You’ve endured the belly patting and the prying questions, but unsolicited opinions on your baby’s name, too? Isn’t anything sacred?

If you find yourself receiving baby name advice you haven’t asked for, try these tips for handling the situation:

1. Remember that people are just trying to help.  It may be hard to believe, but Aunt Edna has your baby’s best interests in mind when proclaiming Floyd the perfect name for him. No one would deliberately suggest a name that they think is bad for or harmful to your child; your tastes just don’t match, and that is okay!

2. Don’t feel pressured. No matter how much the woman sitting next to you on the bus loves the name Ava or your BFF adores the name Penelope, take it with a grain of salt.

3. Know that no explanations are necessary. You don’t owe anyone an explanation regarding your baby name choice, nor do you need to explain why you don’t like the idea of naming him after Great Uncle Phil. Remind yourself that this is your choice to make, and be confident in your decision.

4. Have a response ready. The best defense against unwanted advice is to have a gracious reply that ends any further discussion. A simple “Thanks for caring about my baby!” will do. What more is there to say?

What unwanted baby name advice were you given? Tell us in the comments below!