Tips for moms: how to choose your baby's name

Last time I shared some tips about baby shower’s do’s and don’ts. Now I want to share some tips on how to choose your baby’s name. If you still can’t decide on your baby’s name, here are some points to keep in mind:

Sound and compatibility. How your baby’s name sounds when it is aloud is one of the essential things to think about. Is it melodious? Harsh? Doest it go well with you last name? Remember your poor child will be stuck with it for the rest of his life.

Uniqueness. An unusual name has the advantage of making the bearer stand out from the crowd. On the other hand, a name no one ha heard of and few can pronounce can bring attention a child would rather avoid. One way of striking a balance is to choose a familiar first name if the child’s last name is unusual, and vice versa.

Relatives and friends. Many parents choose to name their babies after grandparent, other relative or close friend. But never let anyone pressure you unto a name you don’t like. Great aunt Segundina may have survived all right with her name, but will your baby?

Ancestry and heritage. Your religious preference may steer you toward a certain category of names or perhaps your family has a traditional requirements, consider using it as a middle name. Or give her a name that you prefer and use the traditional name for her middle name.

Meaning. No one is likely to treat your daughter Ingrid differently because her name means “hero’s daughter,” but the derivation of your baby’s name is something you may want to think about. After all, if little Stockard finds out someday that his name means “from the yard of tree stumps.” He may not be pleased.

Initials and nicknames. People, especially kids, can be cruel when it comes to nicknames, so try to anticipate any potentially embarrassing ones. Of course, just because you don’t think of something doesn’t mean some clever second-grader down the line won’t-and he’ll probably find it utterly hilarious. But at least you can rule out the obvious problems.

Remember that names are permanent, so don’t choose lightly. The most important criterion for name is simply that you and your partner like it.

Happy weekend!

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3 Responses to “Tips for moms: how to choose your baby's name”

  1. Zriz says:

    hehehehe I will definitely think long and hard about my baby’s name… when I have one! hehehehe 😀 I already thought of two names and I’ve been thinking about these names since high school! hehehehe 🙂

  2. pinaymom says:

    Hello zriz! wow super handa ka na ha high school pa lang you already have your future baby’s names.

    I wish you’ll soon be together and have your baby na.

    happy weekend!

  3. Zriz says:

    super excited eh… pero yun nga yung age na mag dream of getting married and the whole nine yards! hehehe 🙂