Picking a perfect name for your newborn can feel more like of a chore rather than something enjoyable for parents. Naming your baby should be a bonding experience for couples as another step in your passage to parenthood. A name is the first way everyone who meets your child is going to begin to identify them, so turn something as important as the name of your baby into something fun. Naming your baby should be fun, so use these tips.
Check out Belly Ballot
This is a website that makes baby naming a shared experience between parents, family, and friends. This social baby naming site allows parents to look through names by region, gender, and other lists including but not limited to “Rock star Names,” “Aristocrat Names,” and “Last Names for First Names.” Pick five of your favorite names and add them to your Belly Ballot box. After, see which name was voted to winner and share your results online.
Wait till the Last Minute
This is a baby naming solution for parents who believe when the time comes and the baby is born the right name will come to them. Those first few hours with your newborn will tell you more than you could ever know when imagining the perfect baby name. The birth of a child can unleash a lot of raw emotion between parents, and you can channel this emotion into a name that is both meaningful and fitting of your newborn baby.
Don’t Forget the Importance of a Middle Name
Maybe you and your partner are fighting over a name? Or having trouble deciding between two options? Make use of the middle name. You can decide to use more than one. Write down the last name the baby will receive down on a strip of paper along with all of the possible first and middle name options. Play around with the order of the names and find which combination you find both sweet sounding and aesthetically pleasing. Don’t forget to take initials into account!
Create Original Nicknames from Traditional Names
Today baby names are all about being unique and unconventional. Just because you want your child’s name to be special does not mean that you have to mark them for life with a name that is outlandish and peculiar. A name says a lot about someone, so if you are wishing to settle on a name a little more exotic think about sticking to nick names by focusing on specific parts of a traditional name. Example: Name your son Sebastian, but call him Bash.
If you are still having trouble, think about what your name would be if you and your partner had named yourselves. What do the names that you suggest for yourself say about what you are looking for in a name? This is a good way to stop obsessing over baby names and hopefully clear your mind to see what is most important in a name for you.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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