Social Security Lists Top Baby Names 2022

The U.S. Social Security Administration provided a list of the top baby names for a given year. The list is separated into “Male Name” and “Female Name”. The list of the most popular baby names for 2022 has been released!  Top 2022 Male Names were: Liam, Noah, Oliver, James, Elijah, William, Henry, Lucas, Benjamin, Theodore Top 2022 Female Names were: Olivia, Emma, Charlotte, Amelia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Evelyn, Luna KTLA posted a news article titled: “These were California’s most popular baby names in 2022” From the news article: Twenty years ago, the most common names given to babies born … Continue reading

$600,000 Worth Of Minion Beanie Babies Sent to LAUSD

What would you do if your kids came home from school with Beanie Babies that were themed after the Despicable Me franchise? Several parents may be wondering who sent nearly 75,000 of them to the Los Angeles Unified School District, Insider reported. The donation came from a nonprofit that typically serves homeless shelters and food banks. According to Insider, the mysterious arrival of the stuffed animals was three years in the making, beginning when 11 semi-trucks-worth of the toys arrived at a warehouse for the nonprofit, Shelter Partnership. Over that time, the donor’s identity has remained a secret. And the … Continue reading

FDA Plans To Reduce Contaminants In Baby Food

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced Closer to Zero. It is the FDA’s goal to reduce dietary exposure to contaminants to as low as possible, while maintaining access to nutritious foods. The agency’s work to date has resulted in significant progress in reducing exposure to environmental contaminants from foods and Closer to Zero builds on this progress. The FDA has prioritized foods commonly eaten by babies and young children because their smaller body sizes and metabolism make them more vulnerable to the harmful affects of these contaminants. To meet the goals of Closer to Zero, they have focused … Continue reading

MHB Supports Parents Who Are LGBT

MHB (Men Having Babies, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization that was spun off in July 2012 from a program that ran at the NYC LBGT Center since 2005. It started as a peer support network for biological gay fathers and fathers-to-be, offering monthly workshops and an annual seminar.  Over time, elaborate online resources were developed, the group’s mailing list expanded to thousands of couples and singles from around the world, and it teamed up with LGBT family associations to develop similar programs in Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Miami, Dallas, Tel Aviv, Taipei and Brussels. MHB’s mission includes: The provision of … Continue reading

UPPABaby Recalls All Terrain Ridge Stroller

UPPAbaby has placed an voluntary recall for its all-terrain ridge jogging strollers that were manufactured between July 2021 and August 2022.  It is important that parents who have purchased – and used – this stroller to be advised of the danger it can cause. “Our top priority at UPPAbaby is the safety of children. We conduct extensive testing to ensure UPPAbaby products meet all global industry and regulatory standards. Despite passing all tests and meeting all standards, UPPAbaby received one report about the all-terrain RIDGE stroller. “We take all product inquiries very seriously. Based on one consumer report to us, … Continue reading

Top Ten Baby Names of 2021

Every year, the Social Security Administration posts a list of the Top 10 Baby Names the Year. They recently released the Top 10 Baby Names of 2021. Here they are! Female Names Olivia – Rank one in 2021, 2020, and 2019 (Rank 2 from 2014 – 2018) Emma – Rank two in 2021, 2020, and 2019 (Rank 1 from 2014 – 2018) Charlotte – Rank three in 2021 (Rank 4 in 2020) Amelia – Rank four in 2021 Ava – Rank five in 2021 (Rank 3 from 2017 through 2020, and Rank 4 in 2015) Sophia – Rank six in … Continue reading

There is a New Gerber Baby

Parents have likely seen the adorable face of the Gerber Baby many times! Few know the history behind that drawing. Gerber stated that in 1928, the company held a contest to find a face to represent a baby food advertising campaign.  Artist Dorothy Hope Smith entered her simple charcoal sketch of a “tousle-haired, bright-eyed cherub of a baby with endearing pursed lips.” In her entry, Smith noted that she would finish the sketch if she won. Her drawing was chosen as the winner, and the judges insisted it remain as a sketch. The illustration became so popular that Gerber adopted … Continue reading

Update On The Baby Formula Shortage

Parents may be worried about the nationwide baby food shortage. It has been difficult to find baby formula on the shelves at grocery stores and pharmacies. It may feel dire, but steps have been taken to improve the situation. On May 12, 2022, 32 Senate Democrats, led by Senators Patty Murray (D-Washington), and Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) sent a letter to the Infant Nutrition Council of America. The Democrats wrote, “We are calling on you and your member companies to take immediate action and ensure that infant formula manufacturers are making every effort to mitigate this dangerous shortage and get children … Continue reading

Why There is a Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

Parents who use infant formula to feed their babies are struggling to find it. That can be an absolutely terrifying situation for parents who have a baby that needs a specific kind of formula, due to health reasons. The shortage also affects parents of babies that cannot latch, moms who work at places that don’t give them a room to pump in, and families with two dads that feed their babies formula. Why is this happening? The problem started with a voluntary recall from Abbott Nutrition in March of 2022. There were reports that three brands of formula they produce … Continue reading

CDC Updated Their Developmental Milestones

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Developmental Milestones checklist. Parents can now download the CDC’s free Milestone Tracker app from the App Store and Google Play. The Developmental Milestones checklist are intended to help parents understand if their babies and young children are hitting important milestones in a timely manner.  2-month olds:  Social/Emotional Milestones  Calms down when spoken to or picked up; Looks at your face; Seems happy to see you when you walk up to her; Smiles when you talk to or smile at her. Language/Communication Milestones: Makes sounds other than crying; Reacts to … Continue reading