new parenting terms

A new BABY lexicon for those of us who have not had a child in 15 years.

The famous Oxford English Dictionary announced that it has added over 100 new parenting terms to its 2018 edition. In case you have not had a child in the past fifteen years, here is your guide to some of this new parenting vocabulary.

Baby Wearing -The practice of wearing or carrying a baby (or toddler) in a carrier or sling.

Baby Whipped – Being completely controlled by your tiny, ‘dependent’ baby. This is often used as a put down of new moms by their friends who don’t have kids and feel like they’re less fun now that they’re parents.

BabymoonThis generation of parents not only has a honeymoon, they take a few days away together about eight weeks before the baby is born. I wish we had thought of this.

Back is Best – New parents are told to put babies to sleep on their backs to lessen SIDS risk.

Binky – Another word for a pacifier. See also: paci, nuk, or dummy.

Blowout – When baby poops so much that it explodes outside of his diaper. The first time is unforgettable.

Booger Sucker – A handheld device that uses a compressive bulb and nozzle to create suction to literally suck the snot out of your baby’s and young children’s noses. Also known as snot sucker.

Boppy Pillow $29.99 and My Breast Friend $38.95 are two popular brands of C-shaped breastfeeding pillows, a place to rest baby while nursing or bottle feeding.

Bum Cream – Another name for diaper rash cream, which is used to treat and prevent diaper skin irritations. Aquaphor $12.59 for 14 ounces.

Co-Sleeping – When a parent and child share a bed or sleep close together for easy breastfeeding, constant bonding, and a feeling of security.

Doula – A professional, usually a woman, who assists another woman before, during, and often after childbirth to provide postpartum support.

Free-range children – Don’t even think about suggesting play pens or any other form of confinement. Children explore the house and parents and caregivers follow.

Hooter hiders – Yes, these are all the scarves and covers that nursing mothers employ to get a little privacy at feeding time.

Lawnmower Parent – Also called “bulldoze parenting,” is a parent who “mows down” any obstacles they see in their kid’s life.

Milk Brain – An expression commonly used for the forgetfulness of a busy or pregnant mom who operates on very little sleep.

Mommy blogger – A female blogger who writes about parenting issues – there are thousands. I promise not to become a ‘grand-mommy’ blogger.

Mommy Wars -The term covers the tension between working moms vs. stay-at-home moms, but over the years the definition has become wider spread; referring to the proponents of breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding to strollers vs. baby wearing…

Pee-Pee Tee Pee – A paper or cloth “tent” used to cover baby boy’s penis to prevent the parent from getting peed on during a diaper change. Five terry lined, cotton washable pee-pee teepees. $10.95

Pump and Dump – Describes expressing and discarding breastmilk, instead of feeding it to the baby. Sometimes the mother makes more milk than the baby can drink and no refrigeration is available.

Sleep Sack, blanket sleeper is the post-swaddle wearable blanket of choice. These are for 3 months+ of age when the baby is rolling over so you no longer swaddle them. HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket 100% Cotton Elephant Graphics $22.03

Sophie – Sophie is the name of one of the world’s best-selling baby teething toys, Sophie The Giraffe by Vulli. $23.48

Swaddle blankets – Everyone swaddles up babies like burritos to lessen the Moro reflex when you put them down on their backs. Swaddles make them feel safe and secure. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blanket, 4 for $49.95.

Swaddles Shaped to form a perfect swaddle with snaps to fasten the flaps. Adjustable. Aden + Anais Easy Swaddle. $26.78

The 4th trimester is the first three months of a baby’s life.

The Happiest Baby on the Block is a popular book by Harvey Karp that recommends swaddling, ‘shushing’ loudly, and rocking babies to get them to sleep. You simulate the in-utero experience. Happiest Baby on the Block. $10.87

Tummy time – Babies sleep, swaddled on their backs, so tummy time gives them a chance to strengthen their neck muscles. Tummy time can begin at birth. Parents recommend ‘skin to skin’ tummy time to bond with their baby.

Wubba Nub is a popular brand of pacifier with a stuffed animal attached to it. Wubba Nub $14.95.

Want to become proficient in ‘new baby’ vocabulary? Here is what the staff at the Oxford English Dictionary reports are the new words for parenting and children.


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