Baby Names That Have Gone Out Of Fashion

Choosing a baby name is quite possibly one of the hardest decisions that parents-to-be face, with so many possibilities and different trends to try and stay ahead of. We’ve done the research and found that many of the names that were at the height of popularity in recent years have been suddenly going out of fashion. But what could be causing these rapid declines? The reasons behind it may surprise you! Watch the full video to find out if your baby name is facing extinction and let us know what you think about these baby names here.

Alexa, Stan and Ollie are among popular baby names being ditched by parents for the weirdest reasons, our new study reveals.Although it was ranked as the UK’s 21st most popular girl’s name in 2016, two-thirds of digitally-savvy parents now say they don’t want their daughter sharing her name with the Amazon Alexa device.Other popular names being dropped by young mums and dads include Stan – because of the hashtag #Stan which is used online to mean ‘stalker-fan’.Ollie, the 69th most popular name for a boy, is also falling out of favour because of a bizarre internet phenomena which sees humans eat the American ‘Ollie’ brand dog food. As a result, three in five parents say they won’t pick it for their son.

On girls’ names, our study of 1,434 parents found Katie and Cait are becoming less popular for a range of reasons, including links to controversial columnist Katie Hopkins, the ‘I Am Cait’ TV show following Caitlyn Jenner and the decline of Kate Middleton fever in favour of new Royal Meghan.

Overall, 55 per cent of parents would be very worried if their child had a name linked to a hashtag, meme or other internet trend, with one in 25 encouraging their child to use a middle name or change their name altogether.

Our ChannelMum.com baby name expertSJ Strum, said: “Although Alexa was a popular choice a few years ago, the rapid proliferation of Amazon Alexas is killing it off. No one wants a daughter and a device with the same name.”

Is YOUR baby name on the list?

GIRLS’ NAMES:

Alexa – The popularity of Amazon Alexa is making this a tricky choice for modern parents. You can’t have a child and a device answering to the same name

Felicia – As ‘Bye, Felicia’ is a millennial insult and internet-breaking Meme

Katie / Cait – Whether it’s Katie Hopkins, the popularity of TV show ‘I Am Cait’ or worries over being a ‘copyKate’ to Kate Middleton, fewer parents are picking this pretty choice.

Scarlett – Being ditched for the even more on-trend and millennial pink Violet

Lauren – With way too many reality TV star connections, it’s no longer an aspirational choice

BOYS’ NAMES:

Stan – Hashtag #Stan means ‘stalker fan’ in millennial slang

Ollie – It’s the name of a popular American pet food brand and is now a YouTube internet phenomenon with humans scoffing their dog’s dinners

Christian – Whether it’s Grey or a nod to religion in multi-cultural Britain, the popularity of this name is on the slide

Harvey – Weinstein, say no more

Ryan – Ryan where? This was once of the UK’s most popular names but is plunging in popularity, as parents don’t want their kids linked to a budget airline.

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Ever Been Caught By the Kids?

HAVE YOU EVER been caught out having sex by your kids? Then you need a SEXCUSE! That’s the new name being given to those little lies we tell after being caught in the act. Our new poll reveals one in five couples have been embarrassed after their child has walked in while they were having sex. Some of the oddest excuses you’ve made include “we were playing bouncy castles”, “we’re wrestling together” and “I’m jumping on daddy’s belly”. Six in 10 mums and dads chose to let their child come to their own conclusion about what they had seen rather than addressing the subject head on – and seven in 10 admitted they just wanted to pretend the whole incident never happened. But the good news for parents is that only a fifth of kids seemed upset by what they had seen, and two thirds were able to pretend they were doing something else. Watch our video and take a look below to find out the top 10 most common Sexcuses:


How many have you used – and do you have a better ones? Share your ideas and take a look at what other parent’s have said here. 

TOP 10 MOST COMMON ‘SEXCUSES’

1. Cuddling

2. Play fighting

3. Tickling each other

4. Just moving in the bed

5. Trying to get out of bed

6. We were trying to make each other laugh

7. Playing a new sport

8. Having an argument

9. We were searching for magical treasure

10. We were playing horsey

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Dr Larisa Corda, Channel Mum Women’s Health & Fertility Expert

Larisa Corda fertility expertHello, my name is Larisa Corda and I’m a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine.  In 2010 once my medical studies were complete, I decided to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, caring for women from pre-conception through to pregnancy and beyond.

I believe in a holistic approach, combining physical, psychological and lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise and spiritual well-being, into the treatment I give.

I have a particular interest in wanting to help women facing adversities and I campaign passionately for better welfare and healthcare for women around the globe.  I strongly believe that every woman deserves to be empowered with the necessary tools and information to be able to make her own  decisions and  judgements and that is one of the main reasons I am so excited to be working with Channel Mum.  As the Fertility and Pregnancy Expert-in residence, I’m here to help women of all ages and backgrounds get the information and support they need to move forwards in their own journey and achieve their goals.

Click here to take Larisa’s Video Fertility Course.

Larisa Corda’s Role

At Channel Mum I work in the Support Group on the boards and I am involved in developing content that will help
hopeful parents to conceive. You can ask me anything about:

  • Fertility and trying to conceive
  • Pregnancy, including any surgical procedures
  • Women’s health

My Experience

Larisa Corda's Experience

I am This Morning’s Fertility Expert, appearing on Lorraine and Loose Women.

I am also a member of RCOG, BFS and ESHRE, I was Co-Chair of STIRMAS (Subspecialist Trainees in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery) and I was an ambassador for UN Women and the international humanitarian organisation, The Circle.

 

 

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues to Print Off

It’s Easter at last! And when you’re a child it can be a great fun time for the family. There are so many fun things you can do to help bring a little bit of extra magic into your kids’ Easter, and we here at Channel Mum are making things super easy for you. We’ve got three fabulous Easter Egg Hunt Clues sheets for you to print off and use. There’s an option for younger kids, an option for older kids and even a blank version for you to create your own clues. Take a look and choose the ones most suitable for you or you can even just use them as inspiration.

Get your printables below!

Watch Kate try them out with her children in this video:


Printable Easter Egg Clues

Instructions: Print them off and you can either cut them up and hide the next clue each time with or without a treat or give the sheets to your children and leave the treats without the next clue, the choice is yours. You could even get your older children to cut out their own clues.

Easy Easter egg Hunt

Get Your Easy Easter Egg Hunt

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Get Your Easter Egg Hunt For Older Kids

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Get Your Blank Easter egg Hunt

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And don’t forget to snap a photo of your kids with their printables and tag us on @channelmum using #CMEaster and we’ll re-share our favourites. Have fun!

The Gender Gap – What Is It & When Does It Start?

MIND the gender gap! It’s well known women are often forced to pay more for high street goods like clothes and toiletries – but did you know this so-called ‘pink tax’ applies to kids too?

Our shock new research from ChannelMum.com reveals two thirds of parents have noticed stores charging more for the same item depending on whether it’s aimed at boys or girls.

Seven in ten say girls are made to pay more – and the worst thing? It starts when kids are aged just 12 to 18 months old.

Girls’ prices are regularly higher for items including coats, T-shirts, nightwear and even underwear, with a price difference of up to 33%. Over a lifetime, that’s a lot of extra cash!

So what can you do? Our survey showed 97% want it stamped out either with a voluntary code of conduct or by making it illegal. But in the meantime, join the third of parents who are shunning stores which price by gender.

We want your opinion – do you think it’s ridiculous that girls’ stuff costs more, or is it not a big deal? Join in the conversation right here

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