Addressing your child using a French term of endearment is a wonderful way of incorporating the language of love into your daily conversations. If you’re wondering what to call your baby, here are ten loving French terms of endearment to use without moderation.
Mon bébé – my baby
Mon amour – my love
Mon chou – literally translates to “my cabbage” or “my cream puff”
Mon rayon de soleil – my ray of sunshine
Mon coeur – my heart
Ma puce – literally translates to “my flea”
Mon ange – my angel
Mon trésor – my treasure
Mon poussin – my little chick (as in baby chicken)
Mon chéri, ma chérie – my dear or my darling
Are there a few that you are naturally drawn to? Start addressing your little one with those French terms of endearment to start and then gradually try new ones. If you’re more comfortable expressing your affection in a different language, it may feel strange at first, but with time and practice, it will feel more and more authentic.
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Similar to English, adding “my little” to the term makes it that much cuter. In French, you can add “mon petit” or “ma petite” in front, depending on the gender of the word that follows.
- Mon petit bébé
- Mon petit amour
- Mon petit chou
- Mon petit rayon de soleil
- Mon petit coeur
- Ma petite puce
- Mon petit ange
- Mon petit trésor
- Mon petit poussin
- Mon petit chéri, ma petite chérie
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