Close Close
Mother and Baby

20 Words That Have New Meanings Now You’re A Parent

Throw your thesaurus out of the window – now you’re a parent, certain words have an entirely different meaning
Expand Image

Meltdown

Before parenthood, a meltdown was what happened when Zara didn’t have those floral cropped trousers in your size. Now, after your tot has screamed throughout the entire supermarket shop, after which you realise you’ve left your purse at home, you realise your own tantrum efforts were pathetic. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Sleep

You never really took much notice of it before. Now it’s your new obsession. You count hours. You compare notes with other mums. You even think getting a full 90 minutes before your baby’s next feed is an achievement. [Getty]
Expand Image

Dinner

Previously that relaxing, time of day when you would catch up with your partner over a plate of beef stroganoff and a glass of wine, depending on whether you have a baby or a toddler, dinner now either means snacking standing up with your baby in a sling or it means airplane sounds, dribble and lots of cleaning up. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Lie In

Staying in bed until 12 noon? What a crazy idea. You’re lucky to get until 7am in bed now. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Night Out

Pre-baby, going out would include a lengthy ‘getting ready’ period, plus time for pre-drinking, bar crawling and a McDonalds on the way home in the early hours. Now it involves waiting for a babysitter, settling your baby, then a speed wine session in your local. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Holiday

Forget notions of lazing on a sun lounger for a week solid, your holiday schedule will now be filled with playgrounds, nap times and sunburn anxiety. [Getty]
Expand Image

Conversation

Nope. No idea what this means. This is no longer part of your vocabulary. [Getty]
Expand Image

Feeds

The only feeds in your life before involved the cat, but now your baby’s demands rule your life. [Getty]
Expand Image

Date Night

Even if you don’t go down the whole babysitter path, just a catch up on the sofa with wine is an achievement. That counts, right? [Getty]
Expand Image

Romance

Forget flowers as a loving gesture – it’s now about your partner doing the morning shift, so you can have a lie in. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Relax

You used to relax in a bubbly bath with a book in hand. Now you relax when your baby’s GP has given him the chicken pox all clear. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Housework

What used to be a once-a-week wipe of the surfaces and a whizz round with the vacuum cleaner is now a never-ending cycle of washing, mopping and scrubbing. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Weekend

Showering after lunch, wandering around shops, necking Tequila slammers and nursing a day-long Sunday hangover has been replaced by food shopping, baking, trips to the park and Disney films. And actually, that’s OK. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Alone Time

Something that rarely occurs – and when it does, you’re not sure what to do with yourself. [Getty]
Expand Image

Organisation

Pre-baby you felt on top of things when your fridge was full. Now, you’re juggling playdates, childcare, meals, bathtimes and bedtimes. Hello, superwoman. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Tired

This used to be when you couldn’t stop yawning during your mid-morning meeting because you had had a late one the night before. Now it refers to a zombie-like manner that has stuck around, well, since your baby arrived. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Friends

Your friends used to be the people you went out with and generally hung out with. Now they’re the ones who offer to babysit while you get some shopping done or are happy to pop over for coffee with you and your tot – and they even wash up their own mug afterwards. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Shopping

This used to be a leisurely day out, with plenty of time for trying on outfits and maybe even a cheeky manicure squeezed in. Now it’s ten minutes browsing baby clothes online while your little one’s down for his nap. [Getty]
Expand Image

Time

No longer something that just marks the start and end of work, you’re now acutely aware of every minute of the day. What time your baby’s next feed is due, when should be bathed, and oops, you’re late for his doctor’s appointment. [Corbis]
  • Related content by tag:
  • self
Related content:

Comments

No comments have been made yet.


It’s Christmas!
It’s Christmas!

From the best Advent Calendars, to festive pyjamas, and all the best Christmas gift guides... Plus our favourite Elf on the Shelf photos! 

Subscribe to Mother&Baby!
Subscribe to Mother&Baby!

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week.