Waiting to Choose Your Baby's Name
Sometimes, it's not easy to find or agree on a name for your
baby. It's unfortunate that parents can't wait a few months (or
years) before they have to name their child. But then, of
course, they would have to settle for some kind of identifying
temporary name during the interim.
"Baby" would not suffice since that would more than likely also
be the interim name many other parents would choose as well.
This would cause confusion in social gatherings if a mom called
fore "Baby" to come over to her and suddenly nearly half the
kids in the room started crawling or walking in her direction.
Numbers are always handy for identifying substitutes. It would
have to be a short sequence though, something the child could
easily remember (the parent also) since it would awkward to be
out in public and not be able to recall what you've named your
If numbers appeal to you, then you could wait until your baby
has been issued his or her social security number and save
everyone a lot of trouble afterward by using that. Add up all
the digits and the sum could be their middle or nickname.
Naturally, this indecisive circumstance of interim-naming would
be kept from the child. Afterall, how would they feel later if
they discovered their mom or dad couldn't come up with a name
for them? Under no circumstances would you want your child to
know because you know what they'd say: "Ya needed more than nine
months to decide what to call me and ya decided on (insert name
here)?" Yes, all respect they'd gained for you up to that point
would be lost within that very moment. They would, however,
finally understand why they continually felt he urge to play
"7-1-8" in the lottery when they hear that the combination had
been their interim name. But that would be a small consolation
and not worth the respect loss.
But there is a positive aspect to interim naming. It would give
you the opportunity to eventually match a name with whatever
traits you observe that your baby exhibits. "Look, see how happy
she is all the time. We just have to name her something
cheerful" Or, "Gosh he's so serious and patient. He might become
a scientist one day. I should name him something scientific
Time to observe would let you zero in on the most appropriate
name for your child's personality and behavior patterns. Unless,
alas, the happy baby with the cheerful name grows up to be a
grouch and the scientist grows up to be an extra in "B" movies.
Then their names would seem to be amiss.
Nah! Forget about going the interim name route. Imagine all the
time wasted with that temporary name. Besides, they'll find out
about it anyway. You know they will. Kids find out about
everything. The bottom line...choose a name. Choose a name
quickly before he or she senses your hesitation!