How to deal
with a baby name stealer
If you are pregnant at the same time as your friends or if you are all at very similar stages then baby name stealing could crop up. This situation actually has a specific name ‘name napping!’
When you have gone to the effort of researching a baby name or if it is a name you have had in mind for a while then the last thing you want is for someone to take it; here are a few valuable tips to keep in mind.
If you have a few chosen names in mind and you are willing to share them with friends or family members before you do check their lines of communication. It may sound like a lengthy task to take but it will ensure a peace of mind for you. For example does your friend have any cousins, friends of friends or siblings that are expecting? Same applies to your relatives check their lines of communication, don’t tell them blindly without knowing who they make speak to just in case.
If you do decide to divulge to close friends or family there is no harm in being firm about your decision for the name to be kept a secret. If you have told them in advance then there is a small chance of minimal damage, at the end of the day it is your pregnancy and your baby and your close family and friends should respect that.
If you are still in two minds, from experience the best way is not to give any information away about your chosen names, at the end of the day why put yourself in a stressful situation if you can avoid it? Plus there are so many other things to talk about before your little one makes an entrance so concentrate on them!