A recent trend, especially with celebrities, is to snap up your baby's domain name. Some parents have taken the trend even further - actually looking for available domains before choosing their little one's name. Although this is probably a little bit extreme, there are some valid reasons to consider purchasing the domain.
One of the main benefits of grabbing the domain is to safeguard your child's digital identity. It's understandable that you wouldn't want your child's name to be associated with anything untoward in the future!
With domains being snapped up so quickly and many of them disappearing off the market, the coveted first name + last name combination may not be available for too long. There's a good chance that by the time your child is old enough to buy the domain or make use of it, it'll be long gone! So many parents are following the trend and registering the domains before they're gone.
It's likely that the importance of the internet will only grow over time, it's an affordable investment, as well as a quirky gift!
Registering and renewing a domain is cheap (dependant on the type - co.uk domains are normally below the £10 mark per year). Once you have the domain, there are a number of things you can do with it. You may want to create a site as a place to blog, share pictures, news and updates about your little one's progress. You can even create a password-protected site; so only friends and family can view it. At GetDotted.com, we even give you a free Instant Homepage with every domain, meaning you can create a secure page for friends and family to keep up-to-date.
However, if you'd just like to hold on to the domain, there's no requirement to create a website or email. If you own the domain, these are all options that you'll have available to you or your child in the future.
Check out our handy domain checker to see if you can get your baby's name!
Tip: If you can't find an exactly what you are looking for, you can try other combinations, such as adding the middle name, hyphens or even looking for a different domain type (such as .me).