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Tips For Choosing A Name For Your Baby

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babynamesFor some expecting parents, choosing a name for a new baby is a piece of cake, while for others, this task can be daunting and overwhelming. To help smooth the decision-making process, we have put together some helpful tips for picking your baby's name: 

  • Relax: You have months to come up with a name. Even then, not having a name when your baby is born is not the end of the world. You will still have time to decide on a name after he/she is born. In fact, waiting until your child arrives may be the best way to determine the perfect name.
  • Discuss: Talk with your partner and take into account their opinions and suggestions. Remember, this decision involves the both of you. Be flexible and look for ways to compromise if disagreements arise.
  • Narrow Your Search: Decide whether you want your child to have a popular name, unique name, traditional name or a family name.
  • Have Options: Make a list of several options and discuss with your partner, family and close friends. For your baby shower, ask all of your guests to write down their choice for a boy and girl name. Later review their choices with your significant other.
  • Research: These days there are numerous books and websites dedicated to helping parents find that special name for their new child and most of these resources can be obtained free of charge. Books can be checked out from a local library; while searching the internet may only cost you an email address (if that).
  • Be Kind: Remember, your child is going to have this name for a lifetime (unless the name is changed legally). Say the name out does it sound? How does the name sound with your last name? What will your child's initials be with this name? Will the name grow with your child? Meaning, will the chosen name also be appropriate when your child is an adult?
  • Keep it Simple: This doesn't mean to choose a short name. Instead, think of pronunciation and spelling. Unique spellings of names can provoke confusion so be mindful when choosing how to spell your child's name. Also, remember to choose a name that is not difficult to say. Here, too, spelling can influence pronunciation.



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