Should I involve my friends and parents when choosing baby names?

Choosing the right name for your baby is one of the first acts of love you can grant your child. It’s your job to pick out the perfect name. There is no denying the gravity of this task, and at times it will feel impossible. You’ll no doubt feel tempted to bring in outside help, and those you ask will probably volunteer enthusiastically. Just keep in mind that your friends and family’s advice will come with benefits as well as drawbacks.

   They Know You Best

Your friends and family know you best and will provide a lot of help sorting out the cool baby names from the not so cool baby names on your list. Most of their opinions will align with yours, therefore making you more confident with one of the most difficult decisions you’ll have to make in your life. If your family knows you’re a more modern person, they’ll encourage you to cross some old fashioned baby names off of your list, because they know you’ll be happier with unique girl names and boy names. Your friends and family gauge the reaction the names on your list will evoke. Your loved ones come in all shapes, sizes, employment, and education levels, so they’ll be able to give you a variety of perspectives. Talking with your older more successful loved ones will help determine which names sound professional, while talking with your younger loved ones will help determine the cool baby names on your list.

   Different opinions

Different opinions, though helpful, may also confuse you further; so you’ll have to consider this before involving too many people in the baby naming process. Everyone has an opinion, so make sure that the people you’re including really want to help you choose the right name. One person might really like old fashioned baby names and will encourage all of those options, while another might just as passionately like modern names. If you don’t like old fashioned baby names, you might feel guilty crossing them off of your list, because you don’t want to hurt your loved one’s feelings. Some people might not like a name you really like and ruin it for you by telling you a story about some “Robert” who picked his nose in middle school.

Bottom Line – It is your Decision

It’s important to remember that this is your decision. If you can remember that, your loved one’s inputs will definitely help you pick out lots of unique girl names and boy names. If you have difficulty saying no to people or disagreeing, make sure to you limit the amount of people you ask to help you name your baby; there’s no need to make it more stressful than it is.

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6 Responses to Should I involve my friends and parents when choosing baby names?

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    • Hanson says:

      We haven’t even TTC yet (Jan 2012), but I’ve definitely steartd a list. Hubby and I agree on some, disagree on others; and the list changes every week. We’re definitely looking at simple, short names because we have a very long, polish last name. 😉

      • Ebru says:

        I find it hard to get attached to baiebs without names. My youngest godson didn’t seem real to me until he was 3 days old (his parents FINALLY agreed on Andrew), and I couldn’t get attached to my nephew until I knew his name (Carter). So I’ll be telling people the names as soon as we know. (Husband refuses to decide on a boy’s name until I’m pregnant, but we’ve talked about which names we like/dislike/most want to use, and why. His Christopher, which I don’t like, trumps my Ray, which he doesn’t mind, simply because of why he likes the name.)

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    • Mario says:

      Well, actually we only decdied on a name a month or two before I gave birth and we had no one in our surroundings that were giving birth around the same time. I did notice that telling people your choice of names causes all sorts of drama so maybe for that part we might keep it secret for baby 2. not sure.We did have ‘names we liked’ and people stole those… but now that I think back, I wouldn’t of named my child that anyway. Too common (now)

  3. Ayano says:

    We found out early on that we were having a boy so we didn’t spend a lot of time on girl names. We have noearwrd it down to the two names that we kept bringing up again and again. I had one boy name that I really liked before I got pregnant but when it became “real” and we were actually having a boy, this name just didn’t feel right and we aren’t using it.

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