After a long and painful decision-making process, I think we’ve settled on Lydia and Quentin for our g/b twins. Since the kids will get my husband’s last name, I’d like to honor my family in middle names. My maiden name won’t work, and my parents don’t like their own first names. [Read more...]
Hi Jennifer! We have 3 boys and just found out we are having a baby girl. We had picked Leo as a boy’s name and fell in love with it. My grandmother’s middle name was Leona, so Leo was a throwback to her; however, we do not like the name Leona. We also don’t really care for any of the other girls names that have Leo in it. I wasn’t able to find just “Leo” for a girls name; though I did find on another site that Leo was used in the early 1900’s for a girl’s name? Can Leo be used as a girl’s name? [Read more...]
Explaining death to young children is such a touchy thing. It’s usually something parents don’t want to do, so we put it off until we are grappling with difficult loss and in no position to be mature, thoughtful creatures. And then we desperately turn to books to help us choke out a few reassuring words. [Read more...]
If ever there was a perfect bedtime book for the younger set, Time for Bed is it. Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Jane Dyer, this board book is almost trance-inducing. Each page follows the same rhythm, and each page has gentle rhymes. Read aloud, it is the spoken form of a lullaby. I find it hard to stay awake while reading it — not because it’s boring, but because it is all too effective. [Read more...]
The adorable cover of Chick ‘n’ Pug hints at the humor and sweet tone readers will find inside. Both written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler, this picture book is a winner whether read quietly to oneself or read aloud to a crowd of kindergartners. [Read more...]
Baby not nodding off as needed? You can’t exactly inform an infant about counting sheep… But nonetheless, a sheep might be your solution… Ewan the Dream Sheep, that is.
The stuffed animal “emits soothing sounds at a low base frequency.” What sounds? Actual recorded heartbeat and womb sounds that “really do have a calming effect,” the developer says. [Read more...]