Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Choose the name for your baby

Choosing a name for your baby is an exciting part of the whole pregnancy experience. For some parents, this is a very easy task. But for others it takes more time and a great deal of thought. Some even agonize over the choice for months before choosing a name. And some never come to an agreement and choose at the very last minute when they see the baby?s face.

Your child will carry their name, for the rest of their life. It is important to remember this, when making a choice. Trendy or celebrity names may seem like a great idea, now. But look ahead to the time when your child turns 40?how will that name look on a resume or business card?

Another reason you may want to avoid trendy names is to avoid overkill, of sorts. Kennedy and Madison might sound like a perfect choice, today. The question is how many other parents share your opinion? Five years down the road, four or five Kennedy?s in the same kindergarten class, might prove to be a bit confusing.

If you have no clue, when it comes to choosing a name for your baby, don?t despair! You can easily begin the process by purchasing one or two baby name books. There is a wide variety to choose from and they will all provide you with thousands of choices.

If you prefer, there are many websites dedicated to assisting you when it comes to choosing the perfect name. Think of them as the no cost alternative to buying the books.

Once you?ve done a bit of research, the fun really begins. Choose several name combinations and write them down, on paper. How do they look and sound? You want to avoid names, which sound singsong or are tongue twisters.

If your last name is a common word or even a name which is often used as a first name, you probably want to avoid names such as Richard Richards and Rocky Stone.

If you have an unusual last name that is sometimes subject to ridicule, consider a longer first name. This will draw attention away from the last name.

If you have your heart set on naming your baby after a cherished relative there is certainly nothing wrong with that. However, if it is more of an old-fashioned name like Bertha or Claude you might want to consider using it for your child?s middle name.

Chances are your family members will be eager to help you choose a name. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this and they may even come up with just the right one. It is important to remember that in the end the choice is yours. Never choose a name you aren?t fond of, just to please someone else.

A good rule of thumb is to never choose a baby name that you wouldn?t be happy with yourself. Don?t rush your decision. You have nine months to come up with the perfect name, for your bundle of joy.

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