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Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

Naming your baby can be a daunting task. Here's how to know you've picked the right name.

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You finally found the name you love. But how can you tell if you've chosen wisely? If the name meets these 5 criteria, you found a winner. It makes people smile. When you tell people your baby's name you get lots of grins and complements, and few, if any, folks looking confused. It will grow with your child. You've picked a name that not only works for a kid but can suit your grown child whether she becomes a rock star or president of the United States. It has special meaning to you. Naming your child after someone dear to you makes the name that much more meaningful to both you and your baby, whether it's your beloved grandfather or a character from your favorite book. You love saying it. The name you've chosen flows beautifully with your last name and you can't wait to share it with the world and with your baby. It suits your baby. When you first look at your newborn you get the wonderful feeling that his name is just the right fit. For more on baby names, check out our baby name blog In Name Only.