Naming the new arrival in your family can be a trying experience. Here are a few hints to make your job easier.
Yashoda and her husband Gautam were overjoyed at the birth of their baby. They were deciding on theirbaby name. However, friends and members of the family soon swamped them with their suggestions. From parents to distant relatives, everyone had their own opinion. Gautam finally got so exasperated that he banned visitors from even bringing up the topic.
Naming your child can be a wonderful experience for both you and your husband. There is a special feeling when both of
you sit down to pick out a name for the child you have created
together. Choosing a name for your baby is also a serious decision.
After all, the name you select will have an impact on your child and on
you for the rest of your lives.
Think it Over
Always remember that your child has to live with his name for the rest of his life. Therefore, he should be named only after giving some thought to all the possible alternatives. Some parents like to wait until they have given birth before they think of choosing a name. Do remember that childbirth
is a painful and exhausting process. In the moments just after you have
given birth, are you sure that you are capable of taking a rational
decision about your baby's name?
A woman is usually not very aware of her thoughts just after
childbirth. Besides, what sounds cute at that time might very well turn
out to be a mistake later on. For example, would you want your child to
go through life being called Honeybunch?
Try it Out
Another point to remember is to try out how the entire name will sound
when it is called out. A good name is always easy to pronounce. This is
not just for other people but for the child himself. Put the name and
surname together to see if it can be spoken out easily. Sometimes, the
name and surname put together may come out as a garbled mess,
especially if they have the same syllables. Make sure you choose a name
that can be clearly spoken.
A good way of testing out a potential baby name
is to stand at the doorway of the kitchen and call out the name loudly,
a few times. Pretend that your child is older and you are calling him
Does the name make you uncomfortable? If yes, think about how it will
sound if you shout out your child's name while he is with a group of
people. Select a name which both you and your child will be comfortable with, when you are out in public, a few years down the line.
Make it Short
Try to avoid choosing a name that is too long. Many parents
give their children names that are three or four syllables long and are
disappointed when other people shorten the name. If you give your child
a long name, there is no doubt that at some point in his life, the
child is going to have his name shortened. This sets a stage for your
child to inherit potentially embarrassing nicknames. While a nickname
need not remain with a person for the rest of his life, it could still
put your child in a situation where he does not like his name. If you
would still like your child to have a long name, pick one that is easy
Also take a look at your child's initials. Many parents
give their child perfectly normal and innocent sounding names until the
initials of each name are put together. Then they discover that the
initials spell out something embarrassing. Such initials could be used
to tease your child during his school years and sometimes, even later
Finding a suitable name for your child need not be a harrowing experience. It just needs some thought and a little careful consideration.
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