Welcoming your first child into the world is one of the most exciting and beautiful times of life. If you’re a first-time parent, you have many considerations, and likely many worries, on your mind. Parenthood isn’t for the faint of heart, and while it’s rewarding and special, it’s not easy.
As you prepare for your new bundle of joy, you’re likely buying clothes and diapers, organizing the nursery, and making plans for the baby’s birth. Amongst all of these concerns and preparations, you’re likely trying to find the perfect name to give your little one.
While some new parents find naming easy, as they have one picked out already, many others find the process daunting. There’s no right way or method of finding a name you love, but this guide can give you some excellent ideas.
Tip 1: Start Using The Name
A great way to know if you’ll love the name you choose and not want to change it later is to start using the name while the baby is still in the womb. Refer to your growing baby by name, and see how it feels. If you notice it doesn’t roll off the tongue, and overall feels unnatural, it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
Tip 2: Look At Old Yearbooks
One way many new parents are finding interesting names is by looking to the past. Some TikTok users have shared that old high school years books, especially from the 1920s and 1930s, contain many beautiful names that are uncommon today. A classic name from decades before is a great option if you’re looking for a naming option that is used sparingly but still on trend. You might be surprised by the unique names you discover.
Tip 3: Dig Into Family History
Family names are an excellent way to connect generations. Still, while you’ve likely already considered naming your child after an extended family member, you might find some names you love if you look further into your family tree and lineage.
Along with looking up old names from random historical documents, you can also look into your own family history. It’s trendy to use vintage last names as first names, so feel free to play around to find the right fit.
Tip 4: Take The Pressure Off
Many parents feel a lot of pressure to pick the perfect name. The truth is that there are plenty of suitable name choices for your baby.
Often, you’ll have a clearer picture of which name you love after baby is born. Many new parents notice that one name matches the appearance and personality of their newborn more than another.
Trust that you will make the right decision whent the time comes.
Tip 5: Go With Your Gut
It’s not always easy to choose a name. The good news is that you have some time to decide, although it’s easier to have the name picked out before you leave the hospital. If you’re still struggling to make a decision, go with your gut. You can change the name if it doesn’t feel right after a while. Also, consider giving a middle name, as you may like this second name more and have another option.
As you prepare to bring your first child home, these tips will help you find a name that feels right and works for your family.
Remember not to worry too much and trust in the process.