The Name Game
Have you and your partner begun discussing baby names? Chances are your partner has been playfully tossing about baby names since she was a little girl. Time for you to play catch up think about the names you like and your preferences. Some parents fret over finding the perfect name (but chances are once you start calling your new baby by name, dozens of times a day, it will sound perfect pretty quickly).
There are many creative ways to think about naming your baby. A name can be quite powerful in uniting disparate cultures, religions and/or ethnicities in your respective families. For instance, Latin-African American parents might name their child Raheem Santos or maybe Nordic-Chinese parents could try Eric Cheng. This could help Baby right from the get-go be grounded in the various cultures and backgrounds of you and your partner.
In addition, naming your baby is an opportunity to show respect to family members, those who are alive or who have passed away. Giving your baby the same name as a relative you had a special relationship with can not only transfer positive feelings to your baby, but can also help give your child a connection to your family's history and ancestry.
Names are names, but sometimes names can have meaning and that meaning can help your baby begin to build its own identity.