Baby Name Flip-Flopping: Why Moms-to-Be Change Their Minds
Feedback from friends and relatives leads some pregnant women to rethink their baby name choices even if their due dates are right around the corner.
After she learned she was having a girl, Brandee Foxworthy knew exactly what she was going to name her child– Aurora Grace.
But then came criticism from her mother-in-law, who had trouble pronouncing it, and pressure from an old friend, who insisted that she had long ago reserved the name for own her future daughter.
“Somewhere between the two, we switched the name to Ella Grace,” the Florida mom said. “Still princessy, feminine and vowel-y.”
Foxworthy, who made the decision about six weeks before her daughter was born, is not alone among women who find that outside influence is prompting them to rethink their baby name choices not long before they give birth.
As they approach their due dates, more than a quarter of women deviate from their original name choices in response to feedback from family and friends, according to the results of two online surveys of expectant moms and new moms by market research firm Edelman Berland on behalf of diaper giant Huggies.
Rene Syler, the author of the book “Good Enough Mother” and a brand ambassador for Huggies, believes moms’ willingness to be flexible marks a change from more rigid naming practices in the past.
Moms from the older generation, she said, “stuck with traditional and family names and were unwilling to waiver.”
But between the modern emphasis on unique names and the ease of doing baby name research online, Syler said, now “moms can change their minds and find a new name in an instant.”
But the ease of finding a new name doesn’t mean all moms are open to letting go of their first choice. Some say they keep their name selections secret so they can avoid being pressured to change their minds.
“We got a lot of criticism of names we came up with in the beginning of my pregnancy, so we finally decided not to tell anyone our choices,” said New York mom Alisa Bentley. “Everyone is very opinionated about names, but once the baby comes they will love him (or) her no matter what, so why let them ruin names for you.”
The Huggies surveys asked moms a number of other questions about life before and after giving birth. Among their other findings:
- 44 percent said that friends and family have confronted them with pregnancy suspicions.
- 40 percent said they craved health food, not junk food, while pregnant.
- 43 percent put “a lot” of work — such throwing parties or creating puzzles — in revealing their pregnancies.
- After the baby is born, 67 percent are sharing information online — whether it be a Facebook status update or a photo — right from their delivery rooms.
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