Should You Put the Name Before the Baby?

March 19, 2013 Pamela Redmond

I’m always amused to see the different timetables that our forum visitors put on choosing baby names.

Help! Only four weeks to go and no name!!, one expectant parent will panic.

Others only feel urgency around baby names when the labor pains kick in, while some berries have their baby names complete with middles lined up years before they’re expecting, and still others are vacillating about the name months or years after their child’s birth.

But the big division over the timing of settling on the final baby name seems to be: Before or after the baby’s born?

Should you have the name decided and ready before the baby’s arrival?  Or should you wait until you see your child to pick a name that fits?

What should come first, in your opinion: the baby or the name?  And how did that play out in your real experience?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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