Whos #1?

According to the Social Security Administration,
Jacob is the most popular boys name of the twenty-first century(so far), followed by Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Daniel, Christopher, Andrew, Ethan, Joseph and William.
The favorite girls name is Emily,trailed by Madison, Emma, Olivia, Hannah, Abigail, Isabella, Samantha, Elizabeth and Ashley.

Harvard or Yale? Start saving at your child’s birth for higher-education costs.

Each state has its own 529, a savings plan that lets you put aside a substantial amount of money each year. Any growth is tax-deferred, and you wont have to pay taxes on any of the money in the plan as long as its spent on tuition and school expenses. Find a selection of information and tools on college savings at savingforcollege.com.

Higher-education costs in 18 years: over 4 years for a public school $250,000 for a private school $500,000

Want a smarter baby? Skip the Mozart.

Have you heard that listening to classical music can make your kids smarter? It’s not true. While listening to symphonies might make your tots classical music lovers when they’re older, researchers at Appalachian State University found that there was nothing to the so-called Mozart Effect when tested on adults. Numerous studies, including one from the University of Dundee in the UK, show that giving babies plenty of healthy fats (such as those in breast milk) helps brain development and cognitive function more than classical music ever could.

Baby Firsts

First smile
About 2 months

First all-night sleep
4-6 months

First crawl
About 9 months

First step
12-13 months

First word
About a year

$122 BILLION

The amount that people in the U.S. and Europe are expected to spend on toys and games in 2012. The cash outlay isn’t limited to parents; industry experts predict that this total will include purchases by grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.