Expecting a baby? Congratulations! My wish for you is that the roughest part of your pregnancy is selecting a name for your new little bundle of joy.
Do you have your heart set on naming your son Huey, after your favorite Uncle Hubert who was the mayor of your home town? Does your Significant Other have his heart set on naming the baby Louey after his great grandfather Louis Archibald, who started the family horseshoe business? “What are you complaining about?” he asks. “At least I didn’t pick Archibald!”
If you and your Significant Other are truly at odds over your choice of names, no problem, use tech to help you decide! Sure, you could use the Wheel of Choice app, sell naming rights on eBay, or name your baby Like after the Facebook button, but that’s not what I’m suggesting here.
Instead, you should grab the app Kick to Pick from the iTunes App Store. Kick to Pick is an iPhone app that allows your baby to choose what his/her name will be. (Kick to Pick also works with the iPod Touch and iPad.)
After you download the app, you pick your favorite names (say, Huey and Louey) or let the baby choose from the thousands of names on the app. Place the iPhone on your Baby Bump. (Make sure you put your iPhone in airplane mode to ensure an errant Push Notification doesn’t decide the name of your baby instead!)
The app uses the accelerometer in the iPhone to detect the baby’s movement, which apparently means that movement indicates your baby is delighted with the name choice. How the app knows that the baby is not squirming with disgust, well I just don’t know, but then again, I am not an app developer.
My most recent pregnancy resulted in the birth of my amazing twins but don’t think the app would have worked well if I had it back then.
“Wait, which one kicked? Did they both kick? Uh oh, they both want to be called Gertrude!”
But a twins version would be a great idea for an update of the app.
I also humbly suggest that the developer use its powers of interpretation for a new app that detects the baby’s food preferences. I made several unfortunate meal choices when I was pregnant with my first child only to discover the hard way that she didn’t like seafood. (She still doesn’t.)
Is Kick to Pick an app that you would use/would have used to name your baby? Did you use tech or would you use tech to pick your baby’s name? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Image by Trey Metula