- 1a very young child or animal The baby's crying! a newborn baby My sister's expecting a baby. She had a baby last year. a baby boy/girl baby food/clothes a baby monkey/blackbird Topic CollocationsChildrenhaving a baby/child want (to have) a baby/a child/children/kids start a family conceive/be expecting/be going to have a baby/child miss your period become/get/ be/find out that you are pregnant have a baby/a child/kids/a son/a daughter/twins/a family have a normal/a difficult/an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/a difficult birth/labor be in/go into/induce labor have/suffer/cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/a baby/a daughter/a son/twinsparenting bring up/raise a child/a family care for/watch a baby/child/kid change a diaper/a baby nurse/feed/breastfeed/bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/go on maternity/paternity leave go back/return to work after maternity leave need/find/get a babysitter/high-quality, affordable childcare/a nanny balance/combine work and childcare/child-rearing/family (life) educate/teach/home-school a child/a kid/children punish/discipline/spoil a child/a kid/children adopt/foster a baby/a child/a kid/children offer a baby for/put a baby up for adoption be placed with/be raised by foster parents
- 2 (informal) the youngest member of a family or group He's the baby of the family.
- 3 (disapproving) a person who behaves like a young child and is easily upset Stop crying! Don't be such a baby.
- 4 (slang) a word used to address someone, especially your wife, husband, or lover, in a way that expresses affection but that can be offensive if used by a man to a woman he does not know Idioms
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to be a plan or project that someone is responsible for and cares about because they have created it
be your/somebody's baby (informal)jump to other results
used to emphasize how easy it is to do something I thought it was going to be difficult to get funding for the project, but in the end it was like taking candy from a baby.
be like taking candy from a baby (informal)jump to other results
to sleep very well
sleep like a log/baby (informal)jump to other results
to lose something that you want at the same time as you are trying to get rid of something that you do not want
throw the baby out with the bathwater (informal)jump to other results