Do you give your babies prenatal nicknames? "Womb names," as some moms call them, are a fun way to bond with a little one during pregnancy, especially when you haven't yet settled on (or disclosed) the official name.
While unique baby names are all the rage these days, we've noticed that womb names tend to be a bit more predictable. Here are seven of the most popular types we've seen on Circle of Moms:
Not surprisingly, a bean- or peanut-shaped ultrasound image has inspired many a womb name. As Tracey M. shares: “My first child was named Beaner when it was in the womb because on the first ultrasound he looked like a little bean.” Kim W. chose a similar moniker: “I’ve nick named mine jelly bean, as it looks like a jelly bean in my first scan.”
2. Other Foods
Babies are indeed delicious, and many moms strike this note with womb names that are completely unrelated to the baby’s bean-like shape and size. Shelly explains: “All my kids were nicknamed after baked goods. My first three were Muffin, Croissant, and Cupcake. This one is Rugelah :) Rugi for short.” Felicia T. also took a food-based approach with her children’s womb names: “My son is Punkin…My daughter started off as Punkin but her bubby told me one day so cutely that HE was Punkin, so she became Noodle.”
New moms also tend to draw inspiration for their baby's first nicknames from the animal kingdom, choosing references to young or small animals. Sally D. relays: “My niece, who is pregnant now, has referred to her baby as 'tadpole' since the first ultrasound picture. Poor thing is probably gonna be known as "Tadpole" all her life...LOL.” Bug names are also pretty popular. As Jessica J. shares: “Bub is always referred to as 'lil critter.'”
4. Decoy Names
Some of the funniest prenatal nicknames arise when pregnant women try to throw off nosy friends or family members who insist on knowing the real name. “A friend of mine ‘called’ her baby Eider as her partners name was Down,” shares Marian B. “We were so used to it being Baby Eider that when she was born we had to get used to her being Jessica. Caused a lot of amusement.”
5. Baby's Motions
From “Wiggles” to “Nudger,” womb nicknames are also often inspired by a baby's prenatal acrobatics. “Sometimes I call him BeeBop for all his dancing around,” Shauna H. shares. And Stephanie admits: “I call mine ‘Monkey’ because I swear it's like this baby is monkeying around in there all the time :) lol."
6. Mom's Belly
Mom’s growing belly is another common cause for prenatal nicknames. “Number 3 is Bump/Road Bump as I’ve got a big bump with her,” says Chrissie T. And Michelle M. settled on “Bubbles” based on feedback from her eldest. “Jadzia decided that my pregnant belly looked like a bubble.”
7. The Basics
Other moms, like Sharon M., prefer a pretty basic nickname. “Inside the womb our son was Baby M. This one is Baby M2 and our third and final will be.... yep you guessed it, Baby M3.” Other options in this category include “Junior” or simply “Baby.”