Category Archives: Baby

Macklemore’s Expecting

new babyCongrats are in order for Macklemore and Tricia Davis – they’re expecting baby #1!

USA Today reports that M’s band partner, Ryan Lewis, posted a video of the first ultrasound appointment.

If your family, friends and fans are on the baby train with you, expect input on name(s). Here are some baby naming sites you may want to share:

The Baby Name Genie
This “genie” generates first and middle names to go with your last name and baby’s gender. (Note: whether or not you agree with the genie’s pronouncements is entirely up to you.)
BabyCenter
Here you can  enter a name to find its meaning, or, conversely, enter a meaning to find a corresponding name.  This site also has a database of over 5,000 baby names searchable by origin, first or last letter, and number of syllables.
QuickBabyNames
More than 20,000 searchable baby names and their meanings, with popularity charts based on US statistics, and a nifty little name “filter” that makes choosing a baby name a whole lot easier.
For more on names, visit Choosing a Baby Name.

Birth Announcement Tips

Here’s some info on putting a birth announcement in the newspaper(s) of your choice.  Often, announcements aren’t printed without the signature of each parent listed, so sign what you send.

It is important to provide:

  1. Hospital (include city and state) where baby was born
  2. Parents
    • Mother’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Father’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Residence(s) (city/state)
  3. Baby’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Gender: male or female
    • Date of Birth
    • Time of birth a.m. / p.m. (circle one)
    • Length (inches)
    • Weight (pounds) (ounces)
    • Is this the first child in the family? Yes or No
  4. Family
    • Brothers and sisters (first names and ages)
    • Mother’s parents name (include city and state)
    • Father’s parents name (include city and state)
    • Great-grandparents name (include city and state)
  5. Signatures
    • Mother’s and or father’s signature and date
  6. Questions to ask the newspaper(s) you’re putting the announcement in:
    • Is it free?
    • Is is charged by the line?
    • How much per line?
    • On average, how many words are there per line?
    • Is there a charge for photos?
    • How is that charged?
    • Are announcements included on the paper’s web site? If so, is that free? If not, how much? (If there is a fee, credit cards are often accepted over the phone.

And don’t forget to post the good news to your Facebook page!

Heidi Klum and Seal Have a Baby Girl

Here’s a fun tidbit – Heidi and Seal have had a baby girl.  they named her Lou Sulola Samuel.

Here are some cool baby name sites from our article on picking baby names: These are also fun to see what your name means, its origins and how popular it is. Also, check out the bottom link – the Baby Name Genie site.

  • QuickBabyNames.com
    Here you’ll find over 20,000 searchable baby names and their meanings, with popularity charts based on US statistics, and a nifty little name “filter” that makes choosing a baby name a whole lot easier.
  • ValleyOfNames.com
    A fantastic resource to help you find the perfect name for your baby. Great tools that make searching for your baby’s name much easier. Choose from thousands of existing names or new ones added by visitors every day!
  • The Baby Name Genie
    This is a fun one – it came up with a name for a girl for us – Lexus (yes, a car….). With a click of your mouse, this online “genie” will generate first and middle names to go with your last name and baby’s gender. (Note: whether or not you agree with the genie’s pronouncements is entirely up to you.)

– Susan

High Chair Recall

MSNBC is reporting that people should stop using these products immediately –

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Evenflo Co., announced Thursday a voluntary recall of about 643,000 Envision high chairs and expanded a recall of 90,000 Majestic model high chairs. Both models of high chairs were recalled due to risks from falls and choking hazards.”

If you suspect something might be wrong with a product you have, contact the appropriate agency – here’s a list:

Recalls.gov – This U.S. government recalls from six major federal agencies including-

  1. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Reviews potential problems from more than 15,000 types of consumer products.
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Recalls about and problems with motor vehicles, child safety devices, tires, etc.
  3. U.S. Coast Guard —Defects on boats made or imported into the United States.
  4. U.S. Food and Drug Administration —Product actions of the last 60 days, based on distribution and degree of health risk.
  5. Food Safety and Inspection Service —Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, monitoring meat, poultry, and eggs.
  6. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Monitoring potential problems caused by pesticides. U.S. EPA

Here’s a link to the article ….

Baby Gear You Can Skip (and save some money!)

We were visiting one of our soon to deliver moms yesterday and she had some last minute questions. One was ‘Should she get a bath seat that suctions to the tub bottom?’

Our answer is no – and that reminded us that we have a list of products that we think you should just skip. These are a few items we feel are either unnecessary or are considered a safety risk:

  • Sleep positioners:  Those wedge-shaped foam pieces can be a suffocation hazard.
  • Crib bedding sets:  Yes, we know they are adorable, but cute quilts, bumpers and pillows can be a suffocation risk. Keep that crib simple – just a tight-fitting crib sheet and a light blanket.
  • Bottle sterilizer:  You can wash bottles in the top rack of your dishwasher or by hand with hot water and dish detergent.
  • Wipes warmer: We will admit we had one Mom who said she couldn’t live without it, but realistically do you want your baby to get used to warm wipes all the time? Also, the heat from them can damage the finish of a dresser or nightstand.
  • Ear, oral, forehead, or under-the-arm thermometers? No – rectal models are the most precise.
  • Last but not least: That bath seat we discussed earlier. It poses a drowning risk.

We hope this helped clear up a few of the misconceptions that are out there about these products.

See you soon for more baby-related information,

- WHN baby-bloggers Sarah and Linda at Planning4Baby.com

Kids and Shopping Cart Safety

Don't put me on a shopping cart
Don't put me on a shopping cart

How many of you have seen that new mom or dad cruising through the grocery store with the little one strapped into a car seat that is balanced on top of the shopping cart?

Or *gasp* is that you?!

PAY ATTENTION HERE! -There is NOT A SINGLE CAR SEAT ON THE MARKET made to fit safely on shopping carts.

With so many car seats snapping into strollers these days, we have been lulled into thinking that they fit in and on everything – including shopping carts.

But stop and think about it – those car seats only fit certain strollers, so why would they universally fit all shopping carts?

We know it’s not as convenient to place your little one in the basket portion of the cart, but consider that.  Or – better yet use a front carrier.  Your baby’s safety is the most important thing.

- WHN baby-bloggers Sarah and Linda at Planning4Baby.com

Cribs 101 – part 2 of 2

In the next two to three years, your baby will be spending lots of time in a crib.  So there’s some pressure to picking out the right crib and it can be a little daunting.

Also, if this is baby number one and you plan on having more, keep in mind the durability and construction that needs to withstand years of abuse.

Here are a few things to think about before you start crib shopping:

  • As mentioned in our previous post, we recommend buying a new full-sized crib that is JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association) certified.
  • Plan ahead – if you are ordering from a specialty store it can take as long as 16 weeks for the crib to arrive.  You may want to place that order in your fifth or sixth month.
  • Convertible or not?  Many cribs morph into toddler beds, day beds, full size beds or even chairs.  Decide before you shop.
  • Drop sides or stationary?  Some cribs allow you to drop both sides, some just one side and others –  particularly convertibles – don’t drop at all.  Keep in mind the height of mom AND dad when making this decision.
  • All new cribs sold in the U.S. must meet federal safety standards.  So if you can’t afford that $1,000 crib your neighbor has (and who can in today’s economy?!), don’t sweat it.  Baby is just as safe in your $300 model and you have more money to put into that college fund.

These are just a few of our simple hints to get you going.  We know someone who spent five hours on the Internet researching cribs and was just as confused when she ended as when she started.  As baby planners, we have already done all the research, compiled all the information, and simplified the selection process.

Thanks and see you at our next installment

– WHN baby-bloggers Sarah and Linda at Planning4baby.com.

Cribs 101 – 1 of 2

Grandchild #2 was coming over and some friends of ours had borrowed our crib.  No problem, I still had the porta-crib I used when my two were born.

That was until I really looked at it.

The spindles were almost four inches apart, some screws didn’t tighten completely, and there was a big gap around the mattress.  The scary part was, if I hadn’t become a baby planner, I am not sure I would have even noticed these problems.

Our advice:  DO NOT BUY A USED CRIB – and if at all possible do not accept a hand-me-down from friends or relatives.  Cribs are the third biggest cause of injuries and deaths among nursery products.  Even with safety standards enforced, there have been MILLIONS of cribs recalled in the past year.

If you have no other choice, for economic or other reasons, here are a few things to watch out for:

  • The distance between spindles should be no more than 2 3/8” –a soda can should not be able to pass between the spindles
  • Make sure you have ALL screws and bolts and an instruction book on how to put it together.  One loose screw can be hazardous.
  • Avoid cutouts in the headboard
  • The mattress should fit very snug – no more than 2 fingers width away from the sides of the crib.
  • Find out the brand and model and check it for recalls

Even with new cribs, you should double check those screws and bolts every month just to make sure they haven’t loosened up.

Check out part 2 later for an overview of features and recommendations.

– WHN baby-bloggers Sarah and Linda at Planning4baby.com.

Baby’s Tiny Carbon Footprint

recycle for the baby
recycle for the baby

Your baby will thank you for this New Year’s resolution.

Whether your family is ‘green,’  partially green or even just turning green, you’re ready for eco-friendly baby products and resources.  And you’ll find them everywhere!  So you don’t have to go through them all, here are a few of our favorites:

  • Want to have a carbon-neutral delivery?  Purchase $15 wind power cards from www.renewablechoice.com or donate to www.carbonfund.com
  • Crib mattress – Naturpedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Coil
  • Natural wood crib and furniture – Pacific Rim made in Oregon – go to www.naturescrib.com
  • Personal care/Baby body care – It doesn’t get any better than Dr. Bronner’s castille liquid soap.  Use it as a body wash, shampoo, even brush your teeth with it and best of all…..you can get it at most Targets.
  • 100% organic clothing – check out  www.OscarandBelle.com.  We know Anna personally and she puts her heart and soul into these clothes.

Need more? Contact us for our complete list of eco-friendly, green, and organic baby info.

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 or www.planning4baby.com.