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5 ways to take baby’s name for a test drive

Before you put pen to paper, make sure it’s the name by taking it for a spin first.      

5 ways to take baby’s
name for a test drive

Daydreaming about names for your babe?

Whether you think you have the perfect name picked out for your


little bean or you don't want to commit until you see baby's precious face,

make sure that the name you choose will withstand the test of time throughout

your child's development from infancy to adulthood.

It may seem trivial in the long run, but research shows that

an individual's name can have a lasting impact on the quality of their life.

A child's self-esteem

may partially depend on how much they like their name.

Additionally, children's behavior and academic tendencies in

school appear to be related to their given names. (No pressure!)

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Names can also play a role in our lives as adults. Research

shows that important

life decisions, such as what state to live in or what career path to

follow, may be implicitly impacted by an individual's name.

It's true. There

are more dentists named Dennis and lawyers named Lawrence than other

occupations…and guess what state you can find more Virginias living in…

Our names don't just impact our own behaviors. They can

impact the behaviors of others around us. Teachers and employers may treat individuals

differently based on their names, making assumptions based on nothing more than

the combination of a few letters.

Based on these findings, it's no wonder you want to choose

the perfect name for your perfect little sweet pea. Before you put pen to

paper, make sure it's the name by

taking it for a test drive first.

Make a monogram.

From

your babe's first backpack to their wedding invitations, monograms are a tried

and true way to beautify your child's initials.

At some point in your child's

future, you will almost certainly get a chance to see how lovely those intertwined

letters look. Get a sneak peek by testing possible initials with different

styles of classic monograms at Mark

and Graham.

Google it!

Before

you inadvertently choose a name that belongs to someone famous (or infamous), try

searching for the first and middle name or full name online.

You may get an

idea of how “taken" the name is if your favorite search engine completes the

name before you even finish typing it.

Your child's name should

inspire a new identity. Whether you want your child's name to stand out or to

fit in with other peers' names, it may be easier for your child to feel secure

in their identity if they don't feel overshadowed by someone who shares the

same moniker.

The image of a timid teenage boy named George Michael comes to

mind. *wink*

One Frappuccino coming right up!

Head to your favorite coffee bar and order a

drink with baby's name.

Does the barista spell it right? How easy is it to pronounce?

Do you notice any strange looks from fellow latte-sippers?

Seeing baby's name

written and hearing it spoken out loud by someone who is unbiased may open your

eyes to possible pitfalls with the name.

For instance, research shows that

children who have names with unconventional spellings may have more

trouble learning to read and spell than children with conventionally

spelled names.

Check its historical significance.

Social

Security keeps a registry

of the historical popularity of baby names since 1900.

The registry will show

you which years your chosen name has been the most popular and will let you

know how many years it didn't make the cut for the top 1000 names.

You can also

use the tool to compare how popular gender neutral names are for boys and girls

separately.

This tool is more than handy. It's downright addictive. Try not to

lose a whole Sunday testing out names!

Visualize it.

Sure,

you can write it, say it, or read it, but to visualize a name means to close your eyes and see what comes to

mind when you think about it.

Do you see what your future child might look

like? Do you envision happiness? Can you see yourself calling your child by

that name or by an accompanying nickname?

If you are having trouble picturing

what life might be like with that name, check out this site for

testing baby names with a list of everyday phrases incorporating the name. So. Much. Fun.

At the end of the day, choose a name that you believe will

inspire joy and wonder in your child.

If you know in your heart that you have

chosen the right name, we say go for it.

You and baby are already connected,

after all. If you feel butterflies at the sound of a name, that may just be

your little babe sharing their excitement!

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These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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