Here's what happens when you ask 4- and 5-year-olds for help naming your baby.

By Melissa Willets

Pregnant pre-K teacher Julie Siakpere had to leave school early one day for a prenatal appointment. Naturally her young students were curious as to where she'd been.

"[The kids] asked where I was and it kind of sparked what [gender] I was having and the names," said Siakpere, 35, who lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin. So the next day, her co-teacher surprised her with a poster displaying the kids' baby name ideas.

"All of the kids came up with these names that were pretty hilarious. Being with 4- and 5-year-olds is definitely an experience. Their personalities came out [in this project]. We have some pretty funny kids," Siakpere said, in the understatement of the year.

Some of the baby names the kids came up with are totally normal, like these girls' names: Allie, Sawyer, Lucy, Gracie.

And then there are the not-so-normal ones, like Strawberry, Tiny, Cindy Elf, Mama, and um, Assie.

For boys, the kids' suggestions range from Grandma—yes, for a boy—to Dog, Peter Pan, Racecar, and Potato. Oh, and we can't forget Balloon and Elephant.

"I thought it was hilarious and apparently everybody else did too. I'm excited that this has gotten as big as it is," said Siakpere's wife, Abby. Indeed a photo of the post is going viral, with 1.3 million views on Reddit. Meanwhile, the project is on display outside the class so the mini-baby namers' parents can see it.

Incidentally, I have a 5-year-old, so I decided to ask her if she had any names to add to the list. Miss Julie, if you are reading this, we hope you'll also consider Hammy Bread and Weenie.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.


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