16 Jan

What’s my baby’s sign?

Many parents can’t resist the allure of figuring out what their baby’s zodiac sign will be as soon as they find out they’re expecting. Whether or not you put stock in the idea that the position of the stars can influence your child’s life path, shopping around for items like this onesie can, at the very least, be a fun way to build on the excitement about your upcoming addition.

The traditional calendar, in case you are curious, looks like this:

Aquarius: Jan 20 – Feb 18
Pisces: Feb 19 – March 20
Aries: March 21 – April 19
Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Gemini: May 21 – June 20
Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Leo: July 23 – August 22
Virgo: August 23 – Sept 22
Libra: Sept 23 – Oct 22
Scorpio: Oct 23 – Nov 21
Sagittarius: Nov 22 – Dec 21
Capricorn: Dec 22 – Jan 19

So, it understandably came as a bit of a surprise to many people when they heard the talk this past week about some big changes in the world of astronomy. If you haven’t heard about this yet, the Minneapolis Star Tribune recently featured an article drawing attention to a major change in the zodiac calendar, including the addition of a thirteenth sign, Ophiuchus. This has caused a lot of people some sleepless nights trying to figure out if the zodiac sign they’ve been associated with their whole lives could actually be the wrong one. Or if the little lion they’ve been raising might actually be a crab.

The “new” zodiac calendar looks like this:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20

So what’s the real deal? Am I a Libra or a Virgo? Well, according to this article from CNN everyone may be taking the new zodiac changes a bit too seriously. The reason for the change is based on the knowledge that “the sun doesn’t align with constellations at the same time of year that it did millennia ago,” but if you’re following the most prominent zodiac in the Western world, that news isn’t anything new. That is to say, the Tropical zodiac which Westerners primarily adhere to hasn’t changed at all. The changes referred to in the Star Tribune article only affect the Sidereal zodiac that is more prominent in the East. The main difference being that Eastern astrology is fixed to constellations, while Western astrology is fixed to seasons, which are as steady as, well… the seasons.

So breath easy, Mom and Dad. Your little Pisces is still a fish.

4 Jan

In the News- Crib Recalls

November’s highly publicized recall on drop-side cribs has been called the largest crib recall in US history.

It seems like every time you turn around, there is another recall on products made for babies or children. It’s enough to drive you crazy with worry. November’s highly publicized recall on drop-side cribs has been called the largest crib recall in US history, affecting some 2.1 million cribs in the United States and Canada.

This isn’t the first recall of its kind, as drop side cribs have been in the news before. In fact, since 2001, drop-side cribs have been implicated in the deaths of 32 infants and toddlers and are suspected in 14 others. The cribs have a mechanism that allows one side to slide or drop down to allow parents easier access. The danger arises due to product malfunction or improper assembly which can cause a gap in-between the side rail and the crib frame that is wide enough for small children to become trapped in, causing the possibility of suffocation or strangulation.

Image from CPSC.gov

The most recent recalls center around the Stork Craft Manufacturing brand. Affected cribs were manufactured and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009 and were sold by several major retailers in the United States and Canada, both in-store and online. The recalled cribs sold for between $100 and $400 and many carry the Fisher-Price logo.

If you’re concerned that you may have purchased one of the cribs affected by this recall, Stork Craft is offering free repair kits to immobilize the crib sides, making them safer for children. For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com

For a complete list of recalls anytime, visit Visit the Infant/Child section of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can even sign up for email alerts on the latest recalls. This list doesn’t include children’s toys, so if you’re worried or just curious, make sure to also visit the Toy and Product Recall Finder at Parents.com. These are great resources for parents and it’s worth browsing the lists occasionally, especially if you’ve received or bought hand-me-down or second hand children’s clothes, gear or toys.

2 Jan

Top Baby Names in 2010

Now that 2011 is officially here, the top baby name’s for 2010 have been announced.

Now that 2011 is officially here, the top baby name’s for 2010 have been announced. It looks like some old favorites from 2009 are still holding on, and there are a few new ones moving up the list as well. Aiden tops the boys name list once again (that makes 6 years in a row!) While Sophia moved to the number one spot for baby girls.

You can view Baby Center’s complete list of the top 100 names for both boys and girls here, but we’ve got the highlights for you below. So without further ado:

We’re noticing a trend toward older, more traditional names in the past few years, especially on the girls list. Names like Stella and Lucy are climbing steadily with their male counterparts such as Henry or Jeremiah also making appearances. This may be attributed to what some would call the 100 year cycle: parents naming their children after beloved grandparents or great-grandparents, ensuring that classic names circle back around every 100 years or so. This year is also no exception to the trend of celebrities, athletes and popular movie or television characters influence the list.

So what do you think? Did your favorite name make the top ten? Or the top 100? Are there any that you think were left out or should have been rated higher?