Five Easy Steps To Picking The Perfect Baby Name
One of the few decisions you'll make during pregnancy that
will, in fact, last throughout your child's lifetime is the
choice of your baby's name. (Unlike, for example, your
choice of stroller or whether to use Lamaze or hypnosis to
ease labor pains.) To choose the best name for your baby,
follow these simple tips:
1. Don't try to please other people.
Everyone from your in-laws to the supermarket checkout lady
is going to have an opinion about what you name your child.
But the only opinions that really matter are yours and your
2. Keep it a secret!
If you tell everyone names you've chosen before the baby is
born, they won't hesitate to criticize your choices. But if
you keep it to yourself and announce the name and the birth
at the same time, everyone will compliment you on a great
3. Consider how your child will feel about the name as he or
she grows up.
Will it be difficult for the teachers to pronounce in
school? Will she be teased because it sounds funny or
rhymes with an unfortunate word? Does it sound like a very
young or very old name? You want to choose something your
child will be comfortable with at all phases of his life.
4. Check the initials to make sure they aren't problematic.
One of the moms I surveyed for "The Gallagher Guide to the
Baby Years" told the story about her relative who named his
baby, William Eugene Thompson. A nice name, but the
initials (W.E.T) weren't ideal for monograms.
5. Decide in advance, or at least have a couple of names
under consideration, by the beginning of the third
There's so much to do as your due date gets closer. You
don't want to be under pressure to choose a name because you
went into labor early and had to come up with something at
the hospital. Check out BabyNames.com (www.babynames.com)
for lots of neat ideas for baby names.
About the Author: Stephanie Gallagher is Author of "The Gallagher Guide to the
Baby Years: The Real Mom's Survey of Top-Rated Products and
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