Don’t Live with Baby Name Regret!

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Mom365 blogger Kristi Gilbert recently wrote about parents choosing the “wrong” name for their child. According to one survey, 1 in 25 parents polled said they wish they could change their child’s name. That seems like an awful lot to me, and I wonder why more people don’t just go ahead and do it, especially if the kids are still babies and won’t really know the difference.

I wasn’t 100% sure about my first son’s name until after I’d laid eyes on him, and that’s my plan for the next baby too. My husband and I (and no one else!) will narrow our choices down to a shortlist of options, pick a favorite and then wait and wait and wait and hope it fits.

Even then, I have a friend who changed her daughter’s name when she was almost a year old (the original name was beautiful, but the new name is PERFECT), and I remember when actress Meg Ryan changed her daughter’s name from Charlotte to Daisy when she was 15 months old. (The girl was adopted at 14 months, so she was only called Charlotte for a short time. I don’t know what her name was before that.)

Some people think it’s completely weird to just up and change a child’s name after it’s been announced to the world, but I think it’s better than living the rest of your life with name regret. Besides, kids have been known to change their own names when they get older, so the name you choose might get tossed later anyway.

How about you? Will you choose your baby’s names before he or she is born, or will you need to see the baby before you can decide, to make sure it fits? Have you ever had baby naming regret?