A mother of two has revealed her baby shares the same name as Molly-Mae Hague‘s newborn Bambi – and says she doesn’t care if people hate it.
Indy Clinton, 25, who lives in Sydney, Australia, said she ‘couldn’t believe the coincidence’ when former Love Islander Molly-Mae announced on Instagram earlier this week that she had named her daughter Bambi too.
Like Molly-Mae, Indy, a TikTok influencer, has been a lover of Disney’s Bambi since she was a little girl, and says she often read the book to her son, Navy, two.
After originally planning to name her second child Paloma, Indy said her daughter’s ‘sweet, curious nature’ and ‘big brown eyes’ just reminded her of the cartoon.
She settled on the unusual name Bambi for her little girl, now four months old, and says it was met with surprise by friends and family.
Indy Clinton, 25, who lives in Sydney, Australia, gave her daughter the unusual name Bambi
Indy, a fitness and lifestyle blogger said: ‘Four months ago, when I was giving birth, I was convinced Bambi was the most unique, unusual name that nobody would use.
‘Good on Molly-Mae though, looks like great minds think alike.
‘We were set on calling her Paloma at first.
‘That was her name, and nothing was going to change that.
‘But I was reading the book to Navy one night and it came to me.
‘I sat up and yelled, “what about Bambi?” and from then on it stuck.’
While people have been vocal about influencer Molly-Mae’s name choice on social media, Indy doesn’t care if others don’t like it.
‘You know, unique names are the new trend,’ she said.
‘Bambi is going to fit right in with the Rivers, Bears, Forests, Stormis and Wolfs.
‘I’d be more concerned calling my kid a name from the 1900s.
‘People will criticise anything these days, so at least give them something to talk about.’
Indy couldn’t be happier with her baby’s name – and describes her as ‘such a little Bambi’.
‘Obviously in the movie Bambi is a male, but she has the sweetest features,’ she said.
‘The big brown eyes, the long legs – just like Bambi from the film.
After originally planning to name her second child Paloma, Indy said her daughter’s ‘sweet, curious nature’ and ‘big brown eyes’ just reminded her of the cartoon deer
First-time parents: Molly-Mae and Tommy holding their daughter Bambi, born on January 23
Indy also has a two-year-old son called Navy. She revealed her parenting rules on her TikTok account
‘She couldn’t be a Paloma now – she’s my Bambilicious.’
While she was pregnant with her little girl, Indy took to TikTok to share her parenting ethos with her followers – explaining what things from her ‘strict’ upbringing she would avoid doing.
In a video ‘rant’, she outlined the five rules she ‘will never’ enforce upon her two children, including physically disciplining them and forcing them to eat vegetables they don’t like.
First up, she said: ‘Let’s address the elephant in the room: discipline. I will never physically discipline my children ever. I was brought up with physical discipline – with a belt and a wooden spoon – and I just don’t think that’s the right way to discipline your children.’
The second ‘rule’ she won’t be following involves getting children to kiss and cuddle their older relatives.
Indy and her partner live in Sydney with their two children. Family and friends were surprised at their choice of name for their daughter
‘If he doesn’t want to kiss and hug somebody, he doesn’t have to. I don’t care if it’s family, he does not have to do it. I want people to know and respect his choices – its his body, his rules,’ she said.
‘I remember when I was younger and my parents would have dinner parties. They would make me kiss everyone around the dinner table goodnight. I would think I don’t know you and your whiskers are scratching my nose.’
Despite having a sponsorship deal with Hello Fresh and frequently uploading photos of her favourite healthy meals, Indy said she would not force her kids to eat certain foods.
The young mum will also not be asking her son to cough up on rent as he grows up.
‘I will never make him pay rent. I understand why families do make their children pay rent, it teaches them good habits, but I brought this child into the world so I’m not going to make them pay rent at 15,’ she said.
‘You brought that child into the world so you do not need to give them money stress.’
Finally, after growing up in what she described as a ‘strict’ household, Indy said she decided to be lenient when it comes to curfews and the late night parties Navy and Bambi will eventually go to.