How to Choose the Perfect Name For your Baby
Choosing the perfect name for your baby is a daunting task. The name you choose for your son or daughter will stick with them for the rest of their lives. You want to be careful in choosing a name that will not only fit your child as an infant, but will also be something he or she could grow into. Be conscious of your choice so that your child will not end up with unpleasant nicknames from classmates when they reach school age. You should also prepared to fend off a multitude of name suggestions from your family members, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances.

Here’s a few ways in which you can make your ‘name choosing’ decision easier for you.

1. Sit down with your spouse. Each of you take a piece of paper and draw a line down the center of it. Under each gender write your favorite names. Share the lists with one another, and delete any that either of you veto, until you come up with a name that you like.

2. Ancestry and heritage. Your child’s ancestry is an essential part of his or her life, so you might choose a name that reflects that. Your religious preference might steer you toward a certain category of names.

3. Naming your child after a relative or friend. You might also choose to pass down first-son name onto your son. Or you might choose to name your child after someone important to you like a grandparent, parent, or close family friend.

4.Uniqueness. Some parents choose to steer clear of family or traditional names. You can do this by choosing a unique name for your child.

5. Meaning. You might also choose to name your baby boy or baby girl after something which holds special meaning to you. It could be the place where you and your spouse met and fell in love, or where your husband proposed. It could also be chosen from other special, life affirming moments in your relationship.

6. Sound and compatibility. Another way for you to choose an appropriate name for your child is by simply sounding out names until you come upon one that is pleasing to both you and your spouse.

While it is important for you to consider all the names suggested to you by family members and friends, remember that ultimately the choice a name for your child is yours.

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