Picking a Name for Your Baby-to-Be? Let Us Help You Avoid Naming Snafus, Like Accidentally Giving Your Baby the Nickname A.S.S.

Posted September 27th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

Now that my husband and I know we are having a girl thanks to the 20-week ultrasound, we’ve started to officially name broker.  Before the 20-week mark, we had tossed out names to test the waters, but now that we’ve narrowed it down to the pink column, we’ve got to get serious.
 
I’m a big fan of the website Nameberry, which offers a unique perspective on naming children for modern parents, and I often turn to the site for help and to look up a name’s meaning.  I love their advice on how to judge a baby name.
 
1.)  Instant Reaction – Choose a name that the minute you hear it, you feel positive and full of anticipation for meeting the person who belongs to it.
 
2.)  Check the Initials – Don’t be the parent that gives your kid the monogram P.I.G., A.S.S. or R.A.T.  Put pen to paper to check those initials.  Also, studies show that people with initials that spell out positive things (think V.I.P. or L.O.L.) live nearly five years longer than those with negative ones. Hmmm…
 
3.)  Popularity Contest – If you want to be unique and don’t want your daughter in a class full of Madison’s, Ava’s and Emma’s, check the Social Security’s list of top 100 names to make sure your pick doesn’t appear too high up. For a list of the top baby names of 2011, click here!
 
4.)  How Easy is it to Understand? – Try your name out on a few “trusted” people in your life before birth-day.  That doesn’t mean you need to tell them this is your future baby’s name (you don’t want to skew results).  Instead, say you “just met someone named (insert name here),” or your friend “just had a baby and named them (insert name here).”  See what the reaction is.  If the response is confusion, or repeated requests for spelling and pronunciation – this will happen to your child constantly throughout life and you might want to reconsider.
 
My family will certainly be taking this advice to heart when choosing our little girl’s name.
 
About the Contributor: Amy G. is the mom to a beautiful baby girl and pregnant with baby #2 (due January 2012). She is a regular contributor to The Belly Blog, a blog for pregnant women and is sponsored by Lullabelly, a prenatal musical belt.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Musical Pregnancy Belt

Posted September 20th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

In the past, if you wanted to play music for your unborn baby, you’d “belly up” to your sound system’s speakers or place headphones around your middle.  But today, prenatal music belts make it easy as pie and leave you hands-free when playing music for your unborn, womb-housed baby.

 

Pregnancy musical belts are a small investment ($50+ per belt) and there are several models on the market today, so you want to be sure you are purchasing the one that is right for you.

 

Here is what to look for when buying a musical pregnancy belt:

 

Comfort

 

One of the most important aspects of choosing a musical pregnancy belt is to make sure that you are comfortable wearing the device.   The material should be soft against your skin, adjustable and lightweight as to not irritate your delicate skin.  The belt should also fit well enough that you can go about normal daily activities (like walking the dog or doing light housework) without worry of the belt falling down.

 

Style

 

You can wear your prenatal music belt under or over your clothes.  If you are the fashionista type, you’ll want to be sure your musical belt reflects your personal style when you rock it over clothing.  Musical belts come in all shapes, sizes and colors so be sure to investigate the available options.  Lullabelly prenatal musical belts, for example, are available in five different color options – perfect for accessorizing! 

 

Sound Quality

 

Of course you want to be sure you are providing your baby with the optimal listening experience while keeping her hearing and ear development safe.  Lullabelly utilizes safe sound level technology where the maximum volume level is similar to a mother and father speaking or singing aloud to their baby in the womb.  

 

Plus, you want to be sure that the belt you choose is compatible with the portable musical player you will be using (iPod, CD/MP3 player, laptop, etc.), so check which systems each belt supports.

 

Reputable Company

 

Like any product intended for prenatal use, you want to be sure that you are buying from a company with a strong reputation that makes quality products and offers excellent customer service.

 

Prenatal music belts are a great way to bond with baby and reduce stress during pregnancy, use the above guide to pick the belt that fits best with your lifestyle…. and style too!

Should I Get a 3D/4D Ultrasound During My Pregnancy?

Posted September 13th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

Just can’t wait a whole nine months to see your little one’s adorable face? Are the 2D ultrasounds of your baby’s profile not enough of a glimpse inside? If yes, you may be interested in getting a 3D/4D ultrasound.

 

Chances are your doctor/ultrasound technician won’t offer you this upgraded technology as it is not part of routine pre-natal care. Now many private ultrasound technicians have set up shops to offer what they call “Elective Prenatal Ultrasound” sessions.  There are also chain 3D/4D ultrasound facilities that provide this service on a regular basis- check your local Yellow Pages or Google it online.

 

While your initial ultrasounds are typically covered by insurance, be reminded that these special 3D/4D sessions are not; in fact, they can cost $60-$200+ depending on the packages offered. You typically walk away with photo and video keepsakes of your growing baby that you can share with your family and friends (and to post on your Facebook page too, of course!).

 

However, there are a few things you should know before making an appointment at your nearest 4D ultrasound provider.

 

  • THIS DOES NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF AN ULTRASOUND AT YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE! A routine ultrasound examination should be performed with your regular medical practitioner prior to a 4D ultrasound to confirm gestational age and evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as fetal anatomy. Once your baby’s vitals are cleared, then ask your doctor if it’s okay if you do this novelty ultrasound as well.

 

  • At this time there are no known risks to you or your baby from having a 3D/4D ultrasounds, but experts say that exposure to ultrasound should be limited to one hour at a time, important advice to heed indeed.

 

  • If you plan on having the 3D/4D ultrasound examination, you should be between the 26th and 32nd week of pregnancy for optimal image results.

 

  • Remember, insurance does not cover the 3D/4D ultrasound because it is an elective procedure. Be ready to pay up – ah, the price we moms pray for a sneak peak at our bundles of joy!

 

While 3D/4D ultrasounds have become a fun way of getting to know your baby before your due date, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the FDA discourage the non-medical use of ultrasound for entertainment purposes.  Sure, the medical experts take the fun out of it, but it’s important to weigh the fun with expert advice so you can give it proper thought before booking your appointment at the nearest corner ultrasound shop.

 

Did you do a 3D/4D ultrasound? What was your reason for doing or not doing one?

Fruits and Veggies for the Pregnant Mother – Should You Go Organic?

Posted September 6th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 
 

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