Most Popular Baby Names in 2012

Naming your baby is a monumental decision, which many parents find challenging. Some parents consult lists of popular baby names for ideas, while others consult them in order to find an original name that’s not commonly used.

Whichever category you’re in, chances are you could use some help and inspiration. Browsing baby blogs and websites will give you some great ideas, but it may be as easy as picking up a literary classic or the Bible. Literature, the Bible and tradition have inspired many of the most common names.

According to some of the top baby name websites we’ve looked at, these are the most popular baby names in North America so far this year:

Top Boys Names

Biblical names rank above any others for boys. Ethan, Jacob, Noah, Lucas and Benjamin are all derived from the Bible. Names from other cultures are always popular, and for 2012, the traditional Irish name Liam is a rising star. Distinguished, traditional names like William and Alexander still consistently fall into the top fifteen. Some names are reminiscent of art, literature and popular culture; Jackson brings to mind the guru of abstract painting, Jackson Pollock, and Oliver is a classic icon portrayed by Charles Dickens. While it didn’t make the top fifteen, Atticus, made famous in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” also appeared as a popular name on some websites.

1. Ethan
2. Jacob
3. Liam
4. Noah
5. Grayson
6. Oliver
7. Mason
8. Jackson
9. Aiden
10. Logan
11. Lucas
12. William
13. Alexander
14. Owen
15. Benjamin

Top Girls Names

The most popular girls’ names in 2012 are largely historical. Emma, Charlotte and Sophia could work as literary characters in a novel set more than a hundred years ago. This romantic longing for days gone by seems to form the basis for several other popular girls’ names. The name Scarlett was made famous in the novel and movie “Gone With the Wind,” and Audrey, as in Hepburn, was one of the most popular actresses of all time. However, unlike the boys’ list, the only biblically-inspired name appearing in the top fifteen is Abigail. Trendsetting names for girls also include Amelia, Chloe, Lily, Ella and Mia among others.

1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Charlotte
4. Sophia
5. Amelia
6. Isabella
7. Scarlett
8. Chloe
9. Ava
10. Ella
11. Mia
12. Lily
13. Audrey
14. Abigail
15. Madison

Creating a Nursery for Your Baby

Decorating a baby’s nursery is one of the most exciting parts of planning for a newborn. However, between all the different furniture pieces and accessories, it can quickly become overwhelming for any parent-to-be. It is important to remember that while there are so many important decisions to make during the countdown for the baby, creating a nursery should be enjoyable and fun above all.

Once the baby is born, the nursery will become a special place for you and your baby where countless hours will be spent feeding, snuggling and caring for your little one. Therefore, a well-planned nursery will need to be functional, comfortable and personalized to fit the unique needs of a new addition to the family.

Basic room furniture for babies

In order for a nursery to be functional, some basic furniture will be required. Most nurseries require:

  • a crib
  • a dresser
  • a changing table.

Most parents also like to include a rocking chair or glider to help put the baby to sleep. Because furniture takes up a large amount of space, it can be a strong basis from which to create a decorating plan for the nursery. Nursery furniture comes in a variety of colors including white, cherry wood and dark brown. There are also a variety of crib styles that include round, classic and convertible. The type of furniture and colors that are selected will depend largely upon your personal tastes. However, it is important to keep in mind that certain furniture colors work better with a particular theme than others. For example, white furniture can be a great color for a sailor theme while dark wood can lend a natural feel to a jungle theme.

Selecting a Theme

When decorating a nursery, ideas will come up easier if you choose a theme. There are literally hundreds of themes that you can work with, some of the most popular ones include: animals, floral, sports, sea life, cartoons & alphabet. Once a theme has been selected, the rest of the nursery accessories can be used to help enhance the overall look of the room. For example, a butterflies and garden theme might inspire a pink and purple paint scheme with butterfly accents for the walls. Curtains and wall art can create a great ambience to your baby room. For instance, Canvas prints of family photos or flowers can be hung near the crib or over a rocking chair. Whatever theme you decide to work with, it is important to keep it consistent throughout the room to avoid a cluttered look. You can later add more personalized art to the walls by adding your baby’s name and photos

Adding a Personalized Touch

Finally, after all the hard work that you have put into planning for furniture and basic accessories, it is time to have a little fun adding a personal touch to the nursery. This can be achieved by framing poster prints of family pictures to be hung on the walls or by painting letters of your newborn’s name and hanging them with ribbons. A handmade quilt could also be draped over a chair or the side of the crib.

The sky is the limit when it comes to decorating a nursery. The few months before your baby is born are a great time to get creative and explore some different decorating possibilities. By remembering to keep the decorating scheme functional, comfortable and personal, a nursery will provide many months of enjoyment for both you and your precious newborn.

Tips to Create the Perfect Baby Photobook

Capturing the magical moments of your baby’s first year is easier than ever with Elephoto’s photo books. You may have heard from mothers of older children that these moments are fleeting. Creating a baby photo book will help you preserve your precious memories forever. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few pointers:

Organize Chronologically or Thematically

A good photo book is organized to tell a story, and the best way to do this is to group your pictures into specific time periods or particular events and activities. Chronological organization is an easy way for beginners to organize a baby book since you simply create a page for each month of your baby’s life.

To create a thematic photo book, dedicate a single page to major events in your baby’s life. Birth, coming home, holidays, baptism, first birthday and similar events make good themes for each page. In addition, you should create a few pages centering on everyday activities like eating or taking a bath. Don’t forget to include a page in the beginning of the book that’s dedicated to your pregnancy.

Don’t Miss the Firsts

Regardless of how you choose to arrange your baby’s photo book, be sure to capture all of his or her firsts. First bath, first smile, rolling over, first tooth, crawling, walking and first birthday are all important. You can probably think of more firsts that are unique to your baby and family.

Include Important People

The book is about your baby, but be sure to include plenty of photos with important people. Your baby will appreciate looking at these photographs when he is older.

Journaling

Be sure to include text that documents events; dates and names are especially important. Even if you think you’ll remember each moment forever, you should journal. Soon enough, your baby will be a teenager and the details will be hazy.

Less is More

When you’re designing your photo book, go with your instincts and create a layout that reflects your baby’s personality. However, don’t try to cram every photo you’ve taken into the book; instead choose a few special moments that stand out from each month of your baby’s first year.

Your friends and relatives will love browsing through this pictorial record of your baby’s first year, and when your baby is older, he will treasure the photo book that you lovingly created.