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  1. Deciding on your baby’s name can be completely overwhelming, particularly when there are thousands of possible names out there to choose from. The name you choose for your baby will shape their identity, so it is no wonder that you can feel a lot of pressure surrounding choosing your baby’s name. When it comes to choosing your baby’s name, there are several considerations you need to be aware of including your family name, current popular names and the meaning of potential names. Your baby’s name will form a powerful part of their identity, so these are my top tips for choosing a name for your baby.

    Already decided on a name for your baby? Browse our range of bespoke illustrated names to decorate your nursery.

    The power of a name

    Important Considerations when Choosing Your Baby’s Name

    5 quick considerations to check before deciding on your baby’s name:

    1. How does the possible baby name sound alongside your surname? Keeping this in mind will help you to pick a baby name that fits your surname so that the whole name flows. For example, you may wish to avoid baby names that rhyme with your surname or are too similar.

    2. Double-check what your baby’s potential initials would spell (if anything).

    3. Contemplate whether you like names that can be shortened, such as Maggie from Margaret. If you opt for a baby name that can be shortened, it is likely to happen, even if you are not the one to call your child by the shortened name. Therefore, if you are not a fan of the shortened name, it might be best to avoid the name and look for another.

    4. Avoid baby names that have negative connotations for you or your partner, for example, if someone you didn’t get on with at school had the same name.

    5. If you already have children, to prevent confusion, avoid naming your baby something that is too similar to the names of your existing children e.g. Ava and Eva.

    How to Choose Your Baby’s Name - Exploring Current Trends

    When it comes to choosing your baby’s name, their name is a powerful expression of their identity. It is therefore worth exploring current trends when deciding on your baby’s name. Whether you want to opt for a popular name or would rather choose something more unique, either way, it is important to know what the popular names are currently.

    The top five British baby names 2021 for girls are:

    1. Olivia

    2. Amelia

    3. Isla

    4. Ava

    5. Mia

    The top five British baby names 2021 for boys are:

    1. Oliver

    2. George

    3. Noah

    4. Arthur

    5. Harry

    Illustrated name nursery decor

    The Power of a Name - Consider the Meaning of Your Baby’s Name 

    If you are struggling to choose a name for your baby, try looking at the meaning of different baby names. Finding out the meaning behind the name can be a lovely way to find the perfect baby name. Your baby can take the meaning with them as they live their life and this can be a powerful reminder of what is important and what they are capable of. You can look up the meaning of different baby names here: http://meaning-of-names.com/  

    Taking Inspiration from Your Family when Choosing Your Baby’s Name 

    Another nice idea for finding inspiration for your baby’s name is to look at your family tree to see if there are any names that jump out at you. Naming your baby after a relative can give your little one a powerful sense of connection to their heritage. 

    Alternatively, it can be nice to ask other family members for their ideas if you are struggling to settle on a baby name. But it is important to remember that your baby’s name is a decision for you as the parents, so don’t be swayed into choosing a name unless it is what you definitely want.

    Waiting Until After the Birth to Choose Your Baby’s Name 

    After your baby is born, you have 42 days to register the birth, which includes detailing your baby’s name (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). As a result of this, there is no pressure for you to decide on a name for your baby before their birth. If you are undecided you can wait until they are born and it is likely that you will think of something once you start to get to know your baby. Even if you have a name in mind, it might be worth waiting to announce the name until after the birth, so that you can see if they suit the name you have chosen.

    The Power of Your Baby’s Name 

    The name that you choose for your baby will form a powerful part of their identity. To help your baby to learn their name from a young age, consider decorating their nursery with a  bespoke illustration of their name. Having their name on display in their nursery will help your baby to become accustomed to and learn the shapes and letters that make up their name.

    Shop illustrated baby names nursery decor.

    Choosing your babys name

  2. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book” (Dr. Seuss)

    After spending hours upon hours creating the content for your children’s book, it is important to take the same care in choosing the illustrations that will accompany your writing. The illustrations are crucial to portraying the story and influencing how the book comes across. Plus, the initial tone of the book and how it is perceived will be judged largely on the illustrations and title, so the importance of finding the best illustrator for your children’s book cannot be underestimated. This article covers everything you need to know as you begin your search for the best illustrator for your children’s book...

    Book illustrator for childrens books

    Key Points to Consider when Finding the Best Illustrator for your Children’s Book

    • Who is the book aimed at?

    • What is the purpose of the book? 

    • What sort of children's books are you drawn to/do you buy?

    • What sort of size would you want the book to be?

    • Do you have a publisher or are you self publishing? 

    • Do you have a realistic timescale?

    Find out more about my process as a children’s book illustrator.

    Finding an Illustrator for your Children’s Book to Suit your Style

    Before you start your search for the best illustrator for your children’s book, I recommend considering what style would suit the book? Researching possible illustration styles in advance will make the search for your children’s book illustrator much easier because you will be able to narrow down your search. If you are struggling to decide on a style, it can help to think about what sort of children’s book illustrations you are drawn to and what you like about these particular illustrations. 

    The style of illustrations for your children’s book will also be influenced by the purpose of your book. If your book has an educational focus and aims to inform, the illustration style is likely to be completely different to the illustrations within a book that aims to entertain. 

    Childrens Book Illustrator

    The illustration style that you decide on could include a particular colour palette or cartoon style. For me, as a Children’s Book Illustrator, my illustrations tend to have watercolour backgrounds that I like to work on top of. Colour is another key aspect to my illustrations and I use bold and textured backgrounds to provide depth and indicate the environment around the characters, whilst the characters themselves hold the emotion and storytelling cues. Find out more about my children’s book illustrations.

    Finding the Best Illustrator for your Children’s Book Based on the Book Size

    It is vital to know exactly who your book is aimed at and the specific age range that you are targeting because this will influence not only the content of your book but also the book word count and size. As a general rule, books aimed at babies have less than 300 words, books for toddlers less than 500 and for books for nursery children, a maximum of 1000 words. In addition to influencing the word count, the size of children’s books are also normally based on the age rather that they are aimed at:

    190x190mm – Up to 2 years

    178x250mm – Between 2 and 5

    254x203mm – 5+

    Illustrator for childrens books

    Being clear on the size and word count of your children’s book will help you to find an illustrator who has worked on similar children’s books previously and will also help the illustrator provide you with an accurate quote and timescale for the work.

    The Practicalities of Finding the Best Illustrator for your Children’s Book

    Whether you have a publisher or are self-publishing can influence how you go about finding the best illustrator for your children’s book. Traditionally, if you have a publisher then they will find the illustrator for your book. However, if you have opted to self-publish your children’s book then you are likely to have greater scope to find the perfect illustrator yourself.

    On your search for the best illustrator for your children’s book, make sure the illustrator can accommodate your specific requirements. Before deciding on your children’s book illustrator, confirm that you are both on the same page in terms of:

    • The number of illustrations you will need

    • Whether you want to publish in hardback, paperback, eBook or all three

    • Where do you want to publish your book

    • The budget for your book illustrations

    It is also important to ensure that you have a realistic timescale. Depending on the book size, it can take me up to 6 months to illustrate a children’s book.

    Best childrens book illustrator

    The Best Illustrator for your Children’s Book 

    The illustrations are a key element that will influence the success of your children’s book, so it is vital to ensure that you find the best illustrator for your children’s book. As well as considering the practicalities, it is also important to take into account the style of illustrations that would best suit your book and also the book size. Writing a children’s book is a truly magical adventure, find out more about how I can bring your book to life as your children’s book illustrator...