Choosing your baby’s name is a really exciting experience, but it can also feel like a huge decision that you’re terrified of getting wrong!
Whilst it is important to think carefully about your final decision, there’s no reason why careful consideration cannot be combined with enjoyment! Baby name expert, Eleanor Turner, talks us through some tips on how to pick the perfect name.
- Fall in love with the name(s) you’ve chosen.
Pick a name that makes you smile, because if you love it, hopefully your child will too.
- Try it out.
While you’re pregnant, talk to your baby using their name to see if they respond. You can also try writing names down, practising a few signatures, or saying one out loud enough times to see if you ever get sick of it.
- Don’t listen to other people.
Sometimes grandparents and friends offer baby- naming advice, which may not always be welcome. If you’ve got your heart set on a name, keep it a secret until after the birth to avoid any unnecessary criticism.
- Don’t steal ideas!
One recent survey found that friends stealing baby names was a legitimate reason for the break down of adult friendships.
- Find a name with meaning.
Choosing a name that is rooted in history or folklore might just inspire your little one to be as great as their namesake. There’s research to suggest this inspirational rub- off effect has real legs, so even if you pick a name out of the air, consider making something up to tell them later!
- Have fun.
Picking out names should be fun. Laughing at the ones you’d never dream of choosing can really help you to narrow it down to the ones you would.
- Expand your mind.
Be brave and bold if that’s what you want, but just in case you get it massively wrong (definitely a possibility, let’s face it) you might want to give them a simpler middle name so they can jump ship to that instead.
Most importantly, remember that this is your baby. Just as your parents got to decide what they named you, you get to decide this. If family and friends are disappointed, rest assured that once the baby is here all they will see is how she has her grandmother’s nose or he has his grandfather’s ears, and the name will become far less important!