Taking the register

We still haven’t decided on baby names. Yes, we do have a few ideas for each gender, but tend to fluctuate between them. On Tuesday we are not sure about a name that we’d thought was perfect on Monday. If the baby decides to arrive sooner rather than later there is a possibility we might have to (temporarily, I hope!) just call it “Baby” for a while.

What I really don’t want to happen is for us to be without a name for more than a day or two. However, some parents take a lot longer than that to settle on a decision, such as Adele, apparently, who according to tabloids a few months ago did not register her baby son’s name within the legal 42-day limit. After this time, parents are liable for a maximum fine of £1,000, although in reality it sounds like the regulations might be a bit more flexible.

So how do you get your baby registered, as Angelo James Konecki (allegedly) must have been eventually?

angeloThe grainy image that reportedly gave it away…

The official government guide to registering a birth is here. Basically you need to locate your nearest registry office, ideally the one closest to where you gave birth, but if that isn’t possible (for example if you were away at the time…) you can just go to any registry office and they can send on your details. You will need to provide some or all of the following information:

  • place and date of the birth
  • name, surname and sex of the baby
  • parents’ names, surnames and address
  • places and dates of parents’ birth
  • date of parents’ marriage or civil partnership
  • parents’ jobs
  • mother’s maiden surname

Happily, according to the Gov.uk website, you don’t need to supply any documents to back up the above information. If the parents were married at the time of birth or conception, only one needs to sign the register; if the parents are unmarried, both need to attend. However, you don’t even need to bring the baby itself along.

All in all, it sounds like a nice, simple process – much easier than renewing a parking permit or changing a name on a passport! The complicated part will be figuring out what to write in the section for the baby’s name…

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