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By Samantha Guthrie, Today Moms

Hi everybody. Like expectant parents everywhere, my husband and I are thinking a lot these days about baby names. We bandy names about, try them out on paper, say them out loud to see how they sound. And yes, we have been known to call different names out to my belly, to see if the baby answers to the name by kicking his/her approval. (Note to other expectant parents: this strategy does not work.)

It’s been interesting to see how Mike and I view names. I like an unusual name — not something funky or too showy or trying too hard — but something that not every kid in kindergarten is going to have. Mike likes traditional names, especially ones with history or family meaning. (And I do, too, of course.) But I admit I had to laugh when, when considering a certain boy name, he worried, “I like it, but won’t people will be asking all his life, how do you spell that??”

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Nameberry went to the Women 2.0 conference looking for business ideas and found something even more meaningful: A charitable partner that shares our homegrown origins and mission to help expectant and new parents.  Samahope is an organization that crowd-funds individual doctors who provide medical services for people in need, many of them women and children, around the world.  We’ll be doing lots over the coming months to support Samahope; find out more about their amazing doctors and how you can contribute to their inspirational work here.

Samahope cofounder Shivani Garg Patel, pictured here, is expecting a baby of her own.  Here, she shares the story of launching her organization at the same time as she’s launching her family.

Creating a human being and creating a social venture have a lot in common: Unexpected challenges, incremental growth, and the immense satisfaction of making something out of thin air. Not only do both endeavors involve a tremendous amount of change, but it’s the kind of change that makes you realize your life will always be different from the way it was before.

I launched Samahope, which funds doctors who provide medical treatments for women and children in need around the world, because I wanted to do something deeply meaningful to me. Growing up, I traveled to India to visit my extended family and became keenly aware of the economic disparity that exists there. In college, I led a student-run non-profit that provided free medical, social, and legal services to homeless and low-income individuals in the Bay Area. After initially working at Microsoft as a product manager and then McKinsey as a strategy consultant, I was also lucky to work with social impact organizations like the World Bank, World Health Organization and Grameen Foundation. These experiences instilled in me a desire to use my skills to change the world, so in business school I investigated how technology could help alleviate poverty.

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By Meg Caswell, HGTV Star

They say the “nesting gene” tends to kick in during the third trimester for most new mothers. As a designer however, I’ve been nesting from day one! Here are my top tips for creating a calming, beautiful baby room without breaking the bank.

1) It’s The Baby‘s Room – But You Have To Live In It
Every parent wants their baby’s room to be perfect but keep in mind that your baby won’t be able to fully appreciate your design aesthetic for quite a while. Therefore, when designing your nursery feel free to go with style that you enjoy. Pick colors, furniture, and artwork that calms you and makes you feel at home. Babies pick up on their parents’ moods so the more at ease you are, the more at ease your baby will be.

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By Holly Lebowitz Rossi of Parents News Now

Did you know that the Grammy Awards has a category called “Best Children’s Album”?  And that not one of the five albums nominated this year has anything to do with wheels on busses or Old MacDonald‘s Farm?  These nominees’ work is a testament to the fact that there’s a huge body of award-worthy music out there that parents and kids can enjoy together–without parents fretting about their kids’ desires to “get lucky” or experience “blurred lines.”

All Grammy winners will be announced on Sunday, January 26,  The Children’s Music winners won’t be part of the televised award ceremony, but fans can follow along at grammy.com

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By Patty Adams Martinez, Parents.com 

Zach Braff’s longtime buddy, and former Scrubs costar, Donald Faison bestowed upon Zach one of the greatest honors a parent can give someone: the title of godfather. In true celeb fashion, Zach turned to Twitter to announce the big news with an adorable photo of him and baby Rocco (similarly, Jaime King recently announced that Jessica Alba and Topher Grace are her son James’ godparents on Instagram). The funnyman couldn’t resist a silly caption: “Me and my god son. Made with @donald_faison’s sperm.”

But choosing Godparents is no laughing matter, and it can be a daunting task—one that takes more thought than you’d think. It’s not just about picking your sister or your BFF, you really need to think about who will be the best fit for your family in every way.

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