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Tips for Picking the Best Baby Name
Expectant parents spend hours preparing the nursery, poring
over pregnancy and delivery books and going to childbirth
classes. Yet surprisingly, many decide their child's given name
within a matter of minutes, often spending more time selecting the
right car seat or stroller.
What should parents-to-be consider when choosing a baby name?
All About Baby, a personalized children's products company that
has seen all types of name combinations, has come up with helpful
tips to make the process interesting, fun and successful.
USE BOOKS AND THE INTERNET
First, start with the experts. The choices today are
staggering with more than 50,000 common names and spelling
variations. Begin with some basic homework by buying a few
baby-name books or a baby-name software program. Check online for
the best buys.
You can also use the internet by tapping into dozens of
internet sites that list popular baby names, some websites even
offer customized search programs, complete with the meaning and
origin of the names.
BEGIN KEEPING A LIST
Somewhere during the middle of your pregnancy, start jotting
down some of your favorite selections.
Next, begin mixing and matching the first and middle names
along with the babys last name to see how you like various
combinations. How do the names sound together? How do they look
on paper? This is the time to ask others for their opinion, so
keep an open mind and have a little fun considering a wide range
of names for your little one.
At the same time, keep in mind that names often bring up a
myriad of emotions, and sometimes parents can have very different
reactions to their partners favorite choices. So we advise being
respectful of your partner's feelings.
Trendy names are really in fashion -- especially with
celebrities. However, there is always something to be said for
the old standards that have endured the test of time. For
instance, Bambi Nevada might seem like a cool choice today, but
consider what is the best selection for an entire lifetime. What
will this name look like decades later on a business card?
Along these same lines are exotic spellings and invented names,
which are also in wide use today. Remember that kids can
sometimes be cruel and a highly unusual name could be fodder for
As an adult, just think how many times during an average week
you give and spell your name. Do you want to give your child a
name that he or she could really resent later?
If you absolutely love a name, but cant tolerate the nickname
that often goes with it, then think twice.
For example, I have a friend who named her son Michael, even
though she hates the nickname, Mikey. Now the mom spends far too
much time and energy correcting kids, teachers and other parents
who refer to him by the dreaded nickname. Its just not worth it.
HAVE SOME BACK-UP CHOICES
Since ultrasound tests are not always interpreted correctly,
All About Baby recommends choosing names for both sexes. Even
when you think the gender is a certainty, it is still a good idea
to have a back up name. Why? Sometimes the name that seemed
perfect during your pregnancy just isn't the right match when the
new baby finally arrives.
This actually happened to another mom that I know, who was
having her second son, a boy. They learned the sex of the baby
during pregnancy and planned for months to name their new son,
However, when I visited their home a few days after the baby's
birth, I learned the parents had named him Matthew John. His
mothers explanation was that after his birth, they all realized he
just didn't look like a Cameron.' And you know, she was right, he
looked like a Matthew John!
PICK THE NAME THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD
Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to baby names,
and family members can be especially outspoken. While its fun to
hear suggestions, especially during the first part of your name
search, keep in mind that ultimately your child's name is your
decision. It is impossible to make everyone happy.
Naming your infant is one of the most important tasks you will
ever undertake. A persons name is truly a lifetime gift, and it
helps define your child -- within the family, to friends, at
school and to the outside world. If you consider the options
carefully and select with love, you really cant go wrong.
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