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Baby Mugging: The Newest Internet Meme?

On Tuesday, I posted a picture of my baby in a mug on my blog and on instagram. It was a way to bring a little bit of smile to an otherwise upsetting day, being the day right after the bombings in Boston.

The rules for BABY MUGGING are simple.

1) Put your baby on the floor (or a flat surface).

2) Hold a mug in front of your baby.

3) Snap a photo and share it on the Mommy Shorts fanpage or use #babeinamug and tag @mommyshorts on instagram.

If you hold the mug just right, obscuring your baby’s body, it actually looks like your child fits in the mug. In just three days, hundreds of photos have been posted.

I’ve got “The Best of Baby Mugging” over on my blog today with tons of variations on the theme— upside down babe in a mug, crying baby in a mug, two babes in a mug, etc. But here, I wanted to showcase the quintessential baby mugging shots. The ones that are just purely adorable.

  • The Original 1 of 15
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    Harlow was the first "babe in a mug" posted on my blog on Tuesday.

  • Babe in a Life is Good Mug 2 of 15
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    Submitted by Rachele on the Mommy Shorts fanpage.

  • Babe in a Teacup 3 of 15
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    Posted by @ak8506 on Instagram.

  • Toddler in a Mug 4 of 15
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    Submitted by Jenna on Facebook. 

  • Babe in a Christmas Mug 5 of 15
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    Submitted by Kali on Facebook.

  • Babe in a Polka Dot Mug 6 of 15
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    Submitted by Amerique on Facebook.

  • Hello Kitty in a Mug 7 of 15
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    Posted by @akoss22 on Instagram.

  • Big Smile in a Mug 8 of 15
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    Posted by @oostkoot on Instagram.

  • Noah’s Arc in a Mug 9 of 15
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    Posted by @angfortt on Instagram.

  • Sidekick in a Mug 10 of 15
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    Posted by @gretchen731 on Instagram.

  • Babe in a Green Mug 11 of 15
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    Posted by @froggyleggs on Instagram.

  • High Style in a Mug 12 of 15
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    Posted by @imthatgurrl on Instagram.

  • Baby Power in a Mug 13 of 15
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    Posted by @ktrudd2 on Instagram.

  • Bald Babe in a Mug 14 of 15
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    Posted by @megmclark on Instagram.

  • Sweetie Pie in a Mug 15 of 15
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    And my absolute favorite, posted by @tmcdon on Instagram.

For more baby mugging shots, click here. Please feel free to join in— it’s super easy, lots of fun and I plan to feature many more!

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