A woman on why she named her daughter 'Baby'

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Susie Bradley, depicted here by a model, had wanted to name her child “Baby” ever since she was a teenager. [Photo: Getty]

A mother has opened up about why she named her daughter “Baby”.

For many parents, “baby” is a term of endearment, much like “sweetie” or “darling”, or a nickname (think Jennifer Grey’s character, whose real name is Frances, in ‘Dirty Dancing’).

But Susie Bradley, 25, wanted her daughter – now four – to have it as a formal name instead.

The cosmetic nurse from Queensland, Australia, was 21 when she fell pregnant with her high school boyfriend.

Her daughter’s father – whom is no longer romantically involved with – agreed to name their child “Baby” – a name Bradley had had on her potential baby names list for years.

“When I was in high school, I used to write a list of names I liked for my children and that was always on my list,” she told Sydney-based tabloid The Daily Telegraph.

“Then when it came to naming our daughter, we just weren’t set on anything so one day I jokingly said to my partner at the time, ‘we should just call her Baby’,” and he agreed.

“On her Medicare card it has her name, Baby, but then it has a full stop after it which signifies she’s not a baby, her name just is actually Baby.”

Bradley is set to appear on Australian TV show ‘Married at First Sight’, where couples are paired based on their personalities, marry upon their first meeting and live together as a married couple for eight weeks before deciding whether to divorce or stay married.

While naming a child “Baby” is sure to raise some eyebrows, it isn’t the only zany baby name out there.

Last November, an American mum became the target of online abuse for naming her child Abcde (pronounced “Ab-city”, apparently).

What’s more, a father-to-be recently sparked debate on the internet for disagreeing with his girlfriend who wanted to name their child after her late ex-boyfriend.

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