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Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn goes back in the nursery this week, gathering prime examples of another fresh nursery theme: Robots.

Robots are the mascot of contemporary children’s design.  You will have much to choose from if you opt for a mechanized nursery theme.  Children across the board are fascinated with robots, or “o-bot!” as my two-year-old says.   They embody the suspension of disbelief that reigns in a child’s imagination, and yet they are all too real.

Here is a modern nursery that will truly grow with the child.  Each object echoes the theme.  The lighting could break into a robo dance at any moment, and the crib hops on legs!  Is that chair a transformer?  Links in the rug help put the ‘bots back together, and its circular shape softens the room.  Unify the elements against a cool grey wall – the brights will pop.

Our selection, with buying links below the picture:

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If you’re looking for a theme for your baby-to-be’s nursery, you could do worse than factoring into your name decision those that have animal themes. (I’ll bet half the little boys named Jonah, for instance,  have at least one whale on their walls.)

I’m talking mostly about names that refer to a specific animal in their meanings, as well as some literary and pop culture characters.  There are some caveats though–I mean does Portia really want to be reminded constantly that her name is related to ‘pig’ or that Clifford is eternally a big red dog?

That aside, here are some of the more appealing names and the beasts they’re associated with:

DEER, DOES, FAWNS, GAZELLES
AYELET, BAMBI, CLARICE, DARBY, DOE, DORCAS, DYANI, FAWN, HART, HERSHEL, NIABI, OISIN, ORHRAH/ORPAH, PAKUNA, ROSCOE, TABITHA, ZVI

ELEPHANTS
BAYLOR, CELESTE, GANESHA, HATHI, HORATIO, HORTON, KALA, NELLIE, POM, SHEP, TAJ, WINIFRED

HORSES
AHEARNE, ALFONSO, ARION, BAYARD, CADOC, COLT, DESTRY, EACHNA/EACHANN, FLICKA, HIPPOLYTE, MARSHALL, NARA, PHILIP/PHILIPPA/PHILIPPE, ROSALIND, ROSAMOND

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