Five Easy Steps to Picking
the Perfect Baby Name
by Stephanie Gallagher
One of the few decisions you'll make
during pregnancy that will, in fact, last throughout your child's
lifetime is the choice of your baby's name. (Unlike, for example, your
choice of stroller or whether to use Lamaze or hypnosis to ease labor
To choose the best name for your baby,
follow these simple tips:
Don't try to please other people.
Everyone from your in-laws to the
supermarket checkout lady is going to have an opinion about what you
name your child. But the only opinions that really matter are
yours and your spouse's.
Keep it a secret!
If you tell everyone names you've
chosen before the baby is born, they won't hesitate to criticize your
choices. But if you keep it to yourself and announce the name and the
birth at the same time, everyone will compliment you on a great name
Consider how your child will feel
about the name as he or she grows up.
Will it be difficult for the teachers
to pronounce in school? Will she be teased because it sounds funny or
rhymes with an unfortunate word? Does it sound like a very young or
very old name? You want to choose something your child will be
comfortable with at all phases of his life.
Check the initials to make sure they
One of the moms I surveyed for
"The Gallagher Guide to the Baby Years" told the story about
her relative who named his baby, William Eugene Thompson. A nice name,
but the initials (W.E.T) weren't ideal for monograms.
Decide in advance, or at least have a
couple of names under consideration, by the beginning of the third
There's so much to do as your due date
gets closer. You don't want to be under pressure to choose a name
because you went into labor early and had to come up with something at
the hospital. Check out BabyNames.com
for lots of neat ideas for baby names.
About the Author
Stephanie Gallagher is Author
of "The Gallagher Guide to the Baby Years: The Real Mom's Survey
of Top-Rated Products and Advice." She reveals her insider
shopping secrets in her ezine, The Shopping Mom's Weekly Tip. To
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