20 September 2011

Nontoxic Gear: Green Sprouts Bath Puppet

I'm not sure if this really qualifies as gear, but I searched for months and finally found an organic cotton bathtime puppet washcloth. I actually found it when we were in Richmond, VA recently for a wedding and I came across the most amazing baby store I've ever been to. Ever. It's called Franklin Goose and they sold almost every single item/ brand I have to scour the internet to find because nowhere in Oklahoma sells it.

Anyway, they do online and phone orders as well so if you can't track down that Sustainablebabyish wool soaker or something else equally elusive, I'd try them.
Hippo Bath Puppet
 Ok, bath puppets. We got the blue hippo and now that Bay has made friends with him, I will probably get more. Amazon sells them for $8 each with free 2-day shipping if you are a Prime member or if you sign up for Amazon Moms- do it, it's free and totally worth it [you can also sign up as a dad, grandparent, aunt, or uncle].
Pig Bath Puppet
They also have a pig and alligator that should be fun as long as your child doesn't have a phobia related to either animal [Bay has only ever exhibited fear when I've shown her toy alligators, it must be the teeth].
Alligator Bath Puppet
Happy shopping!

10 September 2011

Name Poll: Hazel vs Georgia vs Clementine

I'm not currently pregnant or adopting but I constantly think about and consider names for Bay's future siblings. Since Bayard was most popular in the 1800s and only rose to the top 1000 twice [in 1882 and 1884], I would prefer to choose names from the same time, but it seems a lot of my favorites are considered "hipster" baby names, which is not what I'm going for.

Nameberry's Hipster Name List

 The 3 girls names I'm thinking about today are Hazel, Georgia, and Clementine [the -tyne pronunciation, not -teen]. Hazel and Clementine obviously share a nature/ botanical theme with Bay [is it too cheesy?] while Bay and Georgia can both be found on a map. 

They are all old-fashioned names but Hazel and Georgia have come back in recent years. According to the SSA and Nancy, in 2010, Hazel was ranked #262 and given to 1232 babies, while Georgia ranked #326 and was bestowed upon 975 baby girls. Only 132 girls were named Clementine in 2010, so it is far from ranking in the top 1000. In popularity, Clementine is much more similar to Bayard. 

Here are the SSA rankings for all 3 names in 1884:

Hazel #122
Georgia #90
Clementine #523

I feel like they're all great names, but Hazel and Georgia's popularity scares me. I don't want any of my kids to be one of many in school or go by their last initial. That said, a lot of people don't really 'get' Clementine, so I also don't want to saddle my daughter with a name she hates. I'd appreciate it if you'd take the time to vote and/ or comment!