Having a rainbow baby is so special, but it also brings an immeasurable amount of emotion to a parent. For those who aren't familiar, a rainbow baby is an infant born after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage or stillbirth. Miscarriage in particular is an extremely common type of pregnancy loss, and there are many moms out there who know what it means to have a rainbow baby, even if they don’t speak about it publicly. Oftentimes, rainbow baby names become a very significant part of the pregnancy journey after baby loss.
Many parents will admit that not all of the emotions that go hand-in-hand with a rainbow baby are positive ones (and that’s totally fine). In addition to the joy that comes with having a baby after a loss, there is also often fear, doubt, anxiety or guilt. It’s important to remember that bringing a new life into the world after losing a baby does not mean you’re taking away from a previous loss or grieving incorrectly. Instead, a rainbow baby can carry on the love parents will always have for the baby they lost, while truly creating a feeling of beauty after the storm.
With any pregnancy — but especially one as riddled with emotion as a rainbow pregnancy — there are many significant milestones that often hold a deep meaning. One of these can be finding the right name to honor both your rainbow baby and your broader experience. Below is a list of meaningful name ideas that signify hope, happiness, blessings, miracles, and more.
Picking your rainbow baby’s name can feel extra special, and that’s why it can be so nice to choose a name that has a deeper meaning connected to how you feel about your little one. Whether you opt for a name that means hope, rainbow, or thankful, there are so many beautiful and spiritual options, and you really can’t pick a wrong one.
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