alayna
  129. JAYLA - Jaylah
  130. LYDIA
  131. STEPHANIE - Stephany
  132. AMY - Aimee
  133. MALIA - Maleah, Maliyah, Maliah
  134. ANIYAH - Aniya
  135. VIVIAN - Vivienne
  136. ALANA - Alanna, Alannah
  137. LYLA - Lylah
  138. AMAYA - Amiyah, Amiya
  139. KENDALL - Kendal
  140. SADIE
  142. HARPER
  143. NICOLE
  144. VIOLET
  145. JACQUELINE - Jaqueline, Jacquelyn
  147. GISELLE - Gisselle
  148. ALLIE - Ali, Ally
  149. GRACIE
  150. SKYLAR - Skyler
  151. REESE
  152. JENNA
  153. ALINA - Alena, Aleena
  154. PIPER
  155. CHRISTINA - Kristina, Cristina
  156. ELIANA - Elianna
  157. LESLIE - Lesly
  158. VALERIE
  159. ELISE - Elyse
  160. CHARLIE - Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charleigh
  161. ARIEL - Arielle
  162. DAISY
  163. CHEYENNE - Cheyanne, Shyanne
  165. JULIET - Juliette
  166. SIENNA - Siena
  167. KIRA - Kyra
  168. CASSIDY - Kassidy
  169. LEXI - Lexie
  170. MELISSA
  171. MARLEY - Marlee
  172. ANGELA
  173. KATIE
  174. HAYDEN
  175. JANIYAH - Janiya, Janiah
  176. ELENA
  177. SUMMER
  178. MARISSA - Marisa
  179. ELEANOR
  180. MAKENNA - Makena
  181. CLARA
  182. JILLIAN
  183. ALICE
  184. ALICIA - Alisha
  185. ABBY - Abbey, Abbie
  186. MIRANDA
  187. MILEY - Mylee
  188. EDEN
  190. SHELBY
  192. DELILAH
  193. KELSEY - Kelsie
  194. KINLEY - Kynlee
  195. AMANDA
  196. AYANA - Aiyana, Ayanna, Aiyanna
  197. DIANA
  198. BRIELLE
  199. ANGEL
  201. TEAGAN - Tegan
  202. KARA - Cara
  203. CECILIA - Cecelia
  204. MELODY
  205. KYLA - Kylah
  207. AURORA
  208. MARIANA - Mariana
  209. ANNABELLA - Anabella
  210. CASSANDRA - Kassandra
  211. Laura - Lara
  213. KENDRA
  214. DELANEY
  215. KATE
  216. MILA - Myla
  217. ERICA - Erika
  218. LOLA
  219. TALIA - Taliyah, Thalia
  220. ERIN
  221. HADLEY
  222. SIERRA
  223. SABRINA
  224. TESSA
  225. CHELSEA
  226. ANYA - Anaya
  227. AMBER
  228. BRYLEE - Briley, Bryleigh
  229. HEIDI - Heidy
  230. MAGGIE
  231. CRYSTAL - Krystal
  232. KARINA - Carina
  233. MCKENNA
  234. COURTNEY - Kourtney
  235. KARLA - Carla
  236. PAISLEY
  237. DANICA - Danika
  238. ELIZA
  239. TIANA - Tianna
  240. ALEXIA
  241. LINDSEY - Lindsay
  242. EMERSON - Emersyn
  243. HOPE
  244. KAREN
  245. NADIA
  246. ALONDRA
  247. HARMONY
  248. QUINN
  249. NYLAH - Nylah
  250. FIONA
  251. KAIA - Kaiya, Kaya
  252. JAZLYN - Jazlynn
  253. JOSIE
  254. EMILIA - Emelia
  255. ZARIAH - Zaria, Zariyah
  256. HAZEL
  257. LUCIA
  258. DANNA
  259. ESTHER
  260. LELIANI
  261. REYNA - Raina, Rayna, Reina
  262. FATIMA
  263. XIMENA
  264. CAMILLE
  265. PRESLEY
  266. CORA
  269. ANNIKA - Anika
  270. BIANCA
  271. MALLORY
  273. LENA - Lina
  274. ARIA - Ariah
  275. BRYNN
  276. DAKOTA
  277. JAYLEEN - Jaylene
  278. WILLOW
  280. ISLA
  281. IVY
  282. MIRIAM
  283. JOANNA
  284. KELLY
  285. KINSLEY
  286. HALLE - Hallie
  287. PHOEBE
  288. TIFFANY
  289. EMERY
  290. JOURNEY - Journee
  291. LANEY - Lainey
  292. CARMEN
  293. IRIS
  294. NINA
  295. GEMMA - Jemma
  296. SANIYAH - Saniya
  297. ADELINE
  298. HEAVEN
  299. KIARA
  300. GEORGIA
  301. PARIS
  303. SELENA
  304. BRAELYN - Braelynn
  306. LIANA - Leanna
  307. TATUM
  308. ROSE
  309. AUDRINA
  311. LUNA
  312. SASHA
  313. SAGE - Saige
  315. LORELEI - Lorelai
  316. RUTH
  317. AYLA
  318. ANABELLE - Anabel
  319. AINSLEY
  320. YARETZI
  321. RAEGAN
  322. ATHENA
  323. MONICA
  324. TATIANA
  325. GRACELYN - Gracelynn
  327. NOELLE
  328. JULISSA
  329. BETHANY
  330. IMANI
  331. KENZIE
  332. RAELYNN - Raelyn
  333. JAMIE
  334. APRIL
  335. YASMIN - Yazmin
  336. CYNTHIA
  338. JANE
  339. CASEY - Kasey
  341. MIRIAM - Maryam
  342. NAYELI
  344. JULIE
  345. GIA
  346. JANELLE
  347. ANNIE
  348. ELAINA
  349. JIMENA
  350. LYRIC
  351. SHANIYA - Shania
  352. FINLEY
  353. DULCE
  354. RYAN - Ryann
  355. ANNE - Ann
  356. ITZEL
  357. HOLLY
  358. ANGIE
  359. ELLE
  361. ELLIANA
  362. SARAI
  363. BRENDA
  365. HARLEY
  366. DAHLIA - Dalia
  368. HELEN
  369. KARISSA - Carissa
  370. CIARA
  371. JOHANNA
  372. LACEY
  373. SHAYLA
  374. BRIDGET
  375. TERESA - Theresa
  376. LILIAN
  377. PAOLA
  378. SERENA
  379. CELESTE
  380. TENLEY
  381. NATASHA
  382. AMARI
  383. BRISA
  384. DANA
  385. PARKER
  386. AILEEN
  387. NIA
  388. BRENNA
  389. KIERSTEN - Kirsten
  390. DESIREE
  391. JALIYAH
  392. ANAHI
  393. DAYANA
  394. KAYDEN
  395. LANA
  396. LUCILLE
  397. IVANNA - Ivana
  398. LOGAN
  399. VIVIANA
  400. JOY
  402. DAPHNE
  403. DENISE
  404. SKYE
  405. ROWAN
  407. ELISA
  408. AMIRA
  409. LIZBETH
  410. KENLEY
  411. KIMORA
  412. GLORIA
  413. MELINA
  414. BRYNLEE
  415. LIBERTY
  416. ARACELI - Aracely
  417. CLAUDIA
  418. MIRA - Myra
  419. SANDRA
  420. JAYCEE
  421. NANCY
  422. MIRACLE
  424. AZARIA - Azariah
  425. CINDY
  426. MARISOL
  427. YARELI
  428. ELOISE
  429. ASIA
  430. HELENA
  431. MAEVE
  432. JUSTICE
  433. WHITNEY
  434. OLIVE
  435. MARILYN
  437. FARRAH
  438. ADA
  439. AMANI
  440. JANESSA
  441. SYLVIA
  443. SKYLA
  444. BRISTOL
  446. KALIYAH
  447. ROSA
  448. TORI
  449. AYLIN
  450. DYLAN
  451. KRISTEN
  452. MARIE
  453. KIANA
  454. RIHANNA
  455. WENDY
  456. REGINA
  457. EVE
  458. ROSALIE
  459. SLOANE
  460. AMYA
  462. JUNE
  463. ASPEN
  464. ELSA
  465. PERLA
  467. RAQUEL
  468. SAMARA
  469. RAVEN
  471. JAYLEE
  473. SHERLYN
  474. SHILOH
  475. ISIS
  476. LINDA
  478. PAITYN
  479. ANSLEY
  480. DIAMOND
  481. MARINA
  482. TABITHA
  483. SELAH
  484. ELSIE
  486. HAVEN
  487. AMARA
  488. ARELY
  489. SARIAH
  490. AMERICA
  491. BRINLEY
  492. TARYN
  493. MILAN
  494. GRETA
  496. PHOENIX
  498. ELLEN
  499. VERA
  500. TARAJI
  501. KEYLA
  502. SIMONE
  503. AMELIE
  504. AISHA
  506. HEATHER
  507. SHANNON
  508. JESSIE
  509. ZION
  510. LUCIANA
  512. IRENE
  513. YESENIA
  514. PALOMA
  515. JANAE
  516. JOLIE
  517. AMINA
  518. EVIE
  519. BARBARA
  520. MARTHA
  521. ABRIL
  522. DEANNA
  523. ALANI
  524. KENYA
  525. SONIA
  526. ZARA
  527. LISA
  529. PAULINA
  530. ELIN
  531. ARIELLA
  532. CORINNE
  533. JAKAYLA
  534. CHAYA
  535. CAROLYN
  536. CELIA
  537. EMMALYN
  538. LUZ
  539. ZANIYAH
  540. ILIANA
  541. GIADA
  542. CHERISH
  545. LARISSA
  548. TAMIA
  549. INGRID
  550. YOSELIN
  551. BRIA
  552. DEBORAH
  553. HARLOW
  554. TARA
  555. FRANCES
  556. JENNY
  557. SAWYER
  558. MORIAH
  559. RYLAN
  560. SANAA
  561. YARITZA
  562. SUSAN
  563. LIBBY
  564. ELAINE
  565. MATILDA
  567. ANALIA
  568. SHARON
  569. ALIANA
  570. MARITZA
  571. TESS
  572. KARSYN
  573. CHANEL
  574. ARMANI
  575. AZUL
  576. CHANA
  577. PAULA
  578. EDITH
  579. ALIZA
  580. AMIRAH
  581. EMBER
  582. LIVIA
  583. LEIA
  584. AKIRA
  586. EILEEN
  587. IRELAND
  588. KENNA
  590. DEMI
  591. MALAYA
  592. MICAH
  593. ALAYAH
  594. ALMA
  596. AYLEEN
  597. CHARITY
  598. NOLA
  599. MAYRA
  600. BELEN
  601. BELINDA
  602. BREE
  603. KATRINA
  604. MARA
  605. MILLIE
  606. RENEE
  607. JOYCE
  608. KYNDALL
  609. LILIA
  610. SHYLA
  611. JUDITH
  612. MEADOW
  613. SALMA
  614. TANIA
  615. NEVEAH
  616. RAYNE
  617. SARAHI
  618. BRIELLA
  619. JANET
  620. LANIYAH
  621. STACY
  622. KARMA
  623. LIZETH
  624. MARLENE
  626. RIYA
  628. ADELE
  629. BRITNEY
  630. ADELINA
  631. DIYA
  632. ESME
  633. KAYLEEN
  634. DIXIE
  635. ROSELYN
  636. YAMILET
  637. ARYA
  638. DAMARIS
  639. JEWEL
  640. MATTIE
  642. EMMY
  645. JAMYA
  646. KINSEY
  647. KAI
  649. KIMBER
  650. LORENA
  651. MINA
  652. PEARL
  653. WILLA
  654. JASLENE
  655. JOLENE
  656. KAIRI
  657. RIVER
  658. SHAYLEE
  659. INDIA
  661. ZURI
  662. AMIAH
  663. DEVYN
  664. DONNA
  665. MAE
  666. PAMELA
  667. XIOMARA
  668. LEONA
  669. LILITH
  670. ALAYSIA
  671. VIOLETA
  672. DANIA

Lesson learned: the silent "h" is almost always the less common spelling.  Other lesson learned: this was the most difficult project I have undertaken in the name of Next Stop Baby.  So, when I wrote earlier that you could expect the boy name equivalent in weeks, make that months...

What did I miss?  Did I lump any names that you would have kept separate?  Should I have lumped more names together?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Top 20

I have come up with a new Top 20 most popular (girl) baby name list for 2010.

Last week I received a new comment on an old post.  The post (here) was about how the meaning of "popular" has changed over time when it comes to baby names.  In 2010, 1.0756% of the baby boys born were named the most popular boy's name, Jacob.  In 1910, 5.4920% of the baby boys born were named the most popular boy's name, John.  And so, it would seem, that names are more unique nowadays.

Now, here is the comment (by "S"):

As Katie pointed out with Isabel(le), variant spellings are popular and might mask how common a name is, just going by the statistics.  Also, a lot of people might be going for the same nickname, but choose different longer names.  Like all the Belle/Bella names, the Ella/Ellie names, the Emma names, etc. You still might avoid duplicating names on the coat hanger if they use her full name, but not if you're yelling the nn out in a crowd.  Also, the stats are for the whole of the US.  Frequency of the names can vary by state and region.  You can look up name stats for your state on the SSA website to get a better idea of which names are popular where you are.

A gratuitous picture of Bella.  
I figured with all the Katniss talk lately
(here, here and here
she deserved it.

The comment raises three interesting points:

1.  One name can be spelled many ways
2.  Former nicknames are current full names
3.  Name popularity by state and region

I've already addressed #3 in a prior post (here), which is one of my favorite posts of all time because it featured one of my favorite website discoveries of all time.  Points #1 and #2 are interesting ideas that I hadn't thought of when I originally wrote Most Unique Name Ever.  Being the Type A personality that I am, I couldn't just acknowledge the insight and move on.  No.  Instead, I decided to revisit the statistics and check out both theories.  

I started with the consideration of uncommon name spellings.  I looked at the entire Top 1,000 list of girl names (from 2010) on the Social Security Administration website and clumped together single name pronunciations that were spelled multiple ways.  SEVERAL hours later I realized that I wasn't going to get to the boy names any time soon, much less get to point #2.  But I will...some day.

I did eventually finish analyzing the girl names, a few apple cider donuts helped the process.  Big shout out to Stew Leonard's for those delicious treats.  Below is a new Top 20 most popular girl names of 2010 list - my list.  It's more accurate than the list on the SSA website, or so I think, because it accounts for multiple spellings of a single name.  The most popular spelling is listed in all capital letters and the other spellings follow.  Where there is no list that follows, there were no alternative spellings.

  1. SOPHIA - Sofia
  2. ISABELLA - Izabella, Isabela
  3. CHLOE - Khloe, Kloe
  4. EMMA
  6. EMILY - Emely, Emilee, Emmalee, Emilie
  7. MADISON - Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson
  8. AVA - Avah
  9. ABIGAIL - Abagail, Abbigail, Abigale
  10. HALEY - Hailey, Haylee, Hayley, Haleigh, Hailee, Haylie, Hayleigh
  11. ADDISON - Addysin, Addyson
  12. ZOE - Zoey, Zoie
  13. LILY - Lilly, Lillie
  14. RILEY - Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
  15. MIA - Miah
  16. NATALIE - Nataly, Nathalie, Natalee, Nathaly
  17. KAYLEE - Kayleigh, Kailey, Kaylie, Caylee, Kaleigh, Kailee
  19. KAITLYN - Katelyn, Caitlyn, Katelynn, Caitlin, Kaitlin, Kaitlynn
  20. ELLA

There is much to discuss about the list above - how it compares to the list on the SSA website, how the percentages have changed by combining multiple spellings, how there are 8 ways to spell Haley.  And, above is only the Top 20 list.  I have the full 1,000 to show off.  But, for today, I'll leave it at that.  Stay tuned (likely tomorrow) for some deep-ish thoughts on all of the above.

***Don't forget to enter the Little Partridge giveaway (HERE)!!!

UPDATE (11/29/11...some hour past my bedtime): After a few more calculations (joining a couple more alternatively spelled names) I have a slightly updated Top 20 girl name list.  Most notably, Layla joined the Top 20 and Ella was booted.  Olivia also beat out Chloe for the 3rd spot.

  • SOPHIA - Sofia

  • ISABELLA - Izabella, Isabela

  • OLIVIA - Alivia, Alyvia

  • CHLOE - Khloe, Kloe

  • EMMA

  • EMILY - Emely, Emilee, Emmalee, Emilie

  • MADISON - Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson

  • AVA - Avah

  • ABIGAIL - Abagail, Abbigail, Abigale

  • HALEY - Hailey, Haylee, Hayley, Haleigh, Hailee, Haylie, Hayleigh

  • ADDISON - Addysin, Addyson

  • ZOE - Zoey, Zoie

  • LILY - Lilly, Lillie

  • RILEY - Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie

  • LAYLA - Laila, Lailah, Leyla, Leila, Leilah

  • MIA - Miah

  • NATALIE - Nataly, Nathalie, Natalee, Nathaly

  • ELIZABETH - Elisabeth

  • KAYLEE - Kayleigh, Kailey, Kaylie, Caylee, Kaleigh, Kailee

  • KAITLYN - Katelyn, Caitlyn, Katelynn, Caitlin, Kaitlin, Kaitlynn
  • Monday, November 28, 2011

    Cyber Monday Giveaway (Thanks Little Partridge!)


    Thanks to everyone for participating in the Little Partridge.  Kim, the second ("anonymous") entrant emailed me her name and email address (she had trouble using the comment function, damnit!!!).  She loved the nautical pieces from Little Partridge.  Congrats Kim!  

    Next Stop Baby is participating in today's cyber Monday fun.

    Just in time for the holidays, Little Partridge is giving away a Baby's 1st Christmas set (below).  The set includes everything you see: a long sleeve onesie, a festive tutu, a burp cloth (the cupcake) and gerber daisy hair accessory.  The winner will choose the size of the onesie (0-3 m, 3-6 m, 6-12 m, 12-18 m) and the onesie design (either the heart you see below or a personalized letter monogram).

    Prize: Baby's First Christmas set (onesie, tutu, burpcloth, flower hair accessory).
    How to enter (and win): Go to the Little Partridge Etsy Shop and check out all the adorable, handmade baby products.  Then post a comment (on this blog, BELOW) about your favorite.  And that's it. One entry per email address.  "Anonymous" entrants won't count, so leave a name.
    Enter by: Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 5 pm (EST)
    Number of Winners: One
    Shipping: US only
    Winner Announcement: One winner will be selected using and posted by Friday (12/2/11). So, check back!

    Here are a few of my favorite Little Partridge items: football onesie, gender neutral burp clothes, toy and pacifier clips.

    Friday, November 25, 2011

    Stuff People Google 28

    Today's Stuff People Google hit home-ish for me.  I have a friend who asked how much money he or she (I'm not giving this away) could expect in wedding gifts.  Said friend wanted to make some future spending plans based on their upcoming nuptials.

    how much money do people get at their first baby shower

    For the record - POOR TASTE.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    Gender Neutral Nursery - Brainstorm

    I've written plenty of posts on gender neutral nurseries (plenty = five).  There was yesterday's post on an orange nursery (here) and earlier posts on a gray and yellow nursery (here), a fish themed nursery (here), an owl themed nursery (here), and a neutral toned nursery (here).

    Remember all these lovely products and images?

    Orange and white everything

    Grey and yellow art

    Fish pillows

    Owl bedding

    Neutral colored everything

    It seems I've instinctively focused my nursery suggestions to color and animals.  Meaning, I've left a lot untouched - polka dots, plaid, Winnie the Pooh, fabric textures, jungle, ocean...and a lot of other stuff.  What have you seen lately by way of gender neutral nurseries?  What unisex scheme did you choose or will you choose?  Do you agree that owls are way overplayed in nursery decorating and baby products in general?

    I on purpose accidentally forgot that I also wrote about a Peter Rabbit themed nursery (check it out here...if you want).