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You won’t believe what the most popular nicknames for baby boys are

Need an adorable name to call your little guy? Try one these nicknames for baby boys

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Your pet. Your partner. Your baby. You come up with a nickname for your favorite thing, no matter what it is. Sometimes they are the silliest names that make no sense to anyone but you. Maybe a word is mispronounced one time, and it sticks as a new name. With your little one, the second they make a funny little noise, they are dubbed “Little Squeaker” until after they go to college. Nicknames for baby boys are cute like that.

When it comes to your mini me, there are countless nicknames to call him. But have you wondered what other people call their precious little bundles? We looked up some of the most popular ways to reference your tiny human without ever using their real name. Check out our list of nicknames for baby boys and see if any will stick for your tiny tot.

Cute baby boy.

What’s in a name, anyway?

  • Creates a cute bond
  • Freezes an adorable moment in time

Why do we give our kids dozens of nicknames throughout their life? It seems like any little thing they do we bestow upon them a new cute name. They get a nickname for any animal they start to imitate or any object they become obsessed with. If a baby doesn’t have at least a dozen nicknames from various family members, are they even loved?

Nicknames also come from various family members, like when a sibling doesn’t quite know how to pronounce the new one’s name yet. Nicknames for a baby are usually cute and affectionate.

As baby gets older and learns to talk, nicknames should start to be more thoughtful. If you wouldn’t want your adult nickname to be “Chunky Monkey” then it’s best to stop using that one on your baby as they grow up.

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The usual suspects

Let’s face it, some nicknames are universal, and most baby boys get called the same ones. Whether you like them or not, someone in your family or a friend is going to gift one of these to your child. There’s no escaping certain nicknames if you have a baby boy.

The generic picks

  • Bubba/Bubs
  • Buddy
  • Guy/My Guy
  • Mister
  • Sweet Pea
  • Sweet Boy
  • Kid/Kiddo

Put “little” in front of any option

  • Little Man
  • Little Guy
  • Little Stinker
  • Little Buddy
  • Little Prince
  • Little Slugger
  • Little Dude

Put “baby” in front of any option

  • Baby Boy
  • Baby Bear
  • Baby Cheeks
  • Baby Face
  • Baby Bug

Some of the most common nicknames take “little” or “baby” and put it in front of almost any word. Those are probably going to continue to be used as they get older, but dropping that “little” or “baby.” Your baby boy will be “Little Slugger” and evolve into “Slugger” as he grows up. These names are safe, easy, common, and always there.

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Nicknames to boost the ego

These nicknames are not only popular, but they will give your little man a little ego boost. Of course, every baby is the most beautiful, precious thing on the planet. Ideas that home in on what the parent thinks is the most adorable physical feature about their baby create popular nicknames.

Nicknames about good looks

  • Cutie
  • Handsome/Handsome Man
  • Hunk
  • Angel
  • Big Eyes
  • Mr. Blue/Brown/Green Eyes

Nicknames about great attitude

  • Sunshine
  • Sweetie
  • Smiles/Smiley
  • Happy Little Guy
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Use a more unique theme for a nickname

Adorable animal nicknames

Baby animals and baby humans make everyone “ooh” and “aww,” so there’s no surprise that popular baby boy nicknames are also animal names.

  • Piglet
  • Tiger
  • Duckling
  • Lamb
  • Chipmunk
  • Bear
  • Chickadee
  • Bug

Food-themed nicknames

There’s nothing like comparing your baby to food. Those adorable cheeks are waiting to be gobbled up, anyway. Most of the food nicknames are desserts, which isn’t far off of how scrumptious those little arm and leg rolls are.

  • Muffin
  • Pumpkin
  • Tater Tot
  • Turkey
  • Cupcake
  • Pudding
  • Cookie
  • Butterball

The best silly nicknames

A nickname is more exciting when it’s a bit silly. When an option comes out of nowhere, it’s usually because it gave the adults a laugh and now it’s stuck for good. There are popular nicknames for baby boys that also carry a bit of fun with them.

  • Buster
  • Peanut
  • Pickle
  • Nugget
  • Half-pint
  • Munchkin
  • Meatball
  • Wiggle Worm
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These nicknames are a bit too cool

You know you turn your head when you hear a child being called by an unusual name. You always have to think about it, and wonder if you would call your kid that. These nicknames deserve a double take as well.

  • Cabbage Patch Kid
  • Bubbles
  • Cocoa Puff
  • Baby/Little Hulk
  • Beanstalk
  • Tootsie Pop
  • Hollywood
  • Jellybean
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Nicknames for besties or twins

What about those parents who have twin boys? Or maybe cousins that were born close together and are inseparable buds? There are cute nicknames to try out for them, too.

  • Double Trouble
  • Thing 1 and Thing 2
  • Tweedledee and Tweedledum
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Bert and Ernie
  • Batman and Robin
  • Mario and Luigi
  • Woody and Buzz

You get the idea. Anything that comes in pairs or doubles would make the best nickname for twin baby boys or a pair of little best friends.

Whether you like movies, food, or animals, there are endless nicknames to call your baby boy. Just because a name is a popular one doesn’t mean you have to skip it. Your tiny tot might blow raspberries at you for weeks and forever more known as “Berry,” and that’s just the way it is now.

If you have a baby boy or know someone who does, try introducing any of these nicknames. But remember that nicknames stick. It’s been years and we still call our youngest kid, “Chicken Nugget.” Pick wisely!

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