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“Babied” and “cutesy” words – what are yours?

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“Babied” and “cutesy” words – what are yours?

The other day I was at the McDonald’s playground and this mom sat next to me while her kids played. A few minutes later one of her kids comes up to her and the mom says to the kid, “Do want munchie munchie?” First off, I literally spit up my coffee because it sounded hilarious. The word itself, “munchie” is funny but she said it in such a serious non-joking manner that it made it even funnier. Thankfully she didn’t see me and I really didn’t mean to be rude.

So anyway, it got me to thinking of what words I had “babied” or “cutesied” for my kids. The one that came to mind was “socks”. When my four year old was younger we would call them “sockies”. I don’t know why, we just did. We also said “night-night” instead of “sleep”.

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And as long as we’re sharing baby talk, I’m going to call my mom out with her “wipies” instead of “wipes” and my mother-in-law with “mimi” for “sleep”. I’m also pretty sure that most parents have words they have babied or made cutesy for their kids even though it’s recommended that parents skip on the baby talk. However, it’s also been proven that parents don’t listen to every study out there. So in the spirit of open-parent dialogue I want to know – what words do you baby or make cute for your kids? Are you a parent that says, “choo-choo train”, “boo-boo” or “ouchie”?

p.s. There is no judging here and I promise I won’t laugh.

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages and is EIC for LMVL SoCal. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.



  1. Jai

    June 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Before I became a mami I heard other moms talk baby talk to their kids and it sounded nuts. I also heard my mom give me a lot of baby talk "chichi" "mimi" for sleep also. I never talked baby talk to my son but then I noticed he was speaking early and very well articulated. I guess it was a plus that I didn't speak baby talk. 🙂

  2. Ruby

    June 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

    oh boy i've been guilty of all of the above including huggies(hugs) and kissies(kisses)

  3. Desiree Eaglin

    June 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    We have a ton of words that are babied and I love them all. Kids grow up too fast and why not indulge a bit? I mean, if they were 21 years old and referring to their socks and "sockies" then I would be concerned but otherwise there's no harm.

  4. Sujeiry

    June 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I use "mimi" for sleep with my niece! I even sing her a song that uses the word repeatedly.

  5. Unknown Mami

    June 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I say "wipies", "mimi" for sleep, "fuchi" for bad smells, "funfurunfoo" for butt, and many many more.

  6. Bren @ B So Chic!™

    June 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    haha. all of those are great! i'm not a mom, but i used night-night with a friend's baby! i don't recall my parent's ever babied for us.

  7. Mommylogue

    June 20, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Oh goodness. This brings back such great memories. I don't think there is a thing wrong with using a few baby words now and them.Babies are so cute and yummy and squishable. You can do it and still make sure they have great vocabulary later in life. As for me… "milkie" and "ñam" and "nummy". And I'm proud of it! LOL

  8. Monica

    June 20, 2012 at 3:50 am

    I used to gag every time I heard people baby talking…until I had kids and started doing it myself! :/

  9. Anonymous

    July 7, 2012 at 6:44 am

    We say "milky" for milk and "jana for banana.

  10. Judtine B.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:04 am

    LOL I even said "wipies" before I ever became a mom- My friend had a child about 7 years before me, and she always said "wipies" Pretty sure that's where I picked up the habit. And sometimes I say "jammies" instead of pajamas, and "potty" for…well….potty. 🙂 Other than that, I've always tried not to use any kind of baby talk, even when my son

  11. Justine B.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:14 am

    As an addendum to my comment, I think kids will eventually pick up correct language usage, regardless of how you speak to them as a baby. However, it's my opinion that speaking to them without much "baby talk" will result in much earlier language comprehension and adeptness with verbal skills. My 4-year-old is extremely articulate and I honestly believe that avoiding baby talk had a

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