5 Unconventional Ways to Choose a Baby Name When at Odds

iStock_000021783862_SmallExpecting a baby is a magical, yet very busy time for parents. Amidst the flurry of preparing an ideal room, purchasing all the necessities and attending doctor’s appointments galore, there’s also that minor detail of choosing the perfect baby name – one that both parents like and can appreciate. Although this might seem like an easy task, there are times when mom and dad find themselves at odds. If you’ve suddenly found yourself in this situation, don’t fret. Rather than toss pacifiers at one another, here are five unconventional ways to find the middle ground and choose a great name for your baby:

Revisit the “Maybe” List

Agree to disagree and move on to the maybe list. While this may not seem like the ideal scenario, sometimes it’s better to let go of what you view as the perfect name and start looking at those names that were not immediately thrown out. It’s possible that another look at the maybes will reveal one that both of you can agree on.

Ask the Crowd

Do what Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer did and crowdsource the decision to your closest friends and family members. Ask for suggestions via Facebook, Twitter or email. Consider turning the process into a contest. At the end, give the winner a special token of appreciation such as a gift card to their favorite restaurant or retail establishment.

Start Over

Throw out every single name you’ve ever uttered and start from scratch. This is extreme, but sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. Maybe you’ve always dreamt of calling your daughter Sarah, but your significant other loathes that name. Toss it. Maybe your significant other has always wanted to name his son after his own father and you just won’t have it. Toss it. Maybe at some point you’ve talked about the possibility of Henry, Janet, Justin or Olivia. Toss them. Just get rid of every name mentioned to date and make entirely new Yes, No and Maybe lists. A fresh start can bring back the enthusiasm and joy of choosing a name.

Double-Barrel

If you’re brave, go for a hyphenated (double-barreled) first name. It might seem complicated but there are plenty of Mary-Annes and Lily-Mays out there. If you each have a name that you treasure, mash them together and be done with it.

Think Original

Create an entirely new name. Use the sounds and letters from names you both like or chop up and blend several names together to create something very unique and personal.

Posted on by Crystal in Kids, MommiFried Extras

4 Responses to 5 Unconventional Ways to Choose a Baby Name When at Odds

  1. JDaniel4's Mom

    My son is 4th. We had very little discussion on his name.
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  2. Rabia @ TheLiebers

    My 3rd was a day and a half old in the hospital before we figured out his name. (I thought he was going to be a girl, so we hadn’t come up with any boy names). We finally settled on a name we could both agree on and I think it fits quite well into our family.
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  3. Suzanne

    I know someone who chose the last option and used the name Manjessa. It was a combination of Amanda, Samantha and Jessica, I think. Yeesh.
    I agree about revisiting the “Maybe” list. We chose our daughter’s name from that list. It grew on us slowly and we both realized we loved it. Ta-da!
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  4. thedoseofreality

    With the exception of the last suggestion (I am not a fan of names that are just made up and not actually names), I love this list of suggestions! :)
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