If you're expecting a baby, you've probably spent at least a little bit of time thinking about baby names. Whether you opt for a name that is traditional, familial, or completely original to you, the options are virtually endless. You and your baby are going to have to live with your decision, though, and it very well might impact their future. So, you know, no pressure or anything. It's natural to wonder how to pick a baby name you and your baby will love not just initially, but as the years go by and your little one develops a personality. But, seriously, how do you get started?
According to baby name experts (yes, they totally exist), there are quite a few things you should consider when choosing a name for your baby. Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, tells Parents, "It's tempting to think, I'm giving birth to her, so I should get to have the final say, but remember that the name is a powerful bridge to bonding." So how a name sounds and looks on paper, how popular it is, its meaning, historical significance, and how easy (or hard) it is to spell and pronounce are just a few things to think about when considering a name for your baby. If all else fails, baby name books and online generators can help, and you can even hire a consultant to help you pick the perfect name for your baby, based on your preferences, current trends, and scientific research.
Ultimately, you get to decide what you name your baby, but before you sign their birth certificate, read on for some tips on how to pick a name you (and they) will actually like later on: