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A Baby Naming Hoax? The Real Story Behind Belly Ballot’s Faux Contest

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We’ve been had! Last week, Belly Ballot announced that mom to be Natasha Hill won a contest – she would get $5000 in exchange for letting Belly Ballot users choose the name of her new baby. And news organizations far and wide, including this blog, gave them a ton of publicity as we debated whether $5000 was payment enough for giving up the rights to name your own child.  But as it turns out, there was no contest, no baby, and no Natasha Hill – Belly Ballot had paid actress Natasha Lloyd to play struggling art teacher and expectant mom Natasha Hill.

Someone had ratted out the company and the actress, and the Today Show reported today that Belly Ballot CEO  Lacey Moler  had hired Lloyd in a bid for better publicity. They wanted to run a similar contest, apparently, but wanted to make sure they had control of the winner. Guess they figured if the winner was a plant, and there was no  real baby’s name at stake, they wouldn’t have to worry about it.

Of course with all this new publicity,  they could probably afford to run the real contest, and get a ton of entries. (In fact, the site has already been bombarded with requests to enter the next contest.) Which just goes to show you, there are plenty of people out there who would rather have cash in pocket rather than control over their child’s name! What’s your take on the whole Belly Ballot hullabaloo? Why do you think they went with the ringer? And would you trust Belly Ballot to help you pick the name of your child?

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Would You Let Strangers Name Your Baby?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

That’s what Natasha Hill decided to do for her soon-to-be bundle of joy. For a payment of $5,000, she’s letting the folks at the website Baby Ballot choose a winning name for a boy and for a girl, and has committed to using that name for her baby.

I know $5,000 would put a nice dent in some credit card debt, allow you to start a college fund for your baby, or give you the cash to bling up the nursery, but would you really leave something as important as your baby’s name to a whole bunch of random strangers? I don’t think I could do it – certainly not for just $5,000.

Of course, the strangers aren’t given free rein, as there is a list of finalist names that the users are going to be choosing from – which means the likelihood of getting something really far out, like Mooney or Goofballs, is far more remote. And of course, if Natasha doesn’t like the name they selected, she could always go for a nickname or choose a middle name that her child could use. If you want to help her crowdsource her baby name, head over to Belly Ballot from March 18 through March 22 to cast your vote.

What you think? Would you let strangers name your baby? What if someone would pay you big bucks to do it? Would that change your mind? Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby naming news.


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