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Tips For Choosing Baby Names

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Tips For Choosing Baby NamesChoosing your baby’s name can be a very emotional experience. Sometimes it’s easy. Usually, it’s not. There’s so much to consider, but the most important thing to remember is to love the name. Here are five tips to help you make the right decision:

Don’t rush! – It’s a good idea to have one or more baby names in mind, but don’t decide until you hold your baby in your arms. When you look into those beautiful eyes, you’ll know.

Talk about it – Other than, “Is it a boy or a girl?” the question you’ll be asked most is “What will you name your baby?” You’ve probably already heard that one a hundred times. Talking with your spouse, family and friends makes it at team effort and it’s fun, too. You might even have a baby naming party. Check out your family tree. Call relatives, especially those you haven’t talked with in a while. Of course, don’t expect a unanimous decision, but everyone will feel like they helped play a role in an important family decision.

Say it out loud – How does it sound? Whisper is softly and then loudly. How about when it’s said with a middle name or your last name? Does it rhyme? If it does, does it sound good? Think about associated nicknames and say them out loud too. Does the name pass the “playground test?” Kids can be pretty tough. Would you say it loudly at a mall? If not, don’t give it to your child. Do you have another child with the same sounding name or even the same first letter? Sometimes, that can be confusing when said aloud.

Spell it out – It’s amazing how creative parents can be. Unfortunately, that’s not always best for their child. Creative spellings or pronunciations of popular baby names will have your child constantly correcting those who mistake it with its more popular version. You can’t forget the initials, either. What do they spell or represent? And, if you plan to call you child by a pet name, it’s probably best to register the full version at birth, so your child has the option to later use a more formal version.

Make it meaningful – Your baby’s name should evoke happiness and pleasant feelings. It should reflect qualities and traits that you hope your child will possess. Family names are great and give your baby a rich heritage, but if you don’t like the baby name, it probably won’t feel right, even if it pleases relatives. A unique baby name may make your child stand our and feel extra special. But, if it’s too unusual, it could cause problems. It’s also very important that your child has a name with clear gender identification And finally, it’s always tempting to pick today’s most popular baby names, but will it be popular 10 or 20 years from now? And, do you really want your first-grader with the same name as four others in the same class?

We know this is not a easy decision, so we’ve developed a few “baby names” tools to help. You can review lists of popular baby names or search our baby names databases for the origins and meanings of baby names and search by the name’s first letter. These databases are updated every day and we are always looking for more handy tools to help you make the best decision.

Good Luck and Congratulations!


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8 Responses to “Tips For Choosing Baby Names”

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    Alicia Says:

    I do agree, picking a name for your bundle of joy can be rather stressful especially when you and hubby are not on the same page! It’s something that’s often overlooked by first time parents. It was less stressful with our second child.

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    Dan Says:

    Hi Deepak,

    You can find lots of articles on the site to assist you in picking out the perfect baby name for you. There is the baby name database, articles, and past “most popular” names for you to see. Also, you can find zodiac information here.

    Hope this helps!

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    DEEPAK Says:

    pls suggest me the perfect names and zodiac sign of baby date of birth 19/03/2010

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