Check out these secret mum phrases?


You also need to be clued up on mum-speak, the secret language used by mums and dads around the UK. Yes, pals, there’s a secret code that you must decipher to know what your child-rearing friends are on about.

ChannelMum has shared a list of the funniest phrases used by parents these days, noting that 35% of parents they surveyed use secret slang so their children don’t understand what they mean. But do you know what these terms mean? Or are you just as clueless as that poor, hapless three-year-old who doesn’t know what her mum and dad are laughing about?

20 mum phrases you need to know:

Mum bun – mum hairstyle, when your hair’s just thrown up in a messy bun so it’s out of your face

Poonami – an explosion of poo

Winging It – doing your best when everyone else seems to be more organised

Threenager – three going on 13

Sniff test – checking to see if the baby really needs a change by sniffing their butt

Mombie – a mum who’s absolutely exhausted through lack of sleep

Flying solo – coping on your own

Mumboss – mum in charge

The handover – passing the baby to your partner as soon as they get home

Velcro baby – clingy baby

iParenting – using a tablet to keep your child quiet

Niplash – when a breastfeeding baby twists their head without letting go of your nipple

Freezer tapas – serving up whatever bits you can find in the freezer

Going to bed early – having sex

Adult headache – hangover

Musical beds – when children change beds all night long

Beige rainbow – ready-made playdate food like chicken nuggets and chips

Mum spa – opening the dishwasher so you’re hit with some steam

Deja poo – when the baby fills their nappy for the 20th time that day

Ginwag – catching up on the gossip over a glass of gin


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