Choosing a name for your baby is a big decision. Many parents agonize over what moniker to give their little one, and most parents consider several options before settling on their favorite. If your due date is fast approaching, and you and your partner are still waffling between names, the time is quickly coming when you'll have to settle on one. In fact, many hospitals won't release your baby until you've named her. Try a few exercises and activities to help you select the best name for your infant.
Things You'll Need
- Baby name book
Make a list. Grab a piece of paper and pencil for you and your partner and start writing a list of your favorite names. Use a baby name book to help you. If you don't know the sex of your baby yet, include names for both boys and girls. Once your lists are complete, trade and see if you included any of the same names. This can help you narrow the list of names that you both like.
Find out what different names mean. Check your library, bookstore or go online and discover what your potential name choices mean. You might find that one of your choices means something you don't like or that a certain name has a meaning that's important to you and your partner.
Take a poll. Choose three or four of your favorite names and put them up for a vote. Ask your friends and family to give their input about which names they like best. The people closest to you will also give you advice about whether a potential name clashes with your last name or might become an unflattering nickname. Often, it's easier to make your final decision if you get input from others about why they like or don't like a particular name.
Combine names. If you have two or three favorites, you can take portions of each and create a new name. If you like Jordyn and Jade, you can combine them to become Jadyn. If you want to give your baby your and your partner's name, combine them to come up with something new. For example, if your name is Linda and your partner's name is Mark, combine them to become Malinda.
Give your baby extra names. There's no law that says you can only give your baby a first and middle name. If you have three or four favorites, feel free to give them all to your baby. That will cut down on the angst associated with trying to settle on just two by allowing you the freedom to give your baby an extra long and meaningful name.
Tips & Warnings
- If one name just doesn't feel right, keep looking for a different one. Chances are, if you don't like it enough now, you'll regret giving it to your baby in the future.
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