It's baby week at Babysitting Co-op 101. On Monday we talked about how babysitting co-ops can support new parents in the critical days and weeks surrounding the birth of a baby. In addition to the practical needs such as child care and home-cooked meals, fellow co-op parents can be available to lend a listening ear and to talk through the many excitements and challenges involved in labor and delivery.
One exciting aspect of inviting a new baby to your family is the chance to name him or her. Baby name books are fun to read while you're pregnant, and we've found an interesting one that is not your typical baby name book. Baby Names to Live By concentrates on namesakes rather than names. It contains hundreds of mini biographies of exemplary people who happen to have names that work well for today's babies.