If you are an expectant parent, then two questions that you are likely to hear over and over are “boy or girl?” and “What are you going to call him or her?” Whilst mums and dads don’t usually have a say in deciding the answer to the first question, the name that they choose for their new bundle of joy will be something they think about long and hard. After all, the name that you give your child will be with them all their life!

The choice of a baby’s name is a very personal decision, and many factors can influence it.  Some parents choose to give their child a name that is unusual, for example by using a different spelling to the norm. This can be a good way to avoid your child having the same name as their classmates in school or nursery, but on the other hand it may mean that your child stands out, or has to spell his or her name out frequently.

It can be useful to see what names other people have chosen to help you to make your decision. In 2016, the top ten most popular names for boys and girls were:

Boys: Alfie, Oscar, Teddy, Harry, Jack, Arlo, Noah, Charlie, Jacob & Archie

Girls: Isla, Amelia, Ava, Freya, Evie, Olivia, Esme, Elsie, Mia, Ellie

So how should you go about choosing a name? Well, there are plenty of baby name books available, plus websites that can help you. You could look to favourite characters from books or films for ideas, although it’s usually best to avoid names that are too faddish and might quickly fall out of fashion.

When you have finally found the perfect name for your baby, you can proudly display it on any of their belongings! Name embriodery gives and extra special touch as it's personal to that child. Here at Slumbersac, we offer a name embroidery service which allows you to proudly display your baby's name on their sleeping bag or baby comforter. You can add the personal touch to your Slumbersac items for just £5.95, making them ideal as unique gift ideas!