(Closed) naming a baby before it is born

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you, or do you plan to, call your unborn baby by its future name?
    Yes : (98 votes)
    53 %
    No : (58 votes)
    32 %
    Not sure : (28 votes)
    15 %
    Yes but then we changed our minds on the name at birth : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1474 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We are just going to nickname the baby something silly before birth (like Peanut, for example) and have a few names to decide from after we meet the baby. I’m not comfortable tagging him or her with a name before we meet 🙂

    Post # 4
    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We plan on doing this. I always thought it was a way for the parents, especially the father, to form an attachment to the baby before his/her birth.

    I know many people say, “What if when I see the baby, that is not his name?” We don’t really associate looks with names, so I don’t see how that would be a problem for us. Personality, maybe, but I am not sure how much a newborn’s behavior reflects his personality when he is grown.

    Post # 5
    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I just call the baby “nugget” but my mom refers to the baby as “Cambray” (our girl’s name is Camden and our boy’s name is Brady).  We don’t know the sex yet, but I think she will refer to it by it’s name when we find out.  I will probably continue to call him/her nugget.

    ETA:  I am not 100% sold yet on Camden, so that is probably part of my apprehension about calling the baby a proper name.  DH is pretty firm on the name though.


    Post # 6
    1486 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have done it with both of my children.  (Although DS hasn’t been born yet, 9 more weeks!)

    For me, it really makes a HUGE difference in my ability to bond with the babies.  I had a lot of trouble accepting that pregnancies would equal a live baby at the end of the road, and I didn’t really have very many positive associations at all, until I knew what the baby was, and then, later, WHO it was.

    I don’t like to ANNOUNCE the names to the world until birth, but that’s mostly because I don’t want to hear opinions about my name choice.  But, no, as far as talking about the baby between Darling Husband and I, we call them by their names, absolutely.

    Post # 7
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My parents called me Big Foot before I was born…and my brother I called Erasmus (?!?!) before he was born.  Needless to say (at least I think it’s needless…), I did not end up with the name Big Foot.  My brother’s name is Paul, not Erasmus.  

    Post # 8
    8041 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @araneidae:  Yeah, I find it a bit odd. I’d like to see the kid first I think. I have names in mind, but as I want it to be a surprise until the very end, unless I pick a gender neutral name I can’t do this lol.

    Post # 9
    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We both use his name all the time when talking about him or to him. I felt like it helped me bond with him and really start to think of him as a baby instead of just something growing inside of me. He should be here in a few short weeks!

    Post # 10
    4582 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We will have our baby’s name picked out by the time she is born, but we won’t call her by that name while she’s still in the womb. We have nicknames for her so we’re not just calling her “the baby” all the time, but I refuse to call her by her name until her birth.

    I have a friend on facebook who started calling her baby Sophia from the moment she found out she was a girl. She wanted nothing more than to name her daughter Sophia. Well, after several months of Sophia this and Sophia that, she decided to change the name about a week before the baby was due. Awkward.

    Post # 12
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    Not weird at all. Right now I call it “baby” or sometimes “my little demon” when it is sucking the life and health out of me, haha, but we have names chosen and so I do plan to use the name once we know the sex. Now, I do want the name to be a surprise, so I won’t be telling anyone else our baby name until (s)he is born because I don’t want to hear any rude comments on my baby’s name and people are far less likely to do that when the baby is actually here. But in my own home my hubby and I will almost definitely be using the name once we know the sex. 🙂

    Post # 13
    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @araneidae:  i named my son before he was born. it felt right to me to name the baby.

    Post # 14
    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    No. i plan to meet my children first before i give them a strick name. Of course we will have names picked, but i want to see what will fit. 

    Post # 15
    7152 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My Munchkin is named and I am 7 months. We named her right after the Anatomy Scan.

    Post # 16
    3063 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I am not expecting, but we do have our child’s named picked out and will call the fetus by it’s name after we find out the gender. We even have our future dog’s named picked out and whenever we talk about cool things we’ll do with the dog when we get one we call him by his name. Example: “I can’t wait to train Darwin how to retreive the newspaper!” lol!

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