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Wednesday 18 September 2019
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Parents Paying Big Dollars For Baby Experts to Name Their Baby

There are so many decisions parents need to make when they decide to have a baby. Public or Private Hospital? Natural or C-section delivery? Breastfed or Formula?

Now, parents can hire ‘experts’ to find the perfect name for their child.

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The new trend is sweeping through America and Europe with brand agencies offering services to help find the right name for a baby with an impressive fee.
The fees can range from £20,000 ($29,000) to name one baby. This is what one Switzerland-based naming company Erfolgswelle charges for their baby naming services.

Mark Heuser runs the agency and the fee covers labour of up to 3 weeks to research a name’s history before offering it to the parents-to-be.

Sherri Suzanne in New York who runs ‘My Name for Life’, admits she will spend 30 hours on a report for one name and according to her website, prices will start from  “several hundred dollars”.

Albert Mehrabian, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles thinks it’s a worthy price to pay to find the right name for a baby.

“Believe me, you don’t want to name a child with an unattractive name and have them go through life and suffer the consequences,” he told Bloomberg.

“If you are getting somebody who really knows the evidence, then I’ll say it’s worth every penny, whether its $500 or $5,000.”

There are mixed reactions to the new “baby naming services”.

Duana Taha, who writes the Name Nerd column on American website LaineyGossip.com believes parents-to-be appreciate a stranger helping them choose the right name.

While Siobhan Freegard, founder of video parenting site Channel Mum, told the Huffington Post UK, “Hiring a baby brander is solely for people with more money than sense.”

Freegard pointed out the number of FREE baby name sites that parents can use to find the perfect name for their baby.

“There are thousands of lovely names so choose the one that speaks to you and feels right for your child. You’ll know when you’ve found it.”

In the meantime, I want to know what happens when you pay $30,000 for a baby name, have said baby only to realise the suggested name doesn’t suit your baby at all?

The only thing the service could be good for is preventing obscure baby names that have the potential to harm a child emotionally as they get older. Sadly, those parents may not be able to afford the expensive fees associated with such a service.

Would you get a baby naming expert to name your baby? What have you done in the past to choose a baby name?



Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard is a plumber by day and stylist by night but these days she changes more nappies than washers. She is a happily married mum to three young daughters who she styles on a regular basis. Rebecca is not only an award winning plumber, she also writes an award winning blog called The Plumbette where she shares her life experiences as a plumber and mother. Rebecca also blogs at Styled by Bec believing a girl can be both practical and stylish. Links to the blogs are http://www.theplumbette.com.au and http://www.styledbybec.com.au/blog


One thought on “Parents Paying Big Dollars For Baby Experts to Name Their Baby

  1. AvatarBlossom

    I am sure most people can ask others for suggestions.
    Not all people have “unusual” name choices.
    The money spent would be better used towards the child’s education.

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