America's favourite baby names of 2014

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Elahe Izadi Americans are turning to television, Netflix and sports for ideas for what to name their wee ones.

Muhammad, Sophie take top spots for UK baby names in 2014

Baby names: Teddy and Elsa have risen in popularity since last year.

Muhammad has become the most popular name for newborn boys in the UK, while Sophie has taken the spot for girls.

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20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

Which name will take the top spot in 2014?

Melanie Mahoney The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

'I'm not quite laughing about it yet': couple's gender reveal cake mix-up

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Melanie Mahoney The idea behind the gender reveal cake is simple - but for one couple, it wasn't straightforward at all.

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The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

Will you choose to get the news at a scan or the birth?

Donna Webeck It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

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Top boy/girl twin name combinations

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According to nameberry.com, the current top 10 names for girl and boy twins in the US all have matching first initials.

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How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

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JO HARTLEY The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

The myths and realities of early parenthood

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Kate Johnston-Ataata and Renata Kokanovic Knowing the reality of what you can expect from early parenthood, will help you prepare for your new life.

Delivery room surprises: when gender predictions are wrong

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Kym Campradt Out of all the questions asked of mums-to-be, “Do you know what you're having?” would be right up there in popularity. Sometimes,

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Your partner's role in pregnancy and early parenthood

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GREER BERRY Almost everything about pregnancy is geared towards the woman and her baby, but there's a lot her partner can do to help, both before and after the baby is born.

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Are creative names career killers?

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Sylvia Pennington 'Creative' names are cute on kids, but are they a help or hindrance in the workforce?

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Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

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DANIELLE COLLEY When your baby’s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

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The least popular baby names of 2013

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Melanie Mahoney Looking for a baby name that’s nowhere near the top 10 – or even the top 1000? Try the bottom five.

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Boy oh boy, it's a girl

Don't stock up on too many pink or blue booties until you are certain of your baby's gender.

This mum regrets sharing the news of her baby's gender so soon and enthusiastically.

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The pros and cons of organising your own baby shower

Planning your own baby shower has its benefits.

GREER BERRY One mum-to-be contemplates what she wants, and does not want, at her self-organised baby shower.

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Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

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Natalie Feulner and staff writers Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

In your genes: who will your baby look like?

Predicting what a baby will look like is not a straight forward process.

Angela Tufvesson Wondering whether your baby will take after mum or be more like dad is a fun way to pass the time while pregnant. But at the end of day, it is almost impossible to predict what traits your son or daughter will be born with.

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The baby names on the rise in 2014

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Melanie Mahoney We’re halfway through 2014, so it’s a good time to see which baby names are proving popular with parents this year – and where they’re finding their inspiration.

Messiah is in, Harriet is out: international baby naming laws a minefield

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Andrew Masterson "Jerusalem" is not okay in Brussels - but "Bethlehem" is. In Iceland, "Harriet" is out - it will have to be the word for "girl" instead. International naming laws are complicated thing.

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The rise of the gender reveal party

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Charity Vogel More expectant couples are throwing gender reveal parties to discover their baby's gender while surrounded by family and friends.

Outrage over 'fat shaming' maternity t-shirts

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CATHERINE RODIE It is a well-documented fact that pregnant women, particularly those who are pregnant for the first time, experience a great deal of body image anxiety. So it is surprising that the US based maternity brand A Pea in a Pod has created a new line of maternity wear that features the slogans “wake me up when I’m skinny” and “I miss my waist.”

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Most unusual baby names of 2013

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Melanie Mahoney American officials have released the list of names given to babies in the US in 2013 – and, as always, there are some doozies.

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Top baby names from Western & Northern Europe in 2013

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Check out what made the top 10 list for boy and girl baby names in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden in 2013.

Top baby names from the Americas in 2013

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Get inspired by the 2013 top 10 baby name lists for boys and girls in Brazil, Canada, South America (general) and the US.

Top baby names from Asia in 2013

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Top Baby Names from Asia

Top baby names from Eastern Europe in 2013

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Find out what the top baby names were for boys and girls across Eastern Europe in 2013, including Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Poland, and Russia.

Making labour less painful, naturally

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Paula Goodyer In this era of amazing scientific and technological developments, why are there so few pain relief options for birth? And how can we help make the process a little more comfortable for women?

Most popular baby names for 2013: Tasmania

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The top baby names for boys and girls in Tasmania have been revealed; here's the top 20 list for each gender.

Most popular baby names for 2013: Western Australia

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The top baby names for boys and girls in WA have been revealed. Here's the top 20 list for each gender.

Most popular baby names for 2013: New South Wales

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The top baby names for boys and girls in NSW have been revealed. Here's the top 20 list for each gender.

Most popular baby names for 2013: South Australia

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The top baby names for boys and girls in SA have been revealed. Here's the top 20 list for each gender.

Keeping your unborn baby's name a secret

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Nicole Thomson-Pride There's one rule to keep in mind when considering names for your baby - and this mum-to-be learnt it the hard way.

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Less common ways to name your baby

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Evelyn Lewin How do you find inspiration for naming your baby? Three families share the less common methods they used to choose their baby's monikers.

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Rambo, Circumcision, Facebook ruled out as baby names in Mexican state

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Melanie Mahoney Parents-to-be in the Mexican state of Sonora will have a few less names to choose from, including "Rambo", "Facebook" and "Circuncision" (circumcision), after a new law ruled out 61 names this week.

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Most popular names baby names for 2013: Victoria

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Benjamin Millar Olivia and Jack have been knocked off their precarious perch by Victoria's newly crowned most popular baby names.

Hot baby name trends for 2014

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Pregnant and looking for a name for your baby, or just interested in the latest naming fashions? You might like to check out our predictions for the baby naming trends of 2014.

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Most popular baby names for 2013: Queensland

Mansfield couple Simm and Steve Beeston with their son Oliver.

KIM STEPHENS When it comes to popular Queensland baby names, everything old was new again in 2013.

Dear internet, name my baby

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Melanie Mahoney When you ask the internet to name your baby, expect Cthulu and Megatron to be serious contenders.

Dear internet, name my baby

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Melanie Mahoney When you ask the internet to name your baby, expect Cthulu and Megatron to be serious contenders.

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New Zealand's top baby names of 2013

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The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs has released the top 10 girls and boys names for the last year .

Most unusual names of 2013

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Melanie Mahoney Brand names, animals, places and seemingly random nouns (Cheese, anyone?) have given some parents inspiration for naming their babies in the US in 2013.

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Popular baby names of 2013: TV and movies up, royals down

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AAP and Melanie Mahoney Breaking Bad, The Great Gatsby and Game of Thrones are all inspiring baby names in the UK this year – but royal names are on the decline.

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10 things to consider when buying a stroller

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Jo Hartley With so many choices out on the market today, is it any surprise that most parents feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a stroller? Here are 10 things to consider.

Bizarre, cruel and strangely sweet Puritanical names

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Joseph Norwood Fly-fornication, Humiliation, Dust, and Jolly ... perhaps the Puritans' greatest gift to history is their wonderfully strange taste in names.

STIs linked to higher risk of stillbirth

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Kate Hagan Women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhoea are more likely to have a stillbirth or unplanned premature birth, even if the infection occurred years earlier, a new study shows.

Baby World: all you need, and a whole lot more

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As an expectant parent, one of your most daunting tasks will be a trip to ‘The Baby Store’. Get prepared for the expensive experience that lies ahead ...

Our 'little princess' was a boy: When sonographers get it wrong

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MELANIE MAHONEY When a British couple were told they were having a girl, they splashed out on thousands of dollars' worth of pink items for their baby. Then they had a boy.

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Can your child's name pave their way to the executive suite?

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Carrie LaFrenz A child's name can tell us something about their parents, race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

Size does matter for baby names

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NICKY PHILLIPS Your name may have been chosen by your parents, but a new study says there's a chance evolution had a say too.

Does anyone wear 'maternity' clothes anymore?

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE More and more women are adapting their existing wardrobes or buying pieces they’ll continue to wear long after the baby is born.

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