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"Baby" as a petname for my kids

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ourflagmeansdeath · 18/03/2023 22:23

I feel as if I'm not being unreasonable but I just wanted to check.

I call all 3 of my children the pet term "baby" - 19 year old son, 14 year old daughter and 5 year old daughter.

I met an old friend recently and when I referred to my 14 year old as this she looked me horrified. And asked if I said this to all my children. I said yes, it's just a habit really and they don't mind/don't notice me doing it at all.

She said I should have stopped for my teens ages ago, and should be considering stopping for the 5 year old as none of them are "babies" and this is a term used with relationships.

I don't agree personally because of course I know they're not babies but they'll always be MY babies. And if her argument is that surely it makes no sense to use this term in a relationship because your partner is not your baby??

Please tell me if I'm wrong though and I've missed something.

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Am I being unreasonable?


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tobi21 · 19/03/2023 06:40

My DS is 19months and I will call him baby until if/when he tells me to stop!!


trussedchicken · 19/03/2023 06:48

I sometimes refer to mine (13 and 16) as 'Bambino'. No idea why or when this happened and we have zero Italian in us. Kind of did it as a jokey term of endearment to begin with I think, but it's stuck.


LolaSmiles · 19/03/2023 06:54

Surely it is much more weird to use it in a romantic sense, than to use it for a child, even an adult child, given the semantics of the word.
I agree with you, although because it's been used so much in a romantic sense it's become something i'd not use as a pet name.
Some of the nicknames on this thread are lovely and I'm starting to think my DC are going to find their silly pet names embarrassing by their teens so we'll need new ones.


BitOutOfPractice · 19/03/2023 06:55

I have about 257 pet names for my dc. One of them is baby. I had no conception I was weird! 😂

yiur friend would hate the Black Country where “bab” is used regularly by everyone to everyone. At a wolves football match you’ll often hear someone shout “go on me babbies!”


GoodChat · 19/03/2023 06:55

I call my kids baby, to the point if my 18 month old is meeting someone whose name she doesn't know she'll wave and say "hello baby" Grin


BitOutOfPractice · 19/03/2023 06:58

@trussedchicken have you watched Friday Night Dinner? The dad character always says “hello bambinos “ to his adult sons.


WhereIsMyRefund · 19/03/2023 07:00

I sometimes call my adult kids baby boy and baby girl. Never in front of others though.


TwoLeftSocksWithHoles · 19/03/2023 07:05

I would suggest for clarity, and to avoid any confusion when they are together, you add a number to the name 'Baby'

ie: Baby 1, Baby 2 etc.

Pleasingly, this will work ad infinitum should have any further 'babies'.


Justalittlebitduckling · 19/03/2023 07:10

If you’re not embarrassing them in front of their friends and they haven’t told you they don’t like it I don’t see the problem. Teenagers these days seem very confident telling everyone how they should be called!


Butchyrestingface · 19/03/2023 07:15

I call my pets baby. One of them is a 20 year old parrot. But he will ALWAYS be my wee baby. 😍

Your friend is dead inside.


polkadotpixie · 19/03/2023 07:29

I call DS baby or bab more often than I use his real name! He's 4 and doesn't mind at all, he's insistent he's still Mummy's baby, although definitely a big boy with anyone else nowadays 🤣

My Mum still calls me babe or duck on a daily basis and I'm 38


BitOutOfPractice · 19/03/2023 07:31

GoodChat · 19/03/2023 06:55

I call my kids baby, to the point if my 18 month old is meeting someone whose name she doesn't know she'll wave and say "hello baby" Grin

That is SO cute. I’d love to be greeted like this by her!


Gincan · 19/03/2023 07:38

I use baby, babe, bubba and bubs 😂

I don't know if living in Essex makes a difference but it seems fairly common around here


Roselilly36 · 19/03/2023 07:44

I have two DS, 21 & 20, my younger son has always been called baby, at home. He is so used to it, never bothered him.


Roselilly36 · 19/03/2023 07:46

GoodChat · 19/03/2023 06:55

I call my kids baby, to the point if my 18 month old is meeting someone whose name she doesn't know she'll wave and say "hello baby" Grin

Aww so gorgeous. That would make my day!


Hellsbells89 · 19/03/2023 07:47

It's absolutely non of her business and to openly remark her opinion on the matter is just odd. Call your children what you like, if they don't like it they'll soon tell you, but for now enjoy it. I call my toddler baby too and no plans to stop doing it! Just say to your friend I'll call them what I like but thank you for your unwanted opinion.


Bandanadrama · 19/03/2023 07:49

I call my 14 yr old ds Piggy! Because he looked like a piglet when he was born, he was prem and really pink and had a nose just like a piglet. He doesn't seem to mind 😊


imnotthatkindofmum · 19/03/2023 08:20

I always say baby, my eldest is 16. I probably wouldn't say that in front of her friends but I would definitely use her other pet name without even thinking.

They're 16,14 and 9 but will always be my babies.

They have never objected.


familyissues12345 · 19/03/2023 08:25

One of my friends refers to her youngest as the/her baby " got to pick the baby up" etc

It does make me cringe a bit, mainly because he's a jumbo sized 14 year old who I know well ( DS's best friend since toddlers) and I can't imagine he would like to know his mum refers to him in that way BlushGrin


Rachael5 · 19/03/2023 09:42

No, do not stop. I call my 9 year old baby and still will when he’s 18! The mums that get it, get it!


Rachael5 · 19/03/2023 09:44



Rachael5 · 19/03/2023 09:48

yes, see, absolutely no hate at all but I would not call mine honey as it’s just not a word I use feels a bit cringe saying it but I would never disrespect you and ask why you call them that and it wouldn’t of crossed my mind until this post!


Crispynoodle · 19/03/2023 09:51

My youngest aged 25 is still 'the baby'


EmilyGilmoresSass · 19/03/2023 09:51

Mine is 3. She has additional needs and is only learning to talk at the moment. I call her baby that much I've started to notice she responds to baby but not her actual name 🙈 but I'm a single parent so I suppose she hears it more than her actual name. I will continue to use my pet name for her until she personally either asks me not to or displays some form of behaviour to suggest she doesn't appreciate it


TheLostNights · 19/03/2023 09:52

Your friend needs to get out more.
I had a colleague in her late fifties call me 'Bubba' the other week. That was odd. I am 37......

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