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The Top Baby Names of 2014

By - POSTED Dec 10, 2014

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Curious to know the top baby names of 2014? BabyCenter just released its annual list; the three most popular baby names for both boys and girls are the same again, and Sophia claimed the top spot for girls for the fifth year in a row! Here’s the top ten:

Most Popular Girl Names:

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Ava
5. Isabella
6. Mia
7. Zoe
8. Lily
9. Emily
10. Madelyn

Most Popular Boy Names:

1. Jackson
2. Aiden
3. Liam
4. Lucas
5. Noah
6. Mason
7. Ethan
8. Caden
9. Jacob
10. Logan

What do you think- any surprises? BabyCenter also analyzed the inspiration behind rising baby names, whether it be sports stars (Jeter is up 82%) or movie characters (Elsa jumped 29%). Check out the entire list of the 100 most popular baby names over on BabyCenter!

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Traveling with Babies & Toddlers

By - POSTED Dec 9, 2014

Traveling with Kids

For those of you with upcoming trips or lots of traveling for the Christmas, New Years, and beyond, we chatted with mom of two and frequent traveler Ashley of Hither & Thither on how to make the process as seamless as possible. In just 2014, Ashley and her family traveled to Italy, Seattle, Hawaii, Florida, among many other places, so she’s got plenty of experience to pass along… Enjoy!

1. Traveling is always stressful, but even more so during the holiday season. As a frequent traveler, are there any ways to make the trip even slightly more pleasant?

The goal: More time, less stuff. In an ideal world, I’ll have finished packing well in advance so that we’re not rushing around at the last minute. We’ll get to the airport well in advance of our departure, and we’ll come back on a Saturday rather than a Sunday to start the week relaxed. In other words, there will be plenty of time. I’ll also have arranged for diapers and a few other things to be shipped ahead to the hotel or house where we’re staying, and have streamlined our suitcases to the bare minimum. Nothing is worse than shlepping around an excess of stuff, especially with young children who can’t yet carry their weight.

2. Do you think there’s an ideal time to travel with little ones (early mornings, after dinner, during naptimes, etc.)?

I’ve always preferred to drive or fly when the kids are sleeping—it’s hard to spend over three hours on a plane without some respite. We were lucky that my son was a pretty dependable sleeper, once we had a routine in place. But I do think it depends on the child: if they’re likely to fight it, or if you don’t think you could get them to sleep in your arms, a red-eye (when everyone else is silent) might be more stressful than passing the hours in a noisy, light-filled cabin.

Flying with Babies

3. What are your top tips for flying with babies? Are there any must-haves you swear by and always include in your carry on?

I always pack our carry-on as if we’re going to have a day-long layover. Think of that when you ‘re deciding how many diapers, how many ounces of formula, how many changes of clothes or toys you bring along. I’ve written a post with some favorite tips—like having your partner board the plane and set up the overhead space while you stay off the plane and play as long as possible.

4. What are some of your favorite ways for keeping a toddler occupied on a long car ride? Any go-to toys for car rides/flights?

Almost every carry-on bag has included a reusable sticker bag, paper and crayons, a few favorite books, child-friendly headphones (screen-time rules go out the window, but audio books are great for the older toddler), masking tape, and lots of snacks. Here are a series of games I came up with for flights, all using Cheerios.

Traveling with Babies & Toddlers

5. If there’s a time difference between home and where you’re traveling to, how can you get your kids on a new schedule?

The trick is to set your clock to the new time immediately. Eat on the new schedule and expose everyone to as much sunlight as possible in the new timezone. That said, keep the old clock (the body clock) in mind and be prepared with snacks the make it past expected mealtimes (and a bed around expected nap times without suffering major meltdowns.

6. Any unusual or unexpected travel tips you’ve picked up over the last few years?

While not unusual, I’ve really found renewed enthusiasm for preparation after having kids—in all manners. Before a trip, we go to the library and check out books related to our destination and talk about what’s exciting or different about where we’re headed. We talk about what we’ll do there and what we’ll eat. It makes a big difference! If Hudson is happy and enthusiastic, we all win.

International Travel with Toddlers

7. Any major travel success stories? Or disasters (or just plain funny ;)?

Our visit to Paris with our son, when he was a toddler, was filled with laughable moments. From taking him to La Maison Angelina (a tea salon where we learned he is not a fan of hot chocolate) to watching him get on stage at a Marionette show, it was a memorable trip! I recall in particular being excited for him to ride on a vintage carousel at Luxembourg Gardens: Unfortunately, it was a bit of a fail (albeit a comically sad one). The vintage carousel has no standing place, as the horses move using suspension alone, and so children must ride unaccompanied. This mean that Hudson was too little to ride a horse and would only be allowed to sit in a carriage. Good thing, too, because it was so fast! As the horses whipped around, and children reached for rings, Hudson wailed and wailed and tried to break free of the ropes that tied him to his seat. With every turn, he’d see us and reach his arms out crying “off, off” making the tongue-click sound he used for horses’ hooves in between sobs.

It seemed to last forever. Finally, the ride slowed. I tried to play it cool, but I just wanted to go rescue him so badly. I started walking besie him but it wasn’t coming to a stop. Aron looked at me like I was crazy and started laughing as I found myself fast-walking beside the carriage for an entire revolution.

I immediately though about that book Bringing Up Bébéand the description of the cliché, hovering American parent who shouts “weeeee” like a food every time their child goes back and forth in a swing (guilty) and felt my cheeks grow flush.

Luckily, even the man with the rings took pity on Hudson and soon he took my place, walking beside the tear-streaked boy and trying to untie him before the ride had truly stopped. I practically ran once he was in my arms. I ran to the playground, which was closing, and pleaded with a slightly shocked gatekeeper for just one ride down the slide. What a ridiculous scene!

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Thank you Ashley! Some more travel posts from Ashley that may interest you:

Gear to pack when traveling with a toddler.
Flying with a toddler or baby.
Trip planning – travel itineraries.

(Images via Hither & Thither)

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A Conversation with :

Hitha of Hitha on the Go

By - POSTED Nov 19, 2014

A Conversation with: Hitha on the Go

We are so excited to be chatting with blogger/travel extraordinaire/mom-to-be Hitha Palepu today! In addition to running her popular site, Hitha on the Go (full of fashion posts, travel tips, and lifestyle content), this chic New Yorker is expecting her first baby next year. We asked Hitha a few questions how on her pregnancy is going so far, how to dress the bump, and the best gifts to give mamas-to-be. Enjoy!

1. Congrats on your pregnancy!! What have you loved most/least about being pregnant thus far?

Thank you! I was not a fan of pregnancy during my first trimester, which rendered me to an exhausted, nauseated mess. Feeling the baby move has definitely been the best part of it.

2. Any crazy cravings or major surprises?

We decided not to find out the gender of the baby, which was a HUGE surprise! I’m normally a control freak, so allowing ourselves to be surprised was a surprise itself. I crave spicy food more than I normally do, and have started to consume more milk and yogurt than I did before I was pregnant.

3. You are a travelling pro – any tips for other moms-to-be on how to make traveling as simple and pleasant as possible, especially for the holidays?

While maternity jeans are a godsend, they do stretch out faster than their non-maternity counterparts. Always pack enough bottoms (one for each day) and a Bella Band! I’m all about comfort, so I won’t leave home without lots of lightweight layers (long tanks, collared shirts and cozy sweaters, a luxuriously warm scarf) and my most comfortable lounge clothes – currently a pair of Old Navy yoga pants and a vintage Fleetwood Mac t-shirt. I only pack flats or low heels, and I never leave home without compression socks.

Also, pack plenty of snacks for your trip! You’ll never know when hunger strikes.

4. What are you top style “dos” for getting dressed while pregnant?

Embrace maternity pants early on – how I’ll go back to regular pants is unfathomable right now. I opt for comfort, but will opt for accessories that pack a style punch – over-the-knee boots to upgrade a jeans and a sweater combination, a giant blanket scarf in a cheery plaid print, sparkly jewelry with just about everything. Accessories are the best – they’ll always fit, they’re easy to care for, and they really make an outfit.

5. Have you started shopping for baby yet? Any favorite baby clothing or accessory brands?

I haven’t purchased any baby clothes yet, but I’ve definitely bookmarked a TON. We’ve decided to let the gender be a surprise, so I’m looking for a neutral-but-fun layette. I love some of the space-themed pieces from Winter Water Factory, separates from Imps & Elfs, and basically everything from crewcuts.

6. Let’s talk about the holidays – do you have any gift ideas or recommendations for fellow expectant moms?

Nothing beats a gift certificate to prenatal massage! A wool cape from Cuyana is on my list, and something that any mother-to-be would enjoy. The Anya Hindmarch baby essentials pouch is a splurge, but an ideal gift for the mother who’s opting out of a traditional diaper bag. Chances are your expectant friends have already read plenty of motherhood books, so get her a read that will inspire and entertain her. Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and Diane von Furstenberg’s The Woman I Wanted To Be are two books that I plan to give all the women in my life.

7. What’s at the top of your list?

The aforementioned Cuyana cape, for sure. I’m an avid reader, and would love the new Kindle Voyage (even though my Paperwhite is still in great condition). Other things I’d love are a monthly membership to DreamDry, a cashmere blanket, and for the Philadelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl.

8. Favorite things to do in NYC this time of year?

I love having friends and family come visit and experience the city with them – the tree at Rockefeller Center, holiday decorations on Madison Avenue, delicious meals in cozy restaurants. I love bundling up, getting hot cocoa, and walking through one of the city’s many parks (Riverside Park and the High Line are two favorites). We’ve missed out on ice-skating for the past three years, but hopefully it’ll happen this year!

9. Finally, what’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received since you’ve become pregnant?

Pamper yourself regularly. I’ve been getting monthly prenatal massages and facials, twice-monthly pedicures and blowouts, and it’s gone a long way in making me feel my best. I didn’t read too many pregnancy books or join any forums, and it worked or me. I’m of the “I’ll figure it out when it happens” mentality, and I know reading too much about pregnancy and newborn care would freak me out. Spill the news to one family member or friend who’s a new mother – having someone who has been through it all recently and can pass on advice or just listen is really important, especially in the early days when you’re unsure of EVERYTHING. It sounds cliché, but enjoy every moment – even the ones when you’re feeling awful. It does go by way too fast.

Also, size down on maternity pants if you want to get more than one wear per wash. It’s the one piece of advice I WISH I had received!

Thank you, Hitha! Check out Hitha’s blog for more styling posts, pregnancy updates, & travel tips.
(Image via Hitha on the Go)

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A Conversation with :

Natalie of The Senses Five

By - POSTED Oct 9, 2014

Interview with Natalie of The Senses Five

Natalie Adams, of the blog The Senses Five, was kind enough to answer some of our questions on motherhood, her favorite newborn essentials, and raising her baby boy, Oskar, in Michigan. Be sure to check out Natalie’s Dear Oskar & Made series, too, for lovely letters to her son and interviews with creative types and business owners. Enjoy!

1. Oskar just turned 1 year old! How did you celebrate?

For Oskar’s birthday we spent the weekend at Wheatland, it is a folk festival in the middle of Michigan that has been going on for 41 years. We camped in a pinewood forest, stayed up past bedtime, took tent naps, made instruments, and got really dirty feet. It was a great time. Next weekend we’ll be having a birthday party with friends and family, so he can do the traditional cake thing.

2. What has surprised you the most this past year as you’ve raised him?

How easy it is. I know that sounds crazy. But I feel like when you are pregnant with your first you often hear about how hard it is. The sleepless nights, the crying, your marriage dies, your social life dies, etc. Don’t get me wrong, parenthood brings on challenges for sure, especially as he is entering the toddler phase. But it has truly been a joy and we haven’t felt like our marriage or social lives have been sacrificed. There were lots of times in the past year we would look at each other in disbelief that it was so easy. Maybe we’re just delusional with love for our baby boy. ;)

The Senses Five - Natalie Adams

3. Is there anything you wish you knew before you became a mother that you know now?

There are a ton of things I know now that I didn’t know before I was a mother, but I don’t think I could have known them before Oskar. I’ve learned so much about myself, my husband, and about family. Part of the fun as been this learning and growing experience.

4. What are your favorite baby brands (clothes, toys, etc.) for boys?

For some reason I thought having a son would be less fun in the clothes department and boy was I wrong. There are so many good brands out there now. I really love Bobo Choses, NUNUNU, KicKee Pants, & Tea. Plus, I frequently comb the thrift store, the girls dept at Target & the clearance rack at Gap.

Our toy collection is pretty minimal; I try to stick to simple toys that are nicely made and stimulate the imagination. HaPe, Green Toys, Plan Toys, & Brio are great brands for that.

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5. What activities do you and Oskar enjoy doing together? What’s a typical day like?

Oskar loves being out and about. We love to go on walks around the neighborhood, search through thrift stores and estate sales, visit the farmer’s market or even just a good ole Target run. In addition to The Senses Five, I work from home full-time as a digital marketer – so our days can be a little crazy at times. We always have morning nursing and snuggle in bed after dad leaves for work and fill the day with lots of books and mess making while I cram in as much work as I can during independent play and naps. And then go on an adventure when we get stir crazy, which happens often these days.

6. What are some of your favorite parts of living & raising a family in Ann Arbor?

Ann Arbor is insanely family friendly and laid back. So no one bats an eye when you have your baby out late and strapped to you while drinking a nice stout at the local beer garden. We live on an acre just 3 miles from downtown Ann Arbor, but frequently visit my beloved Detroit and the westside of the state where my husband is from. I’m excited to raise Oskar in an environment where he is equally exposed to city and country.

The Senses Five Interview

7. Do you have any favorite parenting/motherhood blogs/websites that you look to for inspiration?

The Littlest - Elizabeth’s take on motherhood is so beautiful. A Cup of Jo – Joanna has great motherhood posts not only from her personal life, but really makes efforts to show other parent’s perspectives. I’ve been enjoying the newly launched Mother Mag. And a bunch of Instagram mamas, which has been a great space for inspiration and support.

8. You have one of the most comprehensive baby registry guides we’ve seen! What were some of your pregnancy & newborn must-haves that you found yourself reaching for over and over again?

Honestly my pregnancy was pretty easy and we were quickly renovating our house before the birth so I was often distracted. I did love using a nice body oil on my growing belly, I don’t know if it helped with stretch marks, but it did curb the itchiness and just felt good.

Oh newborn must haves, there are quite a few. I think don’t think we would have made it without our solly wrap, good pajamas, and friends and family… oh and nipple cream :)

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Style Spotlight :

Diaper Bags

By - POSTED Jul 25, 2013

Diaper bags are a must for any new mom, but finding one that is chic and functional isn’t always the easiest task. Luckily, many designers have caught on and are introducing options that are cute, light, and most importantly big enough to hold everything but the baby’s crib. Which one is your favorite?

1. Simone Camille Zadar Bag 2. 7 A.M. Enfant Roma Diaper Bag 3. Marc By Marc Jacobs Diaper Bag 4. Kate Spade New York Cabana Baby Bag 5. Kate Spade New York Nylon Baby Bag 6. Kate Spade New York Nylon Tote

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