Old-Fashioned Boys' Names Making a Comeback
Preparing for a new baby is stressful and overwhelming and nerve-wracking. Preparing for a new baby is also incredibly uplifting and exciting and emotional. There are so many things to plan for like nursery arranging and decorating, diaper changing, and late-night and early morning feedings. So many moments and things we can just never plan for or expect. This holds true for first-time parents or those welcoming their second, third, or fourth child into the family. So the name should be the fun and easy part, right? Not so fast. Naming is a big deal. Naming is also a lot of pressure. For our girls and our boys. Once you pick that name, your child is stuck with it forever. Well, unless your child is given a nickname in grade school that he can’t seem to shake–ever. (It happens.) In the South, the name we give our children is based on so many factors. For example, our families, our family histories, our regions, our cultures. And somehow our mamas, Mother-in-Laws, and grammies make their way into the naming conversation too. Some parents-to-be prefer to keep the name a secret; others start sharing the name as soon as the gender is known and revealed. For quite some time, the most popular names for boys were trendy, from Asher and Axel to Beckett and Blake. But today we’re noticing a return of the classics. Remember William and Charles and Henry and Harrison? Those timeless names we could always count on are back. They have powerful meanings and strong characters. And that’s exactly how we are raising our Southern sons to be: strong, kind, determined, and resilient. Here are our favorite old-fashioned blasts from the past.
Free Baby Boxes Will Be Available to Some New Parents
The cardboard boxes help prevent newborn deaths.
This content originally appeared on Real Simple.
Each year, approximately 3,500 children under the age of one die from Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) in the United States. Though many cases have no obvious cause, accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed accounted for 25 percent of cases in 2014.
Now a new program in New Jersey—the first of its kind in the United States—aims to improve that number. The New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board, a group of experts that reviews fatalities and near fatalities of children in order to identify their causes and recommend preventive measures, has announced a partnership with The Baby Box Co.
The Los Angeles-based company manufactures small, bassinet-sized laminated cardboard boxes complete with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet to create a safe sleeping environment for babies. Originally a Finnish tradition, the cardboard boxes have been proven to be highly effective for reducing SUIDs—Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
The New Jersey grant will provide more than 100,000 free boxes and supplies (each box will also come with diapers, baby wipes, breast pads, nipple cream, educational materials, and more) worth approximately $150 to qualifying parents. The boxes can be used until children are about six months old, or can pull themselves up. To find out if you qualify, click here.
Though more pilot programs will launch in other areas of the country later this year—San Francisco and New Hampshire, specifically—new parents can purchase a basic baby box for about $70. This particular box includes bedding, a tote bag, educational materials, and a gift card toward a future baby box. The most expensive baby box retails for $225, and also includes a toy, clothing, an educational book, a pack of diapers, and health materials like a thermometer.