Baby-naming made simple...or not.
Picking a name for your baby is half the fun of being preggers. Some new age Moms are actually using numerology to ensure that their babes are in harmony with the universe. But if that's a bit too out there for you, BabyNames.com CEO Jennifer Moss has some tried-and-true methods for naming your newborn:
- Use the 'introduction test': Look at the name from the perspective of the child. Pretend that you're introducing yourself with each possibility on your list. How does it sound?
- No expectations: A lot of people choose names like 'Chastity', 'Peace' or 'ESPN' (for boys), says Moss. What if the daughter you name 'Chastity' turns out to be, um, not so much?
- Short and sweet: if you have a long and difficult-to-spell last name you might want to stay simple with the first. Walk in the footsteps of your child with that name--don't make it impossible for a 5-year-old to write her name.
- Common, Weird and Transgender: If your daughter is one of 20 Avas, she may get confused, says Moss. Avoid oddball names, which might cause interesting reactions from those that hear it. And if you're looking to bend the rules, it's more accepted for a male name to be applied to a female baby than the other way around.
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