Micheal? Gabriel? Nathan? David? How does one pick from the thousands of names to choose just one for their baby? Picking a name for your baby is not an easy task by. Many parents go back and forth between names while some are never able to come up with that name that they absolutely fall in love with. As your due date starts drawing closer, sooner or later you are going to have to make up you mind and pick a name for your son or daughter.

If you are having trouble picking out a name for your baby, here are some helpful tips that I came up with to help you find a name that you will love, and hopefully your child will love too!

The sooner that you start discussing names with your partner, the better chance you have at choosing a name before baby arrives. Although, some people prefer to have two or three names picked out and then decide when baby is born which one suits the baby best. This is an option for some people, but most parents like to be prepared with a name before heading off to the hospital.

Besides the all-encompassing baby books, there are some other ways to pick a baby name. Look towards any relatives or family members that you may want to honor with your baby’s name. This could be a first name or a middle name. Don’t feel pressured though, by other family members to name your daughter after your Great Grandma Mildred, as you have to remember that your child has to live with this name for the rest of their life.

If you are going to use baby books or websites to pick a baby name, then there are some things to remember. The first is that the name should flow well and be compatible. If you happen to have a last name that does not sound good with a lot of different first names, then this may be a little harder for you. On the other hand, if you have a very common and compatible name like Smith, you may have too many options to choose from.  According to the social security adminstration, here are the top 10 baby names for boys and girls in 2008.

Top 10 Girl Names for 2008

1 Jacob

Emma 2 Michael Isabella 3 Ethan Emily 4 Joshua Madison 5 Daniel Ava 6 Alexander Olivia 7 Anthony Sophia 8 William Abigail 9 Christopher Elizabeth 10 Matthew Chloe

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Also, when you do finally pick out a name for your baby, be sure to check out what the initials are for the whole name. Remember that kids, and even some adults, can be cruel and you don’t want your child being the brunt of jokes because of their name or initials.

Although picking out a baby name can seem stressful, it should be a joyful time with you and your partner deciding on a name together.