It’s no surprise I call my kids almost anything except their actual names. I grew up being called “Pinky Lee” and “Beanie.”
Lately, I got to wondering if I was the only one who’s nickname happy (which is ironic, since I purposely gave all three of my kids “nickname-proof” names). So I asked around.
Here are some of the cutest nicknames for babies that my friends shared.
1. Bella … or Zilla?
Rose says back when Sloan was born, her almost-3-year-old brother named her “Sloanabella” because he thought she was beautiful. Fast forward a few months to when she began knocking over every creation he built, and her name became “Sloanazilla.”
2. Spotted-Eye Sam
Erin says: “My son Sam had a spot in the iris of his right eye since birth. We’ve embraced it and incorporated it into his pirate name, ‘Spotted-Eye Sam.’ And his brother is ‘Pelican Jack.’ Don’t all young boys have pirate names and go on treasure hunts through the house?”
Kimberly says: “We call our daughter ‘Chicken’ — ‘Chicky’ for short. When she was born, she was SO tiny that she was like a scrawny chicken. It just kinda stuck. She even dressed up as one for her second Halloween.”
4. Goo Goo
When my friend Tony’s youngest was 2 years old, she couldn’t say her big sister Gwyneth’s name. So she called her GooGoo.
5. The Bolland
Janssen says: “We call our daughter ‘the Bolland’ (it rhymes with her real first name), and have almost since the day she came home from the hospital. Even when she’s not around, we refer to her this way, and it makes us both laugh a little every time!”
6. A Little Bit
Aimee says: “Our daughter was born 5 weeks early at just 4 lbs, 4 oz. She was, fortunately, healthy and headed home with us just 4 days after my C-section at a whopping 3 lbs, 14 oz. Instead of Elisabeth, we called her “A Little Bit” because she was this tiny, delicate package.”
7. Tater Tot
Guaranteed you’ll eat this one up: Jen says her daughter Tatum’s big brother calls her “Tater Tot.”
Becka says: “For some reason, our son is nicknamed Bubs. Not quite sure how it happened. Once day we just realized we were calling him that. It started out as ‘Bub.’ Then ‘Bubs.’ Now we’ve made it more official and call him ‘The Bubs.’ Everyone calls him that now — even our friends! There are a bunch of different spinoffs too … Bubberson, Bubsy Bubs. Somehow, it just fits.”
My friend Scott says he calls his daughter Lily Bee either “Lilu” or “BeeBee.” I think both are cute as a button, just like she is!
Mary Lauren calls her cutie pie “Kitty.”
Munchkin. Munchie. Munchie Moo. Buds. Buddy Boy. There’s no end to the embarrassing names I call my biggest baby (who’s now 6?!).
My middle one’s nickname, ‘DestructoBaby,” was hard earned — he destroyed everything in his path.
13. Baby Girl
While her pen name is Pink — which would be an adorable nickname — I’ve gotten very lazy with Baby #3. I call her Baby, Baby Girl, or Baby Ray. Chances are, she’ll never live down her role as baby of the family at this rate.