Why do we use pet names for our loved ones? 

Oof, he’s calling me by name. Did I do something wrong? Does he not love me anymore?!

I run through all the possible scenarios, did I leave the light on for the 100th time in the bathroom, did I leave leftover food in the sink instead of chucking them in the bin? Oh my god.

Well, I’m not crazy to think that.

Sex expert Ian Kerner, author of the “Good In Bed” series of guidebooks says that “Most couples tell me they’re shocked or know something is wrong in the relationship when a partner actually calls them by their actual name and not their nickname.”

I don’t remember when exactly it was that I felt the cosmic shift to want to call him baby, but it certainly was seismic. The letters formed the word in my mouth and I felt my gut push the word “baby” out and before I could suck it back it, I heard it. He heard it. We were official. Right?

Of course we are. A Superdrug survey found that couples who use affectionate names for each other are apparently more likely to have a strong relationship.

I turn off the light and head to the living room. “What is it?” I ask. “Oh nothing babe, I think you just couldn’t hear me, so I just shouted your name.”

Ok. Babe. 😑


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