(Written by Jessica Brown) One of the single most important decisions you’ll make for your child before they’re even born is their name. Whatever name we’re given at birth is the one we’re stuck with – at least until we’re old enough to legally change it (although most keep it anyway). While a name shouldn’t define your child, it can have a significant influence in their life, especially as a child.
Before you choose a name for your new baby, there are several things you should think about. With some careful, thorough consideration, you’ll ensure that you choose the perfect name for your child – a name that everyone can live with forever.
When you think of a name you love for your child, you also have to think about any nicknames that might be associated with it. People love to use nicknames, especially for babies, and they’ll often do so, using anything from popular nicknames to made-up ones. If you hate any of the popular nicknames that go with the name you like, then choose another. The nickname will inevitably be used. Unless you want to constantly correct people, don’t use it. [Read more...]