3 Steps for the Perfect Baby Name

3 Steps for the Perfect Baby Name

May 15, 2017

3 Steps for the Perfect Baby Name

3 Steps for the Perfect Baby Name
3 Steps for the Perfect Baby Name

Have you been thinking about your baby’s name long before you got pregnant? You’re not alone.

So how do you choose? It can’t be such a popular baby name that your son will be one of five Noahs in his kindergarten class, but the name can’t be so weird that your aunt asks you how to say it every time you see her. Here’s our step-by-step guide.

  1. If you and your partner are both passionate about names, create two baby name lists and jot down your favorites separately. I recommend going old-school and using pen and paper. (If you don’t know where to start, check out 13 strategies Babylist parents used to find unique names.)

  2. Once you have your lists, switch. You can each cross out names you just can’t deal with.

  3. Take that short list and run it through these tests:

  • Full name and initials? With the middle name and last name, your favorite first name might not work. Try out different combos to see which one sounds right to your ear and doesn’t make a weird abbreviation. Again use paper. (My daughter’s initials were almost SMOG. SMH.)
  • Nicknames? Are there cute shortened versions that you love? Or some that sound like nails on a chalkboard?
  • Doctor’s office test? How does it sound when you hear, “The doctor will see Sophie Mayer now”?

You may be worried about your child’s name being mispronounced. I am here to reassure you that your child’s name will be mispronounced (unless you pick a very common name). But it won’t be a big deal.

My daughter’s name is Sybil. Sure, it’s got some weird vowels, but I didn’t think this would an issue. When she was about fifteen hours old, a very sweet nurse called her Cybelle. We moved on, and we’re still very happy with her name.

Are you going to spill the beans about the name? Many parents keep the name under wraps until baby’s arrived. Everyone will whip out their, “Oh I knew a jerk who was named X” story, and future aunts and grandmas may start campaigning for a new name. But if you want anything monogrammed or personalized on your baby registry, you’ll need to share.


Rebekah Otto is the Editor in Chief at Babylist.

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