Each time I was pregnant with my three children I struggled to figure out what to name them. I had the dilemma of deciding what their name was going to be for the rest of their life. It was a very big deal to me. A lot of other people had their children named before they were even pregnant, and that made me feel like I needed to pick one out right away.
The truth is, there is no time limit on picking a name for your child. You can pick one when the child is a day old, in your arms, in the hospital, which is exactly what I did. I didn’t think it was fair to name a baby without seeing their face first. Once I saw their face, the stress of naming them just went away.
With my first baby, we decided that we both liked the letter J. It’s possible that you don’t have a favorite letter at all, but try to choose a few that appeal to you the most. Next, decide whether or not you want the name to have one, two, or three syllables. I like two syllable names, Jacob, Jordan, Jackson, etc. Do you want a name that is easy to pronounce? A name that is easy for them to spell once they become old enough? It’s actually fairly simple to decide on a name once the baby is born in my experience. Number one you know with absolute certainty what the gender is. You can see the color of their hair, and you can kind of tell who they resemble in your family.
For a girl it was a bit easier for me because there were so many girl names that I loved. I had four names picked out for my daughter: Katelynn, Arianna, Madison, and Mackenzie. Once she was born I couldn’t decide which one of those names I liked best, I liked them all. I ended up choosing a name for her that I hadn’t previously picked out; Natalie. The name suited her for some reason and calling her by that name for the first couple of minutes seemed right.
Another good idea for choosing a baby name is to make sure that nobody that you have disliked throughout your life has that same name. You wouldn’t want to name your son or daughter after the person who taunted you all through high school. Even though I may not have been crazy about the names I ended up choosing for my children at first, they seem to fit them now. Another thing I will say is that no matter what you chose to name your baby, you will love it because it belongs to them.