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15 parenting abbreviations you really need to know

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As soon as you start trying for a baby, you’ll probably find you need a mum/dictionary/parenting guru to talk you through all of the acronyms used. Because there’s a lot of them. And they’ll start popping up everywhere from your GP’s office to Twitter. From DDs to VBACs, get to grips with the most common abbreviations and you’ll be using them in your FB (read: Facebook) posts in no time.

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1) TTC

When you’re trying for a baby, you’ll probably see this acronym for ‘Trying To Conceive’ used a lot – and start throwing it into conversation yourself. [Corbis]
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2) LO

Meaning ‘Little One’, this affectionate term is often used by mums – particularly on Facebook and Twitter. [Corbis]
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If you’re a ‘Stay At Home Mum’ you’ll want to remember this. [Corbis]
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4) BLW

Once your little one moves onto solids, you may go down the ‘Baby Led Weaning’ route. [Corbis]
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5) BF

No, this doesn’t mean best friend. In the parenting sense it’s refers to ‘Breastfeeding’. [Corbis]
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6) EDD

When you’re pregnant, you’ll soon learn that your ‘Estimated Due Date’ is most definitely an estimate. [Corbis]
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7) AP

This one means ‘Attachment Parenting’, which is a parenting style that involves responding to your baby’s needs and building strong bonds with her through physical closeness and trust. [Corbis]
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8) CIO

This refers to the baby sleep training method, where your tot is left to ‘Cry It Out’ and self-soothe. [Alamy]
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9) BC

Soon, you’ll be reminiscing about your days ‘Before Children’ with your friends. Probably seems like a long time ago now! [Corbis]
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10) CC

This is another sleep training method called ‘Controlled Crying.’ [Corbis]
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11) WAHM

Working from home? This could soon be your job description – ‘Working At Home Mother’. [Corbis]
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12) PG

You’ll probably start using this acronym once you’re a mum-to-be as it means ‘Pregnant’. [Corbis]
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13) OH

Another way to nod to your partner, as your ‘Other Half’. [Corbis]
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14) IVF

You may already recognise this abbreviation but not actually know what it’s actual meaning – ‘In Vitro Fertilisation’. [Corbis]
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15) HPT

This will probably be your first port of call if your think your could be pregnant – a ‘Home Pregnancy Test’. [Corbis]

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