One of the most important decisions you will have to take as a future parent is naming your baby. The process of selecting a name often results in pressure and stress. The good news is, no matter how long it will take you, the decision will be made eventually. Sometimes you just need to see the baby to know his name. Here are some tips to make the process easier for parents-to-be:
- Start discussing the options with your partner as soon as possible. If you are going to be a single parent, choose a few people you can confide in and talk through the ideas. Remember, the decision does not have to be taken overnight; it is okay if it takes days or months!
- Accept suggestions from relatives and friends courteously but do not give in to pressure to name your child something you do not like. It is a good idea to start a list of names that you and your partner like, and cross out the ones that do not make the cut as you go.
- If you like two names, consider either using both as the first and middle name for your baby or ‘saving’ the name for the next child. As a way to reach a compromise, some couples decide that the woman will have a final say in naming the first child, and the husband will name the second one.
- Use the ‘opposites attract’ rule: if your last name is long, choose a shorter first name for your baby and vice versa. Similarly, if your child will have a unique sounding last name, go for a simpler first name.
- If you and your partner come from different cultures, you might want to pick a more neutral name that would not identify your child with one culture only.
- Finally, research the meaning of the name you like and see how that fits with your vision. Make sure the name will not make an embarrassing nickname for your child later in life.
Don’ t make the mistake of worrying much about choosing the name. Instead, have fun exploring the options and enjoy the anticipation of meeting your little one.