Struggling To Find A Good Name For Your Upcoming Baby? Here Is Some Help
Preparing for a baby is a wonderful time filled with many joyous moments and also a whirlwind of activity. From preparing the essentials to taking care of yourself while pregnant, it can be an incredibly beautiful and emotional time. Choosing the name for your baby can be daunting, with so many options available you are probably being bombarded with ideas and questions (if not pressure) from close friends and family to decide what you will be calling your new addition.
Picking a name can be hard, especially if you are unsure of the sex of the baby, or want to have a few options available before you name them. Some parents choose a name and stick with it before the baby is even born, other parents prefer to have options available but not name their bundle of joy until they arrive. Making sure that you are choosing a good name that will serve your baby well is important, as this is the decision of a lifetime. While you may feel anxious trying to come up with a name for a baby, never fear, there are many ways that you can make this decision less stressful for yourself and be sure that you have made the right decision for your family and your little one.
Make a List of Your True Favorites
One of the best ways that you can start your journey is by researching names and putting together a list of your favorites. You may be looking for names with specific meanings, or from specific cultures. From popular Irish names to popular African names, there are many strong names with history and meaning that you can find. Visiting different websites, using your pregnancy application, and searching through your family history can be a great way to start compiling this list.
It is important to keep your list within boundaries, and only put your clear favorites down, otherwise, you will be overwhelmed. If there is a name you like but aren't sure about, then chances are it won't be your number one choice. If there are options that seem like they need time to grow on you, then it is best to move on to the next name and not bother putting it on your list.
Having a section for a clear YES and then MAYBE can help, but if you have 20 maybes, then chances are you need to focus more on your YES list than your maybe list. Don't let your head get too confused, and consider how the names will grow with time and age with your baby. Once you have your list compiled, it can be easier to make your final decision regarding your baby name.
Unique Names and Uncommon Spellings
While you may be thinking of coming up with a unique name, or possibly changing the spelling of a common name, it is a good idea to take a step back and think about this decision. Yes your baby is unique, and having a name that matches that can be amazing, but try to think of how the name will grow and age with the baby, and decide if it is the best choice. There are many stories available for people who have grown up with a very different name, or a confusing way to spell a normal name. If you are trying to make your baby’s name unique, remember, they will not always be your small baby, and one day that name will represent them in school and at work.
Sometimes having a very different name can do more harm than good, so just remember to carefully consider all possibilities before solidifying your name choice for your new addition.
From online sources to your traditional family names, you will be getting a lot of questions and input regarding naming your baby. Don't let the choice, questions, or pressure overwhelm you. You have more than 9 months to decide on a name for your new addition, and you don't need to feel pressured to name them immediately. Take your time, do your research, look over all the ideas you have that you truly love, and take it from there. Sometimes it is as simple as holding your new baby in your arms, seeing their face, and the name will immediately come to you. Don't allow naming your baby to become a big stressor in an already stressful time. With patience and consideration, you are sure to find the perfect name for your little bundle of joy!