10 More Mommy Words That Mommyish Readers Hate

You already know the top 10 mommy words that color the mommy blogosphere that I personally hate. But the Mommyish community has spoken — or rather  fiercely hate commented — and it seems that are even more mommy words that everyone hates. According to Mommyish readers, we really need to start compiling a dictionary.

1. “Babymoon”

couple beach

Turns out I’m not the only one who finds marketing a vacation while pregnant with a savvy, sellable term nauseating. Good to know.

(photo:  *michael sweet*)

2. “Preggers”


Ditch the “pregs” and “prego,” too.

(photo: cloudwear)

3. “Sexy Mama/ Hot Mama”

sexxy mama

How about this. You’re all such hot and sexy mothers that we don’t even need to use this term. Ever.

(photo: pokoroto)

4. “Baby Bump”

baby bump

While the term is pretty loathsome on its own, the use by tabloids has essentially given rise to a cornucopia of “Bump Watch!” “Bump Time!” “Look At That Bump” permission to scrutinize lady bodies. Double lame-itude points to this one.

(photo: Deelila)

5. “DH,DD,DS, OH, LO”

mom with baby and tablet

For mothers and fathers who frequent parenting forums, plenty of you are not down with the shorthand. NOTED.

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6. “Free Spirits”


According to my comment thread sleuthing, this term tends to fly up in a lot Facebook newsfeeds with regard to unstructured play. Your kid doesn’t like rules and keeps you at the playground digging in the sandbox for five hours? What a “free spirit”! We already have shorthand for this. It’s called being a brat.

7. “Tiger Stripes”


It’s already been established that I am not for “post-baby” “pre-body” constructions, but believe me, I’d much rather have all you ladies talking about your “tiger stripes” than your “mummy tummy.” But survey says Mommyish readers are not on board. Throw me some alternatives in the comment thread.

8. “Nursies”


This one is new on me, perhaps procured from the depths of parenting forums when mothers describe giving their baby some boob time. I get the annoyance and you will never find this word in any of my pieces. Unless I’m making fun of it.

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9. *Hugs*


The Mommyish crowd isn’t against the physical action, or even writing “hug.” No, no, they are against *hugs* or (hugz) or ::hugs::, otherwise known as the comment thread shorthand for “this is way shitty what is happening to you and I want to show my condolences and support as a reader.” The funny this, you could have just written that.

10. “Kiddo, Kidlet”


Sorry, I’m stealing this one. While I cannot bring myself to use “kiddo” without evoking my own personal version of a Norman Rockwell painting, “kidlet” sounds like it would go nicely with a side of fries. You’ve been warned.

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  • SDA

    Woah, I’ve never heard “nursies”, have to say, that bugs me. Baby moon really bugs me. I guess it was because I was in an online mom group where people were actually planning these crazy expensive trips and I was all like, I’ll wait until I can REALLY get some use out of an all-inclusive resort. I don’t like tiger stripes because I got stretch-marks in middle school and college, both pre-baby and no stretch marks while pregnant, so I wouldn’t be sure what to call mine!

    The three that don’t really bug me are baby pump, kiddos, and preggers. I don’t really know what else to call a baby bump, protruding uterus? We can’t pretend like it isn’t just stickin’ out there! I think the term “kiddo” is endearing. And while I couldn’t stand “preggers” before I got pregnant, I got tired of saying pregnant and typing pregnant, so I did shorten.

    • CallieAnna

      Preggers has the same number of letters as pregnant though.

    • Koa_Beck


    • Justme

      But in her defense…and God, I am such a nerd for noticing this…”pregnant” alternates between typing with the right and left hand, while “preggers” uses almost exclusively the left hand, making it FEEL like it takes less time to type. I don’t low why I noticed that or if its even relevant to the conversation, but there you go. :)

    • CallieAnna

      I will concede to your ease of typing argument because I am impressed you took the time to sort that out! Still the same number of syllables to pronounce both though!

    • Justme

      I know, I know…I was just intrigued because “preggers” does feel shorter so I was surprised when you noticed it had the same amount of letters….and then down the rabbit hole I went. I think it’s time for summer to be over and for me to go back to work and do something productive. Ha!

    • SDA

      haha. True. It was really just the variation I craved, not the typing difference.

    • Ornery

      You can see a lot of this is personal preference. My big peeve right now is the dramatic overuse of “kiddo” that I see all over facebook. I don’t hear people saying it TO their children that much, which doesn’t bother me at all. I absolutely am sick of hearing people refer to their children as their kiddos, though. Stop it!

  • Daisy

    I had a boss who called everybody younger than him kiddo. He’s about 70, so not only were all his teenage employees and child customers “kiddo,” but even adults in their 40s and 50s were “kiddo” to him. It was never in a derogatory way, always a super-sweet grandfatherly way, so I always think of the term “kiddo” positively :)

    • C.J.

      I’m 37 and my dad still calls me kiddo. I don’t mind, he says it in an affectionate way.

    • Ornery

      I agree that that usage is cute. I’m annoyed that EVERY mother has adopted it to refer to her children. My gosh! Is it that cute? It’s starting to really grate on my nerves. Come up with your own cutesie term. It’s less annoying if you don’t hear it constantly!

  • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

    Nursies. I have never heard that before. I have heard it called NUMMIES. :(

    • Koa_Beck


    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      PS: I just so something amaze, our girl Meghan is showing GIFS of baby M on TWITTER

    • Koa_Beck

      WUT. I need to get on this.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Er… nummies are the treats I give the cat. Might have to stop using the word, now. Eugh.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Nummies totally sound like cat snax!

    • Emmali Lucia

      “AWW Let me give your little kittie some Nummies!” Now has a completely new meaning.

    • meteor_echo

      Awww. I call those “crunchies” (which sometimes makes me call the cat himself “crunchsaurus”) :)

    • BubbleyToes

      Nummies are worse!!!

    • Ornery

      Did you shoot the person who used that word? I’d rather hear nursies. I’m having a hard time keeping my breakfast down now.

  • LiteBrite

    I hate preggers or preggo. I don’t know why. Both just bug me. I wouldn’t come unhinged on someone (either in person or online) for using the terms, but they still kind of grate on me.

    DH, etc doesn’t bother me in when written online. Sorry, I’m gonna keep using it. :)

  • Justme

    I hate the term Prego just because it reminds me of terrible pasta sauce.

  • StephC12

    Preggers and prego are the worst. They make people sound childish.

    • disqus_RcnfTzAghr

      In my experience, people who say ‘preggers’ and ‘preggo’ are the same people who refer to their genitals as ‘giney’ or ‘vajayjay’.

    • meteor_echo


    • ElleJai

      Hey, my best friend refers to it as her giney and I prefer vajayjay. My mother instilled a lasting horror of the term “vagina” but she didn’t know the others and couldn’t smack me for using them.

      I will attempt to remedy this with my kids but I think vagina sounds clinical. I’m not referring to mine that way unless it’s with a doctor.

      And even I think “preggo” is what we here in Australia would classify as bogan.

    • lea

      Like this, ElleJai? (I got this one the other day, fellow Aussie here)…

      “Holy shit, you really look preggo now. Ya guts have grown heaps, aye?”

    • ElleJai

      That last word makes it sound Kiwi lol. But I think if anyone said that to me I’d be torn between a) laughing hysterically, b) whacking them one and c) running away.

    • barefootwithoutagun

      I wish my mother had used ‘vagina’. She referred to it as a ‘qurch’. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything more horrific EVER. EVER.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    Aw, I like kidlet. That’s the word my wife and I used to use back when we were dating, when we were talking about maybe, possibly, maybe having a kid someday.
    I’ve only used preggo once – to describe reciprocal IVF, I called myself ‘preggo’ and my wife ‘eggo’. I hate the word, but it went nicely with ‘eggo’.
    Otherwise, I agree with this list. In case you were wondering.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      Preggo and eggo is awesome and adorable actually. But rhyming makes most things better.

  • niki

    I HATE Tiger Stripes. Like I’m some freaking warrior because I survived pregnancy and the skin on my stomach stretched more than it apparently was capable of. They’re called stretch marks. They don’t bite. They’re not ferocious. And giving them some bullsh*t nickname doesn’t make me like them any better.

    • disqus_RcnfTzAghr

      What I find amusing is that the ones on my stomach from pregnant are apparently “tiger stripes” but the ones on my legs from when I was a teenager are “you bought too much junk food once you got an after school job, eww”. They’re pretty much the same deal.

    • Justme

      I don’t like Tiger Stripes because what if you didn’t get any stretch marks? Am I not a warrior? Did I not suffer enough?

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    *hugs* is actually useful. Sometimes, I want to show sympathy, but I feel like my words are entirely inadequate, so… *hugs* or *headbonks* occur.

    • meteor_echo

      Aaaaand agreed.

    • Psych Student

      I love *headbonks*. It’s what my wife and I do to our cat, and he does to us, because it’s how he shows love!

  • Edify

    I hate the rampant use of li’l as in li’l man or li’l princess.

    I also hate when people call their baby a man or princess. They are boys and girls.

    • Zoe

      Same. Lots of my friends had boys and my Facebook feed is full of references to “little man”. I have no idea why I hate it so much. I guess it just sounds sort of condescending.

    • Edify

      I think that there is plenty of time for a boy to be a man later in life. Let him be a boy now. Likewise, I don’t really like calling men boys, particularly when it’s used as an excuse for poor behavior.

  • Andrea

    Awww…I’m on board hating all of these, but I kind dig tiger stripes. It’s kinda cool, better than “mummy tummy” (WTF is that) and the sanctimommy “badges of honor” (uuuggghh)

  • Lisa

    Awe I love kidlet. My mom used to call me and my sister kidlets. It is so cute, and baby goat like, and I love baby goats….lol

    • meteor_echo

      It also makes me think of little pink piglets XD

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      dammit, now I need a Pooh-fix!

  • Sundaydrive00

    For the longest time I thought OH stood for Other Husband, as if these women had multiple husbands, or referred to a second marriage as their other husband.

    Finally I looked it up, and found out it meant other half. Which makes much more sense. But this is why I don’t like all these abbreviations for family members.

    And what does LO stand for? I looked it up, but didn’t see anything relevant. Is it to reference all those Law and Order marathons that seem to always be on tv?

    • KB

      Haha :) LO = little one

  • Emmali Lucia

    I call the dogs my kiddos, but I don’t think I’d ever call a child “Kiddo.”

    You know what word I freaking love? “Child-spawn.”

    Like “CHILD-SPAWN, I TOLD YOU NOT TO TOUCH/PLAY/TALK _____” It’s so formal sounding.

    • Jessie

      Oh my gods, yes. I love that term, I’m so glad to see someone else who uses it!
      Sometimes I’ll add the gender before the hyphen, if I feel like being specific, as in “GIRL/BOY-SPAWN, (insert rest of comment, order, etc here).”

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    I don’t care for nursies. But then I also hate the word panties. UGH. Hate that.
    And I also dislike *Hugs* I think it’s a rather meaningless sentiment. Why not personalize your condolences a little to fit the situation?

    • disqus_RcnfTzAghr

      This is probably an Australian thing, but up until maybe a year ago I have only ever heard to term ‘panties’ used as a hyper-sexual term. So reading a blog where the blogger was talking about her 2yr old starting to wear ‘panties’ was absolutely mortifying for me, I have since come to realise that elsewhere in the world, the word doesn’t have the same meaning though.

    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      Ha! That’s funny :D
      When I was in the UK 8 years ago, I was telling people how while on the plane there I got chocolate ice cream on my pants. Apparently pants means underwear. When I found that out then I was mortified.

    • Tal

      I hate it when people say “time to put on your big girl panties” when insinuating that someone needs to grow up or face the music. It just sounds so condescending.

  • lea

    So what is the acceptable alternative to baby bump?
    Fetus-filled abdomen? Protruding uterus?

    • CK

      What about belly? That seems more appropriate (even if isn’t exactly correct).

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Baby belly rolls off the tongue, it’s alliterative, and I like the nice two-syllable rhythm it has, bay-bee bel-leh.

    • Psych Student

      A thousand times yes to fetus-filled abdomen and protruding uterus!!!!!

  • CK

    I’m so glad you included kiddo/kidlet. For some reason, kidlet always makes me think of chicken nuggets. It just really rubs me the wrong way.

    • BigBlue

      I always think of cutlets, then I start craving these pan seared turkey cutlets that I make that are DELICIOUS. Crap, now I’m hungry and it’s 2 hours until lunchtime.

  • Kelby Johnson

    I call my kids ‘kiddo’ all the time lol… The one that drives me nuts is when someone refers to their baby as ‘biggie boy’ or ‘biggie girl’… they aren’t a super sized meal at Wendy’s… I also hate ‘panties’ and the word ‘crotch’… I dunno why, I just do.

  • BubbleyToes

    I swear to zeus if anyone ever says the word “preggo” at me while I am pregnant, I will kill that person slowly and painfully. It is not cute. It is not sweet. It is really, really dumb.

  • Alicia Kiner

    see, I use kiddo all the time, but as a term of endearment, usually towards my sister and brother who are 7 and 10 years younger than me, and the term bump doesn’t bother me so much, but bump watch and bumpin it and the tabloid frenzy does.

    • Ornery

      You know it doesn’t bother me a bit if I hear someone speak to a child or other person and call them “kiddo”, it only grates on me when I hear moms referring to their children or other people’s children as “Kiddos”. Like, “I need to get my kiddos…”something. Or, “You really need to do this with your kiddos!” Or, “Here’s a picture of my kiddos in front of the Eiffel Tower…” It’s become a peeve of mine…

  • pamdallas

    Push present and baby moon are the two worst. They are just too cutesy for me.