Hot Trends in Baby Names of 2015

Hot Baby Name Trends of 2015

Becoming a parent is not easy and some of you might be having a difficult time finding the right name for your baby. Most people already know which baby name is their favorite. Maybe it was a significant relative who inspired them, or maybe they’ve had one particular name in mind for a long time.

Many people don’t have the slightest idea, though, and they need to find inspiration elsewhere. As a website offering all sorts of baby names, BellyBallot.com is a perfect solution to this problem. Baby names are conveniently divided into categories and lists by popularity or ethnic origin, and the site even offers fun groups such as “Aristocratic”, “Last Names for First”, or “Heroic”.

Parents have become really bold and adventurous in the year 2015, looking for names that will make their child stick out from the crowd. Most of the newest trends are unique and original:

1. Ethnic names – Parents always think of their origin and ethnicity when choosing the right name for their baby, so this trend is not entirely new. This year, however, we’re seeing a flood of Scottish and Celtic names – Greer, Isla, Lachlan, Fiona or Duncan.

2. Defining, daring names – Making a clear statement, these names are powerful and intense. Becoming a popular trend with celebrities, some of these names include Rowdy, Titan, Noble, Royal, Saint or Breaker.

3. Names based on fictional characters – Popular TV shows and films have inspired parents all over the world for decades. Depending on which shows are “in” or “out”, we can see new names every year becoming parents’ favorites. This year it is Sky, Milo, Anastasia, Piper, Elsa, Lisbeth or Vito.

4. Food-inspired names – Food culture is a big deal nowadays and so are baby names inspired by food – welcome Clementine, Kale, Apple or Juniper!

5. Comeback of unisex names for boys – In the past, whenever a unisex name became really popular for girls, parents had a tendency to disqualify the name for boys. Now we’re seeing that trend reverse and boys are taking their names back – Tatum, Kelly, Darian, Rory, Jordan, Loren, Casey or Jamie are parents’ favorites for boys again!

6. Vibrant, colorful names – Inspired by hues and colors, parents are now bringing back a once popular baby name trend – meet Lavender, Violet, Azure, Scarlett, Crimson or Mauve!

7. Names with O at the end – Names ending in a vowel (mostly an O) have been around for a while, but they were usually used for boys. Now there are more and more of these becoming popular for girls as well – Shiloh, Marlow, Juno, Margot, Willow or Monroe.

8. Names from the South – Parents love to be inspired by traditional names of the US southern states, and names such as June, Tennessee, Georgia, August, Dune or Carolina are skyrocketing.

9. Simple, short names – There’s beauty in simplicity, they say, and we can see that trend coming from Europe. Names that were formerly just a nickname are now used on their own – Tess, Lou, Ben, Finn, Max, Jack and others.

6 Ways to Bond With Your Baby

Ways to Bond With Your BabyAs soon as the new baby arrives, parents almost have no other thoughts aside from their child. They want to take care of him/her, play with them, and get in as much bonding as possible each day. Luckily, there are so many different ways you can enjoy bonding activities with your little one. Here are some of our suggestions for doing so:

1. Nursing

Breastfeeding baby is not only a healthy way to engage in feeding time, but it’s one of the most beneficial bonding experiences between mother and child. This activity allows you to get an up close look at your child’s facial expressions and body language as well. Even if you’re unable to nurse, or you’re a dad, bottle feeding with a bunch of talking and interaction is just as good!

2. Sleep Nearby

If you still can’t get enough bonding in during the day, sleep near your child at night. This is also a great way to be ready to take care of any issues that arise in the middle of the night for a newborn. You can rest assured that your baby will be safe and comforted.

Interpret the Cry

While it may be tough to examine while you’re trying to ease your child, interpreting their cry is another great bonding technique. As your baby develops, you’ll learn to figure out the reason behind their crying a lot easier. This will help a lot in terms of fixing any issues that arise.

3. Baby Massage

Giving your little one a gentle massage is a great bonding activity for you two. On top of the bonding, this will also help to relax their muscles, increase circulation, and reduce stress in the process!

4. Playtime

Giving your new baby constant stimulation and play opportunities is not only beneficial to their development and growth, but for your development from parent to child as well. Even if they’re too young to do much with baby toys, you can still have fun with them waving fun objects around and appeasing their sense of sight and touch.

5. Baby Carrier

If you can implement the use of a front baby carrier into your daily routines, you’re killing two birds with one stone! You’ll be able to go about your daily tasks and get important duties finished while also bonding with your child. This technique allows you and baby to be face to face and interacting all day long.

6. Singing

Let’s be honest – we weren’t all blessed with great singing voices. With a new baby however, this doesn’t matter at all! Your child will love to hear the sound of your voice, and singing rhythmic tunes to them is an awesome way to bond with baby.  

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

10 Common Car Seat Mistakes

common car seat mistakesSafety is essential when it comes to our children. The car seat is a useful tool for parents to safely get their kids around, but they have to be used properly. Here are some common car seat mistakes parents make and how you can avoid them.

1. Buying a car seat without doing research. Is it safe? Has it been recalled? Do you understand the installation instructions? Is it expired or damaged?

2. Incorrectly installing the seat. The seat’s installation is critical to its safety. If it’s not strapped in properly, your child could be at risk. I know that when we open something new, many of us toss the manual aside, but this one is worth reading.

3. Reclining the seat at the wrong height. When the seat is in the rear-facing position, you can adjust the incline depending on child’s size and age. Most seats have indicators so you can achieve the right angle (about 45 degrees). The goal is to keep your child laying down so his or her heavy head doesn’t fall forward and cut off the airway.

4. Placing the car seat in the wrong seat. The safest place for the car seat is in the bag, away from airbags. Airbags can do serious damage to a little one. If possible, place the seat in the middle of the back row. If you have only a single row of seats in your car, disable the airbag on the car seat side.

5. Letting your child sleep in the car seat. It’s fine if your child dozes in the car, but don’t use the seat as a replacement crib in the house. Sitting too long in the seat can compress baby’s chest and cause oxygen deficiency problems.

6. Leaving the harness too loose. The harness straps should be snug, without any slack. If you can still pinch the fabric of the harness between your fingers, it’s too loose.

7. Facing the seat forward too soon. Many parents make this mistake because they want to keep an eye on their children who are getting older and more opt to make messes or noises for attention. It’s advised that children ride backwards until two years old or 35 pounds. Once you turn the seat around, be sure to install it correctly in this position (the instructions might be different than the rear position).

8. Using the retainer clip incorrectly. The retainer clip (the clip between the two straps on baby’s chest) should sit at about armpit level, across the breastbone. If it’s poorly positioned, your child could be ejected from the seat in a crash.

9. Using a car seat that’s been in an accident. I’m not talking about simple fender benders here. If your car seat has been in an accident where damage was done to the car, it’s no longer suitable for use, even if it looks safe.

10. Putting the car seat on top of a shopping cart. Some parents will put the car seat on the upper portion of a shopping cart while they shop so baby can see them. This makes the cart top heavy. A baby could cause enough motion to topple the cart and cart seat.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

5 Tips to Help Baby Stop Thumb Sucking

how to stop thumb suckingChildren suck their thumbs for a variety of reasons, but they usually do it to provide comfort. You’ll notice your child often sucks his or her thumb before going to sleep. It’s a normal habit, but long-term thumb sucking can affect teeth development, so you’ll want to stop it at some point. Here are some tips to stop the habit.

1. Distract their fingers

The next time you see your child sucking their thumb, distract them. Find an activity where they have to use their hands, so that they stop sucking their thumb. Bed time is a big time for thumb sucking, so ask them to read you a book so that their hands are distracted holding the book and they don’t get the chance to suck their thumb.

2. Have the doctor talk to them

A lot of times a child will do something if their doctor tells them to. Next time you are at the doctor’s, ask them to talk to your child about why thumb sucking is bad. There is a large chance that they will stop when they hear from their doctor the damage it can do.

3. Reward

A great way to get your child to stop sucking their thumb is by rewarding them. If they don’t suck their thumb for a whole day, they get a star. If by the end of the week they have seven stars, they get a special prize. Many kids are motivated by rewards. Once they stop sucking their thumb for a few days, they are most likely done for good!

4. Cover the thumb

If your child is having a really hard time letting go of their thumb sucking habits, try covering their thumb with gauze and a Band-Aid. Hey, they cannot suck their thumb if it has a yucky Band-Aid on it! You’ll find that this really does help them to stop, unless of course they are ripping it off.

5. Wait it out

There is a chance that none of these remedies will help your child to stop. Some kids need to just figure things out on their own. Eventually they will stop; you won’t see them at 20 still sucking their thumb. The best thing you can do as a parent is to stay patient and let it happen when it happens.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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How to Swaddle Your Baby

how to swaddle babySwaddling is one of the first lessons any new parent should learn. A swaddled baby feels safe, warm, and secure in an environment that feels similar to the womb. A nice, snug swaddle will calm your baby down and put him to sleep. It also prevents him from being disturbed from his own Startle Reflex and waking up at night.  Here’s how to properly swaddle:

Step 1: Lay your blanket on a flat surface.

Position the blanket like a diamond. Fold the top corner down toward the center of blanket. Place your baby on his back on top of the blanket with his neck on the fold.

Step 2: Tuck the right side.

Pull your baby’s right arm down to his side. Pull the left corner of the blanket (your left, his right) over the right arm and across his body. Tuck this side under his left arm. You might have to roll him a bit to fit it underneath. Tuck it in good and tight; don’t be afraid to be secure, but make sure baby can bend his hips up. If your baby’s arms aren’t exactly at his sides, he’ll have some wiggle room and start pulling the swaddle apart.

Step 3: Tuck the left side.

Pull your baby’s left arm down. Pull the bottom corner of the blanket (the corner nearest you) up and over his left shoulder. Tuck the extra material around his left arm. Be secure, but make sure you aren’t so tight as to squeeze his toes or force his knees to bend.

Step 4: Wrap him/her up.

Pull the loose right corner taut and across his body to the left. Roll him just a bit to your right so you can tuck this extra material behind his back. By this point your little one should already be yawning!

Tips for Houdini-Babes:

If your baby is constantly breaking free, try leaving one arm exposed when you put him to sleep. If he’s a few months old, a free arm won’t keep him awake, but he will lose half of his ability to break out (since one arm can swing freely).

NOTE: Never put a swaddled baby on his stomach!

Once your baby is capable of flipping over from his back to his stomach, you should absolutely be done with swaddling. A swaddled baby that can roll over can suffocate on his tummy.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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6 Tips to Teach Your Child How to Share

teach your kids how to shareWhen your child begins to play with other children, you may notice that he has trouble sharing his toys and games. For many kids, sharing doesn’t come easily; it’s not natural. Studies show that before two, children cannot even understand the concept. Here are a few ways you can teach your kids how to share.

1. Explain how to share.

You can’t expect your children to understand how to share unless you explain it to them. Sit him down and discuss sharing and why it is important. Be sure to explain that when he allows someone to use his toy that it is not gone forever, just temporarily. They will be more likely to give their toys away when they know they will come back.

2. Be generous.

You will be your child’s role model for a long time. He copies the things you do. If you share your possessions with others in front of your child, he will be more likely to do it as well. Make sharing a learning moment by expressing out loud what you plan to do: “Mommy is going to share the ball with Aunt Jenny now.” This will help lead your child.

3. Practice, practice, practice.

Your child will not understand sharing on the first attempt, and probably not on the tenth. If you are trying to teach it to a young child, it will take longer than a child who understands your words. Like I said, sharing is not our natural state, so it takes time and patience to learn. Expose your child to other children for practice.

4. Give to charity.

This only works when your child is old enough to understand, but you can cement the idea of sharing by regularly donating to charity. Make it a point every year to round up the items that you don’t need and donating them to those less fortunate. Collect old clothes and toys and bring them to a local shelter, church, or charity office.

5. Teach lessons.

When another child refuses to share with yours, use the opportunity to teach about sharing. Point out how bad it makes your child feel when someone will not let him play. Try to create empathy so he understands that every time he doesn’t share, he’s hurting someone else.

6. Offer praise.

When you notice your child sharing, be sure to let him know that you are proud. It’s important that you praise good behavior instead of merely punishing bad. Your child needs positive reinforcement to understand how you want him to behave.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changes

Written by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

11 Baby Sleep Tips

baby sleep tipsIn the womb, your baby woke and slept on his own schedule, depending on his body’s needs. In the world, however, babies need to be taught how to sleep. In fact, there’s an entire industry of consultants that is devoted to teaching little ones how to get the rest they need. By the time your child is four or five months old, he should be sleeping for 4-5 hours at a time. Use these tips to help him sleep.

1. Dim the lights. Our bodies use light to establish a circadian rhythm. Use bright lighting when you are active during the day and dim lights when it’s time to wind down for bed to put your baby in a sleepy mood.

2. Make some noise. In the womb, there are LOTS of sounds all day and night long. Your baby is more comfortable with a bit of white noise in the background.

3. Keep the room cool. Infants sleep best when the room is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can’t adjust the thermostat by room, leave a fan running on low.

4. Give a massage. Babies like massages for the same reason you and I do. Use gentle strokes and slight pressure for a few minutes before putting your baby down to sleep.

5. Teach self-soothing. Your baby needs to learn to fall asleep with your presence. Put your baby into the crib when he’s drowsy but before he falls asleep. You want him to become accustomed to falling asleep on his own. If he cries out, soothe him but do not pick him up. This will help him learn how to fall back asleep when he wakes up at night.

6. Swaddle! The swaddle is arguably one of the most effective sleep aides for babies. It makes them feel secure and prevents the start reflex.

7. Remove caffeine from your diet. If you are breastfeeding, any caffeine you drink will make its way into your baby’s system, keeping them awake.

8. Avoid eye contact. When your baby meets your gaze, he focuses his attention, and his blood pressure and heart rate rise. Look away when he’s falling asleep so he won’t focus.

9. Feed in the evenings. Full stomachs make everyone sleepy.

10. Create a bedtime routine. Perform the same activities every night before bed. It could include a bedtime story, a bath, or a song. Over time your baby will begin to associate these with sleepy-time.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are a patented footed pajama for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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