Choosing Baby Names

Colourful strips of paper with names writen on them

How to Choose a Baby Name

It is so absolutely true: you don’t realise how many people or names you dislike until you try to name a baby! Choosing baby names is a mammoth task with a lot of pressure, your little one is going to have this name for the rest of their lives! The decision process can start arguments and is always a magnet for those opinions you did not ask for from family and friends. To help with the task, we have come up with a few pointers on how to choose a baby name!

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Start with the ABC’s

Start with the basics – the first initial! Making your way through the alphabet, eliminate letters that you definitely don’t want to use. Perhaps you have other family members with those initials, or when paired with your surname, makes an undesirable word (eg. S. Pitts).

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Lists!

With the remaining letters and a good list of baby names handy (from either books or baby name blogs), start making your way through the names and divide them into categories. Discard the ones you definitely don’t want your baby to have and keep names you like and names you think will make good middle names.
Then return to your list and remember to think about things like:

  •  How does it sound out loud?
  •  Your child’s initials don’t spell out anything awful?
  •  Think about the shortened version of the name (it’s inevitable!) Do you like the sound of the name shortened and does it work with the middle and surname?
  •  If you have had scans indicating that you’re having a boy or girl, be sure you’re choosing baby names from the opposite gender too. Scans can sometimes be wrong.
  •  If you’d like a name that’s not too common, check out the top baby names for the current year! There are plenty of websites with name statistics, so your child won’t be one of several “Willows” in class. Likewise if you don’t want something super uncommon.
  •  If you have names you like and would not like them shut-down by friends or family… don’t tell them!
  •  Find a discussion board if you’d like to discuss baby names with someone other than your family!

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Review the shortlist

Phew – that took some effort! But now you have a shorter list to chose from. Start from the top and see if you’ve changed your mind on any of the names selected

Make some space!

Give yourself a break from baby names! The pressure can drive you crazy. You have time. Take a breath and a few days to recover.

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Repeat

Start back at the shortlist and make your way through again with a fresh set of eyes. Narrow it down further… then take a break again.

Now you should be down to a handful of names that you like for your soon to be newest family member! Many say that they had to see their little one’s face before settling on a name, so it may help to have a few backups just in case.

Then you’re almost ready to order your Welcome to the World personalized keepsake box with your baby’s name. A treasure chest ready to fill with all the tiny memories. Check them out here!

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Relieving New Parent Aches

Woman receiving treatment from physiotherapist for her aching back

When my first baby was born, I was warned and prepared for the sleepless nights, the endless nappy changes and the dire need for quick and easy meals. The one thing I was not ready for, was the aches and pains that came with being a new parent. Not the soreness from birth, but the back, neck and shoulder pain from the awkward positions of nursing, rocking and lifting bub in and out of her crib.

Long hours are spent in positions that often put strain on a new parents back, neck and shoulders and the repetitive stress can lead to long-term injury and slow rehabilitation if not looked after nice and early. So we’ve found five small ways to relieve that tension and those new parent aches!

1. Reminders to stretch

There are a few great stretches that can really help the neck, shoulders and back, but the hardest part sometimes is remembering to do them! So set your phone alarm every few hours to remind you or pop a little message on the bathroom mirror or fridge door. These days if you have a smart watch, they have a feature to detect when it’s been a while since you’ve been up and moving! It might seem that they remind you annoyingly frequently… but it’s easy to lose track of a lot of time when you’re a new parent! We’ve included a few quick stretches below that can really help.

neck and shoulder stretches
Stretches from yogawithliana.com

2. Use the other arm

Becoming a little more ambidextrous can really help with the repetitive strain injuries. You may not have even noticed that you carry the capsule or shopping predominately in one arm or even balance bub on one hip in particular. Switching sides can feel weird at first, but will definitely help out your body in the long run.

3. Check your pram posture

You might not have realized, but there are a number of ways you can adjust your pram to be more ergonomic! This includes adjusting the height of your handle to improve comfort in your wrists and shoulders when pushing. But there are also a number of ways you can improve your own posture while walking around with bub. Ensuring that your hips are rolled forward to create a neutral spine can help with abdominal strength and also shoulder alignment. Making sure those shoulders are also rolled back and down and your pelvic floor is switched on too. This is also a good time to sneak in some of those stretches! Pop a reminder on your pram!

posture when pram pushing
from momleta.com

4. Ergonomic Pillows

I did not realize myself just how difficult it would be to maintain good posture while breastfeeding. My physio once told me that you could try to do everything correctly, but you will still have to compromise your posture a little. That’s no reason though not to improve everything you can in the meantime! It’s important to make sure bub is elevated up to the breast, instead of lowering your chest down to them to feed. A boomerang shaped pillow is perfect for propping bub up and keeping them in close to feed. There are many pillows designed specifically for this purpose, but a regular boomerang pillow from your local department store does the trick just as well!

The Boppy nursing pillow
The Boppy Pillow

5. Seek relief for your new parent aches!

We all know how hard it is to get away from bub and the “mum guilt” that comes with taking the time to get a massage, but it is SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT! You need to look after yourself in order to look after them! Taking the time now to get to a physio, remedial massage or acupuncture will save you from a chronic injury and a lengthy recovery time. Cast that guilt aside and remember that when you are in your best self, you are the best for them!

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