One of the first challenges that new parents face is choosing a
name for their new baby. This may sound like no-brainer and something low on the list of priorities, when
faced with the seemingly daunting world of parenthood. Even so, choosing baby names can be very
time-consuming, frustrating and even a source of consternation for new parents.
There are so many things to consider when selecting the perfect
name for your child. Many parents don't have a clue about where to begin and feel completely overwhelmed. The
best place to start is with a list. Both parents should take a few minutes and jot down the first ten baby
names that come to mind that they would deem suitable for the new baby. It's not as difficult as it sounds -
it's actually surprising, how many unique and quality names have been stored in your memory, just as you go
through your every day life. Make sure that you list names for both boys and girls, unless you already know
the sex of your baby.
The Complete Book of Baby Names has it all! For under $10, you can
use this book to start making a list of your favorite baby names. Let the book do the work for you! It's in
stock and can be shipped overnight too. Simply make a list from these top 100 baby names, say 50 baby names
for girls and 50 baby names for boys so you have 100 baby names altogether. Once the lists are complete, both
parents should sit down and eliminate any names that either parent objects to. Narrow down your search using
Even if only a couple of names remain between the two lists, this is a good start.
People that chose this book The next step, after this
brainstorming session, is to define some agreed upon parameters for your baby names. Think about and discuss
your preferences for cultural backgrounds, family names and number of syllables. You can also narrow it down
to include only names starting with specific letters. Make sure that you keep plenty of paper handy and be
aware when you are out and about. Listen for potential names when you're in the grocery store, listening to
the radio and walking through a park. You'll be surprised at how tuned in you become.
The Internet is helpful when hunting for baby names and meanings
of baby names. Using any search engine, type in the phrase 'baby names' and a huge amount of websites will
appear. You could probably find the 2005 top baby names pretty easily. There are even forums where you can
browse other people's name ideas and post your own to get unbiased feedback as you work through your list of
As you start to narrow down your list, pay special attention to
the potential for teasing. Think of any negative words that may rhyme with or sound like the names you are
considering. Also, look out for undesirable letter combinations formed by the initials of any baby names that
have made it on your list.
Try writing out the names that you come up with and make sure to
say them out loud, to ensure that they roll of the tongue with ease. Again, be aware of any similarities to
negative words or phrases that may be formed by certain name combinations.
It is also a good idea, to ask friends and family for their
thoughts and ideas. But beware! Your parents are from another generation and they may be stuck in a rut when
it comes to good baby name choices. Too, siblings can be very opinionated and may try to take over the naming
process. Just remember, that getting opinions on your baby names can be helpful, but at the end of the day,
what you name your baby is up to you and your partner. If certain people have an aversion to a name that is
high on your list, stick to your guns! Once people get to know your baby and form an affectionate bond, you
will find that they quickly forget any negative connotation they may have had with the name, and come to love
the baby, name and all!
So remember, choosing a name for your baby is a big job, but it
can be a lot of fun and it's a good way to get your mind off the aches and pains that come with pregnancy.
Going over baby names is something you can do with your partner, and it allows them to play an active role in
the baby's life even before the actual birth. So rather than waiting to the last minute, take the time to go
through the process, and you'll be sure to select a name that is perfect for your baby and lasts a