The Best Homemade Slime Recipes: Make Easy DIY Slime

If you’re searching for that perfect slime recipe this post is just what you’ve been looking for. We have written about some of our favorite homemade slime recipes that are sure to offer loads of entertainment and fun for children.

On top of the fun these DIY recipes provide for a multi-faceted educational experience. They teach kids in a science experiment type of way how the mixing of ingredients can make some really cool and weird things happen. In the end are able to learn that you can start with various ingredients and when mixed together in the right way you can come out with something totally different!

On top of this they can begin to learn how to following steps and instructions, measure ingredients furthering their understand of numbers and even learn cause and effect along with much!

So have a look below and find the best slime recipes for your little one whether it be for a small birthday party with friends or good old fashion bonding time with your kids or grandchildren!

Our Top 10 Favorite Easy Homemade Slime Recipes

The options in our list below include easy recipes for rainbow slime, glow-in-the-dark slime, fluffy slime, glitter slime, slime worms and much more! When considering the options below remember you can always add your own flair to these by throwing in some extra sparkles, glitter or shapes.

Also remember, slime making can be purely about fun or you can make it highly educational, it’s up to you to do as you please.

Galaxy Slime Recipe

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This sparkly slime recipe is brought to you by Jaclyn at Crayons and Cravings who describes this slime as follows:

“If you have a little space lover at home they will love this DIY galaxy slime. The dark colors and glitter combine for a homemade slime that is truly out of this world!”

This galaxy slime recipe is one of the more compliated ones we have included but it is well worth it in the end. Once complete you end up with beautiful shiny and sparkly slime kids love!

Not to mention the act of having to make 3 different slimes and combine them offers for an extremely educational science experiment!

You will need 9 ingredients to make this slime including black glitter glue, clear glue, water, baking soda, contact solution, purple and teal food coloring, star confetti, glitter colors of your choice (teal, purple, pink and gold suggested).

How to Make Galaxy Slime

For the full recipe and instructions visit https://crayonsandcravings.com/galaxy-slime/
 

Glow-In-The Dark Slime Recipe

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This cool slime recipe is brought to you by MaryBeth at Baby Savers who describes this slime as follows:

“This Glow in the the dark slime is a simple recipe that has a big wow factor! You Make it with ingredients that are surprisingly easy to find!”

This is a simple and easy slime recipe for at-home crafting yet, in the end you have a really cool slime that glows in the dark which offers added fun.

You will need just 5 ingredients to make this slime including the following:

  • Clear glue
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Hot water
  • Small amount borax
  • Room temperature water
  • Confetti or sequins (optional)

It is important to note that this recipe includes borax meaning adult supervision is required. Since borax is a skin irritant you should avoid letting children have direct contact with the undiluted borax.

We also suggest you read up on the facts about slime that contains borax and decide if it is something you are comfortable with.

Once mixed with the other ingredients it is relatively safe so long as children don’t try to eat it, which is why we only suggest this slime for kids who are a little bit older.

If you do decide to make this slime adult supervisor is strongly encouraged even after the fact when your child is simply playing with it!

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For the full recipe visit https://www.babysavers.com/glow-in-the-dark-slime/

Slime Worms Recipe

How to make slime worms

This fun and creative slime worms recipe is brought to you by Kimberly at Team Cartwright who describes this slime as follows:

“Make unique slime your kids haven’t tried yet – slime worms! These are super fun and Kids Will learn the science of how they come together.”

This slime worm recipe offers one of the more fun slime making experiences for kids. In making these worms you simply create 2 super simple solutions. Once you’re done and ready to create your worms you simply mix one with the other slowly using a dropper and watch slime worms magically form.

Doing this allows kids slowly create the wormy slime in a magical process!

This fun and interactive part of the slime making process is super fun for kids!

The worm design is really cool and unique and kids seems to really like it!

You will need just 4 ingredients + supplies to make this slime including:

  • Good grade Calcium chloride
  • Food grade Sodium alginate
  • Food coloring in colors of your choice
  • Distilled water
  • Measuring cups
  • Spoons
  • A fork or tongs
  • Plastic dropper
Slime worm making

For the full recipe visit https://team-cartwright.com/slime-worms/

Mermaid Slime Recipe

Mermaid Slime

This beautiful sparkly teal mermaid slime is another recipe that comes to us from the Crayons and Cravings blog and is described as:

“This borax-free mermaid slime is a quick and easy kids activity, perfect for your little mermaid-lovers. The sparkle and the color make for one fun and beautiful slime Experience.”

This recipe combines the fun of mermaids and slime into one funactivity, something kids absolutely love!

To make this slime you will only need a bowl, measuring cups, an airtight container and just 6 incredients including the following:

  • Clear glue
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Saline solution
  • Skin safe food coloring (A mixture of teal, kiwi green & neon blue was used for this slime)
  • Glitter
Making Mermaid slime

Making this slime is super easy as you start with the water, add the glue, then baking soda, then food coloring and then the glitter. Once done adding these mix well and then add the saline and watch the magic happen as the slime begins to form almost immediately!

As you can see this slime is absolutely beautiful, super easy and super safe, making it perfect for young children!

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For the full recipe visit https://crayonsandcravings.com/mermaid-slime/

Sparkly Clear Glitter Slime Recipe

How to make clear glittle slime

This sparkly clear glitter slime comes to us from Ellen at the In Our Spare Time Blog and is described by her in the the following way:

“Looking for a quick and easy slime recipe? Try this clear glitter slime today! It is fun not only to make but to play with after!”

This is another recipe that is super fun and easy for you to make with your kids.

It is a simple recipe wiht only a few ingredient and it be adapted if you want to make a colored slime rather than clear slime.

To create this slime you need the following basic supplies:

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Clear Glue
  • Contact lens solution
  • Glitter
  • Food coloring (optional if you want colored slime)

If you really want super clear slime the trick is to add the glue very slowly!

Clear Slime

For the full recipe visit https://in-our-spare-time.com/clear-glitter-slime/

Golden Winnie the Pooh Honey Slime

Winnie the Pooh Slime Recipe


Another unique slime recipe brought to us by Marybeth at Baby Savers, we love the golden honey color of this Winnie the Pooh honey slime!

Marybeth has this to say about this recipe:

“If you’re looking for a unique slime you can try this glitter slime that looks like honey! This is such a fun slime recipe with optional glitter, embellishments and colors.”


We really love the golden honey theme of this slime along with the optional extras (sequins, glitter and tiny bee) that make it stand out from other recipes!

It is a simple yet unique slime that includes just a handful necessary ingredients but allows you to make it more involved (and fun!) with the extras!

Ingredients:

  • Hot water
  • Room temperature water
  • Borax powder
  • Clear Elmers Glue
  • Food coloring (This recipe uses golden and brown)
  • Containers for mixing
  • Airtight containers for storage

Optional supplies:

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For the full recipe visit https://www.babysavers.com/winnie-the-pooh-slime/

Edible Jelly Bean Slime Recipe

Edible Jelly Bean Slime

This unique edible Jelly Bean slime recipe was brought to us by Kimberly Cartwright from Team Cartwright. We absolutey love the unique idea of edible jelly bean that Kimberly has come up with!

Kimberly has this to say about her recipe:

“Turn jelly beans into a tasty slime experience! This colorful slime will wow your kids as they learn all about this slime’s unique properties.”

The idea of edible slime hadn’t came to us until this recipe was shared with us. Making this slime is a fun activity for kids with the added benefit of it being a tasty treat they can enjoy afterwards. 

The only downside we see to this slime is that it’s not really meant to be played with for very long at all since it is edible and the jelly beans will get sticky when smashed.

The recipe is super simple and amazingly only requires 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • Jelly Beans
  • Water
  • Cornstarch

To get the full recipe you can go to https://team-cartwright.com/jelly-bean-slime/

Fluffy Slime Recipe

Fluffy Slime

This fun fluffy slime recipe comes from Lexi Holzberg Kritzer at Glitter Inc! We love the fluffy and squishy texture of this slime!

Lexi has this to say about her fluffy slime:

“Fluffy slime is a simple upgrade to classic slime and you probably have all of the ingredients in your home to make it. Plus, kids are obsessed with the unusual and fun texture! It’s truly an awesome kids activity.”

One cool thing about this homemade fluffy slime is that you can get a different level of fluffiness each time you make it by simply changing the amount of shaving cream you use (the shaving cream is secret fluff making ingredient).

This recipe is simple requiring just 5 ingredients along with several optional ones as seen below.

Ingredients

  • School glue (white)
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Contact lens solution
  • Foam shaving cream

Optional

  • Food coloring
  • Glitter
Homemade Fluffy Slime

To get the full recipe go to https://glitterinc.com/how-to-make-fluffy-slime/

Super Easy 3-ingredient Pink Glitter Slime

Homemade Glitter Slime

This simple yet beautiful DIY glitter slime recipe is another one from Lexi at Glitter Inc. We love the beautiful sparkles offer by the glitter addition to this recipe along with the fun pink color.

Lexi had this to say about her recipe:

“This amazing 3-ingredient glitter slime is so simple to make – you probably have most of the ingredients in your home – and kids are obsessed! It’s a perfect hands on activity.”

As mentioned above this slime is super easy to make and also perfectly safe for kids. It requires just 3 ingredients including glitter school glue, baking soda and contact lense solution.

Pink Glitter Slime

To get the full recipe simple visit https://glitterinc.com/how-to-make-3-ingredient-glitter-slime/

Incredible Hulk Green Slime Recipe

Green Hulk Slime

This cool green Hulk slime comes from Chrysa at Thrifty Jinxy is sure to be a hit among young boys! Most boys are fascinated with The Hulk and thus should find this recipe intriguing since it will let their wild imagination flow with Hulk scenarios.

Don’t be fooled though, little girls will love this slime too!

This is another 100% safe borax-free slime recipe and it requires just 5 ingredients including white school glue, green food coloring, foaming shaving cream, baking soda
and saline solution!

Hulk Slime Recipe

To get the full recipe simple visit https://thriftyjinxy.com/hulk-slime-make-your-own-avengers-endgame-fun/

Why We Encourage Slime Making!

Most kids love making slime!

In fact, I can’t think of a child that I’ve ever met that didn’t like slime, meaning it’s almost a sure thing that your kiddo is going to absolutely love it!

Slime making is a good hands-on activity that is very entertaining, engaging and easy activity for kids to partake in.

Not only that but the ingredients are CHEAP!

And the same ingredients can often be used over and over again with a slight twist each and every time resulting in a totally different type of slime.

We also encourage slime making because it is a great way for parents to connect with their kids!

Lastly, once completed it gives children a real sense of accomplishment!

Educational Benefits of Making Slime

Slime making can be quite the learning experience for your kiddo. Think of it as an at-home science experiment of sorts. 

In following the recipe your kiddo gets the benefit of learning to following instructions, learning how to measure out ingredients, which involves using math – numbers, counting, etc.

They also get to observe how science works and understand how the mixing of different ingredients causes chemical reations, resulting in something totally different forming.

There are many other educational benefits of partaking in at-home slime making that we haven’t covered here.

Conclusion

Slime making is a wonderful activity nearly all kids enjoys. It is not only fun and captivating for children but also educational and offers a real sense of accomplishment!

Not only that but after the activity is over your child has a new ‘toy’ they can play with. 

Lastly, kids will enjoy this activity time and time again by simply changing things up and tackling a new slime recipe adding additional nuances to the experience. 

We hope you enjoyed our top 10 favorite Easy Homemade slime recipes.

Let us know what you think of the recipes above if you have tried any of them!

An Online Education: Protecting your Kids from the Dark Side of the Web

No parent wants to think about their child being vulnerable to predators of any kind, but ignoring the fact is much more dangerous than being aware and proactive. This is especially the case when it comes to protecting our kids online and with one third of the world’s internet users being under 18, parents have to play a part in protecting their kids and helping them understand the risks of our increasingly digital world.

As many as one in five US teens who regularly use the internet admits to having received unwanted sexual solicitation via the web and younger children can also become targets. It is important parents act accordingly and help children understand the risks of internet usage and learn to use it responsibly from a young age.

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Understanding Online Grooming

While parents of under 18s in 2021 are much more au fait with the web than older generations, none of us is immune as technologies develop so quickly. Grooming or sexual grooming is the act of befriending and/or influencing a child with the aim of preparing them for sexual activity. Online grooming simply uses the internet as a key tool for this process and it can result in non-contact and contact sexual interaction between the instigator and the child. The worry this brings to any parent’s mind cannot be underestimated but being afraid and not preparing our kids is much more dangerous than hoping it simply won’t happen to them.

A Note about the Law and Online Grooming

The relative new nature of the idea of online grooming means laws in this area are not necessarily as clear as they should be. Few taskforces target the crime on a global scale and the main body for dealing with grooming, as opposed to sexual acts which follow, is the Convention on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. At the time of writing only two states across the country, Illinois and Arkansas, have specific statues in place to address the problem of online grooming and experts in the field, the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children assert grooming should be considered an “offense-specific process” rather than preparation for the true crime. While this can sound quite complex and make a worrying issue even more worrying, it is important as if your child were to be groomed, you’d want justice, even if it hadn’t got as far as a physical act.

There is also the Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force in place which brings together 68 online child sexual exploitation investigators from 46 countries around the world. This is a highly specialized unit who can and do help in many circumstances and they have annual case coordination meetings for task force members to pool resources and support each other in their shared battle. Understand the dangers of online grooming and what it actually is, really does matter for parents so they can spot signs and act appropriately in the worst-case scenario.

How does Online Grooming Begin?

Most grooming will begin on a popular app or social network which children are already using comfortably. It may even happen through games, including many high profile cases involving the games Roblox and Minecraft. This doesn’t mean children should be banned from using technology, but transparency is important and helping your child understand the basics of how to protect themselves is too.

Online grooming often begins with someone discussing the game or getting to know a child on their level, talking about school, sports and other common areas of interest. Many predators choose to mask their age so they can easily get close to children online and become their “friends”. Gaining trust before introducing any sexual or dangerous element is a common pattern and one which children may not easily identify.

Social networking sites are particularly popular with perpetrators as they can access a wealth of information about children with relative ease. Children are often shockingly open with strangers online, especially if they’re enjoying games together or believe they’re talking to another child and unfortunately, predators are more than aware of this and are able to manipulate the situation to their advantage.

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Recognizing Signs of Online Grooming

Many kids are regularly rebuffing grooming attempts and we don’t even know about it. As mentioned, many teens have turned down sexual advances online and not even thought to talk to their parents about it, which has made it seem a normal occurrence which can make it even more of a danger. Some of the clearest signs of online grooming may seem like typical teen or preteen behavior but it’s important to remember – you know your kid, so if there is a change in their behavior – take it seriously.  Below are some of the most commonly recognized signs of online grooming to watch out for:

  • Asking to spend more time on the internet or actively doing so
  • Switching off screens or changing tabs when you check to see what they’re doing
  • Being secretive around their online activity
  • Discussing new friends you aren’t aware of or haven’t heard of before
  • New electronics being “given” to them and no explanation of why or how
  • Use of sexual or explicit language you wouldn’t expect them to know or don’t consider age appropriate
  • Mood swings and volatile emotional reactions

All of these may not be signals you recognize and some genuinely might be typical or hormonal reactions you expect from your child. However, if anything seems unusual it is worth delving deeper and keeping closer checks on their behavior and activities online.

Grooming and inappropriate sexual online behavior isn’t something we ever want to think about but it is something we can be aware of and help our children understand is wrong before it becomes a problem for them. Below we’re looking closer at what you can put in place to prevent grooming and to protect your children as they become confident internet users.

Grooming Prevention Strategies

It’s a sickening reality that no child is too young to be groomed and so no child is too young to be taught how to understand what is right and wrong when it comes to others and their body. These simple strategies can be implemented as early as you feel is appropriate with your own kids:

  1. Body Safety

Children can be taught body safety as early as three years old. Children should know the correct words for body parts, what appropriate touch is and the importance of consent. If they say no, it means no and any child can be made aware of this as soon as they begin to use the word appropriately themselves.

  1. Grooming Behaviors

While its scary, it is important to teach children about grooming behaviors such as isolating them from their friends, using sexual and inappropriate language and encouraging them to keep secrets from their parents and people they trust.

  1. Reporting Gifts and Alone Time

Any unsolicited gifts a child gets, you should be told about. This can be hard for children to understand as presents are great and if they’re told “Mommy won’t like that I’ve given you this” they may be scared to tell. The same goes for snacks, treats or even one-to-one time they spend with adults who aren’t you, as this is something you should be aware of, even in the most innocent of situations.

  1. Remove Blame Culture

Kids are scared of getting in trouble with their parents, but when it comes to this issue, you need to ensure they feel 100% comfortable with you and how important it is to tell you anything that is worrying them. Don’t minimize their feelings or their fears and let them know they will never get in trouble for telling you about any worries about people they’ve spoken to online.

  1. Be Open and Honest

No one wants to terrify their kids or give them the idea that they’re not safe, but it’s a hard fact and by telling them, you’re protecting them. Never be afraid to talk to your kids about difficult issues and help them protect themselves.

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Get Web Savvy to Protect from Predators

As we’ve said, the parents of today’s under eighteens are fairly internet savvy themselves, but there are new apps and technologies launched every week and online predators make it their business to know them as well as any kid. As well as ensuring your kids have strategies in place to protect themselves from grooming, put the following in place to ensure you are doing enough with the web to protect your kids as much as you can too:

  1. Understand Privacy Settings

Spend time with your children exploring the privacy settings on their favorite apps and chosen browsers. Ensure they understand the absolute minimum levels of privacy you expect and to always assume anything new has public as its default setting, so take time to set it to private. Many of the most popular social media apps want things to be public, so drill it into them to check every app or even do it yourself, a condition of them being able to download it at all.

  1. Review and discuss apps, games and website choices

While your children are going to want some privacy, the internet really isn’t the place to find it. A condition of having their own cellphone, tablet or computer should be you are allowed to have full access to check in their app and website use and ensure it is safe and secure. Setup your own accounts on their favorite apps so you can keep an eye on their usage but also ensure you have a good understanding of the apps functions. Younger kids may be begging for Snapchat or Instagram but you should also respect the age limits on these sites and consider one of the many child-centered social networks instead like Gobubble or Popjam.

  1. Know Their Friends

If you have a good understanding of who your children’s friends are, you’ll notice if a new name pops into the mix. You can also make sure they understand how powerful the internet can be for making you feel like someone really is your friend, but in reality, you don’t know them as well as you think. It’s very easy for anyone to become quickly connected to someone who seems to share all their interests online but consider why someone would mirror your exact likes and dislikes and what this could mean. Being suspicious of online friends may seem extreme but it helps set a useful precedent and ensures your children understand the importance of their own online safety.

  1. Keep Personal Information Private

Usernames should never include your child’s real name and if they want to talk about themselves online, they should avoid real places, times and dates. Obscuring every detail about themselves may seem false, but it ensures no one lurking online with ulterior motives captures anything of their real identity. Opt for fun cartoon images and favorite characters for profile pictures over family photos or anything which identifies your child.

  1. Encourage Open Communication

As our kids enter their teens they often feel less comfortable speaking to us about personal matters. If something makes your child uncomfortable or scared online then ensure they know there are people they can talk to, and it doesn’t have to be you, as there are many charities and resources ready to help and provide that listening ear.

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Online safety is a topic which many people switch off from, especially teens who think they know best. However, if you are sure to instil a healthy and cautious approach to online friendships and behaviors from their earliest internet usage, you should have additional peace of mind about the choices they might make. Transparent and open communication in the home is essential for protecting your kids as they grow up using the net on a daily basis.

30 Cute Flower Names for Girls

Many people view their newborn daughters as delicate and sweet. For those parents who want to give their child an ultra feminine name there is no better choice than to name their little girl for one of nature’s beautiful flowers.

Here is a look at some cute flower names for girls that parents will love.

Our List of Lovely Girl Flower Names

If you’ve got a newborn girl on the way and you’re still struggling to pick out the perfect name for her then you’ll love this list of uniquely cute and fun female flower names!

1. Fleur

Fleur is a French word that literally means flower.

Not only is the name both sweet and feminine it also has an exotic sound to it, which may make it popular with parents who are looking to give their child a slightly different and exotic name.

2. Calla

Calla is the shortened version of the flower calla lily, which is a white trumpet shaped flower with a yellow inside.

The name itself simply means “beautiful.” One of the things that makes this cute name ideal is that it is not a common name so will make the child feel a little more special.

If you’re still trying to decide on a middle name for your girl then check out our list of Cute Middle Names for Girls.

3. Blossom

Blossom is a simple name that means “to flourish.” While it is a cute name for some reason it may make a better middle name than a first name for a little girl.

The name Blossom was made more popular by the television series of the same name that aired in the 1990s.

4. Camellia

Camellia is a lovely name that carries with it a certain amount of strength. The flower itself is named for botanist Georg Joseph Kamel and means Kamel’s flower.

The flower itself comes in different shapes and colors making the flower as unique as the name itself.

5. Clover

Clover is a perky name for a girl and the meaning of the name is simply “key” Clover is a meadow flower.

Clover has trifoliate leaves and spikes of red, white or yellow flowers. Clover is of English origin.

6. Daisy

Daisy is a name of English origin and means “Days eye.” This name has been used for a number of different fictional characters including: Daisy Clover, Daisy duck, and Daisy Duke.

There have also been a number of athletes, actors, and other professionals who have also been named or called Daisy.

7. Dahlia

The Dahlia is a Scandinavian flower that comes in various colors and has a kind of a fluffy petal look.

Given to your baby girl the name will have an exotic sound to it and it is a strong though very feminine name.

8. Flora

Flora is of Scottish and Latin origin and simply means “flower.” Flora was the name of a Roman Goddess of flowers and spring who enjoyed eternal youth.

The name is a bit old fashioned, but is super feminine and easy to pair with a number of middle names.

9. Daphne

The name Daphne comes from Greek Mythology and means “Springs flower.”

In mythology the nymph Daphne escapes the attention of Apollo by being turned into a Laurel tree by her father. The name Daphne has a regal sound to it.

If you are interested in other ideas you can check out our list of one-syllable names for girls.

10. Hana

The name Hana is of Japanese origin and means bud or blossom. What makes this name unique is the spelling as compared to the more popular and familiar Hannah.

11. Holly

Holly is a name of Old English origin and comes from the name of the Holly tree. The name means to “prick.” is often given to little girls who are born in December.

The name Holly has a festive feel about it that many parents love.

12. Ivy

Ivy is a climbing vine and comes from the Old English word for fig. The name itself means “faithfulness” and was often given by Greeks in wreath form to newly weds as a symbol of fidelity.

Ivy is often connected to Holly in Christmas Carols.

13. Lotus

The name Lotus is of Greek origin and symbolizes purity and grace. The name itself is sophisticated and exotic. The lotus grows in ponds and small lakes rather like water lilies.

The lotus was a name given to many different flowers before it came to represent the Egyptian white lotus.

14. Marigold

Marigold is a sunny golden flower and the name itself does seem to be bright and sunny.

At one time naming a girl Marigold was reserved for fictional characters, but today is slowly finding its way among charming girl’s names for those parents who want to name their daughters something a little different from the standard Susan or Becky.

15. Jasmine

Jasmine is a name of perfume scented flower and is of Persian origin.

There are many different variations of the name including Yasmin, Yasmine, Jazmin, and Jessamine. It is also the name of the female Walt Disney character in Aladdin.

16. Rada

Rada is a name with origins in several languages including Yiddish, Latin and Russian. The meaning of the name actually means rose.

Rada is both a simple and lovely name that is truly unique and not overused.

17. Winika

Winika is a lovely and exotic name that is Maori origin. It is the name of a Pacific orchid that blooms around Christmas time and means “Christmas Orchid.”

It is a wonderful choice as a female flower name for any girl born in December and a wonderful choice for any parent looking for a slightly unusual flower name for their daughter.

18. Belladonna

Belladonna is a name of Italian origin and simply means “Beautiful lady.”

The plant belladonna also known as nightshade is a deadly plant, so naming your child this lovely name will also give her a hint of darkness and danger.

19. Tulip

Tulip is a name of Persian origin. The name originally was an offshoot meaning turban because the petals slightly resemble a turban.

Today, the name means “perfect love.” Although Tulip may seem an unusual name there are actually quite a few famous or near famous people who have that name.

20. Iris

The name Iris is of Greek origin and means rainbow.

Although the name seems prim and proper it’s colorful meaning makes this a bright and beautiful choice to name a daughter.

21. Violet

The name Violet is of Latin origin and simply means “purple flower.” When Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck named their daughter Violet the name almost immediately increased in popularity.

The Violet is considered a delicate flower, but may be more hardy than some people think.

22. Jacinda

The name Jacinda is of Spanish origin and is actually the Spanish name for the Hyacinth flower.

The name itself has a lovely unique ring to it and seems to turn a common flower into something slightly more exotic.

23. Magnolia

Magnolia is of Latin origin whose strict meaning is “Magnol’s flower.” It is considered an appropriate name for a Southern belle and is often related to the musical “Showboat.”

Girls given this name are likely to prefer the nickname Maggie to going by this flowery name.

24. Zinnia

The name Zinnia is of German and Latin origin and means Zinn’s flower.

The name Zinnia is not as commonly used as other floral names, but it seems to have an energetic quality to it that could make the name an excellent choice for some parents.

25. Azalea

Azalea is a relatively new name in the world of girl’s names first coming up on Social Security lists in 2012.

The name is said to mean dry, but the beauty of the name may make it especially appealing to parents looking for a floral name for their daughter.

26. Lilac

Lilac is a name of Persian and English origin and means “bluish or lilac.” It seems to be taking the place of the more old fashioned flower names like Lily or Violet.

The Lilac flower has a sweet light scent and is certainly a sweet name to give any girl.

27. Cassia

The name Cassia is of Greek origin and comes from the Cassia tree, which bears a yellow flower.

The tree produces a spice that is much like cinnamon, which is how the name Cassia came to mean “Cinnamon.” It is a lovely name to name that red headed baby girl.

28. Dianella

Dianella is a name of Australian origin and comes from a small star like purple flower of the same name.

It has a beautiful ring to it and is a more elegant take on the name Diane.

29. Lily

Lily is a rather old fashioned flower name that has been given to girls for generations. The name Lily means “pure or passion.”

Although the name is old fashioned it has a sweet ring to it. Other versions of the name are Lilith, Lillian and liliana.

30. Heather

The name Heather is of English origin and comes from a Scottish wildflower. The flower is hardy and thrives in rocky soil that is often considered barren.

If you are looking for a floral name for your little girl that is strong and resilient then Heather may be a good choice.

Conclusion to Lovely Baby Girl Flower Names

If you are looking for a cute flower name for a baby girl then these names should give you a start.

The Importance of Gender Neutral Toys for Kids

The term “gender neutral” toy is a misnomer. It doesn’t make a great deal of sense as toys cannot have a gender and we’re of course referring to the gender of the child who the toy is marketed at. Research from Michigan State University found that it is the toy manufacturers, advertisers, and society itself that have, over the decades, designated certain toys as being for boys and others for girls. It has become the norm for us to associate blue with boys and pink with girls, but this has been the work of the toy industry itself, quickly supported by society enforcing these stereotypes.

The same MSU study mentioned above also suggests that society has used toys as a means for positioning children for their “correct” gender roles. Both subtly and not so subtly girls are pushed to play with dolls, makeup sets and purses. Their focus should be on making themselves and their homes look beautiful whilst “playing house” and “playing mom” in a traditional nurturing role. On the other hand, young boys are taught that they should be interested in cars, building, weapons, and other aggressive subjects, positioning themselves as heads of families, communities, and the workplace.

While many children are happy in their gender identity, plenty are not, and with strict gender stereotypes at play, there is not an inclusive and safe environment for children who may not currently be confident in either of the “set” gender roles. Gender-designated toys teach children that there is a right and wrong way to be and as research has shown more than once, gender is not fixed, so children shouldn’t feel limited in their play.

Where do Gender Stereotypes Come From?

Gender stereotypes have some basis in survival and historical necessity. The first civilizations required everyone to contribute for their communities to survive. As men tend to be naturally larger and more physically strong they took on the role of hunters and protectors of the communities. The high risk involved in hunting meant it did not make sense for women, who naturally produced and provided nutrition for the young, to be involved in hunting. Instead they took on the role of gatherers as well as caring for the young.

There are examples of women hunters in history but they tend to be the exception not the rule. Therefore, the stereotype that men protect and lead was born. The idea that men were aggressive and women were gentle also comes from this same idea, as men would kill for food while women nurtured the young and cared for the home. These are the first examples of a patriarchal society becoming the norm, with men taking all positions of power and women’s opportunities were limited.

As the world became more mechanised, industrial revolutions took place and the physical strength necessary at the beginning of civilization was no longer necessary to survive and thrive, gender stereotypes still prevailed. Clubs and spears gave way to swords and guns that did not take great strength to use. Farm machinery made it possible for anyone to plough, regardless of their physical strength, yet the original stereotype of men’s and women’s roles did not change. Women were largely out of the world of work until the 19th century, when they began becoming more regularly seen working in factories and other businesses. To this day, we still have a clear and shameful pay gap between men and women.

The most obvious gender stereotypes we encounter today come from advertisement and manufacturers. Particularly in the toys market and they are once again supported by comments from family, from school and from society as a whole. Girls are pushed into the idea of caring about their looks, a clean and tidy home and nurturing children when playing.  Boys should be aggressive, passionately into sports and find vehicles fascinating.

These gender stereotypes have been reinforced for generations by toys that have been targeted by gender. Manufacturers have used pink and blue to ensure that parents and children know which toys are supposed to interest which gender. However, try as they might, not all toys can be designated as one gender or another.

The Problem with Gender Designated Toys

Gender designated toys do have their supporters and they suggest that biology dictates the kind of toy a child will gravitate towards. Girls will prefer to play with dolls, princesses, makeup and beauty toys and domestic toys. However, boys will opt for construction vehicles, guns and even math-related toys. This may be true for some children but it is hard to see whether children are actively choosing their “correct” gendered toy or are simply driven by society and the need to conform.

History has shown that individual children are indeed individual, and may have interests that flout gender expectations. Many girls excel in math and science, and have little or no interest in playing with dolls or play kitchens. Or they may enjoy both playing with cars and racing sets and their dolls. There are also many boys who prefer imaginative and role play games, may love to bake and create alongside their other toys. The pressure to be gentle for girls or aggressive for boys can be damaging and have an impact on them, not allowing their natural and innate characteristics and personalities to form.

By sending the message that little girls who prefer “boy toys” are tomboys, and little boys who prefer “girl toys” are sissies, we are telling our children that there is something unnatural about their interests, and they are less feminine or masculine than they “should” be.

The problem with forcing children into playing with only neutral toys, however, is that we are preventing them from reaching their full potential. As parents and educators, we should want to do everything we can to allow and help our children reach their potential. This means letting go of the idea of gender designated toys, and allowing children to play with all toys, and not just those that are specifically marketed as neutral.

Gender Neutral Toys have Always Existed

Gender neutral has become somewhat of a buzzword when in reality, these kinds of toys have always been available. There have always been toys such as Lincoln logs and natural colored building blocks, wagons, art supplies, puzzles, puppets, stuffed animals, plastic farm or zoo animals, shape sorters, sand toys, sleds, and so much more. Unfortunately, many toys that should be gender neutral have, at least in the not too distant past, been made gender specific by manufacturers who were looking to cash in on those who believed that gender roles should be reinforced. Toys as simple as dump trucks and diggers have been manufactured in bright pink to make them “okay” for girls to play with. A good example of this is the Danish company LEGO. They have created complete ranges in pink, purple and pastel colors hoping to attract female fans.

Why Gender Neutral Toys Are Important for Girls

The idea of a patriarchal society is something we have already mentioned and it is precisely this which makes gender neutral toys and play so important for young girls. Of course, there are female doctors, even at times when it was practically unheard of, but this can still be seen as going against the grain of the stereotypical female role. Women have had to fight and work hard to overcome obstacles and achieve the same if not more than their male counterparts.

However, parents of girls no longer accept this. more parents are telling their daughters that they can (and should) do whatever they want; they are encouraging them to follow their interests rather than be stuck in clearly defined gender roles. This is why it is so important for little girls to not only be encouraged to play with gender neutral toys, but also to be encouraged to play with all toys, or those that interest them, even if they’re seen as “for boys”. All children should be encouraged to follow their natural interests and play in a way which keeps them engaged and happy, finding their own talents in whatever field that might be.

Similarly, boys should have access to the same range of toys and find their own path. Research shows people who find it hard to define their gender in later life or are different to the gender they were assigned at birth often had difficulties at a young age with play. The opportunity to play with all toys is essential for children’s wellbeing and finding out who they are in many ways. That doesn’t mean that little girls should be discouraged from playing with “girly toys” if that is truly what they want. However, alongside those toys, girls should be given gender neutral and some “boyish” toys to give them the full range of toys to play with. After all, there is nothing wrong with Barbie driving a dump truck or a bulldozer instead of a pink convertible.

Common Gender Neutral Toys

Anyone looking to increase the range of gender neutral toys for their children could consider any of the following:

  • Wheeled toys, including cars, wagons, walkers, bikes, trikes, scooters, skateboards and skates
  • Shape sorters (mainly for young toddlers)
  • Assorted building materials, including Lincoln logs, magnetic blocks, Duplo and Lego blocks, building sticks and K’Nex
  • Tossing games, such as corn hole, ring toss, darts and Frisbee
  • Puzzles (great for children of all ages)
  • Puppets
  • Art supplies, including clay, crayons, coloring pencils, paint and drawing paper
  • Balls of various sizes
  • Playground equipment, including swings, slides, merry go rounds, teeter totters, climbing ropes, ladders and walls
  • Microscopes, telescopes, chemistry sets, magnifying glasses, bug catching kits
  • Fort building sets
  • Board games of all different types
  • Stamp sets 

This list is not exhaustive and also shouldn’t be used counter intuitively. We should be trying to change the narrative that there are gender designated toys and in fact, all toys are gender neutral.

Better Understanding is Leading to Progress

Many parents are exasperated when they see the rows of boys and girls’ toys in stores up and down the country, but there really is progress being made. Parents are demanding that stores drop the gendered toy sections, so children can feel less self-conscious when exploring and finding the toys they like. Boys shouldn’t feel uncomfortable in the “pink aisle” of the store or girls in the “blue aisle”. There is a push to stock similar toys together rather than gendered toys together, so dolls would be alongside action figures for example.

Some companies are now rising to meet the demand. Mattel, for example, has come up with a gender neutral doll that allows kids to create a doll with the look that they want it to have. Wonder Crew, meanwhile, is a company that makes dolls who are just like real boys, labeling them as “crewmates” to take away the stigma that is associated with boys playing with dolls.

While progress continues, if we want to raise children who are free to explore and reach their full potential, then we, as parents and the first educators of our children, need to strive to offer our children toys of different types. This will give them the opportunity to discover their own interests without worry about gender, and enable them to explore their identity without feeling forced into stereotypes.

50 Unique & Cute Baby Girl Middle Names: Female Names

Most people are excited about having a new baby and often spend a good deal of time considering different names until they find the perfect name for their child. While first names are often fairly easy, many parents agonize over choosing the perfect middle name for their baby girl.

Here is a look at 50 unique middle names suitable for any girl.


Best Unique Middle Names for Girls

1. Bree

The name Bree is of Irish, Scottish and means ‘strong or honorable’ and ‘full of virtue.’ Ironically the name Bree first became popular based on the 1971 movie “Klute” which won Jane Fonda an Oscar for playing a prostitute with that name.


2. Dawn

Dawn is a name of English origin and essentially means ‘break of day’ and is often given to little girls born around sunrise.


3. Fawn

Fawn is a girl’s middle name of both French and American origin and means a ‘Young doe.’


4. Jae or Jaye

The Name Jae or Jaye is Korean, Latin and English and also has several meanings including ‘Jay like the bird’ or ‘Sweet and Beautiful.’


5. Aryn

Aryn is of Hebrew origin and is a beautiful girl middle name. It means ‘messenger.’


6. Jaidyn

Jaidyn is a female baby middle name of Hebrew origin and has a couple of different meanings including ‘He will judge’ or ‘Precious.’


7. Katheryn

Katheryn is a common girls middle name that is English in origin and another cute baby girl middle name. It means ‘Pure.’


8. Brooke

The name Brooke is one of those popular nature names for girls, comes from English and means Stream.’


9. Hope

Hope is a name that is English in origin and was popular both as a first and middle name among the Puritans. The name means ‘Full of hope, trust or rely’


10. Love

Love is a middle name of English origin that was extremely popular in the late 1800s. It comes from the name Louve, which means ‘female wolf.’ Modern name the name Love is meant to express the emotion of ‘great caring.’


11. Merle

Merle is a unisex middle name often used for girls and is Latin origin. The name means ‘ blackbird.’


12. Raine

The girl’s middle name Raine has many origins including French, Latin and Native American. The name may mean ‘Queen’ or be a deviation of the word ‘Rain’


13. Rose

Rose is a pretty common middle name that simply means ‘sweet flower.’


14. Rylie

Rylie is a somewhat unique girl middle name of Irish origin that simply means ‘Brave.’


15. Breean

Is another middle name for a girl that is of Irish origin and the name has the meaning of ‘Brave and Noble.’


16. Caylen

Caylen is a somewhat unusual girl middle name of Old French origin. The name means ‘Pure.’


17. Devon

The name Devon was once primarily a male name, but more recently it has become somewhat popular as a middle name for girls. From the English the name origin comes from the village of Devonshire.


18. Ocean

Another one of the nature names that has been gaining in popularity the name Ocean is originally of Greek origin and actually means ‘Big Heart and Pure.’


19. Raven

Raven is a nice sounding middle name for a girl. As one would expect the name means ‘crow.’


20. Robin

Another birdlike female middle name for girls, Robin is of has a meaning of ‘songbird.’

[Related: Good Boy Middle Names]


21. Zoe

A name of Greek origin Zoe is a name that quite literally means ‘Life.’ It has also been translated to mean ‘vibrant’ as well.


22. Allison

Allison is a rather common English name that is often given as a middle name to girls. The name itself means ‘Truthful and Noble.’


23. Noel

A cheerful and merry middle name for girls Noel is French and means ‘Christmas.’ This name is exceptionally appropriate for those infant girls born in the month of December.


24. Naomi

Naomi is a name of the come from Hebrew and means ‘Pleasant.’ The name is associated with the mother-in- law of Ruth in the Old Testament.


25. Susannah

Although the middle name Susannah is associated with the pioneers, probably due to the song “Oh Susannah” it is actually Hebrew and means ‘Pretty and Sweet.’


26. Gillian

Gillian is an English name and the feminine form of the male name Julian. It means ‘Full of Youth.’


27. Sophia

Sophia is a sophisticated girl’s middle name and is of Greek origin. The name simply means ‘wise or wisdom.’


28. Amity

The origin of the girl’s middle name Amity is Greek and means ‘friendship.’ It is rather a lovely name to give to any newborn girl.


29. Irene

Another girl middle name of Greek origin The name Irene means ‘Full of Peace.’ Originally Irene came from the name Irini.


30. Viviann

The name Viviann is of Latin and French origin and is a rather chic and sophisticated girls middle name that actually has a nice meaning since it means ‘Alive.’


31. Belle

Made popular by “Beauty and the Beast” the middle name Belle for girls is actually from the French and means ‘Beautiful.’


32. Blue

Blue is an American name that can either be male or female and simply means ‘the color blue.’


33. Faith

Faith is a name of English origin and this cute middle name for girls was made popular by the Puritans. It means ‘Trusting in all things.’


34. Jade

Jade is a lovely middle name for girls and is of Spanish origin the name means ‘jewel or Precious stone.’


35. Skye

The name Skye has its origins in Ireland, the UK and the United States. It was an extremely popular name during the civil war mostly as a boy’s name. Today it is quite common as a girls middle name and can mean ‘Sheltering’ or ‘Sky.’

Skye is a great one syllable middle name for girls.


36. Amber

Amber is a middle name for a girl of American origin the name quite simply means ‘Golden jewel.’


37. Zaylee

There seems to be two stated origins for the girls middle name of Zaylee one is said to be of Australian origin with a meaning of ‘Flower.’ The other is said to be of American origin and is a made up name and is believed to mean ‘Dry.’


38. Ireland

Of Irish origin Ireland is a name made popular when Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin gave their daughter that name saying that Geographic names were a family tradition.


39. Iris

If you are looking for a bright and happy girl’s middle name then Irish may fit the bill. The name is of Greek origin and means ‘beautiful rainbow.’ What could be more lovely than that.


40. Ivy

An American name the name Ivy is a name for actual vine Ivy.


41. Lark

The name Lark is of American origin and brings to mind someone who is cheerful and outgoing. The name means ‘melodious songbird.’


42. Joy

Joy is a name that originates again from the English and comes from a generation of names such as Bliss and Merry. It is a happy sounding middle name for any baby girl.


43. Lake

A somewhat unique girls middle name of English origin is the name Lake. Named for someone who lives by a ‘Lake’ the name is rather unusual and pretty.


44. Winter

Winter is a lovely middle name for baby girls born during the colder months of the year. Of English origin the name reflects the season of snow.


45. Summer

The name Summer first became popular during the 70s and has remained fairly popular ever since as a female middle name.


46. Sunset

Sunset as a name seems to be of American origin and is a unique girls middle name. It is believed that the meaning of the name means ‘Beauty at the end of the day.’ It is definitely a lovely middle name to bestow on a girl.


47. Fleur

Of French origin the name Fleur is a lovely middle name for baby girls. The name means ‘Flower’.


48. Sage

Sage is a name of French origin and has a meaning of ‘wise one.’ Sage is a flowering herb and an excellent masculine flower name for boys.


49. Ivory

Ivory is a middle name for girls and is of American origin and means ‘pure and white.’


50. Dakota

The name Dakota is of Native American Origin with a meaning of ‘Friend or ally.” Once primarily a man’s name it is now often used as first or middle name for baby girls.


Final Thoughts on Splendid Baby Girl Middle Names

If you are searching for a cute middle name for girls then one of these names may fit the bill.

50 Cool Middle Names for Boys: Unique Baby Names

The same name that some parents give their boys as first names, may be given as a middle name by other parents. While there is no hard and fast rule normally if a child is given a short first name the middle name tends to be longer and vice versa. In other cases if the first name is of medium length then the middle name may be of medium length as well. Here is a look at 50 cool middle names for boys.

Middle Names for Boys

Good Boys Middle Names

If you are looking for a unique baby boy middle name for your coming son then here are 50 great male middle name ideas to choose from.

1. Blake

Blake is a name that has a nice ring to it and means “someone who is dark haired or has a dark complexion.” The name is considered to be of old English origin. The name Blake blends well with quite a few first names.


2. Grant

The name Grant means “one who is great or has big achievements.” It is of French-Anglo origin and is a take on the word Grand. Grant is a nice strong name that will beef up any first name it is paired with.


3. Rhett

Rhett is a name that is Welsh in origin and means “fiery.” In the United States many people choose this name after the famous character in “Gone with the Wind.”


4. Luke

Luck is a Greek name that is said to mean “a person who comes from Lucania,” however, many parents choose the name since it comes from the Bible.


5. Reese

Reese, like the name Rhett, means “fiery” and is an old English name. This is a middle name for boys that seems to go well with some of the more common first names such as Thomas or Andrew. Reese can also make a great one syllable middle name for girls.


6. Trey

Trey is an old English name that originally meant the “number 3.” While this boy middle name can easily be given to the third child in the family it can actually be used for any child.


7. Cash

The name Cash is believed to be a shortened version of the name Casper. It is an English name and means “one who is wealthy.”


8. Grey

Grey is of English origin and is actually based on the color gray. It makes for a nice sounding middle name that goes with most first names.


9. Judd

Judd is a name of Hebrew origin and the name means “one who is worthy of praise.” This name is old fashioned and has a reliable sound to it.


10. Lane

Lane is a name of English origin which simply means “path or roadway.” The simplicity of this name makes it a middle name that should go well with almost any first name.


11. Clark

Clark is a name with a nice ring to it. The name is of English origin and actually stands for one who clerks. Clark is also a common last name that makes a great first name.


12. Drew

Drew is a name of English origin and means “one who carries a weighty load.” Drew could also be a shortened version of Andrew.


13. Heath

The name Heath sounds like the hero from a romance novel. The name is of British origin and means “one who lives on or very near the moor.” (Can’t you just picture a tall, dark brooding man strolling across the moors deep in thought!)


14. Finn

Finn is a name of Irish origin that means “one who is fair.” The name itself seems to be a name filled with good humor and laughter.


15. Seth

A name of Hebrew origin the name Seth means “one who is placed or appointed.” The name Seth seems to have a sense of calm about it.


16. Neil

A name that is Gaelic Neil means “passionate.” So if you are looking to give your boy a middle name that may instill a love for life into him then Neil may be a good name to choose.


17. Zane

A name of Hebrew origin, the name Zane means a “gracious gift from God” This would be a great middle name for a boy whose birth had been hoped for a long period of time.


18. Troy

Troy is an English name based on the ancient city in Greece and means “strong and brave.” While Troy isn’t the most common name it isn’t so unique to make a new parent shy away from the name.


19. Jace

Jace is a Greek name the meaning of which is “to heal.” In the US Jace can also be a nickname for Jason.


20. Wade

Wade is a name of English origin and it simply means “someone who crosses the river.” The name Wade has easy fill to it.


21. Damon

The name Damon means “to tame or gentle” and is of Greek origin. This name appears in many stories of ancient Greece.


22. Devin

A name of Irish origin, the name Devin means “Bard or Poet.” The name may be great to be bestowed on a child that you are hoping will have an artistic bent.


23. Noel

Noel is an English name derived from a French name and simply means “Christmas Season.” This is a great middle name for any baby boy born in the month of December. Noel is also a popular girls middle name!


24. Byron

Byron is a name of English Origin that has a sophisticated sound to it. Ironically, the name means “Someone who lives near a cowshed.”


25. Quintin

Quintin is a Roman family name that literally means “the fifth.” The name was traditionally given to the fifth son in the family, but today the name can pertain to any child regardless of the order in which they are born.


26. Noah

Noah is a Hebrew name associated with the Bible. The name means “ One who is calm and quiet.” The name has a solid sound to it, which may be appealing to many prospective parents.


27. Caleb

A name of Hebrew origin Caleb means “One who is like the heart.” You can almost picture a baby who is given Caleb as a middle name will grow up to be a kind and loving person.


28. Cody

The name Cody means “One who is helpful.” and although the name is of Irish origin it brings to mind cowboys of the old West.


29. Ryder

Ryder is another name that sounds like it is straight out of an old west novel and this name in fact, is actually of American origin. However, it is said that this name means “ Like a Knight.”


30. Denver

Denver was originally a name of French origin and referred to someone who came from “Anders.” However, when American parents choose Denver as a middle name, they may be naming their son after a city in Colorado.


31. Gavin

Gavin is a Welsh name and means “white hawk.” Although Hawks are considered birds of prey and have a fierce reputation some hawks are also quiet and gentle.


32. Jared

Jared is a Hebrew name and has two meanings. One meaning is “Sweet and loving like a rose.” and the other meaning is “descending.” Jared is a very strong sounding name that will go well with many first names.


33. Leo

Leo is a name of Latin origin and means “strong as a lion.” This short name combines well with longer names and has a nice ring to it.


34. Dezi/Desi

Dezi is also a name of Latin origin and it actually means “To be filled with yearning or sorrow.”


35. Drake

Drake is a name that means “dragon” and is of middle English origin. The name bestows a certain fierceness on the male carrying this as a middle name.


36. Trevor

Trevor is a Welsh name that means “one who lives on a large settlement or homestead.” The name has a sophisticated sound to it and goes well with short strong first names.


37. Tyson

Tyson means a “strong and fiery person.” The name is English and is not overly common nor so strange as to turn potential parents away from choosing the name for their boys middle name.


38. Damien

Damien is a Greek name and means one who “tames” The meaning of this name suggests a person who has a strong personality and a firm command of situations.


39. Boone

The name Boone means “a blessing” and is one of those names that is of French origin, but brings forth thoughts of strong and independent men who were the early frontiersmen who settled the United States. Quite possible because the name is associated with the famous Daniel Boone.


40. Wyatt

Wyatt is another name of French origin that has come to remind most people of cowboys of the old west. The name Wyatt means “brave warrior” and seems to be the name of a person you can depend on.


41. Tait

The name Tait is of Greek origin and means “Happy and Cheerful.” One might expect a boy with the middle name of Tait to be a joy to be around and someone who will keep others smiling.


42. Ian

Ian is a name of Scottish origin and means “God is gracious.” Ian is a pleasant sounding name that will go well with a number of first names.


43. Dakota

Dakota is a name of Native American origin and means “friend or ally.” It is also another name that brings thoughts of the old west to mind.


44. Guy

Guy is a name of German and French origin and simply means “wood” or “wide.” Guy is a name that is simple and fun and will match well those incredibly long first names.


45. Edgar

Edgar is an old English name that means “fortunate and powerful.” It also means “wealthy spear.” Edgar seems to be a name that has a sense of reliability about it.


46. Sage

Sage is a name of French origin and means “wise one” or “the spice of the prophet.” This name seems to have a bit of western flavor to it like so many other names on the list.

Sage is also a flowering herb making it a fantastic flower name for boys.


47. Logan

Logan means “hollow” and is a name of Scottish origin. The name has a strong sound to it and makes a good middle name or even a great first name.


48. Rowan

Rowan is a name of Irish origin and means “tree with red berries.”


49. Crew

The name Crew is of Welsh origin and means “Fortress by the water.” The name is unique enough to appeal to parents who are looking for a slightly different middle name for their son.


50. Hunter

Hunter is a name of English origin and simply means “One who hunts.” The name is both interesting and has a certain strength to it that makes it a name that has been increasing in popularity.


Final Thoughts on Splendid Baby Boy Middle Names

If you are looking for a cool middle name for your upcoming baby boy maybe one of these 50 boys middle names will hold some appeal.

30 Unique One Syllable Middle Names for Girls

Most parents who choose a one syllable middle name for their infant daughters do so because they chose a longer first name for the child. However, modern day parents typically want a middle name that is a little more unique than the traditional Ann, Sue, or Jo.

Unique One syllable girl names

Cute, Fun & Unique One Syllable Girl Middle Names

If you are looking for a unique one syllable middle name for your girl then here are 30 you may want to choose from.

1. Skye

The name skye has a romantic ring to it and reminds one of either clear sunny days or starry nights. The name itself is of Irish origin and the name is said to mean “sheltering” which is a lovely meaning for any female.

[Related: Cute Girls Middle Names]


2. Ayn

The name Ayn was made somewhat popular by Russian writer Ayn Rand. Oddly enough many parents chose Ayn as a 1 syllable middle name because they feel it is a unique play on Ann or Anne. However, the origin of the name is Hebrew and is said to have 3 possible meanings; “Prayer,” “God favors me” or “eye.”


3. Bay

Bay is a name of Old French and Latin origin and has several meanings bestowed upon it. Again this simple short middle name for girls seems to have a number of different meanings including “berry” “ a water inlet” or “Auburn Haired.”


4. Brooke

Although the name has been around a while it was Americans that made the name popular as a girl’s first or middle name. The name brings to mind a small stream that runs over pebbles or rocks. The name has a peaceful and serene sense to it, while still being somewhat unique.


5. Joy

The name Joy has an extremely happy sound to it and the actual meaning of the name is “Rejoicing.” The simplicity of this one syllable female name combined with the feeling of happiness it evokes could make this name a favorite among many parents.


6. Sage

As a 1 syllable middle name Sage has a kind of exotic ring to it some parents will like. Even better Sage means “wise one” which bestows a great meaning to the child’s overall name.

[Related: Excellent Baby Boy Middle Names]


7. Jett

Originally Jett was exclusively a male name, but recently it has been used as a name for females. Jett is a strong name which some claim means “Black Gem.” The name is definitely unique and actually quite attractive.


8. Bree

Bree is a name that comes from Irish and English origins with the generally acceptable meaning of “strength.” The name is both easy and sophisticated having an uplifting appeal to it.


9. Lark

The one syllable girls middle name Lark means “Songbird” and the name itself brings to mind someone who is cheerful and outgoing and extremely social. Lark is one of the nature names that seem to be growing in popularity with modern parents.


10. Rain

Rain seems to be purely an American name as well as another of those nature names that are increasing in popularity. The name itself means “Blessings” or “Blessings from above” which is actually exactly what a baby is.


11. Hope

Hope is a name of Puritan origin that was often given to baby girls. Although old fashioned the name reemerges every few years and is a lovely simple name that some parents may choose to use.


12. Lake

Another nature name that is gaining in popularity is the name Lake. Primarily given to boys it is now emerging as a girl’s name as well. The name Lake means “Still Waters.”


13. Kai

The name Kai (pronounced Kye) has many origins including Hawaiian, Scandinavian, Greek, Latin and Chinese. The name also has almost as many meanings as it does origins meaning “Pier of a harbor; Keeper of the keys; strong; unbreakable and more.


14. True

The name True is primarily given to females and this name means “genuine, real and loyal.” It is a nice sounding name that goes well with many first names.


15. Star

The name Star is of English origin primarily American and like the name Skye has a romantic sound to it. A star is a celestial body that shines brightly.


16. Bliss

Bliss is a name of Old English Origin and seen a reemergence in popularity in recent years. The name has a sweet sound and means “ Joy, Cheer, or Intense Happiness.”


17. Swan

Swan is another bird name that is becoming popular. The name gives the impression of elegance and purity and seems to go smoothly with a number of first names.


18. Jade

Jade is the name of ornamental green stone that has great value in Asian countries. The stone is said to bestow wisdom, clarity, courage and modesty on the possessor of the name.


19. Leigh

Leigh is often used in place of the more common middle name of Lea or Lee. The name means “Meadow or Field.”


20. Belle

Belle is a name of French origin and simply means beauty. The name Belle has many positive connotations such as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” Southern Belle, or Belle of the ball.” While used as a middle name Belle seems to have southern connotations it can be used by parents anywhere.


21. Blaire

Blaire is a name of Scottish origin and means “plain or field.” The American version of the name means “Trustworthy and honorable.”


22. Wynn

Wynn is a name of Welsh origin that has a sophisticated sound to it. The name itself means “ friend, white, fair, or blessed.”


23. Dawn

Dawn is a name meaning “daybreak.” and is the perfect middle name for a child born in the wee hours of the morning just as the sun is rising.


24. Snow

Another one of those nature names Snow is a perfect name for a little girl born in winter. The name has a sense of purity about it.


25. Dale

Dale is an old English name that was once given to males, but in more recent years has become a name for females as well as males. Dale simply means valley and is a short snappy name that combines well with a variety of first names when used as a middle name.


26. Fawn

Fawn was a popular girl’s name during the 60s and 70s and fell out of favor because many parents felt that the name did not give their child enough to live up to. Fawn simply means “young deer” and the name has an air of innocence about it that might find favor with some parents.


27. Fleu

Fleu is a name of French origin and simply means flower. The name has romantic flavor and brings to mind grace and beauty.


28. Lei

Lei is a Hawaiian name for a wreath of flowers that is normally placed around a person’s neck as a welcome or during a celebration. Like Fleu the name brings to mind beauty.


29. Teal

Color names for girls such as Blue and Gray have become quite popular. Teal is a color name for a girl that has a much more feminine ring to it than many other colors names.


30. Day

Day is a name of American origin and can easily be a name for either a boy or girl. The name day simply means daylight or sunlight.


Final Thoughts on Splendid Single Syllable Girls Middle Names

Remember the name you choose for your child is a name that your child is going to have to live with for many years to come, which is why many parents agonize over the choice of name for their children.

20 Masculine Flower Names for Boys

Many people believe that their baby’s personality is in part influenced by their name, which is why many parents name their boys after flowers. By giving a boy a flower name, parents not only seek to give their child a more unusual name, but also have the hope that the child will grow up to be gentle and appreciate the beauty in the world.

Of course when choosing a name for their son, parents don’t want a name that sounds girly or will get their child teased so here is a look at some great manly flower names for boys.

Unique Boy Flower Names

Cool & Unique Male Flower Names for Baby Boys

1. William

There is little doubt that William is considered a masculine name after all not only is William the name of a current British Prince, it was also the name of William the Conqueror. However, Sweet William is also a beautiful flower and makes a great name for any baby boy.


2. Basil

Basil is an exotic sounding name, like a character in a romance novel. It is also the name of a flavorful flowering herb used to season food. Although the name sounds a bit old fashioned it is a strong name that carries with it a bit of sophistication.


3. Sage

Another flowering herb, Sage is another of those great male flower names. This name reminds you a bit of the old west leading those who hear the name to associate with it with strength and masculinity.


4. Jared

Jared is a nice strong name that does have a certain popularity. However, it may surprise you that Jared is actually the Hebrew name for a rose. This is a perfect name for parents who want to give a manly flower boy flower name to their son that most people won’t know is a flower name.


5. Florian

Florian is Latin name that simply means flowering. While it does not pertain to specific flowers it still gives the feeling of beauty while retaining it’s masculine flavor.


6. Hawthrone

Hawthrone is a flowering plant that is also used for medicinal purposes. While you may not want to give your son the first name of Hawthrone, it would make a fine middle name for any parent looking for flower boy names.

[Related: Cute Last Names That Make Better First Names]


7. Oleander

The name Oleander is both sophisticated and somewhat playful. It is also the name of a flowering shrub that has beautiful flowers. This is a great name for those parents looking to give their son a name that is a little less common.


8. Ren

Ren is another among masculine flower names that is perfect for naming a son. The name Ren means Lotus in Japanese and the lotus flower stands for perfection and purity.


9. Rowan

Rowans are beautiful flowers that grow in dense clusters. While the flowers themselves may be somewhat delicate when viewed individually, the name Rowan certainly has a very masculine ring to it.


10. Ash

Ash is a flowering tree that is certainly suitable to be a popular boys flower name. The name Ash has a nice masculine ring to it and in addition the name is short which makes it attractive to many parents.


11. Arnit

A rather unusual, but strong sounding name for a boy this male flower name simply means beautiful flower. Arnit is one of those unisex names that can be given either to a girl or a boy and when given a girl actually means “mountain of strength.”


12. Crisanto

Not the common name, statistics suggest that only about 28,600 people in the world bear this exotic sounding name which means “Flower of Gold.” The name is of Greek origin making it even more exotic choice for some people in the United States.


13. Elm

Elm is a strong normally tall tree that bears lovely delicate looking white flowers that are actually quite robust. Bestowing elm as a middle name for your son will lend strength to his name.


14. Trevor

Trevor is a shorter version of the word shatrevar, which is a Persian word for flower. The name Trevor itself is a strong name and very masculine.


15. Yarrow

Yarrow is actually a strong fragrant herb that bears a bright yellow flower that reminds one of sunshine. Yarrow makes a great boy flower name that is both unusual and attractive.


16. Bud

Bud is most commonly used as a nickname, but it can be used as a first or middle name and is a masculine flower name simply meaning blossom. The appeal of the name Bud, is that it is a short simple name that is easily paired with longer more sophisticated names.


17. Oak or Oakes

The name Oak doesn’t refer to a flower, but rather refers to a tree that is known for its strength. The name is old English and has a powerful ring to it.


18. Gentian

The name Gentian is a take on an Illyrian King named Gentius. Gentians are brilliant blue flowers with fringed petals. The name itself actually brings forth visions of gentlemanly conduct, which many parents may find appealing.


19. Florent

This name is quite popular in Europe although far less popular in the United States where the name may seem to have a bit too much flourish. The name simply means flowering.


20. Moss

Moss is another of those names that is not a flower boy’s name, but is named for those soft dark green dark ground covering you often see in the woods or growing near the roots of trees. Moss is an old fashioned name for a boy that has a nice simple ring to it.


Final Thoughts on Good Boys Flower Names

If you are looking for a flower boys name that still has a sense of masculinity and strength then one of these options may be just the name you are looking for.

30 Unique Last Names That Make Even Better First Names

The idea of turning a last name into a first name in your search for cute baby names is certainly not a new idea since the use of surnames as first names dates as far back as the end of the Roman Empire. As the empire began breaking down it seemed that those old royalty names were up for grabs and no longer reserved just for the nobility.

In addition, some traditional last names actually have their origins in first names. For example the last name Johnson came about as a way to differentiate John’s son from Aaron’s son so it seems only natural for these last names to become first names once again!

Most importantly, choosing a surname for a first name can allow parents to give their child a unique name or bestow on them a baby name with a special meaning. Regardless of why you may choose to use a surname as a 1st name we’ve come up with a bunch of unique last names that make even better first names for babies.

Cute Last Names as First Names for Girls

For your convenience we have divided our list of names into cute girl’s names and cool boy’s names.

1. McKenna

One of the most Unique surnames turned into a first name for baby girls is the name McKenna is an old Scottish name from the County Monoghan where the family Mckenna was known as the “Lords of Truagh”.

As a first name the name McKenna is used exclusively for girls, however, ironically the meaning of this name means “son of the handsome one”. Newer naming books have substituted the word son in the meaning to child to make it more feminine friendly.


2. Quinn

Another cool last name used as a first name is Quinn. The name Quinn is of Irish origin and comes from the Gaelic O Cuinn meaning descendant of Conn.

Often given as a 1st name for a girl Quinn means counsel or intelligence.

[Related: Masculine Flower Names for Boys]


3. Reagan

The name Reagan is an Irish name and is Gaelic the name means “king’s child”. This baby name became very popular in the United States especially for girls after President Reagan made the name a household name. It’s meaning today is “Little Ruler.”


4. Luna

The name Luna seems to have always been both a surname and first name, but also makes a great one syllable middle name for girls! It has origin in Rome, Italy as well as Spain. Luna was the Roman Goddess of the moon and today the name Luna still means “Moon”.


5. Ryan

Ryan is an old Irish name that dates back to the County Tipperary in the 13th century. In most countries whfere this name is used as a first name it is given mainly to boys, however it has been a popular girl’s baby name since the 1970s and means “young royalty”.


6. Harper

The name Harper is of English, Scottish and Irish origin and is the occupational name for the player of the harp. The Harper was one of the most important figures in the Baronial Ball and the position was often hereditary.

As a first name Harper is most often given to girls and has the meaning “minstrel.”


7. Rowan

Rowan is a Scottish, U.S. U.K., and Canadian surname that was extremely popular between 1840 and 1020. It also has Norse roots as well as Arabic.

The accepted meaning of the name Rowan is “Little Red One”. However, it is interesting to know that in Norse the Rowan was a tree with red berries, and in Arabic Rowan is a river in Paradise.


8. Cassidy

Cassidy is an old Irish surname meaning curly-haired.

Ironically it is believed that Cassidy made the transition from a last name to a first name when baby-boomer parents began naming their little girls after the Grateful Dead song “Cassidy”. It’s a bit humorous to think that this name is “Dead head” name.


9. Peyton

Peyton was originally a name for place in Sussex England and later became a famous first name for new babies due to Peyton Randolph the 1st president of the Continental Congress and later the football player Peyton Manning. Later it became more popular as a girl’s name.


10. Bailey

Bailey is a name of Irish, English, or Scottish origin. As a first name it is usually bestowed by parents who want their child to have a unisex name.

The accepted meaning for the name Bailey is “Steward” or “sweet person” although it is believed that the Irish meaning is Legend.


11. Addison

Addison is a name of English origin, that is one of those surnames that started out as the first name Adam, then became a surname for the “son of Adam” and is now once more a first name.

Ironically while the name Addison means “Adam’s son” it has been used almost exclusively for females.


12. Riley

Riley is an old Irish name derived from the name O’Riley. It was primarily a male’s name until the 1990 when it became popularized as a girl’s name.

Riley can mean “rye field” or it can also mean “Valiant” which came from a man who died at the battle of Clontarf .


13. Arden

The name Arden has it’s origin in Ireland, England and Hebrew. The name Arden in Hebrew is another name Eden and means “Great Beauty”. In Celtic the term means “Lofty”


14. Lane

Lane is an English name that is believed to have its origins in Celtic.

It is considered a unisex name and works equally well for a boy or a girl, but we happen to feel it makes a great girl’s name. The name Lane means “Path.”


15. Whitney

Whitney is an old English name that comes from a location in Herefordshire. It can be used for a boy or girl and means “From the white Island”. 


Cool Last Names as First Names for Boys

1. Carson

Parents in the United States may choose the baby name Carson for their son based on the historical figure “Kit Carson” the independent frontiersman who was known for his bravery and strength. However, the origins of this name comes from the Scottish/English Borderlands and actually means “Son of marsh dwellers.


2. Cooper

One of the most playful sounding last names for first names is the name Cooper.

The name is of Dutch and English origin and actually means “Barrel Maker” Barrel Makers played a very important role in history as most goods at one time were shipped in barrels.


3. Duncan

Duncan is an old Scottish surname that has often become a 1st name and originates from 2 kings of Scotland. The name itself means “Brown haired man” or “Chieftain.”


4. Griffin

Griffin is of Welsh and Irish origin where there were Welsh princes of that name. Later it was an English surname as well and now it has become an interesting first name for boys.

The Welsh meaning of Griffin is “Ruddy” while the English meaning refers to the creature that has the body of a lion and the wings and head of an Eagle.


5. Landon

Landon originates in Cornwall and comes from the families that lived in Langdon or Longdon.

Landon means “Long hill” and is a great name for parents looking for a unique name for their baby boy.


6. Parker

Parker is a last name that can be used as a boy’s first name. It has English and French origins and the name quite literally means “Keeper of the Park”.

The name is quite popular in the United States where it has been ranked the 47th most common name for boys. Part of the popularity of this name is based on its association with Spiderman.


7. Stone

The surname Stone turned first name has its origins in Britain and the U.S. And actually means “Dweller by the stone”. Possibly the most well known person bearing the first name Stone is the commentator Stone Phillips.


8. Walker

Walker is a name of German origin that dates back to the 13th century. The name literally means “Someone who walks” and is taken from a German officer whose duty it was to walk a certain portion of the king’s forest.

As a first name, the name is great for a baby boy because it has a feeling of quiet strength.


9. Spencer

Spencer is a surname as a first name for boys that has its origin in Latin and Old French. This name means “Steward” who is a person in charge of someone’s land or property.

As a first name, the name Spencer seems to suggest trustworthiness.


10. Hunter

The name Hunter originally comes from the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada and simply means “One who hunts or gives chase”. Given as a first name the name Hunter has a strong feel to it, which many parents like.

We also love Hunter as a cool and unique middle name for boys.


11. Ross

The surname Ross may be of Scottish or German Descent and has become a fairly common first name for boys. The Scottish meaning of the name means “headlands” while German meaning is steed.


12. Grant

Grant is an extremely strong sounding name that is of English, Irish, Scottish or French origin oddly enough in regardless of origin the name Grant means “talls or great.”


13. Tanner

The name tanner is of German, Finnish, and English origin. The name has a different meaning depending on the country of origin.

In German this boys name comes from Danner and means “forest”. The Finnish meaning of the name is “Field or ground” and the English meaning of the Tanner refers to the “Tanner of skins.”


14. Grayson

Grayson is a family surname from Dumfriesshire near the English border. The meaning of the name means “watchful” or “Gray haired one” and when used as a 1st name Grayson has a sophisticated air to it.


15. Maxwell

Maxwell originated as a Scottish surname originating as a place name for Maccus meaning “Great” and wella meaning “Stream” with the combined meaning being “great stream” or Mack’s stream”.

The name has a strong outdoorsy feel to it, which parents who hope to instill a love of nature in their child may choose.


Final Thoughts on Good Last Names Used As First Names for Both Girls & Boys

These unique surnames that have also become first names offers some cool and interesting names for new parents to choose from. One of the best things about choosing one of these names is that any one of the names you choose has a lot of history behind it.

Building a Support Network to Deal with Autism

Learning how to manage your child’s autism diagnosis is no small task. The signs and symptoms of Autism present themselves differently in everyone so there is no one solution that will work for everyone.

For that reason, it’s important to come up with a unique treatment plan for your child. This includes autism proofing your house and also getting them some toys and gifts that are good for autistic children so they can have fun like normal kids. 

Some things might not work and there may even be times when you feel like your child is regressing. That’s why it’s important to have a support network to help you get through.

Support for Married Couples

It can be hard to focus on your marriage in the aftermath of a a positive autism test. Autism puts a lot of strain on your marriage including:

  • The financial strain of having to pay for additional therapies, caregivers, and resources.
  • The emotional strain of having to reframe your vision for your family’s future.
  • The mental strain of having to tell friends and family about it and figuring out how to weed through other people’s conflicting opinions and find what’s best for your child.

But it’s important to focus on your marriage and keep the lines of communication open between you and your spouse. Not only will this help you, but it will also allow you to be better equipped to help your child.

Here are three ways you can support your marriage during this process:

Take time as a couple

When you’re overwhelmed with the demands of daily life, a “date night” probably falls pretty low on your list of priorities.

But you should still prioritize spending time together as a couple. And this doesn’t have to be anything big; just taking time to have coffee and talk is a good first step.

Don’t let one person manage it all

It’s easy to let one parent fall into the role of managing everything but this is a mistake. Juggling therapy, medical appointments, and IEP meetings is a lot for one person to handle.

Not to mention, you may have other children to care for and a household to run. Share in the decisions and work together as a team to tackle challenges that arise.

Consider counseling

Counseling can be a great resource for married couples navigating an autism diagnosis. It’s helpful to have a neutral third party to help you figure out what needs to be done and deal with any feelings of being overwhelmed that may come up.

Support for Siblings

One of the hardest things about is an autism diagnosis is that often, parents have limited time or energy to devote to their other children. The child with autism needs a lot of support so most of their attention is focused on them.

But siblings face their own unique challenges. More is expected of them and they need help processing their own feelings over the diagnosis. And they may not fully understand what is going on with their brother or sister.

Here are ways you can support your other children:

Talk with them often about the diagnosis

It’s important to talk to your other children about the diagnosis. And this is not just a one-time conversation, it’s ongoing. There are a number of books that can help them understand autism better and open up new conversations.

Find a sibling support group

As they get older, your other children might benefit from attending sibling support groups. This is a great way for kids to make friends and find other kids they can relate to.

Consider consulting a professional

If you feel like your child is struggling with the diagnosis or acting out, you might consider working with a professional.

Finding Support in Your Community

Finding support in your community can come from many different places. This can look like professional support from the doctors, therapists, and educators who help you.

After sharing the diagnosis with family they are often your biggest source of support along with friends, neighbors, churches, support groups, and more.

Here are four ways you can begin to build a support network in your community:

Let other people know what you need

The first step to building a support network in your community is to let people know some of the practical challenges of autism. There are many people who will want to help but they can’t if you never tell them what you need.

Join a support group

Look for a local support group of parents who have autistic children. Support groups are helpful because they allow you to connect with parents who understand what you’re going through and can share their experience and suggestions.  

Look for professional support

Reaching out to educators, therapists, doctors, and other professionals will be a huge help. These are individuals with experience dealing with autism and will be able to help you figure out what your child needs.

Look for online support

If you don’t feel like a lot of local support is available to you, then try looking online. You can connect with other parents on social media and get involved in the autism community.

Conclusion

Your child’s autism diagnosis will have a huge impact on you, your family, and your closest friends. Your role as a parent is changing and many of these changes will seem unpleasant or scary.

You may feel fearful about your child’s future and isolated from other people. This is why reaching out for support is so crucial.

If you’re overwhelmed and not sure where to begin, Autism Response provides an Autism Response Team. By calling their toll-free number, you can speak to a team member in your community. They can provide resources and suggestions to families dealing with autism.