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Allowing Older Siblings to Name the Baby: Brilliant or Insane?

child_thinking_captionSince we found out two weeks ago that we’re having a boy, many of my social conversations have shifted from, “Do you know what you’re going to have?” to “Have you picked out his name yet?”

The answer is a big, fat NO. Boy names are tough, yo. I love chatting with my friends about it and gathering ideas. And as much as I love sitting around, spit-balling baby name ideas with people, the fact is that when we decide what this kid’s name will be no one will know what it is until his birthday. We believe firmly in keeping it a surprise to minimize comments from the peanut gallery. You know what I’m talking about. If I say, “Yes, we love the name Charlie!” then I will get unsolicited, unhelpful comments from the mailman/librarian/check-out clerk about how that was the name of some kid they hated in Kindergarten, etc.

Recently, one of my friends told me they knew someone who let their preschooler pick the name of their new addition. That is, they gave a three year-old total creative control and the name he picked was it.

To this I say: WHUCK?!?!

I am completely on-board with including the older kids in some capacity. We take their suggestions and write them down and sound them out with our last name. They seem excited that we are including them in the conversation and I hope it continues to keep them interested in the whole new-baby-process.

However, there is no way in hell they would ever be allowed to have final say in the name. Why? Because my four year-old daughter wants to name our baby son “Ariel” or “Francesca”. And the two year-old has announced repeatedly and emphatically that his brother’s name should be “Ketchup Pickle”. (Or is that hyphenated? Is ‘Pickle’ the middle name or part of the first name, I wonder?)

Would you ever let your child name your new baby?

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