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Choosing a name for your new baby is an important step in the pregnancy process. Some parents choose a name months in advance, while others wait until the baby is born to do so – there is no right or wrong way to choose the perfect baby name; however, because it is such a major decision to make as a parent, choosing the name of another human being is a huge responsibility, so taking a moment to get it right takes time.

You may already have a solid vision of what kind of name you want. Your partner, family, and friends, on the other hand, may have their own viewpoints. When I was pregnant with my daughter, we had three names swimming around for months before settling on Alana Jasmine. I wanted something a little different but wasn’t completely absurd. I also wanted a touch of Disney, so Jasmine was after Jasmine in Aladdin. When it came to our second, I knew that my first son would be Thomas from a young age. Thankfully my husband agreed, and he was Thomas James, also a Disney prince. If we’d had more, yes, the middle name would have been Disney related, but I know how difficult it can be to please everyone, but you need to make sure the name is right for you as the mother. You’ll find information and suggestions here to help you get through it and choose the perfect name for your baby.

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You may already have a big list of girl names, boy names, or gender-neutral names in mind when you learn what you’re expecting, but not everyone does. Each parent will find their own source of inspiration.

If you’re looking for inspiration, many expectant parents start by brainstorming names in a certain area, and there are plenty to choose from:

  • Do you want to name your new baby after a grandparent or establish a new family tradition?
  • Religious names – religious names specific to you and your family are a good option if you want something more traditional.
  • Are there any countries or cities that have special meaning for you and your family?
  • Actors/actresses, famous musicians, athletes, and even fictional characters such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Baby Names fall under this category, which provides unlimited inspiration.
  • Seasons, nature, historical names and colours are among other common categories.

It isn’t easy to know where to begin with so many options. It’s ideal to start by collecting as many names as possible, then sit down with your partner and filter them down one by one.

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Still struggling to decide on a naming your baby?

If you’re still having trouble deciding, here are a few additional suggestions to help you narrow down your options:

  • Analyse the meaning – When choosing a baby name, many parents look for one that has a special meaning or association. For example, you might dislike the name “Caroline” until you learn that, depending on the linguistic root you examine, it means “powerful” or “song of delight.”
  • Consider nicknames – Make sure you like both the long and short variants of your child’s name (e.g. Nate for Nathaniel, Katie for Katherine) because they may pick up a nickname from friends or relatives whether or not you like it.
  • Think about how popular names are if you’re worried about your child’s name not being unique.
  • Remember to say it out loud — It may seem obvious, but you can write down as many names as you like, but it’s critical that you say them aloud. You’ll get a better sense of them this way, as they may feel quite different once you’ve heard them!

I hope you enjoyed my tips on things to consider when naming your baby. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any baby name ideas?

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