For many soon-to-be parents choosing a baby’s name is a very personal experience that they prefer to keep to themselves. For others it’s time for celebration and rejoice with family and friends. Either way expecting parents should be prepared to be asked what they plan to name the new baby over and over during the pregnancy. Whether you choose to tell or not tell, you’re likely to see a wide array of reactions from both sides. We break them down below.
If you’ve picked out your baby boy or girls name and are confident that you’ll stick with it to birth then you might decide to let the world know. Undoubtedly you think it’s the perfect name for your arriving bambino, but the friends and family you choose to tell might be of differing opinions.
Some people, especially close family or opinionated friends think they have a say in the matter. Don’t be surprised if you get a negative reaction from them. Many have their own ideas and will freely express them with you. Suggesting alternative names is common practice and even more commonly is an awkward “oh that’s nice” response to your proposed name. Even if there are doubters giving you mixed feelings about your choice, remember it is your choice and you know what’s right for your family. From experience I can tell you that whatever you name him or her when their first birthday arrives you won’t be able to imagine calling them anything else.
Of course, there are plenty of people who will love the name you chose and maybe even some friends who had it on their short list for when they have a baby. Relish the fact that you beat them to it and don’t let them talk you out of it. Your baby deserves that name just as much as theirs.
If you’re a little weary about announcing your baby’s name to the world maybe it’s best…
Not To Tell
For some expectant parents the decision on what to name their baby comes a little harder. If you haven’t picked out a name or can’t settle on one it’s best to keep it to yourself. Telling close friends and family your options opens a floodgate of suggestions that are most often unwanted. In-laws are notorious for sending lists of names that they think are a perfect fit.
Being on the fence can be a dangerous game. If you really like a name and haven’t settled on it yet our advice is to stay mum. Ambitious family members may decide that it’s a sure thing and start quilting, crocheting or printing countless baby shower gifts with the name you offered. If you change your mind you’re sure to receive some angry sentiments from the person who went through all that trouble.
If you just want to keep the name a surprise until your baby joins the world you’ll likely attract prodders. You know the people that just have to know and have little respect for privacy. No matter how many times you tell them you’re not disclosing the baby name they’ll be just as likely to come up with a new scheme to get you to tell.
Whichever path you decide to go down you’re bound to leave someone dissatisfied with your choice. Be confident in your decision and things will be a little easier.