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We’ve all found ourselves searching forums, Facebook groups and baby apps searching for the answer to why our little one makes that noise? Or why their nappy is green? Or what they should be wearing to sleep on that hot summer night? But to get the answer you have to decipher the acronyms. I’ve begun accumulating them in one place to make getting the answers that little bit easier.

If you find there are any missing from my list, please comment below.


ADN – Any Day Now
AF – Aunt Flow


BC – Before Children
BFP – Big Fat Positive (refers to pregnancy test)
BIL – Brother-in-law
BLW – Baby Lead Weaning


CC – Controlled Crying
CMPA – Cows Milk Protein Allergy


DD – Dear/Darling Dad
DD – Dear/Darling Daughter
DH – Dear Husband
DF – Dear/Darling Father
DFIL – Dear/Darling Father-in-law
DMIL – Dear/Darling Mother-in-law
DLA – Disability Living Allowance
DP – Dear/Darling Partner
DS- Dear/Darling Son
DSS – Dear/Darling Step-son
DSD – Dear/Darling Step-daughter
DTD – Doing the deed
DW -Dear/Darling Wife


EBM – Expressed Breast Milk
EFB – Exclusively Breastfeed(ing) or Extended Breastfeed(ing)
ELCS – Elective Caesarean
EMCS – Emergency Caesarean


FF – Formula Fed
FFP – Free For Postage
FIL – Father-in-law
FOMCL – Fell Off My Chair Laughing
FTFY – Fixed this for you
FWIW – For what it’s worth


GAFIA – Get Away From It All
GMTA – Great Minds Think Alike


HPT – Home Pregnancy Test
HTH – Hope this helps/Here to Help
HV – Health Visitor


IDTT – I’ll Drink To That
IEP – Individual Educational Plan
IMAO – In My Arrogant Opinion
IMCO – In My Considered Opinion
IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO – In My Not So Humble Opinion


JIC – Just In Case
JGI – Just Google It


LMP – Last Menstrual Period
LO – Little One


M/C – Miscarriage
MIL – Mother In Law
MMC – Missed Miscarriage
MN – Mumsnet
MW – Midwife


NAK – Nursing At Keyboard
NN – No


OH – Other Half
OP – Original Poster
OT – Occupational Therapy/Therapist
OTT – Over The Top
OUOD – One Up One Down
OW – Other Woman


PBP – Previously Banned Poster
PFB – Precious First Born
PG – Pregnant
PIL – Parents-in-law
PITA – Pain In The Arse
PM – Private Message
POAS – Pee On A Stick


RL – Real Life
ROFL – Rolling On Floor Laughing


SAHM – Stay At Home Mum
SAHP – Stay At Home Parent
SALT – Speach And Language Therapy/Therapist
SENCO – Special Education Needs Co-ordinator
SIL Sister-in-law
SIOB – Sharp Intake Of Breath
SN – Special Needs
SS – Social Services
STBXH – Soon To Be Ex-Husband


TAAT – Thread About A Thread
TIA – Thanks In Advance
TMI – To Much Information
TTC – Trying To Conceive


UCL – Unusual Cycle Length


VBAC – Vaginal Birth After C-section


WB – Welcome Back
WFH – Working From Home
WAHM – Working At Home Mother
WOHM – Working Out Of The Home Mother
WOHP – Working Out Of The Home Parent
WRT – With Reference/Regard To
WWYD – What Would You Do


XH – Ex-Husband
XP – Ex-Partner


YABU – You Are Being Unreasonable
YANBU – You Are Not Being Unreasonable
YABOS – You Are Being Over-Sensitive
YWBU – You Were Being/Would Be Unreasonable