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300+ Nicknames for Your Babykins…Doodlebug…Snugglebunny…

[By L.R.Knost, author of  Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and StagesWhispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood, and The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline available on Amazon and through other major retailers.]

After nine months of googling, polling family and friends, making list after list, and agonizing over making The. Perfect. Choice. the moment arrives…you’ve finally chosen your expected blessing’s name. The perfect name. The name that will be with them forever. The name that will appear on their birth certificate, their highschool diploma, their voter ID card, their college degree, their marriage certificate. Your first parental decision…check! And then your little one arrives, and as you kiss that tiny, fuzzy little head, you find yourself whispering, “Welcome to the world, pumpkin.”

Wait a minute. Pumpkin? That’s not the name you agonized over! Why, after all the effort you put into choosing The. Perfect. Name. would you call your new arrival something entirely different?!?

Actually, it’s a good thing! Here are a few reasons why:

‘The perfect name’ is for the whole wide world to use in interacting with your little one, but a nickname is just for you, a symbol of the intimate, interdependant, loving connection between parent and child. Also, while ‘the perfect name’ may be perfect for certificates and licenses and diplomas, it doesn’t reflect the personality of this unique and adorable new person who has their own special purpose for being here. And, really, resisting giving your little cutie an equally cute nickname would be just as hard as resisting the urge to blow raspberries on their squishy tummy or kiss their soft cheeks a thousand times a day or stare into their curious little owl eyes.

So go ahead, choose ‘the perfect name’ for your tiny blessing so that they can be known to the world, and then, when you start getting to know your little hugabug or dynamo or sunshine, choose another ‘perfect’ name to reflect who they are and what they mean to you :)

Here’s a list of some popular, and some not so well-known, nicknames to check out. If you’ve got a nickname for your little one that’s not on the list, share it in the comments!

Ace
Angel
Angel-baby
Angel-face
Bab
Babes
Baboo
Babs
Babushka
Baby-blue
Babycakes
Baby-dear
Baby-diddle
Babydoll
Baby-doo
Baby-face
Babykins
Bambina
Bambino
Bean
Beanie
Beanie-baby
Bear
Bearie
Beau-bear
Bebo
Birdie
Bitsy
Bitsy-boo
Blossom
Boo
Boo-boo
Boo-boo-bear
Boss
Bubba
Bubba-bear
Bubba-dee
Bubba-diddle
Bubbles
Bubby
Bubby-doo
Bubkins
Bubs
Buckaroo
Bud
Buddy
Buds
Bug
Bugabear
Bugadoo
Bugaloo
Buggie
Buggie-boo
Buggie-bunny
Bumble-bee
Bumbles
Bumpkins
Bumpy
Bunny
Buttercup
Captain
Care Bear
Champ
Cherie
Chickie
Chickpea
Chief
China-doll
Chipmunk
Chunk
Chunky-monkey
Coco
Cookie
Cookie-monster
Coppertop
Cowboy
Cricket
Cubbie
Cubbie-bear
Cubster
Cuddle-bunny
Cuddles
Cupcake
Cupie-doll
Cutiekins
Cutie-patootie
Cutie-pie
Daisy
Darling
Dear
Dear-one
Dearie
Diddle
Diddle-doo
Diddles
Diddly-doo
Diddly-bear
Dilly-bar
Dilly-boo
Dilly-doo
Dimples
Dolly
Doodle-bear
Doodle-bug
Doodlekins
Doodles
Dot
Duckling
Ducky
Duddy
Dumpling
Dynamo
Freckles
Friend
Funny-bunny
Funny-face
Fuzzy
Fuzzy-bear
Fuzzy-bunny
Giggle-bear
Giggle-bunny
Giggles
Gigi
Goose
Goosie-goose
Half-pint
Happy
Hobbit
Honey
Hoss
Hugabug
Huggy-bear
Huggy-buggy
Huggy-bunny
Hunny-bunny
Itsy
Itsy-bitsy
Jazzy
Jellybean
Jocko
Juggernaut
Kiddo
Kiki
King-kong
Kit
Kitten
Kitty
Lad
Laddie
Lass
Lassie
Lil’ Bit
Lil’ Boss
Lil’ Guy
Lil’ Man
Lolly
Lollypop
Loo-loo
Love-bug
Lovie
Lovie-dovie
Milk-monkey
Mima
Moe
Monkey
Monkey-doodle
Moogie
Moogie-bear
Mookie
Moonbeam
Mouse
Mr. Man
Muddles
Muffin
Muncha-munch
Munchkin
Munchy
Nanners
Ninja
Nipper
Nutter-butter
Paddy
Panda
Panda-bear
Peaches
Peachy-pie
Peanut
Peanut-butter
Pet
Pinkie-pie
Pinky
Pippa
Poodles
Pooh
Pooh-bear
Poppet
Poppy
Precious
Prince
Princess
Professor
Professor X
Puddin’
Puddin-pie
Pumpkin
Punkin’
Punkin-pie
Punkin-wunkin
Punky
Pup
Racer
Rollie-pollie
Roo
Rookie
Scooby
Scooby-doo
Scout
Scrappy
Scrappy-doo
Shortcake
Shortie
Short-stuff
Silly-bear
Silly-goose
Silly-pickle
Silly-willy
Slugger
Smiley
Smoochie
Snickerdoodle
Snoopy
Snow-bunny
Snugabug
Snugabunny
Snuggle-bunny
Snuggles
Sparky
Sport
Sprout
Squeaker
Squeaks
Squirrel
Squirt
Squishy
Star-bright
Stinker
Stinker-bear
Stinker-winker
Stinker-winker-bear
Stretch
Sugarplum
Sunbeam
Sunny
Sunshine
Sweet
Sweetcakes
Sweetheart
Sweetie
Sweetiekins
Sweetpea
Sweets
Sweet-tater
Sweet-treat
Sweetums
Tabby
Tadpole
Tater
Taterkins
Teddy
Teddybear
Teddykins
Thumbkin
Tiger
Tigger
Tilly
Tink
Tinker-doodle
Tiny
Toodle-bear
Toodles
Tootsie
Tootsie-bear
Tootsie-pop
Tootsie-wootsie
Turbo
Turbo-man
Turtle
Tweety
Tweety-bird
Twinkie
Twinkles
Tyke
Waddles
Whiz-kid
Widdle-waddle
Wiggles
Wiggle-bum
Wiggle-worm
Winnie
Wookie
Wookie-bear
Youngin
Zippy

 

Related links:

Ten Steps to Surviving the First Three Months with a Newborn

The Gift of Breastfeeding

Love in the Time of Cosleeping

12 Steps to Gentle Parenting

Babywearing Basics Resource Guide

Breastfeeding, Babywearing, and Bouncing Back into Shape after Baby

25 Tips to Prepare Children for a New Sibling

Four Ways Attachment Parenting Can Reduce the Risk of SIDS

The Science of Sleep: Newborns

 

L.R.Knost is a best-selling parenting and children’s book author and founder and director of Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, an online resource for gentle parenting education, articles, and research. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Release date: May 2014) the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, as well as her children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series available from Amazon and other major retailers.

20 Responses

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  2. Erin

    Ladybug :)

    October 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

  3. Heather

    I call our son “Little Mister.”

    October 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  4. Kimberly Deuster

    We call our little guy “puppy.”

    October 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    • Karen

      aww, my mom used to call me puppy. (I often pretended that I was one, so I guess it fits!)

      October 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

  5. Linda

    We have a daughter named Melissa and her name means honeybee so my husband called her bzzr. Another daughter was bubbly because that was her personality. Our son was scooter. Not sure why on that one.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

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  7. marieclaire

    Our youngest daughter was baba, doobs,doobie; pumpkin used the most. Today she doesn’t mind me calling her pumpkin. Our eldest was tootsie. Our son, Pandie.

    November 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  8. Lisa

    Our babies have all had their own nicknames. The eldest was ‘Bubba’, then we had ‘Pom’ , ‘Tiddles’ and ‘Boo’.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm

  9. Alyssa

    Our daughter is “punchkin” — a combination of “punkin” and “munchkin”

    September 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  10. Lexi C.

    aww what a cute list. The eldest of my two boys is bubba (or bubber), as was my husband to his family. They both periodically end up called monkey, lovey, love bug, bug, buggie and the occasional punkin. When they were babies they were “little one” and my youngest gets called my little dino and monster a lot. (he loves to growl and act scary)

    November 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

  11. I love love names and meanings so yes I searched for the whole 9 months for that perfect name, and yet I call my children silly names that change as the years go by
    Now I know why! :)
    Thank You!
    I call my sons
    1) Mighty Mike or angel boy-16yrs
    2) Daring Dan or Darling D -14
    3) Champ or Buckanoo-11
    And my daughters
    4)Sugar Bear, Victory Girl, Sunshine Princess-9
    And baby 5) AngelLove :) -2

    November 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  12. H

    My older son was “Wee Goon” and my younger son has been “Squishy.” :)

    November 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

  13. i call my cute baby boy – agu becoz this ws the word uttered by him first n we liked.

    December 20, 2013 at 3:21 am

  14. Crystal

    My nickname was froggy because I would roll over and sleep with my legs up beside me like a froggy

    January 14, 2014 at 5:01 am

  15. Donny

    Hey.. my little girls name is noodlz and it’s stuck with her for 10 yrs now

    February 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    • keondrs

      Cute

      February 15, 2014 at 11:52 pm

  16. keondrs

    My lil girl nickname is Ms. Piggy cause when I brought her for first two weeks she would make grunting noises like a pig

    February 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm

  17. Aaron Krantz

    i call my nephew Bunky it just came to me when i held him for the first time.

    March 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm

  18. Dave

    My lil girl is ‘pickle’. Not because she was when she was little, but she sure has grown in to it! Just had our 2nd and im automatically calling her pickle too, which is causing confusion, so came here for inspiration.

    April 6, 2014 at 4:14 am

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