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Birthing, Babies, and Raising Children

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You can never be too prepared when it comes to having a baby and raising your children. Check out the Almanac's advice, facts, and folklore from baby names to best days to wean.

​Baby Names

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
​–William Shakespeare

Shakespeare wrote those famous lines hundreds of years ago to argue that names are not important. Many parents, however, would speak to the contrary. Naming a child is something people agonize over. There are distinct trends Americans follow when it comes to naming children, from names of celebrities to biblical names. See more about baby names and the history of naming in "The Name Game."

Top 10 Names for 2010

Rank Male Female
1 Jacob Isabella
2 Ethan Sophia
3 Michael Emma
4 Jayden Olivia
5 William Ava
6 Alexander Emily
7 Noah Abigail
8 Daniel Madison
9 Aiden Chloe
10 Anthony Mia

SOURCE: Social Security Administration

What is the Moon telling you?

Moon Lore Birthing

Although no one can tell for certain when a baby will be born, it is believed that births are more likely to occur 7 days before through 7 days after a full Moon. Check our Moon Phase Calendar and learn more about using the Moon to predict your child's birth date.

See what else our Moon lore article on birthing has to say.

Also check the Best Days Timetable for an idea of when to wean and potty train your child!


Hey, baby, what's your sign?

Zodiac ProfileEach Zodiac sign is said to influence different personality characteristics.

Use our Zodiac Profiles to discover your child's (and even your own) sign and what it means.


​Birthstones & Birth Month Flowers

BirthstonesIt is thought that wearing your birthstone brings good luck and good health. See birthstones and their meanings.

Flowers also carry symbolic meaning. Find birth flowers for each month.


​How to Have and Raise a Baby

how to have a babyLearn how to have a baby with some tongue-in-cheek advice from the Almanac!

See how weaning a baby was done in the not-so-long-ago past and what was expected of children—my, how times have changed!

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My grandson was born 11/18/12

By Barb Mynatt

My grandson was born 11/18/12 when will it be a good time to potty train

When is the best day or

By Kellynn Patino

When is the best day or 2014-2015 for me to break my son from a bottle?

See weaning dates

By Almanac Staff

See weaning dates here: www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

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My daughter was born

By Amyboz

My daughter was born 10/18/11......she will pee in the potty.....but not poop. When is the best day to train her on pooping in the potty?

For best days to potty train,

By Almanac Staff

For best days to potty train, see this chart and use the weaning date:


When is best day to potty

By Ginsel

When is best day to potty train him birthday is May 24 2012

For best days to potty train,

By Almanac Staff

For best days to potty train, see this chart and use the weaning date: 


My little girl's b-day is May

By Pam Mckin

My little girl's b-day is May 25, 2010 can anyone tell me when to potty train her by the Almanac?

Hi, Pam, See our Best Days

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Pam, See our Best Days timetable and look at the dates for "weaning" here: http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

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