How much is your future baby's name worth to you? Most people would tell you that you can't put a price on something that special, right? Not Los Angeles mom Natasha Hill, however. She thinks $5,000 is just about right and recently sold the right to name her child for that amount.
Seriously. It came out of a contest launched by BellyBallot, a website that lets your friends and family vote on your baby name via Facebook and other social media sources. To grab some publicity, they launched a contest to be their national "Belly Branding" winner.
"One lucky pregnant couple will win $5,000 in exchange for letting the entire world decide their baby’s name," the site proclaimed. And people actually entered. How many I'm not sure, but Hill was the winner, and after the voting, which is to take place from March 18-22, they'll be given both a boy and a girl name that they will then be expected to bestow upon their baby.
Does anyone else find this all a little ... wrong?!
I'm definitely of the belief to each his or her own when it comes to choosing a baby name (as horrifying as some choices may be), but to thousands of strangers and their own, not so much.
Hopefully people will be kind and pick something respectable, and the way the contest is designed (BellyBallot will select a list of names based on what's trending and some from advertisers, and users can vote based on those). But you never know.
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I understand that times are tough, and $5,000 is a lot of money, but the thought of anyone selling the right to name their own baby is pretty depressing. I mean, if she was starving or something, that would be one thing, but Hill says she just wants to pay some bills and put some away for the kid's college education.
I suppose on one hand, it's "just" a name, and you could always use a nickname once you pocketed the cash, but still. A name is the very first thing we give our child. My children love to hear stories about why I chose their names (and argue about what which ones would have been better). I can't imagine telling them that I just let a bunch of strangers pick them.
I hope she saves some of that cash for the therapy the kid might need one day.
Would you ever sell the right to name your child?
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