How to Name Your Baby

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Should You Choose a Unique Baby Name or a Traditional One?

Many expecting parents struggle when trying to decide on a new name for their baby. It helps to know if you are having a boy or a girl but you can always choose one for each. One question that is usually asked is whether to name a baby with a unique name or go with something more traditional, or biblical in nature.

There is nothing wrong with using a unique name for a newborn but the idea can get out of hand if you are not careful. Parents that intentionally name a baby from an object or copy what a celebrity has done are only setting their child up for a richeule when they enter school and possibly later in life. Think back to your days in school and how cruel kids can be. There were always one or two kids that may have been different, with funny names that added to the amount that they got teased.

Another thing to consider is how first and last name sound together. Do they rhyme? Does the combination set them up for name calling? Many parents do not consider these things when drafting a list of names but it is important. A name that the child is comfortable with only helps self esteem as they grow older.

Your background or religious beliefs may play a role in naming your baby and that is fine. Many prefer to go with traditional biblical names or choose from top ten baby name lists. The bottom line is you should put some thought into the name you are considering blessing your child with for the rest of their lives. It is a big decision and should not be taken lightly.

Where to Get Unique Baby Name Ideas and Suggestions

After you have figured out whether to go traditional or unique with a baby name it is time to locate resources that will give you ideas and help narrow down your ideas. There are many different places to get baby name ideas including books and the Web. You can do a search for top baby names or something similar and be returned with more Web sites than you will know what to do with.

A good method is to create a list of about 25 names that you really like and then further research their meanings and how well the name sounds with your last name. Sound them out together to listen to the combination. You'll be surprised at how well some names look on paper compared to reading them out loud. From that 25 you should narrow it down as much as possible and be left with a couple of choices that you like the most.

If you are completely stumped on naming ideas you can try and find a baby name generator on the Web. This is a tool that will give you random names at the click of a button and a fun way to discover new ideas.

Making the Final Decision on What to Name Your Baby

If you followed the advice above you have come up with a couple of final choices on what to name your baby. You now have time to make a final decision before the new bundle of joy arrives. Get input from friends and family and work with your spouse to make the final decision. Some parents have been known to actually choose when the delivery happens and they look at the baby for the first time. You should use common sense and good judgment when naming your baby but also have fun in the process. In the end you will know if the name fits or not as it will just feel right.

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