Slang Words for Baby (and How to Use Them)

It’s natural to want to use a lot of pet names when you see a baby. These tiny humans are so adorable that you’ll struggle to find a word that perfectly sums them up.

That’s why we’ve gathered a modest list of slang words for baby. Keep reading, and you may just find your new favorite pet name for the baby in your life.


Table of Contents

Slang Words for Baby (in Alphabetical Order)

B

Bairn

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Scottish slang for a small child. Since it’s Scottish, you’re not likely to hear this one in the US.
  • Example: “I’ve got a wee bairn at home I need to get back to.”

Belly Fruit

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Cute term for an infant.
  • Example: “Want to hold my belly fruit?”

Brood

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A phrase you can apply to a group of children. This isn’t really used to refer to a singular baby.
  • Example: “Maria has a whole brood of children to take care of. She must be exhausted.” 

C

Crotch Goblin

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A derogatory term that usually refers to particularly bratty or difficult children. It’s popularly used in the childfree community.
  • Example: “My son is a real crotch goblin. He’s easily our most difficult child.”

Cub

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another cutesy word for baby that compares children to bear cubs.
  • Example: “I love cuddling with my little cub.”

K

Kiddie

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A word based on “kid.” Generally only used for really young kids and infants.
  • “Look at that adorable kiddie over there!”

Kiddo

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another term based on “kid.” You can use this one similarly to kiddie, although it can also be applied to older children.

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M

Moppet

Meaning:

  • (Noun): The opposite of crotch goblin, in that it’s used to describe a child with a sweet temperament.
  • Example: “Leah’s baby is such an adorable little moppet.”

Munchkin

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A word that refers to a small child. Use it like how you would say “kiddie.”

P

Preemie

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Slang term for a baby who was born prematurely.
  • Example: “Ed was a preemie, but he grew up to be healthy.”

P

Preemie

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Slang term for a baby who was born prematurely.
  • Example: “Ed was a preemie, but he grew up to be healthy.”

R

Rug Rat

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A phrase for children that can be somewhat insulting but is still used affectionately.
  • Example: “My rug rat loves to watch the 90’s show Rug Rats.”

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S

Small Fry

Meaning:

  • (Noun): You can use this phrase to describe a smaller child, whether or not they’re actually a baby.
  • Example: “Hey, small fry, what are you up to?”

Squirt

Meaning:

  • (Noun): This word can also be used in reference to a small child. Treat it like how you would say “small fry.”

T

Tike/tyke

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Affectionate way to refer to a young child. Can be used like small fry or squirt.

Tot

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another affectionate word you can apply to young children. You can use it in sentences where you would use tike, small fry, or squirt.

W

Whelp

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A word that actually means puppy but is often used to refer to young kids. It has a somewhat insulting connotation, implying that the child in question is naïve.
  • Example: “You’re just a whelp with no experience.”

Y

Youngster

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Slang for a young person. You can use this in reference to anyone that’s younger than you – it’s not just limited to babies.
  • Example: “At my ripe old age of 75, everyone seems like a youngster to me.”

Young ‘Un

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Accented way of saying “young one.” Commonly applied to children.
  • Example: “I’ve got three young ‘uns at home.”

Wrap Up

Now you know a few new things you can call a baby you know. But what about the mothers of the babies in question?

There are plenty of slang terms to use there, as well. We've got a list of slang words for mom that you can call a mother by.

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