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iVillage.com: 16 Ways to Pick the Perfect Middle Name for Your Baby

Consider Skipping It Altogether

Still can’t decide? Consider this: There’s no rule that says you need a middle name at all. In fact, giving your kid a middle name didn’t become a common practice in the U.S. until the 1800s. “I refused to give a middle name to my first child, because I didn’t know how many kids I would have and I thought middle names area waste of a good potential first name,” says mom Danielle S. And although she gave her daughter a middle name, she skipped it for her second son, she says, because “we had enough trouble finding a first name.”

Will this leave your kid with one less option to call herself? Yes. And it might make for an awkward monogram. (Not to mention the fact that you’ll lose out on the fun of calling her by three well-enunciated names in your stern-mama voice whenever she’s in trouble.) But if you really can’t agree on a great middle name, don’t sweat it.

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