Choosing a name allows you to start thinking of your baby as a little human being instead of an it. Even chose a nickname that yo refer to your baby to give an identity to him or her. When I was pregnant there was conflict about whether the baby was a boy or girl so we started calling the baby, Baby Bop. It stuck with him and now we call him Bradley Bop.
- Be careful of rhyming names, like Paul Haul. Not nice.
- Is it easy to pronounce?
- Is there a mean nickname that could be associated with the name?
- Does the name flow?
- Try to avoid making your child’s name humorous, like Holly Wood. I knew a boy in high school, believe it or not, his name was Richard Head. That poor boy got teased horribly. Be careful of something like this.
- Decide if you want to have your baby go by his formal name or a nickname. For example if you name your baby James and do not want Jim or Jimmy, establish that early on with your partner.
- If you are considering naming your child after a celebrity or someone famous, think carefully naming your child with a name that has a lot of positive or negative attention. The shoes could be too big to fill.
- The most important tip...if you are having trouble thinking of a name, you will know your baby’s name the first time you see him or her. Truly. For my mother’s entire pregnancy she had me named Brittany...I am no Brittany. As soon as I was born my Daddy looked at me and said I was a Trish, and I am. You will know when you see your darling for the first time.