How to Avoid Unwanted Advice About Baby Names

Once you're pregnant, the whole world feels they have a right to advise you on what to name your baby. There are ways to avoid this often-irritating topic.

Steps

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    Never bring up the subject yourself.
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    If someone asks about your list of baby names, look bored, shrug, and say "Yeah, we'll get to that task eventually".
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    If someone pursues the topic, say "I'm so glad you're not one of those people I hear about -- the ones who foist their baby names on other people."
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    Lobby the question back to the asker. "What's it been like being called Bob all these years?" or "How did you come up with YOUR kids' names, sweet little Zephyr and Appolonia?" The bottom line is that people are more interested in themselves than your baby.
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    If someone adamantly suggests a name, act as though it's quite nice. Then look bored again, shrug, and say "You never know!"
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    Try not to let it bother you because this will be good practice for all the future debates you'll have about breastfeeding, car seats, diet, time-outs, flashcards, Montessori, etc. Once you have a kid, the unwanted advice never ends. You might as well get used to it.

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Categories: Babies and Infants