If you've just found out you're expecting, you and your family are likely already quarreling about what you're going to name your child. This can be one of the most exciting decisions you make during your pregnancy, but how do you narrow down your options?
One way to make it easier is to take the latest list of popular names. Recently, Nameberry released its list of the most used names so far in 2013, according to The Huffington Post. At the top of it was Bellamy for girls, which can be shortened to Bella. This name is predicted to become more common as people steer away from the all-too-popular Isabella and opt for something more unique.
If you're looking for a boy's name, consider Spartacus. This one is also on Nameberry's list, and there's nothing quite like giving your baby the honor of being named after a famed Roman gladiator. Other names to ponder if you're expecting in 2013 include Eyre, Chysanthemum and Maro, which are all expected to explode this year.
Choosing a name for your baby
Whether you want to get this process over with in the first trimester or wait until your due date inches closer, there are a few ways you can make the decision easier on you and your partner. First, sit down and brainstorm together to create a list of potential names for your child. If you don't know the gender of your baby just yet, create a separate list for potential boy and girl names.
Next, say the names out loud to determine how sensible they are for your little one. You may want to think twice about a name that is difficult to pronounce or spell. Finally, consider trimming down your list to family names if you're having trouble agreeing. This is also a great opportunity to look back into your history and find out if your ancestors had names worth considering for your bundle of joy.
An extra tidbit of advice you might want to take into account if you're in a disagreement with your partner is to utilize your child's middle name. This can be a great way to ensure you both get what you want!
How have you decided on baby names in the past? Do you have any advice for expectant parents who are at odds? Leave your tips in the comments section!