Some other names for

Justine - posted on 10/16/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )




This is something that I dont bring up often on here because I dont care to hear opinions about my lifestyle, so please, only reply if you have a suggestion for me. My son is 21 months old, and is finding it hard to distinguish between "mommy" and "mama" for my wife and I. Because we are both often refered to as both, it becomes confusing for him, and we are looking for another name for her that does not start with an "m". Has anyone used a name for mother that is very different?

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Kaitlin - posted on 05/21/2012




If mom or mommy is important to both of you, I would say that neither of you should go with it. Like, if one of you is being called mommy and the other something else, you don't want to resent the other person, so then both come up with something different, like mom in another language. Make sense?

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2012




hi, I'm so glad I saw your question. I'm trying to figure out the same thing now...I'm "Mommy" to 15 mth old Emma (adopted) and trying to figure out a name for my partner besides" Heather". What did you come up with ?

Jocelyn - posted on 10/17/2010




Maybe try and get him to add your first initial after "mommy" like "mommy J" and "mommy M" (whatever her first initial is lol)

Carolee - posted on 10/16/2010




If he doesn't call any granmothers "nana", that could be one possibility. Another is to have one person constantly be "mommy" and the other one "mom", but you'd have to be sure to not accidently call each other by the opposite name. My husband and I are trying to think of more possiblilities. If we come up with any, I will write back.

Iridescent - posted on 10/16/2010




Every translation and synonym I see starts with "m". One suggestion on a forum was to start with "Mommy _" and "Mommy _" using the first initial or nickname for each of you. Just a thought, not sure how comfortable I'd be with that. Once he's older he'll likely develop his own term if left alone, such as Mom for one, and Mama for the other.

Sarah - posted on 10/16/2010




Gosh that's a tough one! I looked up "alternative names for mom" & a bunch of 'M' words came up. :( Maybe you could use some sort of cute form of your wife's name? My son's grandmother uses "Jammy" instead of grammy, granny, or grandma because her name is Janice. Maybe you could teach your son to use the word "Mommy" in a different language lol. I hope you get some other suggestions, because I'm not a huge help at all. :( Good luck & let us know what you come up with!

Nichole - posted on 10/16/2010




My mom's exboyfriend called his mom "nani" (nah nee) because when he was a little boy mommy came out that way and it just stuck. Actually everybody called her nani.

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