Your baby’s name is important. They will have it from the day they are born, throughout their lives and even when they are no longer here, they will still be referred to by the name you gave them. Needless to say you should spend some time thinking about names, but what is the best way of going about it?
Don’t be in a hurry. You need to take your time. Think about more than one name. If you don’t know the gender of the baby yet, take your time to consider both male and female names.
Talk to friends and family. It can be a lot of fun discussing what your baby will be called, and you will get lots of suggestions. Throw them around and see what you like. This does not mean that you have to take any suggestions given to you you are only trying to get ideas.
Think about how you want your baby named. Some people will want to name their babies after the grand parents, especially if they have passed on. Others will perhaps want to name their child after a person who played a particularly important role in their life. Make sure that your reasons for admiring them are solid so that in future, your baby does not feel stigmatized by being associated with them.
Say the name out loud. You want to hear what it sounds like, the whole name. It may look good written on paper, but you need to know what it will sound like to others.
Choose a first name that has meaning. There are online dictionaries that will give you the meanings of most English names. Choose a name that gives character to your child the moment it is spoken.
Don’t allow undue pressure and influence from family. Some family members can be patronizing when it comes to naming babies, but this is your baby and you have every right to decide what they will be called.
So what names are popular in Australia in 2012? Plenty, but this does not mean that other names that you may choose will not be good enough. Every year, there are some names that parents will use more than others and that’s why they are called hot names of the year. In Australia today, you may consider naming your baby Chloe, Mia, Isabella, Emma, Emily, Charlotte and Olivia for girls and Lachlan, Jack, Max, George, William and Joshua for boys.
About the Author:
This guest post was written by Louise. Louise has written many guides on looking after newborn babies. Being a mother of two, she is a self taught expert. She is also a content writer for babyhighchairs.com.au.