Choosing Baby Names

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How to Choose a Baby Name

It is so absolutely true: you don’t realise how many people or names you dislike until you try to name a baby! Choosing baby names is a mammoth task with a lot of pressure, your little one is going to have this name for the rest of their lives! The decision process can start arguments and is always a magnet for those opinions you did not ask for from family and friends. To help with the task, we have come up with a few pointers on how to choose a baby name!

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Start with the ABC’s

Start with the basics – the first initial! Making your way through the alphabet, eliminate letters that you definitely don’t want to use. Perhaps you have other family members with those initials, or when paired with your surname, makes an undesirable word (eg. S. Pitts).

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Lists!

With the remaining letters and a good list of baby names handy (from either books or baby name blogs), start making your way through the names and divide them into categories. Discard the ones you definitely don’t want your baby to have and keep names you like and names you think will make good middle names.
Then return to your list and remember to think about things like:

  •  How does it sound out loud?
  •  Your child’s initials don’t spell out anything awful?
  •  Think about the shortened version of the name (it’s inevitable!) Do you like the sound of the name shortened and does it work with the middle and surname?
  •  If you have had scans indicating that you’re having a boy or girl, be sure you’re choosing baby names from the opposite gender too. Scans can sometimes be wrong.
  •  If you’d like a name that’s not too common, check out the top baby names for the current year! There are plenty of websites with name statistics, so your child won’t be one of several “Willows” in class. Likewise if you don’t want something super uncommon.
  •  If you have names you like and would not like them shut-down by friends or family… don’t tell them!
  •  Find a discussion board if you’d like to discuss baby names with someone other than your family!

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Review the shortlist

Phew – that took some effort! But now you have a shorter list to chose from. Start from the top and see if you’ve changed your mind on any of the names selected

Make some space!

Give yourself a break from baby names! The pressure can drive you crazy. You have time. Take a breath and a few days to recover.

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Repeat

Start back at the shortlist and make your way through again with a fresh set of eyes. Narrow it down further… then take a break again.

Now you should be down to a handful of names that you like for your soon to be newest family member! Many say that they had to see their little one’s face before settling on a name, so it may help to have a few backups just in case.

Then you’re almost ready to order your Welcome to the World personalized keepsake box with your baby’s name. A treasure chest ready to fill with all the tiny memories. Check them out here!

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Tea Drinking While Pregnant

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There’s a lot of delicious no-go’s when you’re pregnant – soft cheese, sushi and your favourite cocktails. It’s okay Mama, it’s just for a little while! But our favourite calming ritual and soothing drink can be sipped all through pregnancy and breastfeeding – tea! There are some guidelines we need to remember though to protect Mum and Bub, so we’ve gathered a few tips for Tea Drinking While Pregnant.

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Cup of Goodness

We all know tea is good for you, but why? Tea contains polyphenols and antioxidants which protect your heart and lower cancer risks. Other nutrients in tea can act to lower blood pressure, boost circulation and help out your immune system! During pregnancy, sipping on your favourite cuppa can ease morning sickness and even help with a shorter labour! When you just can’t drink anymore water, herbal tea can be comforting substitute to keeping you hydrated, while also upping some much needed pregnancy nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and iron.

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Teas to Avoid

Not all teas are created equal – so we wanted to start off with the teas to keep an eye out for and avoid! While we can often be upset by weight gain during pregnancy, it is usually not a good idea to go near any “cleansing” or “detox” teas. These usually have a laxative action or promote increased urination – which can leave Mama dehydrated and lacking in the minerals and ions that both mum and bub require. Also be mindful to avoid teas containing St John’s Wort, Don Quai, Ginseng, Yarrow, Ephedra, Liquorice Root or Pennyroyal, which has been known to cause miscarriages. If you’re ever unsure about a tea ingredient, check in with your doctor or just be on the safe side and avoid altogether..

Overindulging in herbal teas can also work negatively with your pregnant body. Some studies suggest that more than 3 cups of tea a day can reduce the body’s ability to absorb folic acid and iron.

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Teas for Early Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of those no-go’s while pregnant, because of it’s stimulating nature, which will increase blood pressure, heart rate and will act to dehydrate your body. So keep an eye out for herbal teas that are caffeine-free, like roiboos, peppermint and chamomile. Lemon and ginger teas can ease a tummy upset by morning sickness, ingredients found in Morning Wellness. Lemon Myrtle in tea can also help normalise female hormones and helps as a sinus decongestant for when colds strike during pregnancy.

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Teas for Third Trimester

Teas including ingredients such as Red raspberry leaf or Nettle leaf should definitely be avoided in the early stages of pregnancy, as they have an effect on uterine muscle tone. This is actually beneficial though when taken later in the pregnancy, some suggesting from 32 weeks. These properties will work to promote effective contractions and assist during labour. It’s important to remember to keep your stress down, which can be easier said than done as you start approaching that due date! So teas with calming properties such as oatstraw, rosehip and chamomile are good to remember too. Luckily, Mama Body has us covered with Pregnancy– perfect for tea drinking while pregnant in the second and third trimester.

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Teas for Breastfeeding

We all know that what we eat can still affect bub through our breast milk. Caution still needs to be taken when assessing your tea selections. You can take small amounts of caffeine now (welcome back coffee!). However, its recommended to do so after breastfeeding or expressing. This way, the caffeine won’t still be circulating and entering breast milk by bubs next feed.

Teas that can increase milk supply and are safe during feeding include: fenugreek, fennel, raspberry leaf and Goat’s rue. Alfalfa is also good and some midwives report this can reduce postpartum bleeding.

Mamas Milk is a tea we stock from Mama Body Tea that is safe during breastfeeding and also nourishing to Mum.

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Have you tried our range of delicious Mama Body Tea blends? Or do you have any amazing Pregnancy and Breastfeeding safe tea recipes to share? Head to our Facebook or Instagram pages, we’d love to hear about your tea drinking while pregnant!

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Awesome Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

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Congratulations! You’ve just found out you’re pregnant!

Now the fun begins… telling everyone. It’s the first of many “reveals” that you get to do as parents – there’s the pregnancy announcement, gender reveals, birth announcement and name reveals! So let’s start this thing right. If you’re looking for a awesome pregnancy announcement ideas, but don’t feel like scrolling through hours of Instagram or Pintrest posts – then never fear! We have done most of the leg work for you, Mama. Presenting our favourite awesome pregnancy announcement ideas as chosen by The Bump Box Co. team:

Telling the family

Telling your family can be the most nerve wracking, especially if yours is the first bub of the next generation. We’ve collected these fun ideas to surprise the family.

Siblings Announcement

They’ve ruled the roost for a while now, but it’s time to welcome an addition to the children tribe! These pregnancy announcements made by the siblings are just too sweet!

Getting the Pets Involved

Many couples are first parents to their cuddly canines and kittens, so when it comes time to welcome a two-legged addition to the family, it makes sense to have your furred and feathered friends help with the announcement!

A New Team Player

A fan of gaming or sports? You’ve got a new fan or team mate on the way and can use your love of the game in your announcements!

Cute Signs

Looking for a simple and easy way to create Instagram-worthy posts to announce your pregnancy? A creative little sign board will do the trick! These are our fave:

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

We love the holiday seasons! Why not use some of the decorative, festive and holiday cheer in your announcements!

Tiny Human Objects

And of course there’s the classic – using tiny human objects to announce your pregnancy! We love this adorable idea!

And of course, you could use our Mum to Be and Dad to Be boxes to announce the big news too – or even create your own custom box to propose to your God Parents or present to soon to be Aunts and Uncles!